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KidLit TV | StoryMakers with Betsy Bird PART 1

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!

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From Betsy Bird Books:

StoryMakers with Betsy Bird

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.

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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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 them in your Library Career HERE!


Host: Rocco Staino @RoccoA
Executive Producer: Julie Gribble @JulieGribbleNYC

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Roberta Gibson

Sounds like you found some fun stories. If the examples you gave that didn’t make it into the book are any indication, children’s book authors are a much wilder bunch than their book topics would suggest.

Kid Lit TV Commenter J Gribble

Saucy, is a term that could describe some of the tales from the book. Grab a glass of merlot and watch out for foxes!

Kid Lit TV Commenter Marcie Rinka Wessels

What an amazing contribution to the world of children’s literature. Well done!

Kid Lit TV Commenter Eti Berland

Been waiting with bated breathe for this episode – and it was as wonderful as expected. Can’t wait for Part 2! I am obsessed with Wild Things!

Kid Lit TV Commenter Eti Berland

I’m so glad to hear that. I could read it on repeat! Is that a thing? I’ll make it a thing. Get something new every time from Wild Things and the fabulous extras on the Wild Things website! (Waiting for Betsy and Julie to do an audio version; how awesome would that be? hint, hint…)

Kid Lit TV Commenter J Gribble

Ha! It’s a good thing. Betsy and Julie doing a reading – that’s an awesome idea–!!

Kid Lit TV Commenter Eti Berland

Thanks so much, Julie! Thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication – I love this community!

Kid Lit TV Commenter Christine Brallier

Love the book! About to start my second reading of it. Great interview, she’s fun isn’t she?! And looking forward to part 2!!


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