Elizabeth Bird

About Elizabeth Bird

Betsy Bird is the youth materials specialist of New York Public Library and creator of the SLJ blog A Fuse #8 Production. She wrote the picture book Giant Dance Party (Greenwillow) and co-authored, with Julie Danielson and Peter Sieruta, Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature (Candlewick).

Apples to Elephants: Artists in Animation

dicamillo_bink & gollie

Children’s book geekery comes in many forms. My own most recent example came while watching Disney’s The Little Mermaid with my daughter for the first time. After skipping all the scary sea-witch scenes (which incidentally makes for a remarkably short film), we were watching the credit sequence roll when suddenly I started jumping up and […]

Different Drums: Seven Little Ones Instead

seven little daddies

The Horn Book Magazine asked Elizabeth Bird, “What’s the strangest children’s book you’ve ever enjoyed?” “No answers are provided, no hints are given. This lack of resolution makes for an ultimately unsatisfying story.” So said SLJ of the early 1990s Swedish import Else-Marie and Her Seven Little Daddies by Pija Lindenbaum (and adapted by Gabrielle […]