While out foraging for interesting things, Vernon the toad finds a new friend – a small blue bird who is curiously silent. Vernon shows Bird the river and the forest and some of his other favorite things, but Bird says nothing. Vernon introduces Bird to his friends, Skunk and Porcupine, but Bird still says nothing.
“Bird is shy,” says Vernon, “but also a very good listener.”
Vernon worries that Bird is silent because he misses his home, so the two set off on a journey to help find a home for Bird.
This is a tender tale of a thoughtful friend who is determined to help his quiet companion, by the author of A Sick Day for Amos McGee, winner of the 2011 Caldecott Medal.
“A deeply satisfying story that speaks to the universal desires to be nurtured and to find a home.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Stead’s splashy, colorful pictures are warm, funny, appealing and drawn with a light touch…Taken together, text and image convey the message that each of us has one true home and nothing else will do.” – New York Times
A Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book of 2012
A Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of 2012
A Horn Book Fanfare 2012 Best Picture Book of 2012
To read more about Philip’s process while making A Home for Bird, click here to read the essay he wrote for Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast.