February 20, 2023 by Betsy Bird
If you'd like to read a rant about why I suspect this book never even won a Caldecott Honor then enjoy. I go off, and on the podcast episode we laud a book that truly stands the test of time.
March 15, 2021 by Betsy Bird
Kate asked for a St. Patrick's Day classic, so I handed her TWO! Her preference? The one with physical violence and bodily harm. Can you blame her?
March 9, 2017 by Betsy Bird
It may be a personal opinion but I’ll stand by it; Children’s books need more octopuses. The reason is simple. The octopus is a truly fascinating creature. Now in 2017 a couple of my favorite illustrators have already tackled the octopus in all its tentacular glory. David Wiesner, for example, has a picture book out […]
February 23, 2013 by Betsy Bird
Not sure how long I’ll get to keep calling my little news items “Fusenews” since the Fuse network, hitherto not a problem in my sphere, has just decided to call their news program, you guessed it, Fuse News. But really, who am I to complain? It’s a kicky little term. So! The 2012 Cybils Awards […]
May 16, 2012 by Betsy Bird
#94 The Mitten by Jan Brett (1989) 21 points A lovely retelling of this old folktale with Brett’s truly lovely illustrations. – Barbara Thompson As insane as it sounds, this is Ms. Brett’s first appearance on one of our polls. Prolific and still going strong she first came to my attention due to her knitting. […]
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