A Home for Bird

A Home for Bird

By Philip Christian Stead; Philip C. Stead (Illustrator)

Roaring Brook Press, Hardcover, 9781596437111, 32pp.

Publication Date: June 5, 2012


While out foraging for interesting things, Vernon the toad finds a new friend - a small blue bird who is curiously silent. Vernon shows Bird the river and the forest and some of his other favorite things, but Bird says nothing. Vernon introduces Bird to his friends, Skunk and Porcupine, but Bird still says nothing.

"Bird is shy," says Vernon, "but also a very good listener."

Vernon worries that Bird is silent because he misses his home, so the two set off on a journey to help find a home for Bird.

This is a tender tale of a thoughtful friend who is determined to help his quiet companion, by the author of "A Sick Day for Amos McGee," winner of the 2011 Caldecott Medal.

"A Home for Bird "is a" Kirkus Reviews" Best Children's Book of 2012.

About the Author

PHILIP C. STEAD is the author of the Caldecott Medal winning "A Sick Day for Amos McGee", also named a "New York Times "Best Illustrated Book of 2010 and a "Publishers Weekly "Best Children s Book of 2010, illustrated by his wife, Erin E. Stead (A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press, 2010). Philip, also an artist, both wrote and illustrated his debut "Creamed Tuna Fish and Peas on Toast" (Roaring Brook Press, 2009), which was applauded by "School Library Journal "for its wry humor and illustrations worthy of a Roald Dahl creation. Philip lives with Erin in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Praise For A Home for Bird

 "Stead has crafted an old-fashioned story that speaks directly to the heart..."--Horn Book Magazine, starred

"The richly colored drawings are the perfect companions to this classic story of kindhearted friendship and belonging and will be a welcome addition to any collection or storytime.”--School Library Journal

 “Stead creates characters that make readers care; Vernon’s compassion and faith have near-spiritual dimensions. And the scribbled artwork brims with small delights…”--Publishers Weekly, starred

“A deeply satisfying story that speaks to the universal desires to be nurtured and to find a home.”--Kirkus, starred

 "This sensitively told story is a wonderful ode to friendship, selflessness, and the joys of home. Everyone should be so lucky to know a Vernon." -- Booklist, starred review