April 15, 2021 by Betsy Bird
No elephants. No piggies. No pigeons. And yet there's something about this abstracted concept book to lure me into reviewing it. I haven't reviewed Mo in 14 years. See why I've come around.
May 27, 2020 by Betsy Bird
As of yesterday, The Eric Carle Museum is presenting its first virtual exhibit. Called ART in PLACE: Social Distancing in the Studio, the show consists of 21 picture-book artists, isolating in their studios, working in the midst of a pandemic. Or, as Executive Director Alexandra Kennedy puts it, "We may all be in isolation—but these artists are helping to make sure we don’t feel isolated."
January 6, 2020 by Betsy Bird
Kate and I had just finished recording our episode on Knuffle Bunny Too. Mind you, Kate has never been the biggest Mo Willems fan out there. She wasn't particularly enamored of Knuffle Bunny the first. How would the second fare?
July 3, 2019 by Betsy Bird
The time has come, dear readers, to update the Complete Listing of All Public Children's Literature Statues in the United States once again. If you happen to know of an obscure one that I could be missing, lay it on me and I'll add it to the upcoming updated post.
August 20, 2017 by Betsy Bird
Happy Day Before the Eclipse! We’ve a couple interesting videos to peruse today, so take your pick! First off, two recent ones from the live feed show I do with the Abraham Lincoln Bookshop. The first is a bit of an aberration since it involves me being interviewed, not the other way around. The lure? […]
November 4, 2016 by Betsy Bird
The Cookie Fiasco By Dan Santat Additional Art by Mo Willems Hyperion Books for Children (an imprint of Disney) $9.99 ISBN: 978-1484726365 Ages 3-6 On shelves now See, this is tricky. Very tricky indeed. On the one hand, as a reviewer of children’s books, not bound to any single periodical, I have the freedom to […]
August 16, 2015 by Betsy Bird
Been a while, hasn’t it? Well, better late than never. And you probably get a better level of quality videos if there’s a month’s gap, eh? Today we begin with the video of the week. The Wall Street Journal released this article about Brian Selznick’s puppeteering work on his own book trailer. For me, it’s […]
March 1, 2015 by Betsy Bird
Morning, folks. We’ve a good store of goodies this morning, and I’m pleased as punch to give them to you. First up, a short film. A very short film, actually. I’ve spoken in the past on how Hollywood views children’s writers and the creation of children’s books. This film seems to believe that children’s books […]
January 21, 2015 by Betsy Bird
Hi-ho, folks. As the Newbery draws nigh thoughts of winners and legitimacy surface. Consider the case of Cece Bell’s El Deafo, a graphic novel that is also a great joy. Does it have a chance? Monica Edinger at educating alice makes a strong case in its favor. Another debate was held over at Heavy Medal […]
October 28, 2014 by Betsy Bird
A stumper to begin the day. I got this message from my aunt and I simply do not know the answer. Librarians of the world, do you know? Just to clarify beforehand, the answer is unfortunately not Are Your My Mother? by P.D. Eastman: “… seeking info on a children’s book that was [a] favorite […]
by Steven Engelfried
A Fuse #8 Production
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The Classroom Bookshelf
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Good Comics for Kids
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