Full Moon over Noah’s Ark
An Odyssey to Mount Ararat and Beyond

By Rick Antonson
Praise for Full Moon over Noah’s Ark

“Antonson shows an indefatigable and intrepid spirit in this swift account of his ascent of Mount Ararat and his travels through some of the most dangerous territory in the Middle East, including Iraq and Iran. . . . A book filled with the enthusiasm of discovery, the delight in accomplishment, and the relief of return.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Intended for travelers, adventurers, extreme sports enthusiasts, and armchair travelers, this volume further includes illustrations that add meaningful perspective. VERDICT: This tasty, spicy feast of a book could have gone beyond its 350 pages. Once picked up, it is hard to put down; it would serve well any library’s bookshelf.”—Library Journal

“From the beginning, Antonson establishes himself as a perceptive and evocative travel writer. . . . The various viewpoints he encounters both on the climb and in subsequent visits to the region are respectfully and sensitively presented, with some historical background to assist the reader. History is not always pretty and hikes don’t always go according to plan. But both are combined here in an engaging and entertaining book.”—Booklist

Praise for previous books Route 66 Still Kicks and To Timbuktu for a Haircut

“One of the best books of the bunch [2012 round up of holiday travel books by the New York Times] is partly a homage to Bobby Troup, the lyricist who wrote the 1946 hit ‘(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66.’” —Joshua Hammer, for the New York Times

“Antonson calls Route 66 ‘the highway of highways,’ and after reading his luminous travelogue, you probably will agree. A must for Route 66 aficionados.” —Chicago Tribune

“Antonson’s most impressive feat in Route 66 Still Kicks is how he incorporates history into the narrative. Even those familiar with the stories of Will Rogers, Cyrus Avery, Mickey Mantle, or Al Capone will find them rendered by Antonson in a fresh way. Highly recommended.” —Route 66 News

“There are travel books, and there are travelogues, and then, if you’re lucky, you come across storytelling like this that actually takes you on a history-filled, magical mystery tour that becomes a remarkably accessible journey.” —Peter Greenberg, travel editor, CBS Evening News

“His tale is a middle-age Woodstock in motion, an encounter with an America that isn’t as lost as we think. . . . And in the end Antonson proves that Route 66 indeed still kicks—as does America.” —Keith Bellows, editor in chief of National Geographic Traveler

“Not just for the armchair traveler, this book would serve as a useful guide for those interested in exploring Mali.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Beautifully written narrative of travel and the endangered ancient heritage of a city.” —Booklist ________________________________________

Acclaimed travel writer Rick Antonson sets his adventurous compass on Mount Ararat, exploring the region’s long history, religious mysteries, and complex politics. Mount Ararat is the most fabled mountain in the world. For millennia this massif in eastern Turkey has been rumored to be the resting place of Noah’s Ark following the Great Flood. But it also plays a significant role in the long-standing conflict between Turkey and Armenia.

Author Rick Antonson joined a five-member expedition to the mountain’s nearly 17,000-foot summit, trekking alongside a contingent of Armenians, for whom Mount Ararat is the stolen symbol of their country. Antonson weaves vivid historical anecdote with unexpected travel vignettes, whether tracing earlier mountaineering attempts on the peak, recounting the genocide of Armenians and its unresolved debate, or depicting the Kurds’ ambitions for their own nation’s borders, which some say should include Mount Ararat.

What unfolds in Full Moon over Noah’s Ark (Skyhorse Publishing; On Sale Now) is one man’s odyssey, a tale told through many stories and characters. Starting with the flooding of the Black Sea in 5600 BCE, through to the Epic of Gilgamesh and the contrasting narratives of the Great Flood known to followers of the Judaic, Christian, and Islamic religions, Full Moon over Noah’s Ark takes readers along with Antonson through the shadows and broad landscapes of Turkey, Iraq, Iran, and Armenia, shedding light on a troubled but fascinating area of the world.

Full Moon over Noah’s Ark is an accessible travel memoir told in an appealing writing style of everyman travel adventures infused with pop history of the surrounding area, including significant landmarks and cultural tidbits. The book touches on Noah’s Ark, the Epic of Gilgamesh, and the Flood Tablet, putting the mountain in historical context, as well as the modern-day politics between Turkey and Armenia, and how Mount Ararat plays an important symbolic role for both nations. The author is an experienced travel writer whose previous books have been favorably reviewed in the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. Learn about Turkey, Armenia, and the region through the eyes of adventure and exploration.

About the Author Rick Antonson is the former president and CEO of Tourism Vancouver and past chair of the board for the Destination Marketing Association International, based in Washington, DC. Antonson is the author of several books, including the travel memoirs Route 66 Still Kicks and To Timbuktu for a Haircut. He lives in Vancouver, Canada, and Cairns, Australia.

Full Moon over Noah’s Ark
An Odyssey to Mount Ararat and Beyond
By Rick Antonson
Skyhorse Publishing hardcover, also available as an ebook
392 pages
On Sale: April 5, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-5107-0565-4
Price: $24.99


A Memoir of Food, Love, and Family, with Recipes By New York Times Well Blogger and Nutritionist

“Every story and every memory from my childhood is attached to food,” Dawn Lerman writes. Our relationship with food starts at a very young age: what and how we eat is often determined by our environment and our upbringing. Our eating habits and tastes are cultivated by our family members’ relationships to food, for better or worse. Dawn knows this first hand. The author of the New York Times Well Blog series, “My Fat Dad,” shares her food journey and that of her father, a brilliant copywriter from the “Mad Men” era of advertising at Leo Burnett and McCann Erickson, in her new book, MY FAT DAD: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Family, with Recipes (Berkeley; September 29, 2015; Trade Paperback/$16.00). Recently featured in the New York Post, Dawn spent her early childhood in Chicago constantly hungry as her ad man father—responsible for such iconic slogans such as “Fly the Friendly Skies,” “Coke is It,” and “Leggo My Eggo”—pursued endless fad diets from Atkins to Pritikin. At 450 pounds at his heaviest, he insisted Dawn and her mother adopt to his saccharine-laced, freeze-dried food plans to help keep him on track. “As far back as I can remember, there was an invisible wall that separated me from my dad, a distance that I could never completely penetrate,” Dawn remembers. “His closest relationship was with the bathroom scale – his first stop every morning and his last stop every evening. The scale controlled his moods, our days, what we were going to eat and basically ruled our family life.” Dawn’s mother never cooked and she witnessed her mother eat only one real meal a day—a can of tuna over the kitchen sink—while she dashed from audition to audition pursuing an acting career. Dawn felt undernourished both physically and emotionally except for one saving grace: the loving attention she received from her grandmother, Beauty. Dawn spent every weekend with Beauty, and their time together instilled in Dawn a passion for cooking for oneself and others as she learned that the best food is prepared with the freshest ingredients. When she was with Beauty, Dawn learned to enjoy the adventure of picking out vegetables for supper, and spent hours precisely rolling out dough for the perfect strudel. When Dawn’s father took a prestigious new ad job in New York City with McCann Erickson when she was nine, Beauty’s culinary education continued as she sent Dawn a recipe card every week with a twenty-dollar bill. Beauty’s recipe cards became Dawn’s life-line as she navigated Manhattan on her own. When McCann Erickson suggested Dawn’s father spend six months at a Fat Farm in North Carolina in order to get a promotion, ten-year-old Dawn accompanied him for a summer. When they returned she tried to help him maintain his 175-pound weight loss by cooking her grandmother’s recipe cards with a healthy twist. From macrobiotics pie, to salmon with fennel and leeks (learned while spending a summer at Duke’s Fat Farm with her father), to Beauty’s family recipes, Dawn reflects on her colorful family and how food shaped her connections to those she loved. MY FAT DAD is as much a coming of age memoir as it is a recipe collection from Dawn’s upbringing and culinary adventures in Manhattan. Her recipes include some of her grandmother’s favorite traditional Jewish dishes, to healthier interpretations and creations. Some of the recipes found in the book include: -Aunt Jeannie’s Apple Strudel -Chocolate Chip Mandel Bread -Bubbe’s Sweet Brisket with a Coca-Cola Marinade - Mushroom Barley Soup -Sweet Potato Latkes -Beauty’s Baby Shell Kugel with Golden Raisins -Duke University “Fat Farm” Approved Parchment Paper Salmon with Leeks and Lemon Slices -Macrobiotic Apple Pie -Sweet Potato Hummus -Strawberry Pancake Sandwiches Her father’s life-long struggle with food, along with her grandmother’s love of cooking fresh foods, led Dawn to become a well-respected nutritionist and NY Times blogger. Today her dad is a healthy 230 pounds and vegan. Dawn believes that “everyone has a food story to tell. My Fat Dad is mine.”

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Elizabeth S. Levy Merrick’s new travel guide takes readers to Boston’s historic houses

‘Be There Then: A Guide to Exploring Greater Boston’s Historic House Museums’ takes readers to more than 40 historic homes

SOMERVILLE, Mass. – Elizabeth S. Levy Merrick calls herself a lifelong aficionado of historic homes. She now hopes to make historic house buffs out of readers with her new travel guide, “Be There Then: A Guide to Exploring Greater Boston’s Historic House Museums” (published by Lulu).

“There is nothing like being physically present in a historic place to fully experience it,” Merrick says. “These historic houses tell us about people and events that shaped our current world.”

Merrick’s guide includes colorful profiles of more than 40 historic houses open to the public, in and around Boston. It acts as an indispensable handbook to help readers discover hidden historical gems as well as experience some better-known portals to the past. From Colonial to Victorian, from modest to upper-crust, there are houses for every interest.

“Be There Then: A Guide to Exploring Greater Boston’s Historic House Museums” aims to convey not only the basics of each house, but also the overall visitor experience, going beyond a listing of facts and allowing readers to plan their visits to their liking.

“Historic house museums are the next best thing to a time machine,” Merrick says. “Step over the threshold and you’re back in the past.”

“Be There Then: A Guide to Exploring Greater Boston’s Historic House Museums” By Elizabeth S. Levy Merrick
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 132 pages | ISBN 9781483419237
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 132 pages | ISBN 9781483419213
E-Book | 132 pages | ISBN 9781483419220

Shakespeare experiences love, betrayal in ‘The Parrot Tavern’

David Wurtzebach homages Shakespeare’s sonnets with play depicting iconic playwright in love triangle

DENVER – Author David Wurtzebach presents “The Parrot Tavern” (published by Xlibris), a two act play that is a fictionalized and often comic rendering of the love triangle alluded to in Shakespeare’s sonnets. The play portrays the iconic bard as an otherwise normal man who also happens to be one of the world’s greatest writers.

The play revolves around love and language, showing Shakespeare confronting recognizable and very human problems, while at the same time paying homage to the power and the delight to be found in his words. It follows the playwright during his early years in London and portrays a love triangle involving him, the Lord Henry Wriothesley and the Dark Lady – all in Elizabethan English.

Excerpt from “The Parrot Tavern:”

“WILL (to Dark Lady): My love, there is no trick, no secret. Indeed, what particulars there are, they are few in number. One, you need to play your notes with spirit, with hope. To these two you need add whate'er wit, craft, feeling you can muster. There. Now you know. No? Well, yes. There is more. A key of sorts and, ay, one with magical power does exist. But it lies not with you, the player. It belongs to the other.”

Well-written and highly imaginative, “The Parrot Tavern” offers an adventure-love story that at times evokes laughter, at other times quiet thoughts.

By David Wurtzebach
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 95 pages | ISBN 9781483655116
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 95 pages | ISBN 9781483655109
E-Book | 95 pages | ISBN 9781483655123
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
David Wurtzebach is married and the father of three grown children. In the early 1980s, his novel “Sizing Up Y” found an agent but no publisher. After spending the last 29 years as an employee of the US Post Office, he is now retired.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

Dalvin Clifford debuts with ‘Jazzy Zigzagin' Blues’

New novel tells remarkable story of life, love, humanity

QUANTICO, Va. – Dalvin Clifford marks his debut in the world of literature with “Jazzy Zigzagin' Blues” (published by AuthorHouse). This new novel uses poetry and a compelling narrative to tell a story of love, life and of people determined to live their lives at any cost.

In “Jazzy Zigzagin' Blues” readers are introduced to a cast of indelibly characterized men and women who find themselves facing seemingly insurmountable odds. There is Mary, a young woman whose relatively normal life is thrown off course by a family secret; Rainbow, her best friend who, despite her outward confidence, is jaded by love and weighed down by her insecurities; Anita, Mary’s mother who struggles with forgiveness and a host of others who are drawn into the transformative swirl of human experience. An evocative narrator, Clifford takes readers alongside these characters on a journey that will teach them what it means to love, live and be human.

Sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant and always compelling, “Jazzy Zigzagin' Blues” is a story of pain, heartbreak, loss and, above all, the incredible power of love to overcome all of these.

“Jazzy Zigzagin' Blues”
By Dalvin Clifford
Softcover | 5 x 8in | 302 pages | ISBN 9781496930033
E-Book | 302 pages | ISBN 9781496930040
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Dalvin Clifford is an active duty United States marine. He wrote the first draft of “Jazzy Zigzagin' Blues” while stationed in Japan. He is an avid reader of fiction literature, inspired by the honesty and distinctive voices of writers such as Terry McMillan.

AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industry’s only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, AuthorHouse assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, AuthorHouse celebrated 15 years of service to authors in Sept. 2011.For more information or to publish a book visit or call 1-888-519-5121. For the latest, follow @authorhouse on Twitter.

How Baseball Explains America

By Hal Bodley
Foreword by George F. Will
“…One of the most important books ever written on baseball”
– Bill Madden, New York Daily News

Among the many craftsmen of baseball journalism, few have been able to match the accomplishments of the legendary Hal Bodley. More than half a century ago, a young Bodley began covering America’s game. Since then he has stuck to what he loves and created a legacy of unforgettable baseball prose.

In How Baseball Explains America, longtime USA TODAY baseball editor and Dean of American baseball writers Hal Bodley takes readers on a one-of-a-kind journey through America’s pastime. Exploring just how essential baseball is to understanding the American experience, Bodley covers a span of unforgettable and unique moments, including:

•Baseball’s ongoing battle with performance enhancing drugs alongside America’s struggling war on drugs
•How baseball’s westward expansion mirrored the growth of our national economy
•Thoughts on the game from Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush
•The myriad ways in which movies, music, and baseball are intrinsically tied
•The legendary troika of Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa recently selected to the MLB’s Hall of Fame

An unabashedly celebratory look at America’s love affair with baseball and the men who make it possible, How Baseball Explains America sheds light on the past century of both the memorable performances on the field and the trials and tribulations off of the field that made the game a true national treasure.

About the Author:
Hal Bodley has covered baseball since 1958 and is currently senior correspondent for He is the former baseball editor of USA TODAY and has served as a broadcast analyst for CBS, CNN, and NBC. He is the co-author with Pete Rose of Countdown to Cobb: My Diary of the Record Breaking 1985 Season and author of The Team That Wouldn’t Die, on the world champion 1980 Phillies.

Discover Bourne’s History
Local author pens new book sharing
the history using striking images

New book by local author, Gioia Dimock , explores Bourne's history. The newest pictorial history published by Arcadia Publishing is titled Bourne and is set to release on June 30, 2014. Boasting over 200 images depicting scenes of days gone by, the book explores the history of this unique Massachusetts city.

Bourne is considered the gateway to Cape Cod. Whether one travels across the Bourne Bridge or the Sagamore Bridge to gain access to the Cape, the town of Bourne is inevitably en route. In 1884, Bourne was separated from the town of Sandwich and has grown into a community of distinct villages, including Buzzards Bay and Bournedale, Sagamore Beach, Sagamore, Bourne, Monument Beach, Pocasset, and Cataumet. Uniting all these communities is the Cape Cod Canal, which opened in 1914.

Over the years, Bourne’s economy has been bolstered by the cranberry industry, the iron foundries, and the Holway Axe factory. The Keith Car & Mfg. Co. began a booming business in town, starting by making covered wagons and eventually manufacturing railroad cars. From the dude train that brought men from the cities to join their families on weekends to the hotels, beaches, and seafood restaurants that catered to them, Bourne shares photographs of what life was like for visitors and residents of this tight-knit community

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online.

Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States. Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America’s people and places. Have we done a book on your town? Visit

Premier Equestrian CEO Mark Neihart Pens and Publishes The Horse Angels

Sandy, Utah - Mark Neihart loves horses. More than that, he’s fascinated with the age-old relationship between man and horse. As the CEO of Premier Equestrian, he’s surrounded by the horse culture, but he’s not just in the business. It’s much deeper and more personal.

Mark started writing his book in 2010, and originally it detailed the history of mankind and horses, the premise being that man progressed through the ages on the back of a horse.

“I finished it, and it was pretty boring,” Neihart admits. “It was more like a dull documentary. Then in 2011, a friend suggested I write a dramatic story using the factual information as the core of the story. Once my editor got involved we ditched all the remaining boring parts. It turned from a documentary into straight fiction. It’s a story which has something for everyone: fast moving action, romance, government corruption, and, of course, horses.”

What Neihart kept as the central theme in his book was the relationship between horse and man. “It’s what motivates many of the characters. A hundred and fifty years ago it was the horse pulling the cart. Today, we see the Chevy Suburban pulling the horse within the trailer. This is the perfect symbol of our collective love and appreciation of the horse as well as an apt symbol of our gratitude.” That ancient bond is the core of The Horse Angels, a story about an endangered herd of wild horses and the people sent to protect them.

A brief synopsis; News reporter Anne Harper is called to investigate rumors of a dwindling herd of mustangs. She takes her daughter Samantha and heads up to the Angel Ridge horse rescue ranch where the two get caught up in a decades-old family feud. She meets Nolan Powell, a quiet, brooding horsemen with a secret. The drama unfolds as true nature of the relationship between horse and man is revealed. Fast paced, compelling, and heartfelt. The Horse Angels is a book for every horse lover.

Neihart enjoyed dramatizing the relationship people enjoy with their horses. He depicts this as a mystical, almost magical element in The Horse Angels. He says he based it on the observations he made watching horsemen like Walter Zettl and Pat Parelli.

“When my company was making the video series, A Matter of Trust, about Walter Zettl, I followed him around for five years, observing him,” says Neihart. “His classical dressage technique utilizes the horse’s natural abilities. I learned how important it is to always be soft, kind, with no force. Through Walter, I met Pat and Linda Parelli and my education continued. The Parelli’s are leaders in the Natural Horsemanship movement. They showed me how respect for the horse and seeing things from his point of view is the basis of all good training. There were my beginnings; many other world-class horse trainers have come into my life since then. I have been very fortunate.”

As CEO of Premier Equestrian, Neihart gets to live this philosophy everyday. “Premier Equestrian was built around our primary passion for loving, training, and riding our horses,” says Neihart. “Every product we sell is measured against this passion for safety, practicality, and the well being of the horse.”

Mark and Heidi-Zorn Neihart live in Granite, Utah with their three horses, Sting, Serrano, and Isabella. Horses are central to their lives, both professionally and personally.

For more information on this and all Premier Equestrian products, including footing, dressage arenas, jumps, stable accessories, and The Horse Angels, visit their website at

Gincy Self Bucklin shares innovative, horse-friendly approach for transforming beginners into secure, competent riders quickly, correctly and safely.

Champaign, IL -- Well-known author Gincy Self Bucklin has taught horseback riding and instruction techniques to riders and fellow instructors for over 65 years. The Gentle Art of Horseback Riding (Human Kinetics, 2013) should be a game changer in the way horseback riding is taught at the novice level.

Knowledgeable horse people know that in order to be correct, all riding skills must be founded on a centered and grounded position; also known as a 'good seat'. However the average novice rider finds her- or himself struggling, perhaps for years, as the result of receiving “too much information, not enough foundation.” Bucklin has developed a teaching approach which enables riders to develop a correct seat first, then build their skills on this foundation. As well as being safer and more satisfying for the riders, since they are not attempting more than they can accomplish, it is also much more comfortable for their horses, and more rewarding for the instructor.

Her teaching ‘basics’ are also atypical. Bucklin believes a student should, first and foremost, develop a good rider/horse relationship, based on mutual caring and trust. Second, handle the horse on the ground and ride him in ways that are comfortable for both. Third, understand that communication with the horse begins with listening.

Riders in any discipline will benefit from Bucklin's unique presentation, which features lesson-by-lesson instructions and full-color images. All the basic skills are covered, which makes The Gentle Art of Horseback Riding not only an excellent guide for learning or self-improving riders but also a great manual for instructors wishing to simplify and improve the learning process while developing confident riders with safe, happy horses.

Gincy Self Bucklin has been teaching riding for more than 60 years. Her students have included recreational riders of all ages and levels, many of whom have also shown successfully and some of whom have become professionals themselves. She now works with instructors to share the teaching methods presented in her books. Gincy is a retired Centered Riding instructor and is an American Riding Instructors Association level IV instructor.

Gincy has been writing about horses and riding since 1987. She is the author of What Your Horse Wants You to Know, How Your Horse Wants You to Ride, and More How Your Horse Wants You to Ride. She has been a contributor to national horse magazines, including Equus and Horse Illustrated. Currently she writes a regular column for Riding Instructor, the quarterly publication of the American Riding Instructors Association (ARIA), and maintains her own website, Gincy lives in East Dummerston, Vermont.

Award-winning juvenile fiction book provides “insider's view” of racehorses’ peril-filled lives

“Only winning counts, every racehorse knows that. But what happens when you don’t win?”

Written from the horse’s point of view and filled with authentic details, RAJA, Story of a Racehorse chronicles the life of a well-bred Thoroughbred racehorse destined for greatness. After a promising start on the path to the Triple Crown, a series of bad luck events ends Raja’s racing career. What happens next is the main focus of former amateur steeplechase jockey Anne Hambleton’s dizzying yet “could be true” tale of the odyssey of an “off-the-track-Thoroughbred.”

Raja’s journey takes him to the “A show” circuit, along the streets of New York City’s mounted police beat, to the horrors of the livestock auction, and finally to the stable of a retired champion steeplechase jockey where he finds a chance to realize his destiny.

Hambleton comments, “As a lifelong horsewoman, I am constantly surrounded by stories of ex-racehorses. Horses get passed around, life happens, and the unlucky ones end up at auctions where they risk being purchased by meat buyers. Unwanted racehorses and horse slaughter are very real and current issues. On the other hand, many ex-racehorses have excelled in sport careers.”

“An outstanding debut novel for young people.” - Kirkus Starred Review

RAJA, Story of a Racehorse was named to the Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 Indie list and is the recipient of the Mom’s Choice Gold award, the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Silver Young Reader Fiction award, and the IPPY Bronze award for juvenile fiction. The book includes illustrations by award-winning equestrian artist Margaret Kauffman and a glossary of horse terms.

Author: Anne Hambleton is a lifelong horsewoman and former amateur steeplechase jockey. She lives in Vermont with her family and several ex-racehorses whom she actively trains and competes. Raja, Story of a Racehorse is her first novel.

Become a Backyard Birder!


Everything a kid needs to become an expert bird-watcher!
by Sharon Lovejoy

The zippy Ruby-throated Hummingbird’s wings beat 75 times per second.

The amazing Chickadee grows extra brain cells during the winter to help remember hidden stashes of food.

Northern Mockingbirds mimic hundreds of sounds, from frogs, crickets, and car alarms, to dogs barking, doors creaking, and humans talking.

These amazing creatures are just three of the 34 commonly seen birds you will meet in Sharon Lovejoy’s newest book MY FIRST BIRD BOOK AND BIRD FEEDER (Workman; October 2012; $21.95).

Sharon’s hand-painted, beautifully detailed field guide and activity book is a great way to introduce children ages 6 and up to nature and the joys of bird-watching, right at their own kitchen window! The charming watercolor illustrations help young birders easily identify their subjects, while the lively text teaches fascinating facts on bird life, easy-to-make recipes for bird food, and projects, including:

• How to call a bird (page 8)
• How to identify a bird by its song or the shape of its beak (pages 12–13)
• A guide to bird feathers, talons, toes, beaks, and bills (pages 22– 27)
• SPLAT! The Story of Bird Poop (page 38)
• The Bird Guide, with its profiles of 34 individual North American birds (begins on page 48)

And the activities get kids busy in the kitchen, garden, and beyond.


• Create a colorful bird-shaped journal to track your observations and draw the birds you see (page 17)
• Whip up homemade bird food recipes and seasonal treats to attract specific birds (page 33)
• Create a bird-friendly backyard with birdbaths, birdhouses, and plants to attract feathered friends (page 40)
• Make your own bird feeder from fruit, a dead branch, egg shells, old dishes, and more (page 46)

The book is packaged inside an eco-friendly, sky-blue, biodegradable plastic bird feeder that attaches to any window. A built-in roof protects the food, and the bottom lip snaps down for easy cleaning. The feeder draws birds to the window giving kids--whether they live in a city or on a farm, in a house or an apartment-- an up-close look at their visitors. And, thanks to the Bird Book, they’ll be able to identify their new feathered friends.

Perfect for homeschooling projects, weekends at Grandma’s, and days when it’s too cold to go outside to play, MY FIRST BIRD BOOK AND BIRD FEEDER will have kids shaking a tail feather to explore more of the great outdoors.

Sharon Lovejoy is an award-winning nature and gardening author and illustrator whose books include Sunflower Houses; Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars; Trowel & Error; and Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots. For over 20 years, she has taught nature classes to students and teachers across the country and abroad. Ms. Lovejoy divides her time between California and Maine.

by Sharon Lovejoy
Workman Publishing | October 2012
ISBN 978-0-7611-6599-6 | $21.95