A Fuse #8 Production
September 21, 2023 by Betsy Bird
Poetry and friendship. Family and legacy. The story behind the collaboration of Jerry Pinkney, Nikki Grimes, Brian Pinkney, and Charnelle Pinkney may be one of the finest you read all year.
August 28, 2023 by Betsy Bird
"Dying ain't important. Everybody does that. What matters is how well you do your living." Today on the podcast we discuss this Caldecott Honor-winning Lester/Pinkney collaboration and compare it to other John Henrys that are out there.
November 22, 2021 by Betsy Bird
Peak Pinkney! After his recent death, I wanted to do a book with Kate that paid homage to Jerry Pinkney. What better than a look at his longstanding love of fairy tales?
May 11, 2020 by Betsy Bird
“I’m giving myself extra points for doing this springy book in spring . . . which I did not realize until this moment. Patting on the backy of me!” Prior to today’s episode the only Jerry Pinkney title we’d done on our podcast was Sam and the Tigers (as part of our Little Black Sambo […]
February 26, 2018 by Betsy Bird
Not content to examine just Curious George and The Story of Babar, Kate and I round out our look at colonial children’s literature with a rather more serious examination of Helen Bannerman’s Little Black Sambo. That said, we are not content to consider a single version. That’s why our primary focus will be the Christopher […]
November 5, 2017 by Betsy Bird
Happy news, neighborinos! Today I bring unto you a video from BookFest, a yearly celebration of children’s literature hosted (these days) by Bank Street College of Education. Kidlit TV recorded almost the entire thing live and then put it on air. This year I had the honor of moderating a panel discussion with funny folks […]
June 1, 2012 by Betsy Bird
#37 The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney (2009) 47 points I love David Wiesner, but as funny as his wordless books are, none of them match this one for the combined power of the storytelling and sheer beauty of the drawings. One of the most deserving Caldecott winners ever. – Mark Flowers I […]
April 23, 2011 by Betsy Bird
Previews, previews! Lovely little previews! And we find ourselves back at the Yale Club, across the street from Grand Central Station, and a whopping 10 minutes away, on foot, from my library. There are advantages to living on a tiny island, I tell ya. As per usual, Little Brown pulled out all the stops for […]
October 18, 2010 by Betsy Bird
As far as I’m concerned, every good blog post should begin with fiction starring Gregory Peck. What we have here is one of the luscious finds boasted by Greg Hatcher over at the site Comic Book Resources. I’m a big fan of Hatcher because when he does round ups like this one he always takes […]
A Fuse #8 Production
by Betsy Bird
The Classroom Bookshelf
by Erika Thulin Dawes
Good Comics for Kids
by Colby Sharp
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