Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library System, and the former Youth Materials Specialist of New York Public Library.
She is a prolific blogger of all things children’s literature related on her blog site, A Fuse #8 Production, hosted by School Library Journal. Betsy reviews for Kirkus and occasionally the New York Times, served on the 2006 Newbery committee, and is currently serving on the 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committee.
Betsy is also the author of Children’s Literary Gems: Choosing and Using Them in Your Library Career, the picture book Giant Dance Party, illustrated by Brandon Dorman, and the co-author of the very adult book Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature, which she co-wrote with fellow bloggers Jules Danielson and Peter Sieruta. You can find more information about Betsy at her website www.betsybirdbooks.com.