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Seagulls Soar

April Pulley Sayre, Kasia Bogdanska (Illustrator)


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Award-winning author April Pulley Sayre explores everyone's favorite impertinent birds--seagulls--examining their intelligence, behavior, and surprisingly widespread habitat in this STEAM nonfiction picture book.

Did you know that seagulls sometimes live far from the sea--near a lake or farm, or even in a desert? Or that they are omnivores, eating everything from fish and clams, to grasshoppers and mice, and even to blueberries? Or that they dance? These birds are full of surprises! Join April Pulley Sayre as she poetically describes the curious behaviors and wide-ranging habitats of one of the most graceful birds to soar in the sky.

Praise For Seagulls Soar

★ "Ballad stanzas celebrate gulls who flourish both near and far from the sea. Sayre, who has introduced all kinds of animals with clever rhymes and rhythms designed for reading aloud, turns to the gull family. From the laughing gulls on the title page to the California gull on the final, dedication page, first-time picture-book illustrator Bogdańska's digital images... convey... the range of gull appearances and the wide variety of their habitats. (A) deceptively simple, soaringly successful flight." — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"In this engaging and informative work, readers learn about the diversity of seagulls. The colorful artwork conveys the mood perfectly. This title can be used in storytime for preschoolers or in the classroom with older students... a story with lyrical text, stellar illustrations, and  thought-provoking back matter. Readers will never look at seagulls the same way again." — School Library Journal, starred review

"A bird familiar to many children, the seagull receives well-deserved attention in this attractive picture book. Written in short, rhyming verses, the text touches on many aspects of seagulls’ lives, such as feeding, preening, nesting, and flight. On broad, double-page spreads, the accomplished digital artwork captures the birds in action within different settings. An informative picture book for reading aloud to kids intrigued by gulls." — Booklist 

Boyds Mills Press, 9781684371976, 32pp.

Publication Date: April 14, 2020

About the Author

April Pulley Sayre is an award-winning children's book author of over sixty-five natural history books for children and adults. Her read-aloud nonfiction books are known for their lyricism and scientific precision. Sayre holds a B.A. in biology from Duke University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Vermont College. Visit

Kasia Bogdańska is an Illustrator based in Warsaw, Poland. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and has illustrated for numerous magazines and newspapers. Seagulls Soar is her first book. Visit