100 Scope Notes
December 27, 2021 by Betsy Bird
"The Secret Garden meets Donnie Darko". A human-sized, walking on his legs Bunnyman accompanies a young girl and things get weird. We consider one of Sendak's lesser known titles.
May 25, 2021 by Betsy Bird
Once again I plow through loads of dull adult books just so that I can pluck the few with children's literature connections out of the morass and hand them over.
December 2, 2019 by Betsy Bird
Before I discussed this book with Kate I actually Googled, "A Kiss for Little Bear weird" and found nothing. As such, let THIS be the first online article or posting to declare this book to be downright peculiar.
July 1, 2019 by Betsy Bird
To celebrate this podcast being picked up by SLJ, Betsy and Kate tackle Sendak's best known book. Does it deserve its everlasting fame and glory? Find out for yourself! And believe me, there is a special kind of challenge in finding new things to say about this old chestnut.
June 17, 2019 by Betsy Bird
"This is like Schrödinger's 's Cat. The hole both is and is not there when the digging takes place." Kate and I discuss that old Ruth Krauss chestnut and figure out if it has any pertinence for the 21st century child.
May 29, 2019 by Betsy Bird
Beautiful to its core. Today we examine the Whitman/Selznick collaboration that was sparked by Maurice Sendak and we think about why the adult publishing world is afraid of trying something new sometimes.
April 11, 2019 by Betsy Bird
You know the drill. In my day job as a Collection Development Manager I spend my time looking at, and subsequently purchasing, books for adults. As a result, I come across books that have distinct children’s literature connections, but in unexpected ways. Today we’ll consider three books with odd ties to the field I know […]
October 10, 2018 by Betsy Bird
Can you keep a secret? An awful, terrible secret that could get me officially disbarred from all future children’s literature events from now until the end of time? This is just between the two of us, right? No one else is listening in and you won’t tell a soul. Okay. Here goes. I don’t think […]
March 6, 2018 by Betsy Bird
After delving so deeply into problematic picture books in February, Kate and I deserve a bit of a rest. And what, I ask, could be more restful than carnivorous animals devouring small boys? Particularly when said lions are the product of the inimitable and never imitated Maurice Sendak. This marks Sendak’s third appearance on the […]
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 […]
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