The Classroom Bookshelf
February 14, 2023 by Betsy Bird
With four starred reviews (and counting) to its name, today I talk about The Fire of Stars with its creators and learn just how difficult this sophisticated picture book bio was to create.
December 26, 2022 by Betsy Bird
Today, we're giving lesser known people their place in the sun while also acknowledging people with famous names who finally have picture book bios worthy of their fame.
October 14, 2022 by Betsy Bird
Choosing Brave is the book for kids we will turn to on the topic of Emmett Till for decades and decades and decades to come.
July 21, 2022 by Betsy Bird
Today I present to you a slew of 2022 picture book bios, some out already and some yet to come, that are not blerg. They are not boring. They are boffo. Fantastic. Memorable. Cool.
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.
November 24, 2021 by Betsy Bird
The psychedelic 60s never looked so good. I talk with creators Charles R. Smith Jr. and Edel Rodriguez about their joint work on the latest Jimi Hendrix biography.
September 14, 2021 by Betsy Bird
Today I talk with author Traci N. Todd to discuss her new picture book biography of Nina Simone and the art of reducing a life to its essentials.
July 9, 2021 by Betsy Bird
Why children's writers are sometimes the first ones to sing for the unsung? I discuss Meghan P. Browne's upcoming picture book bio Dorothy the Brave with her and reveal its cover.
January 18, 2021 by Betsy Bird
"At the risk of sounding basic, I don’t think it’s possible to overrate the mango." I interview Mara Rockliff about her latest picture book biography and we end up talking fruit!
December 26, 2020 by Betsy Bird
Each crop of yearly biographies runs the gamut from the uber famous to people who may not have ever even received an adult biography. I loved the sheer variety on display in 2020. Behold a sampling of some favorites.
The Classroom Bookshelf
by Mary Ann Cappiello
by Colby Sharp
100 Scope Notes
by Travis Jonker
Teen Librarian Toolbox
by Amanda MacGregor
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