Betsy Bird knows all there is to know about kids and books. She is the New York Public Library’s youth collections specialist, she writes a blog hosted by School Library Journal, and has served on the Newbery Medal committee. Now Betsy Bird has written a children’s book of her own, Giant Dance Party. In this rollicking picture book, a group of giants shows up at Lexy’s door wanting dance lessons. After some initial hesitation, Lexy is happy to teach them, and her dance classes end with all her students—as well as Lexy herself—overcoming their fears and putting on a boogying performance. Brandon Dorman, an award-winning artist whose work can be found in The Wizard, and on the covers of Fablehaven and Goosebumps, brings the giants and their dance moves to life with his full-color illustrations.
Betsy Bird is an author, librarian, and the popular blogger Fuse #8. As a child she took both ballet and Scottish Country dancing, and in college she performed everything from tap and swing to modern dance and a little (rather awful) Fosse. Betsy Bird was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and now lives with her family in New York City, where she is currently New York Public Library’s Youth Materials Collections Specialist.