April 27, 2023 by Betsy Bird
How do you decide which 101 illustrators from around the world to include in a single compendium? Today we talk to Leonard Marcus about his latest title PICTURED WORLDS and why worldwide art is important.
January 3, 2023 by Betsy Bird
Today we speak with noted children's literature scholar Leonard Marcus about his latest informational title for kids about the man Kirkus called, "our presidential G.O.A.T."
March 22, 2022 by Betsy Bird
In the sole Bologna Children's Book Fair panel on literary criticism, Leonard Marcus was joined in conversation by Michele Roberts. Here's the gist of the talk.
January 22, 2019 by Betsy Bird
When I heard that Lisa Von Drasek, the curator of the Children's Literature Collection at the University of Minnesota had given a home to a new ABC of It (the children's literature exhibit that Leonard Marcus curated in NYC), I was intrigued. And when she allowed me to interview her about it? I was thrilled. Here's Lisa explaining how she managed to right a great wrong, and contribute something mighty to the world of children's literature.
January 17, 2019 by Betsy Bird
Boy, howdy. I haven't done a good old-fashioned Fusenews in a long time. How do these work again? I just sort of throw up the recent children's literature news from a variety of sources with comments of some sort? Honestly, I used to do these pieces fairly regularly. That is, until I realized that PW Children's Bookshelf basically had this game in the bag. They know what they're doing over there. Still, there are always some interesting tidbits that catch my eye. On beyond the usual suspects:
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 […]
May 11, 2014 by Betsy Bird
I’ll confess to you that I think I just discovered the secret to Video Sunday. If I “Favorite” videos I see in Twitter throughout the week I end up having a MUCH stronger series than if I’d just scouted them out on my own. Phew! Happy to know there’s a secret there. Now in the […]
October 20, 2013 by Betsy Bird
All right. Me stuff off the bat. I was recently asked to moderate a panel of authors for the Children’s Media Association. The panel consisted of Ame Dyckman, Joanne Levy, Katherine Longshore, Elisa Ludwig, Lynda Mullaly Hunt, and Sarvenaz Tash. During the course of the evening it was suggested that we perform a Giant Dance […]
June 29, 2013 by Betsy Bird
It is a truth universally acknowledged that when you have easy access to amazing things the relative value you place upon those things diminishes significantly after a surprisingly short amount of time. Case in Point: When I worked across the street from the MOMA for several years it was apparently too difficult for me, even […]
June 6, 2013 by Betsy Bird
Morning, fellow plebes! And isn’t the weather just fine and dandy these last few days? It has been in New York anyway. Which is to say, it feels like we briefly stole San Francisco’s temperatures for our own use this week. Giving it back is going to be awful. To take my mind off that, […]
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