Today is the book birthday of my second book, EVERY DAY BIRDS, illustrated by Dylan Metrano and published by Orchard/Scholastic. The text of this book is one poem that teaches facts about twenty common North American Birds, and it sounds like this, all the way through...
Chickadee wears a wee black cap.
Jay is loud and bold.
Nuthatch perches upside down.
Finch is clothed in gold.
So far, folks have been generous to EVERY DAY BIRDS. The book is a Junior Library Guild selection, and reviews have said the following:
"Beginning birding at its best..."
"A great way to expose children to the wonders of nature, many of which are in their own backyards."
- School Library Journal
"[A] striking tribute to avian diversity..."
- Publishers Weekly
You can find out more information about the book HERE at my website. And here are three short movies that give a peek into the book's pages.
Scholastic's Official Book Trailer:
Book Movie Made by Sawyer Oubre:
Illustrator Dylan Metrano's Papercutting Process (Time Lapse):
You can read about Dylan's process HERE.
I am very grateful to many people for all they did to make this book so beautiful, and it is a thrill to see it out in the world. Much gratitude to Editor Ken Geist, Editor Michael Croland, Illustrator Dylan Metrano, Book Designer Marijka Kostiw, Publicity Coordinator Brooke Shearhouse, Events Consultant Michael Strouse, and every single person who worked on this book. I am very thankful to my agent, Elizabeth Harding at Curtis Brown Ltd., and I am lucky to have learned so much about birds from my husband Mark. Now I hope to pass a bit of this good fortune on to little ones who love birds...
If you are interested in the family tree for this book, you can learn about this at Kirby Larson's blog HERE.
If you would like to order a signed copy of EVERY DAY BIRDS, please send an e-mail to Jen Reisdorf, Manager of The Bookworm in East Aurora, NY. For a small shipping charge, she will ship your copy of EVERY DAY BIRDS (or FOREST HAS A SONG) after I come in and sign it to whomever you wish. You can reach Jen at jen at eabookworm dot com.
In celebration of today's launch, I would like to give away three copies of EVERY DAY BIRDS to commenters on this post. Please just comment with the name of one of your favorite birds (and why it's your favorite) to be entered into this drawing...winners will be selected this Friday! Too, please indicate a way to contact you should you win for if I cannot find winners easily, I will draw new names.
Tonight we have a book party with live educational ambassador birds from Messinger Woods Wildlife Care and Education Center. I can't wait to see them!
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