Teen Librarian Toolbox
November 2, 2022 by Betsy Bird
It's that time again! Time for the silliest post I do all year. When knitting needles look wrong in a picture book, you know I'll be there to catalog it.
November 30, 2021 by Betsy Bird
If I care too much about the placement of knitting needles in children's books, would you call me "knit-picky"? Or would you simply kill me for that terrible pun? Today I celebrate the people who draw with care, and sob over those that don't.
November 11, 2020 by Betsy Bird
Time for every knitter's favorite fact finding post in which we closely examine the knitting needles in a slew of 2020 picture book titles. Who got it right and and who got it wrong this year?
September 23, 2016 by Betsy Bird
Two years ago I wrote a piece called The Scourge of Upside Down Knitting in which I raged unto the heavens against picture books where the artists put little work into bothering to figure out if knitting needles should be held up or down. Well, it’s time for me to apologize to those illustrators. If […]
August 6, 2016 by Betsy Bird
Leave Me Alone! By Vera Brosgol Roaring Brook Press (an imprint of Macmillan) $17.99 ISBN: 9781626724419 Ages 4-7 On shelves September 13th Knitting. It shouldn’t be so hard. I say this as the grown daughter of a chronic knitterer (not a word). I grew up neck deep in roving. I know the difference between a […]
April 12, 2016 by Betsy Bird
A lot to say and so little time to say it. Let’s get started! Today, if you are at all feeling blue, I suggest you read The Toast piece Jaya Catches Up: A Little Princess which is a killer breakdown of what is inarguably a problematic book. The Marie Antoinette portions are particularly choice. […]
July 17, 2014 by Betsy Bird
When you grow up with a mother who is a knitter, there are certain facts in life that you simply have to accept. Knitting all the time, everywhere, is the norm. A bookshelf full of different kinds of yarn is not weird. Fiber Fests are de rigeur and knowing the difference between a gossip wheel […]
May 2, 2012 by Betsy Bird
The laptop of my infinite sadness continues to remain broken which wrecks a certain special kind of havoc with my gray cells. To distract myself, I plunge headlong into the silliest news of the week. Let’s see if there’s anything here to console a battered Bird brain (something tells me that didn’t come out sounding […]
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