Every Day Birds (Hardcover)

By Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, Dylan Metrano (Illustrator)

Orchard Books, 9780545699808, 32pp.

Publication Date: February 23, 2016

List Price: 17.99*
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"Chickadee wears a wee black cap.

Jay is loud and bold.

Nuthatch perches upside-down.

Finch is clothed in gold."

Young readers are fascinated with birds in their world. Every Day Birds helps children identify and learn about common birds. After reading Every Day Birds, families can look out their windows with curiosity--recognizing birds and nests and celebrating the beauty of these creatures!

Every Day Birds focuses on twenty North American birds, with a poem and descriptions written by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater and beautiful paper-cuttings by first-time picture book illustrator Dylan Metrano. Interesting facts about each bird are featured in the back of the book.

About the Author

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is the author of Forest Has a Song and a coauthor of Poetry: Big Thoughts in Small Packages. Amy lives in Holland, New York, with her husband and their three children. Visit her online at amyludwigvanderwater.com.

Dylan Metrano has been paper-cutting for more than ten years. He has designed numerous album covers, book covers, posters, and the occasional pet portrait. This is his first picture book. For more information, go to dylanmetrano.com.

Praise For Every Day Birds

Praise for Every Day Birds :

"[VanDerwater has] chosen birds preschoolers are likely to notice, birds they'll encounter outside their windows and in their yards--chickadees, cardinals, and sparrows--and birds they might see on trips to parks and beaches--hawks, herons, gulls.... Metrano's bold cut-paper illustrations show identifiable birds in appropriate poses against a clean, solid-color background, with just a hint of their likely habitat.... Beginning birding at its best, this pleasing presentation is ideal for families with preschoolers but would work well for storytime, too." -- Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Forest Has a Song by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater and illustrated by Robbin Gourley :

"Dip into this appealing collection for an introduction to early nature studies or poetry writing, or for generating some well-deserved enthusiasm for a stroll in the great outdoors." -- Booklist

"Children will understand this poetry as the quiet beauty of the forest is given a voice." -- Children's Literature

"Readers, too, may want to return to these explorations over and over." -- Kirkus Reviews

"The verses are approachable for readers and vivid for readaloud listeners, so this is a title with a broad spread of possible use. Even if there's no nearby forest, just have kids close their eyes, listen to the poetry, and imagine that there is." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books