Betsy Bird – Chair

Betsy Bird is 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 site A Fuse #8 Production, hosted by School Library Journal.  Betsy reviews for Kirkus, 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 the picture book GIANT DANCE PARTY (Greenwillow, 2013), illustrated by Brandon Dorman, co-author of the very adult book WILD THINGS: ACTS OF MISCHIEF IN CHILDREN’S LITERATURE (Candlewick, 2014), which she co-wrote with fellow bloggers Jules Danielson and Peter Sieruta, and editor of the middle grade anthology FUNNY GIRL: FUNNIEST. STORIES. EVER. (Viking, 2017). You can find more information about Betsy at her website www.betsybirdbooks.com. Follow her on Twitter at @FuseEight.