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Meet me at the Boston Book Festival on Sunday, October 20 at 12:45 pm! I’ll be on the panel, “So You Think You Can Write a Picture Book,” with Carol Gordon Ekster (You Know What?), Nicole Tadgell (A Fist for Joe Louis and Me), and Joy Nelkin Weider (The Passover Mouse) at the Roxbury Innovation Center, Dudley Square, Boston. To learn about other other author events, click here.

Praise for Bird Count

“An instructive and attractive picture book for aspiring ornithologists and young nature aficionados.” —Publishers Weekly

A wonderful introduction to bird-watching and the concept of observing nature… Parents be warned: this book is so appealing that, come next December, you may find yourself out in the cold, counting birds.Booklist

Clever design… Count guidelines are smoothly worked into Richmond's narrative... An engaging, informative introduction.. —Kirkus Reviews

Great book on citizen scientists.  A must read and should be in all public and elementary school libraries. The backmatter adds depth.Terry Young, retired librarian and judge for the AAAS/Subaru Science Books & Films Prize for Excellence in Science Books

This charming and handsomely illustrated story . . . is accurate in detail, and it wonderfully captures a young person’s enthusiasm . . . Wayne R. Petersen, Director of Massachusetts Important Bird Area (IBA) Program

In Bird Count, sumptuously illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman, a child becomes a citizen scientist for a day in her town’s annual Christmas Bird Count. Ava is excited when Big Al, the leader of their count team, asks her to record the tally this year. Using her most important tools—her eyes and ears—she eagerly identifies and counts the birds they observe on their assigned route around the town. Carefully Ava and her team follow the rues of the count, then she records the numbers on their tally sheet. At the end of the day, they meet up with the other teams in the area for a Christmas Bird Count party, where they combine their totals and share stories about their observations. Back matter includes more information about the birds Ava’s team records and about the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count!

Artwork ©2019 by Stephanie Fizer Coleman from Bird Count

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