Birdsong : A literary gem


Written by contributor Rachelle Gilmore, who also happens to be an awesome friend

We LOVE the library. And I mean LOVE. As a mom of two kids we make a trip weekly. Sometimes twice a week.

My son, 2 years-old, loves working out the puzzles and grabbing the basket of crayons to color (scribble) a quick drawing. My daughter, 4 years-old, gathers the resident stuffed animals and quickly looses herself in camel/teddy bear/fuzzy crocodile land adventure. Me, on the other hand, I head straight for the books. I always peruse the new section first then on to the picture books, early readers and eventually landing in the nonfiction. When it’s all said and done we leave with a lot of books. I’ll be honest, we’ve been known to meet the 50 book limit a few times.



In all those books we have come across quite a few gems. One book I would love for you to check out is Birdsong by Ellie Sandall. This book is so wonderful for a few reasons. We loved the cute rhyming story of the neighborhood birds and their little tree branch. The illustrations seem to be inspired by a stroll through Anthroplogie’s home section; sparkles, glitter, and watercolor adorn the birds feathers.


All the birds have their unique chirp. I found this to be a good lesson in life too! We may flock together but there are no two birds exactly alike!  By the end of the book you have so many different chirps going that you just have to laugh. My son, who is learning to talk, loved repeating the bird songs and after 3 readings my daughter had the playful rhymes memorized. So adorable.


I hope you have a chance to experience the joy of reading this one to your kids! I promise you will have a whole new appreciation for the melodies in your very own front yard.


A special surprise!

I just love how Rachelle described Birdsong— such a beautiful book! I actually contacted the author, Ellie Sandall, and shared with her Rachelle’s love of her book. Well, Ellie thought it was wonderful and sent me a few signed copies of Birdsong and also one of her more recent ones, Daisy Plays Hide-and-Seek. Rachelle will be receiving hers in the mail any day now and on Sunday Sept 16 we will be giving away a copy of Birdsong and Daisy Plays Hide-and-Seek as our weekly giveaway.


What’s your favorite children’s book?

Share your favorite children’s book and why you love it. I hope to feature more books on Family Sponge and who knows, maybe make author-signed children’s books a monthly giveaway.

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5 Responses to Birdsong : A literary gem

  1. Pamela S September 12, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    “Birdsong” looks wonderful! I can’t wait to bring a copy home. Thanks for sharing–we’re always looking for new books to read.

  2. Megan September 14, 2012 at 11:21 am #

    Our favorite book is All The World by Liz Garton Scanlon. The illustrations remind me of the Bay Area, where I used to live and the rhyming story is lovely.

    • Family Sponge September 14, 2012 at 11:29 am #

      I can’t wait to check that one out Megan— the description has me hooked already: “This book affirms the importance of all things great and small in our world, from the tiniest shell on the beach, to warm family connections, to the widest sunset sky.” PS: We have a Burley bike trailer too and LOVE it!

  3. Cami September 15, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

    I have a library card for myself and each of my kids so that we can check out LOTS of book and request holds for certain books we are hoping to read. My bookshelf broke recently…I think that is a sign I have a book addiction! Anyways, one of my favorites is Dogger by Shirley Hughes. I love her illustrations – she seems to capture the simplicity of childhood and at the sametime, the fullness of their little hearts. This great story shows the bond of siblings, caring and loving each other and giving up yourself for one another. Hope you check it out including her other great books!

    • Rachelle Gilmore September 18, 2012 at 9:19 pm #

      Cami! That is awesome. Books are so fun. I’ll look into Dogger. Sounds really sweet!

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