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An interview with Betsy Bird
This is Episode #32 and today, as promised last week, I’m sharing with you a conversation with Betsy Bird – librarian, host of the new Fuse 8 n’Kate podcast, and the editor of the fabulous new short story anthology called FUNNY GIRL! We chat about the book, what makes her laugh, our least favorite picture books, and, and……I challenge her to a fart noise contest!
Take a listen….
For those listening who may or may not be familiar with you, can you give us a little introduction of who you are and what you do in the world of children’s literature?
Where does the name Fuse 8 come from?
You’ve mentioned that Funny Girl was the result of noticing that kids wanted funny books and there weren’t too many options written by women. So you proposed the idea to your editor…
Once this project was a go, how did you go about finding authors to contribute and what was your criteria when you pitched the idea to them?
Have you read any of the stories with your own kids ?
So, you’ve mentioned that girls are often discouraged from using humor as a coping mechanism. In your own life – either now or as a kid – what were some times when using humor has helped you?
Aside from stories like those in Funny Girl, what are some things that make you laugh? What’s your sense of humor like?
Fuse 8 n’ Kate Podcast
So you have a new podcast! What made you decide to jump back into podcasting?
What is a popular picture book that you don’t like?
Your Reading Life
What were some of your favorite books as a child?
As a parent, how do you make time for reading with your family? And what does that that look like?
What have you been reading lately that you’ve liked?
Where do you see a gap in the world of children’s books?
Betsy Bird ’s Fuse 8 Production Blog on School Library Journal
Books and Other Things We Discussed:
Sipping Spiders Through a Straw: Campfire Songs for Monsters by Kelly DiPucchio & Gris Grimly
Akilah Hughes’ YouTube Channel – Akilah, Obviously!
Accident by Andrea Tsurumi
If I Ran the Zoo by Dr. Seuss
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
Bumble-Ardy by Maurice Sendak
Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
Furious George Goes Bananas: A Primate Parody by Michael Rex
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Birchbark House by Louise Erdich
A Time to Keep by Tasha Tudor
Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn
Ghost Cat by Mark Abley
The Girl With the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Patina by Jason Reynolds
Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder
Alright – that wraps up our show this week. We have some great topics and interviews and book talks coming up including some thoughts on building a community of readers, conversations with Celia Perez about The First Rule of Punk, and Alan Gratz about Refugee AND Ban This Book. So be on the lookout for those.
And if you have a question or an idea about a topic we should cover, I would love to hear from you. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or connect on Twitter/Instagram at the handle @Books_Between.
Thank you so much for joining me this week. You can find an outline of interviews and a full transcript of all the other parts of our show along with all of our previous episodes at AlltheWonders.com.
Thanks again and see you soon! Bye!