October 15, 2020 by Betsy Bird
Who illustrated her first book? What does her new puppy look like? What's she working on now?And how will she spend her MacArthur grant money? (Spoiler Alert: It's an incredible answer) I talk to Jacqueline Woodson about all manner of things.
June 21, 2020 by Betsy Bird
Under normal circumstances I won't consider a children's book for this podcast unless that title is less than 20 years old. But since I made that rule in the first place, I guess I'm the one who gets to break it. And today's book is, in its blood, a rule breaker.
August 14, 2019 by Betsy Bird
As you may know, my day job is as a librarian but not, as it happens, a librarian of children's literature specifically. A lot of days I spend my time sorting through all the new releases for adults (horrors!). But since my heart is firmly ensconced in the world of books for kids, I always note when a book has some connection to literature for the young. Today, I'd like to introduce you to six 2019 titles that may be worth noting.
July 13, 2018 by Betsy Bird
Harbor Me By Jacqueline Woodson Nancy Paulsen Books (an imprint of Penguin) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-399-25252-5 Ages 9-12 On shelves August 28th A good book, whether it’s written for a nine-year-old, a nineteen-year-old, or a ninety-year-old can tilt your perspective, if only momentarily. Consider the concept of the “happy ending” and what it’s supposed to resemble. […]
August 16, 2017 by Betsy Bird
It continues! As ever, folks just can’t seem to write books without slipping references to children’s books into them, left, right, and center. And while it seems an odd exercise to collect these titles, it’s also oddly informative. I’m still trying to piece together a unified theory about why this happens at all. No answers […]
April 26, 2016 by Betsy Bird
It’s back! I’ve been doing my thing, buying lovely adult titles for my library system, and time and again I’ve run across ideas or names that fall squarely in the children’s book realm. Here then are some real beauties. Things you just might not know about otherwise. I know and like Elisha Cooper but I’m […]
December 2, 2014 by Betsy Bird
There was a time, oh children of mine, when the ALA Media Awards would be announced and the morning after the announcement the winners of the Caldecott and Newbery Awards would be whisked away to New York City to speak on NBC. Then Snooki came and ruined everything (this is the abbreviated version, but it’s […]
June 2, 2014 by Betsy Bird
brown girl dreaming By Jacqueline Woodson Nancy Paulsen Books (an imprint of Penguin) $16.99 ISBN: 978- 0399252518 Ages 9-12 On shelves August 28th What does a memoir owe its readers? For that matter, what does a fictionalized memoir written with a child audience in mind owe its readers? Kids come into public libraries every day […]
August 2, 2011 by Betsy Bird
I was saddened to learn of the death of children’s author Georgess McHargue on Monday, July 18th. It seems that this was a death our community missed and I am sorry for it. Ms. McHargue penned many a fine children’s novel, but my favorite would have to be Stoneflight, a tale of New York City’s […]
February 24, 2011 by Betsy Bird
So I’m reading through my weekly edition of AL Direct and I notice that no matter what worldwide occurrence takes place, librarians are always there. Whether it’s damage to two libraries in Egypt, stories from the librarians in Christchurch, New Zealand, or how the Wisconsin Library Association delayed Library Legislative Day due to the protests, […]
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