KidLit TV | StoryMakers with Betsy Bird
In Part 1 of Rocco’s interview with über-librarian Betsy Bird, you’ll hear quite a few juicy stories from her new book Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature.
Betsy Bird is the New York Public Library’s Youth Materials Collections Specialist and has her very own spiffy blog on School Library Journal.
Be sure to check out Part 2 of StoryMakers with Betsy Bird on KidLit TV!
From Betsy Bird Books:
Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature
by Betsy Bird, Julie Danielson, and Peter D. Sieruta
Did Laura Ingalls cross paths with a band of mass murderers? Why was a Garth Williams bunny tale dubbed “integrationist propaganda”? For adults who are curious about children’s books and their creators, here are the little-known stories behind the stories. A treasure trove of information for a student, librarian, new parent, or anyone wondering about the post-Harry Potter book biz, Wild Things! draws on the combined knowledge and research of three respected and popular librarian-bloggers. Told in affectionate and lively prose, with numerous never-before-collected anecdotes, this book chronicles some of the feuds and fights, errors and secret messages found in children’s books and brings contemporary illumination to the warm-and-fuzzy bunny world we think we know.
Children’s Literature Gems: Choosing and Using them in your Library Career
by Elizabeth Bird
Master the huge array of quality children’s books from the past and the present with this must-have resource from children’s librarian Elizabeth Bird. With her strong passion for children’s books and the profession, Bird will help you: build and manage your children’s collection; strike a balance between award winners and classics; arrange your space to best showcase and display books; review the basics of storytime, storytelling, and booktalking; and, add the 100 children’s books that belong in every library. “Children’s Literature Gems” is about managing and caring for a part of the library devoted to children who love good books and is a must for every children’s librarian – new or experienced!
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