Betsy Bird of Fuse #8, a School Library Journal blog, was profiled in Forbes: The Double Life of Betsy Bird.
Sweet! Congratulations, Betsy!!
And I believe my favorite part is ... (drumroll)... the love shown One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia: "Does Bird have a prediction for the next Newbery winner in 2011? Of course, and naturally it's unconventional. "Have you heard the story about a mother who joins the Black Panthers?" she asks. It's called, One Crazy Summer, by Rita Williams-Garcia. "It's funny and painful and just a little bit brilliant."
My second favorite part is the picture with the article looks like the card catalog may be attacking Betsy. (Seriously, random shelves are pulled out and she is sitting so close that it looks like any second one shelf may push itself out to attack her. Duck, Betsy! The card catalog is upset it was replaced by an OPAC and is coming after librarians!)
Back to seriousness.
I am tickled pink that Betsy is highlighted in Forbes.
Because Betsy is a friend, and I know what a hard worker she is (along with being smart and funny and dedicated, hard working is important for any success story). Because I know how many people out there not only aren't reading any book blogs, but aren't aware of them as a resource, so having something that brings both positive attention and new readers is made of awesomesauce.
And because it makes me jealous in a good way.
Bad jealous: sitting at home, eating chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream.
Good jealous: being inspired to follow my own dreams.
Anyway (like how it always ends up being about ME?), congratulations, Betsy!!!
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