Best Picture Books of 2015 @ EPL – Sat. Nov. 14

Value Reading Aloud to Children? EPL’s Children’s Lit Experts Reveal Their Very Best Picks.

EPL Librarians Betsy Bird and Brian Wilson, two highly respected children’s literature experts, share their picks for Best Picture Books of 2015 on Saturday, November 14 at 10:30 am in the Main Library Community Meeting Room. This lively and interactive presentation will offer those reading to children or with an interest in children’s literature, advice and tips on great books to share and suggestions for how to make these titles come alive. For those seeking them, there will also be plenty of great ideas for books to give as gifts. 

Please note: This event is for adults, and is not a story time for children. No registration required.

EPL Children’s Librarian Brian Wilson was recently elected to serve on the prestigious 2017 Caldecott Award Selection Committee. The Caldecott Medal is the highest honor awarded to an illustrated children’s book published in the United States. Wilson has worked at the Evanston Public Library since 2001.

Betsy Bird joined the Evanston Public Library as collections development manager in 2015, coming to EPL from New York Public Library where she was a youth materials specialist. During her time in New York, Bird, a children’s book author herself, became highly influential in the world of children’s literature. Her popular blog in School Library Journal, Fuse 8, gets tens of thousands of visitors each month, her Twitter followers number more than eleven thousand, and she regularly reviews children’s books for Kirkus and the New York Times. At NYPL, she developed lecture series, storytelling events, and literary salons that attracted parents, teachers, librarians, authors and illustrators–anyone with a passion for the best in children’s literature. 

“So many picture books are published in a given year that it can be enormously difficult sifting through them to find the best,” said Bird. “Brian and I will take the guesswork out of identifying books for kids that really sparkle.”



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