Ivy Bird

by Tania McCartney (Author) Jess Racklyeft (Illustrator)

Ivy Bird
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

"An enchanting portrayal of one girl's delight in a creature and the many ways they can engage and inspire." --ALA Booklist

Ivy spends her day with the birds--sipping nectar and splashing in the pond in this joyfully written celebration of birds and imaginative play from an award-winning author-and-illustrator team. Ivy Bird is a celebration of the natural world and the joy found in imaginative play. Perfect for reading aloud, this book will delight children with its search-and-find elements, bright illustrations, and exuberant story. A nonfiction element, two pages bursting with colorful bird illustrations, encourages readers to seek out birds in their own neighborhoods. Printed on FSC-certified paper with vegetable-based inks.


School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1--Red-haired Ivy devotes her day to mimicking the dozens of birds she encounters in person, through books, and in her imagination. She paddles with ducks, fluffs feathers like a flamingo, and copies trills, chirps, peeps, chatters, cackles, tweets, and squawks. After a "bird bath," she nests in her cozy bed, beneath a wall of her avian drawings. The Australian author includes a short description of a dozen birds at the end, affably depicted in Racklyeft's bright watercolor and collage textures. VERDICT There's plenty of positive energy in this colorful, imaginative work.--Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA

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Review quotes

A Best Children's Book of the Year (2020) —Children's Book Committee, Bank Street College of Education

"Ivy Bird is the fifth collaboration between two highly-talented creators." —Kids' Book Review


"This simply written celebration of the natural world may prompt kids to "trill and chirp" as well." —Kirkus Reviews


"An enchanting portrayal of one girl's delight in a creature and the many ways they can engage and inspire." —ALA Booklist


"There's plenty of positive energy in this colorful, imaginative work." —School Library Journal

Tania McCartney

Tania McCartney is an award-winning Australian author, illustrator and editor. She is published in nine countries and has over 40 books in print or production. Recent picture books include Mamie (HarperCollins, 2018). The founder of The Happy Book podcast and renowned kidlit site Kids' Book Review, Tania is passionate about juvenile literacy, and is an ambassador for numerous literacy initiatives. Her awards include several Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Notable books and the CBCA Laurie Copping Award for Distinguished Service to Children's Literature. Tania currently lives in Canberra, Australia, with her family, a forest of artwork and a mountain of books.

Jess Racklyeft is the acclaimed creator of cards, picture books, original paintings, prints, and all types of different client projects. She worked in publishing sales for many years and now works full-time as an artist and illustrator. Recent awards include the Children's Book Council of Australia Notable Picture Book of the Year two years running. She lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her family.

Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9781733121217
Lexile Measure
550L
Guided Reading Level
0
Publication date
April 20, 2020
Series
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