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A Home for Bird

A Home for Bird

Philip C. Stead

Roaring Brook Press


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. This title has Common Core connections.

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

Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens, Maine Cream of the Crop Master List, ME Cream of the Crop Master List, MO MASL’s Readers Awards - MASTER LIST, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, Indiana Young Hoosier Award Master List, Arizona Grand Canyon Young Readers Maste

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

In the Press

Read the Kirkus Review of A HOME FOR BIRD . Vernon is both a toad and a forager for found objects. Ambling along with his latest haul, he chances upon a creature he seeks to know and then to help. - Kirkus Reviews

Shelter - The New York Times

Reviews from Goodreads

Philip C. Stead

Philip C. Stead is the author of the 2011 Caldecott Medal book, A Sick Day for Amos McGee, which was illustrated by his wife, Erin E. Stead. His most recent picture book, Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat, was the recipient of starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. Philip lives with his wife in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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