Our favorite Books for National Bird Day

Did you know that January 5th is National Bird Day? January 5th marks the end of the annual Christmas Bird Count. The Christmas Bird Count is the world’s longest-running citizen science survey; it’s been going on for more than a hundred years. During the Christmas Bird count, thousands of volunteer birders count native birds and wild bird populations all over the United States. This count forms one of the world’s largest sets of wildlife survey data, and the results are used daily by conservation biologists and naturalists to assess the population trends and distribution of birds.

In honor of National Bird Day, we’ve rounded up five (count ’em!) of our favorite picture books about birds. Is your favorite bird book listed here?

New Releases from Groundwood for January 2018

New year, new books! Or… new… graphic novel!

THE BREADWINNER: A GRAPHIC NOVEL
By Deborah Ellis

Available Now: The Breadwinner: A Graphic Novel by Deborah Ellis

This beautiful graphic-novel adaptation of The Breadwinner animated film tells the story of eleven-year-old Parvana who must disguise herself as a boy to support her family during the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan.

Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital city. Parvana’s father — a history teacher until his school was bombed and his health destroyed — works from a blanket on the ground in the marketplace, reading letters for people who cannot read or write. One day, he is arrested for having forbidden books, and the family is left without someone who can earn money or even shop for food.

As conditions for the family grow desperate, only one solution emerges. Forbidden to earn money as a girl, Parvana must transform herself into a boy, and become the breadwinner.

Readers will want to linger over this powerful graphic novel with its striking art and inspiring story.

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