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Children's Nonfiction Birds

Birds (A Day in the Life)

What Do Flamingos, Owls, and Penguins Get Up To All Day?

by (author) Alex Bond & Neon Squid

illustrated by Henry Rancourt

Neon Squid
Initial publish date
Mar 2023
Recommended Age
5 to 8
Recommended Grade
k to 3
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2023
    List Price

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Set over a 24-hour period, meet speedy ostriches, tiny hummingbirds, and majestic eagles in this kids’ nonfiction book about the coolest birds in the world.
Soar through the skies to follow the lives of our feathered friends as they fight, dance, and play their way through their day. Ornithologist Dr. Alex Bond tells the story of the world’s most amazing birds in the style of a nature documentary, including gentle science explanations perfect for future biologists. Witness incredible moments including:
• A bald eagle on a fishing trip
• Pink flamingos dancing to impress potential mates
• A barn owl hunting in the dusk
Beautifully illustrated by Henry Rancourt and packed with animal facts, Birds (A Day in the Life) encourages kids to look at the incredible roles wild birds play in ecosystems across the globe.
Also available: Bugs, Big Cats, Sharks, Horses

About the authors

Contributor Notes

Dr. Alex Bond is a Canadian ecologist and conservation biologist, who focuses on marine birds and oceanic islands. Alex is the curator in charge of birds at the Natural History Museum in London, UK.
Henry Rancourt is a freelance illustrator based in Cleveland, Ohio. He completed his BFA in Illustration at the Cleveland Institute of Art. In 2021, Henry showed work in The Society of Illustrators Los Angeles West 59 Show. He is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Editorial Reviews

"How select birds wake up, make nests or bowers, lay and tend eggs, fly, chow down, and end the day... A bright, brisk addition to the murmuration of bird books." --Kirkus
Praise for the A Day in the Life series:
"From action scenes to tidbits of intriguing information to paragraphs of explanation, the text has plenty to offer animal lovers. Varied in layout, these fully illustrated books feature vibrant, stylized artwork with distinctive palettes. An attractive series for kids intrigued by animals in the wild." --Booklist

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