March 11, 2022 by Betsy Bird
“Maybe because blue has such a complicated history of pain, wealth, invention, and recovery, it’s become a symbol of possibility, as vast and deep as the bluest sea, and as wide open and high as the bluest sky.” I consider a truly gorgeous bit of picture book history in the magnificently written and illustrated BLUE.
January 14, 2022 by Betsy Bird
It is the easiest thing in the world to write a mediocre picture book biography. Writing one that’s as good as Out of the Shadows, that knows precisely where to cut the story, how to present the art, and then allows you to fall in love with the subject? Such books are uncommon little gems.
December 28, 2021 by Betsy Bird
These are the Nonfiction Picture Books of the year that I just feel went above and beyond the call of duty. Many you've seen on previous lists. Some will be entirely new to you.
November 4, 2021 by Betsy Bird
How do you write a bio of someone who was never actually alive? An impressive bio of a symbol that retains her importance even today.
August 6, 2021 by Betsy Bird
Deftly capturing the majesty, mystery, and downright good looks of foxes, this book is a rarity. Photographs galore highlight the mysterious world of the fox.
March 19, 2021 by Betsy Bird
Today we discuss a book that takes risks, makes mistakes, and comes out memorable in the end. The right snail with the right heart in the right book for the right reader.
February 11, 2021 by Betsy Bird
Funny and gross, this book is an honestly inventive way of spelling out how the simultaneously disgusting and delicious (eh?) fly is an integral part in not only the food chain but also the world as we currently know it.
August 20, 2020 by Betsy Bird
Drawing On Walls is the kind of book that you wish other writers of children’s nonfiction would read. A story that justifies its very existence by justifying the very existence of its subject.
by Travis Jonker
Good Comics for Kids
by Brigid Alverson
Teen Librarian Toolbox
by Karen Jensen, MLS
The Classroom Bookshelf
by Grace Enriquez
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