September 14, 2022 by Betsy Bird
Actor and activist Tyler Merritt speaks about a moment that happened to him when he was ten-years-old and has inspired his autobiographical picture book A Door Made for Me.
April 16, 2021 by Betsy Bird
Is it already the Halloween season? It is not, and yet here we are considering the latest Pete Oswald/Eric Geron picture book, Poultrygeist. And why not? Roadkill doesn't take a holiday, after all.
February 24, 2021 by Betsy Bird
Seems to me that if you're going to make a video out of a picture book that relies heavily on music, you need to put your back into it. And this one has some gusto! Some pizzazz!
January 12, 2021 by Betsy Bird
Tonight I talk with Gary Paulsen live. Before that, listen to him talk about his latest book, Gone to the Woods.
January 24, 2019 by Betsy Bird
What the heck is 'Creators IRL'?". It's a series Penguin created to "offer a safe space for conversations, questions, revelations, and reflections between readers and some of their favorite creators. Featuring candid discussion from some of the book community’s most beloved creators, each video will center on a particular topic and explore how that topic has influenced the creator’s life and career." Today, I'm premiering the third video in the series. Its focus? “Identity”.
July 18, 2018 by Betsy Bird
Last month I found myself overwhelmed. Overwhelmed, that is, with an incredible desire to review a book a full four months before its publication date. This is not an unheard of action on my part, but I do try to avoid talking up books too far in advance of their releases. Sometimes, though, when the […]
June 12, 2018 by Betsy Bird
I have this terrible habit of too-early enthusiasm. I frequently tell myself that reviewing a book too early is a bad thing. It invites the reading public to forget about the book before its publication date, after all. But there are times when a book is so good that I just can’t contain myself. Such […]
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