From School Library Journal
Bird writes in a chatty tone reminiscent of her popular blog, A Fuse #8 Production, and her love of children's literature shines through on every page. This slim volume is not meant to be an in-depth textbook, but rather a brief overview of the field and an introduction to the stars of children's literature. There are several lists of recommendations, most notably the 100 Children's Books That Belong in Every Library. Shorter lists cover baby books, overlooked novels and picture books, middle-grade titles to booktalk, and great picture-book read-alouds. Highlighted boxes throughout feature questions and answers from seasoned professionals on how they handle various parts of their collections and aspects of their work. Readers who are new to the field may find this a comforting basic guide to managing their collections. For instance, the chapter on how to use your materials touches on displays, reference and readers' advisory, storytimes, storytelling, booktalking, and book parties. A chapter on professional development outside the workplace is also included. Practical advice in a compact form.–Renee McGrath, Nassau Library System, Uniondale, NY
About the Author
Elizabeth Bird is a Senior Children s Librarian with New York Public Library s Children s Center at 42nd Street. She runs the children s literary blog A Fuse #8 Production on the School Library Journal website, which was shortlisted for Book Blogger Appreciation Week in the Best Kidlit Blog category. Bird has written articles for Horn Book Magazine and currently reviews for Kirkus. In 2004 she earned her Master s in Library and Information Science at The College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota.