A Home For Bird

Philip C. Stead

A Home For Bird

Philip C. Stead

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.

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  • “Stead has crafted an old-fashioned story that speaks directly to the heart…”

    Horn Book Magazine,”STARRED REVIEW

  • “Stead creates characters that make readers care; Vernon’s compassion and faith have near-spiritual dimensions. And the scribbled artwork brims with small delights…””

    Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

  • “A deeply satisfying story that speaks to the universal desires to be nurtured and to find a home.”


  • “This sensitively told story is a wonderful ode to friendship, selflessness, and the joys of home. Everyone should be so lucky to know a Vernon.”

    Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

  • “Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens, Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, ME Cream of the Crop Master List, Indiana Young Hoosier Award Master List, MO MASL’s Readers Awards – MASTER LIST, Maine Cream of the Crop Master List”

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