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Superlative Birds
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Superlative Birds

by Leslie Bulion
illustrated by Robert Meganck

Explore the fascinating world of superlative birds―from the bee hummingbird, the tiniest bird in the world, to the peregrine falcon, the fastest creature on Earth.

Ever wonder which bird has the loudest voice? Which one builds the biggest nest or has the most feathers? Get to know all about the best and brightest―and smelliest!―denizens of the bird world with this collection of nonfiction science verses. You won’t need your binoculars to observe the superlative characteristics of these avian wonders.

Author Leslie Bulion includes a science glossary, notes on poetry forms, and resources for information about these extraordinary birds in the back of the book. Witty drawings by Robert Meganck add another layer of fun to this humorous and informative gallery of the world’s most accomplished birds.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-951-3
Publication Date: 3/1/2019
Page Count: 56
Size: 7-3/8″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-1-68263-185-0
Publication Date: 3/1/2020
Page Count: 56
Size: 7-3/8″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-68263-245-1
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English

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Barnes & Noble

Lexile: 1060L
Themes: Birds, Bird Habits, Animal World Records, Science Poetry
BISAC 1: JNF042010 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Poetry / Humorous
BISAC 2: JNF003030 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Birds
BISAC 3: JNF028000 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Humor / General


“With characteristic humor and carefully crafted language, poet Bulion offers readers amazing facts about birds of our world…. These engaging poems read aloud beautifully…. Meganck’s digital illustrations reflect the humorous tone…. Excellent resources for further bird study complete this delightful offering. Entertaining and educational, a superlative package.” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

“Fascinating facts… Meganck’s illustrations are one-dimensional and friendly, placing the birds against uncluttered backgrounds while clearly emphasizing the characteristic being highlighted by each poem.”—Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

“A “top of the class” example of combining two different subjects that are approachable and a joy to read. A win for science and English classrooms.” —School Library Journal

“Bulion is an accomplished wordsmith…. Illustration is engrossing, imaginative, instructive, and deftly calibrated to the tone of the text…there’s enough trivia here to stoke middle grade know-it-alls. Even readers who are merely on fact-finding missions, though, will be impressed by the breadth and engagement of Bulion’s chosen poetry forms…. In works such as Superlative Birds, the collaboration of poetry and science invites children of varying reading preferences, learning styles, and worldviews to enter nature study through their own chosen door.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, STARRED REVIEW


Notable Poetry Books and Verse Novels List —National Council of Teachers of English, 2020

Connecticut Book Award (Finalist, Young Readers: Picture Books) —Connecticut Center for the Book, 2020

Delaware Diamonds (Nominee, 3-5) ―Diamond State Reading Association, 2020-2021

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Intermediate) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2020

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Meet the Author

Leslie Bulion

Leslie Bulion is the author of several children’s books, including Uncharted WatersThe Trouble With Rules, and Fatuma’s New Cloth, winner of the African Studies Association’s 2002 Children’s Africana Books. She lives in Connecticut. You can visit  her website here.

Meet the Illustrator

Robert Meganck

Designer and illustrator Robert Meganck is a professor of illustration, graphic design, digital imaging, and color theory at Virginia Commonwealth University.  He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI.  He has received over 300 regional, national, and international awards for illustration and graphic design work. He lives in Virginia.