A Garden to Save the Birds

When a bird flies into their window by accident, Callum and his sister, Emmy, learn that from the outside, the glass looks just like the sky. They also learn that the United States has lost a lot of birds in recent years―and that there are lots of things their family can do to help. First, they set out feeders and make the windows safe. Then, for the winter, they build a little shelter and put out a heated birdbath. By springtime, all kinds of birds are visiting their yard! But with such a big problem, is there more they can do to make a difference? This book by Wendy McClure and Beatriz Mayumi is all about how children can take actions to help the environment (Source).

Wendy McClure is a writer and a children’s book editor. She is the author of  The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie, which won the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award for nonfiction in 2011, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and was a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick. Her 2005 memoir, I’m Not the New Me, was featured in publications such as Time Magazine, USA Today, Elle, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her infamous online collection of vintage Weight Watcher recipe cards and commentary was published in the 2006 humor book The Amazing Mackerel Pudding Plan. For more than a decade she wrote the PopTart pop culture column for BUST Magazine,  and her work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times Magazine, Glamour, The Chicago Sun-Times, and on the radio program This American Life. She has an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Her work in children’s books includes two picture books, the historical fiction series Wanderville, and the numerous picture books and young adult novels she’s edited over the years. She was born in Oak Park, Illinois, and now lives in Chicago with her husband, Chris, in a neighborhood near the river (Source).

Beatriz Mayumi is a character designer and illustrator living in São Paulo, Brazil. Through experience with publishing and editorial work in addition to concept art for animation and advertisement, she has worked with Albert Whitman & Co, BUCK Design, Lobo.cx along many others amazing people, and collaborated in projects for clients such as Facebook, Apple TV and Disney Parks. She’s always interested in telling stories that don’t rely on stereotypes, shows diversity in people and embraces all kinds of cultures and backgrounds (Source).

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