Today, I want to share a wonderful picture book sure to please all the young bird lovers in your life. Bird Boy by Matthew Burgess is a delightful story of inclusion, acceptance, and being yourself.
Title: Bird Boy
Author: Matthew Burgess
Illustrator: Shahrzad Maydani
Publisher: Random House Kids
Published: July 20, 2021
Format: Picture Book
Following a young boy named Nico as he finds his way at a new school, Bird Boy encourages young readers to embrace the things that make them unique. Nico doesn’t fit in right away, and soon earns himself the nickname Bird Boy when a bird approaches him on the playground. But Nico doesn’t mind, because Nico loves birds – from soaring eagles to green-winged macaws. Nico embraces his identity as Bird Boy, pretending to be a bird whenever he gets the chance, and he eventually finds friends in his classroom that appreciate his kindness and imagination.
The illustrations by Shahrzad Maydani are absolutely delightful. I love the colors and layers throughout each page, and of course all the birds.
Bird Boy is available today wherever books are sold, including Bookshop and Amazon, so be sure to grab your copy today. (Please note: Some links provided are affiliate links. Affiliate links allow me to receive a small commission for recommendations at no cost to you. This commission is used to maintain this site and to continue bringing content to you. I always appreciate your support!)
Thank you so much to Random House Kids for proving me with a review copy of Bird Boy. I am thrilled to be able to share it with you all today.
About The Author:
Matthew Burgess is the author of Enormous Smallness: A Story of E. E. Cummings, illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo, and The Unbudgeable Curmudgeon, illustrated by Fiona Woodcock. He has been a poet-in-residence in New York City elementary schools through the Teachers & Writers Collaborative since 2001, and he is currently completing his PhD at the CUNY Graduate Center. His work has appeared in various magazines and journals, and he recently received an award from the Fund for Poetry. He teaches creative writing and composition at Brooklyn College and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Follow him on Twitter at @MatthewBurgess.
About The Illustrator:
Shahrzad Maydani is an illustrator and storyteller living and working in Berkeley, CA. She was raised in Africa by an Iranian mother and English father and spent her childhood collecting and telling stories. She now spends her days frantically making up worlds to keep her toddler happy. Follow her on Twitter @shazmaydani and on Instagram @shahrzadmaydani.