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Children's Literature Gems: Choosing and Using Them in Your Library Career

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  64 ratings  ·  25 reviews
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 disp ...more
Unknown Binding, 128 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by American Library Association
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I am a fan of Betsy Bird's blog and when I learned she wrote a book for librarians, I knew I had to get it.

As a newbie elementary librarian I found this book extremely useful. I have no formal training in librarianship or children literature; I've basically been "winging" it for the last 7 months solely on my love of kidlit and what I've picked up from working with kids in the past. Unlike other (thick) children's literature textbooks I've tried to read, _Children's Literature Gems_ was easy to
Monica Edinger
Since a good friend wrote this I'm totally prejudiced and so I'm staying away from the stars. What struck me reading this is something I often forget --- I'm NOT a librarian. I'm a teacher, but read copiously in this world of children's books, review, etc. etc. Reading Betsy's book reminded me of some details that make the world of a children's librarian different from that of a teacher. And so this is a book that was written for a librarian audience and succeeds very much so for that audience. ...more
I'm so sorry to say that I was disappointed in this promising book from kid lit rockstar Bird. It contains some fresh info on blogging and how to break into reviewing, but as a librarian, I yearned for MORE. Bird's list of "Great Read-Aloud Picture Books" contains only 8 titles. I was really looking for more meat here and at the $45 price tag I expected more than 100 pages. But I guess I have come to expect that from ALA Editions. This said, I really enjoyed the boxed "interviews" with librarian ...more
May 17, 2012 Hilary marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grown-up-books
I have not read this book. :)

I have just read this author's review of Bink and Gollie which I just finished and which I loved. Not as much as Mercy Watson, but almost. I did like the pictures more. This is saying a lot. I llloooovve Mercy Watson.

Elizabeth Bird is a children's librarian extraordinaire and she wrote this book Children's Literature Gems that I am recommending because although her review of Bink and Gollie was a tad overly long (*totally* understandable), she was generally so fantas
Cynthia Buhler
I would have preferred a hardcover coffee table tome, but this one was easier to read in the bathtub. Ms. Bird has an engaging, quirky writing style. It's no wonder that everyone in kidlit pays close attention to her likes and dislikes; her reviews are long, deep, and very entertaining. I give her 5 stars for her reviews in general. If she ever writes a children's book I'd be happy to illustrate it...and I don't do that for just anyone.
Anastasia Tuckness
Oct 29, 2009 Anastasia Tuckness rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lora, danielle, cathy
Recommended to Anastasia by: Amy
Shelves: nonfiction
A great, concise book. Interesting (and reasonably-sized) booklists with annotations and inspiring words about everything from booktalking to reference interviews. So much more than I'd expected, I'd recommend it to any youth librarian and plan to reread it in the future.
Madigan McGillicuddy
I finally got my hands on a copy of librarian blogger Betsy Bird's first book. Her primer on children's literature is geared for library school students or first year librarians. Experienced librarians will probably find themselves nodding their heads in recognition of many of the reference scenarios that Bird describes.

I had expected that the book would have Bird's trademark relaxed, sometimes silly, always rambling style, but she (or her editors) really reigned things in for this short monogra
(Non-Fiction, Library Science) As an academic librarian, who selects some children's titles for our juvenile collection, I thought this book would be a quick skim, but I was wrong. Bird's writing style is delightful and conversational, which instantly drew me in. After just reading the intro, I subscribed to her blog. I loved the booklists, the advice for finding good children's books,and the question/answer portions from other children's librarians. Although I may never be a children's libraria ...more
I wish I had read more books like this when I was in library school -- a quick, easy to read guide on children's literature. Bird provides lists of must-haves broken down by age. She also walks through what new children's librarians need to know about collection development, readers' advisory, and using your space wisely. This is the kind of book that's helpful to pick up periodically to check in on your practice and to evaluate next steps.

I'm an elementary school media specialist and I feel th
I wish there was an accurate page count in Kobo. (I only downloaded it through their reader to support my local book store.) I'm either 2% or 12% into the book depending on whether the tablet is held horizontally or vertically. Fantastic read so far. It's making me want to reread a few titles. That is after my current stack is depleted.

Finished! I try not to double up my reviews since I keep an account for the store I work at however I make an exception to that rule when the book is meant for ad
Lars Guthrie
The only reason for four instead of five stars is because the book (as advertised) is geared toward librarians only and because Bird seems a bit more reserved than she is in other venues (like here on Goodreads and there at But I did catch enough glimmers of her jaunty humor to keep me going, and as always, she kept me thinking about what I like in kid lit and what kids like and what parents and librarians like and how to mush all that together and have ...more
I picked up this book not because I'm a librarian, but because I am a huge fan of Elizabeth Bird's newsy and witty blog, Fuse #8. I always love to hear what she has to say about the world of children's literature and I respect her taste in books, so I was curious. What books would she put on a must-read list? How does she choose books, in general, for a library collection? What makes a book perfect for storytime? All of those questions and more are answered in this book, and make CHILDREN'S LITE ...more
this slim edition is quite the little gem itself. i enjoy bird's writing on her blog, a fuse #8 production, and this book was no exception. there are some great insights into and tips on reviewing, booktalking, displays, storytimes, and (of course) blogging, peppered with some solid book lists. great stuff, well presented, i just wish there was more of it. even so, definitely on my wishlist of books to own.
Wooden Horse
Loads of great ideas and book recommendations. I've enjoyed reading the author's reviews here on Goodreads and am beginning to explore her blog. I decided I had to read this in preparation for BEA 2013. I didn't finish it in time. I'm looking forward to her forthcoming picture book that I failed to snag at the show. Definite book overload at the show.
The "Your Own Time" section alone was worth the cost of the book. I'm a list lover, so I also loved the booklists at the end of each chapter, esp. "Overlooked Gems in Novels and Picture Books" and "My Favorite Middle-Grade Titles to Booktalk". Loved the shout-out to Goodreads, too!
Nothing new here. May be a good resource for newbie librarians. She did have summaries of a few books I haven't read. I was hoping for more book lists, but there are very few book recommendations here. This book was more about librarianship than books.
Good advice delivered with Betsy Bird's usual wit and intelligence. Will be especially helpful to the newbie librarian just starting out, but useful tips and references for the "years-in" folk too...
A great resource, especially for public librarians. Virtually no mention of school libraries, but some wonderful annotated lists that would be useful for either public or school librarians.
Helpful, but very broad and general as far as practical and concrete activities go. She does mention a lot of titles and why she likes them and that is very helpful.
I liked this book and could find it helpful in the future, but it didn't bowl me over. Maybe I was just in the wrong mood to be reading it.
Novice and seasoned librarians will appreciate the reading lists and tips in this small volume put out by the American Libarry Association.
Thanks for this excellent, readable resource. Great professional and pre-service development for school and especially public librarians.
Adrienne Furness
Nicely done, Betsy. Informative and enjoyable--the annotated booklists are especially fun.
A really great book shows us how love is great and worth to die for
Danica Midlil
Would like to own this little book
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Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, undisputed center of the universe, Betsy Bird (nee Elizabeth Ramsey) grew up and promptly left Michigan the moment her legs could propel her southward. She didn't get far. Obtaining a B.A. at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana (home of recorded jazz and don't let anyone tell you otherwise) she set her sights on Portland, Oregon. When that didn't pan out it was Minnea ...more
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