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The Great Santa Stakeout

By Betsy Bird, illustrated by Dan Santat

A delightfully devious Christmas story from beloved librarian Betsy Bird and Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat.

Freddy Melcher is Santa's #1 Fan. He has Santa posters, Santa action figures, and even Santa underwear. But there is one prize Freddy desperately wants: A photograph taken with Santa, fresh out of the chimney.

Oh, is it risky! It's awfully hard to sneak anything by someone who can see you when you're sleeping and knows when you're awake. That's why Freddy has been extra good this year . . . at hiding his plans.

Will Freddy get away with his delightfully devious scheme to outwit Santa Claus himself and capture the ultimate selfie?

Funny Girl: Funniest. Stories. Ever.



Edited by Betsy Bird

By Cece Bell, Sophie Blackall, Libba Bray, Lisa Brown, Adrianne Chalepah, Alison DeCamp, Carmen Agra Deedy, Kelly DiPucchio, Lisa Graff, Shannon Hale, Charise Mericle Harper, Jenni Holm, Akilah Hughes, Amy Ignatow, Christine Mari Inzer, Lenore Look, Meghan McCarthy, Mitali Perkins, Leila Sales, Raina Telgemeier, Deborah Underwood, Ursula Vernon, Rita Williams-Garcia, Delaney Yeager, and Mackenzie Yeager

Funny Girl is a collection of uproarious stories, rollicking comics, rib-tickling wit, and more, from 25 of today’s funniest female writers for kids.

What could be funnier than family? Read stories about Ursula Brown’s grandmother driving her on a road trip to disaster, Lisa Brown’s little brother getting a Tic-Tac stuck up his nose, and Carmen Agra Deedy’s mom setting the bathtub on fire.

What could be funnier than friends? Pretty much nothing, as Rita Williams-Garcia shows two besties hatching a bird-brained scheme to get on to a TV talk show, and Deborah Underwood introduces a dynamic dog-and-cat duo teaming up on a pet advice column.

What could be funnier than YOU? Tell your future with Mad Libs, discover your Chinese Zodiac sign with Lenore Look, and learn the best tricks of the comedy trade from professional humorists like Adrianne Chalepah and Delaney Yeager.

With clever contributions from award-winning and bestselling authors including Cece Bell, Sophie Blackall, Libba Bray, Shannon Hale, Lisa Graff, and Raina Telgemeier, this anthology of funny girls will make you laugh until you cry. Or cry until you laugh. Or maybe you won’t cry at all. Either way, you’ll definitely laugh.
 
Funny Girl isn’t just an anthology: it’s a cause, a mission, a movement. Girls are funny. Now it’s time for the world to know it.

Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children's Literature

by Betsy Bird, Julie Danielson, and Peter D. Sieruta

Did Laura Ingalls cross paths with a band of mass murderers? Why was a Garth Williams bunny tale dubbed "integrationist propaganda"? For adults who are curious about children’s books and their creators, here are the little-known stories behind the stories. A treasure trove of information for a student, librarian, new parent, or anyone wondering about the post-Harry Potter book biz, Wild Things! draws on the combined knowledge and research of three respected and popular librarian-bloggers. Told in affectionate and lively prose, with numerous never-before-collected anecdotes, this book chronicles some of the feuds and fights, errors and secret messages found in children’s books and brings contemporary illumination to the warm-and-fuzzy bunny world we think we know.

Giant Dance Party

by Betsy Bird, illustrated by Brandon Dorman

Giants can't dance!

Can they?

When Lexy takes on the task of teaching a gaggle of giants to dance, well, you can expect one giant dance party. Of course it doesn't start out that way. But as Lexy and her giants prove . . . where there is a will, there is a way. Where there is imagination, there is a way. Where there is perseverance, there is a way. Where there is friendship, there is a way!

 

Absolutely anyone can dance.

And everyone in this book does!​

Children's Literature Gems:

Choosing and Using them in your Libarary Career

by Elizabeth Bird (also me!)

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 display books; review the basics of storytime, storytelling, and booktalking; and, add the 100 children's books that belong in every library. "Children's Literature Gems" is about managing and caring for a part of the library devoted to children who love good books and is a must for every children's librarian - new or experienced!