Project Description


Bring on the Birds

by Susan Stockdale

Brightly colored, richly textured illustrations and an energetic rhyming text introduce young readers to distinctive birds and their unique qualities.

From the Blue-footed Booby to the Red-billed Oxpecker, the breadth of bird life depicted in this stunning book will captivate young ornithologists. Susan Stockdale’s bold colors and crisp, clean lines can’t help but grab the reader’s attention. An afterword identifies each animal and tells a little bit about it and where it lives.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-560-7
Publication Date: 2/1/2011
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-3/8″ x 9-3/8″
Age Range: 2 – 6
Language: English
Format: Board Book
Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-1-56145-692-5
Publication Date: 3/1/2013
Page Count: 22
Size: 5-7/8″ x 6-1/2″
Age Range: 1 – 3
Language: English
GRL: D, Gr K
Lexile: AD260L
Themes: Bird Behavior, Bird Habitats, Bird Species
BISAC 1: JNF003030 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Birds
BISAC 2: JNF051150 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Zoology
BISAC 3: JNF042000 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Poetry / General


“Likely to draw and hold the attention even of unfledged young viewers. The images are often mesmerizing in their abstraction, inviting readers to pause and admire.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“A fresh look at birds: familiar, strange, and wonderful.” ―Booklist

“Crafted in charm and simplicity, the book offers many possibilities for use and enjoyment in reading aloud, browsing, and teaching. The pictures invite a lingering look, easily stimulating observation and discussion.” ―School Library Journal

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“Not only visually appealing to young students, this title will be a good read-aloud that could lead to a discussion of birds and their characteristics. It will be a wonderful supplement to a bird unit in the primary grades.” ―Library Media Connection

“This delightful introduction to both exotic and familiar birds is described in simple rhyming text with fiesta-bright illustrations.” ―Bank Street College of Education

“Stockdale’s text is simply worded with strong rhythm and rhyme, making it ideal for beginning readers as well as read-aloud time. Her acrylic illustrations are striking and gorgeous, putting the birds front and center with a bold use of color.” ―Parents’ Choice

“Brightly colored, richly textured illustrations and an energetic rhyming text introduce young readers to distinctive birds and their unique qualities…the breadth of bird life…will captivate junior ornithologists…” ―Midwest Book Review

“Our fine feathered friends are beautifully served in this handsome volume by local author-artist Susan Stockdale. Like the stunning acrylic illustrations, the rhythmical text manages both to inform and entertain.” ―Washington Parent

“Susan Stockdale’s engaging rhymes and spot-on rhythm, bold and bright illustrations, and her inclusion of honest-to-goodness science add up to a fun-to-read book that can’t be beat.” ―Sally’s Bookshelf

“Rhyming couplets and clear, identifiable illustrations remind readers that birds vary in many ways, but all have feathers and are hatched from eggs. Colorful acrylics help provide just the right of information for preschool ornithologists.” ―WFL Kids

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Notable Children’s Books ―Association for Library Service to Children, 2012

Best Children’s Books of the Year ―Bank Street College of Education, 2012

Parents’ Choice Recommended Award ―Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2011

Cybils (Finalist, Nonfiction Picture Books) ―Cybils, 2011

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A Baker’s Dozen ―Pennsylvania Center for the Book, 2012

Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book ―Chicago Public Library, 2012

Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award (Preschool Nominee) ―Keystone State Reading Association, 2012-2013

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Meet the Author/Illustrator

Susan Stockdale has written and illustrated a number of children’s picture books, including Stripes of All TypesBring On the Birds, Fabulous Fishes, and Carry Me. Her books celebrate nature with exuberance and charm and have won awards from the American Library Association, Parents’ Choice, and the National Science Teachers Association. Stockdale lives in Maryland and speaks frequently at schools and conferences. You can visit her website here.