Book cover of Birdsong




Publisher & Publication Year

Greystone Books, 2019

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Julie Flett (Cree-Métis)

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Julie Flett (Cree-Métis)



When Katherena and her mother move to a small town, Katherena feels lonely and out of place. But when she meets an elderly woman artist who lives next door, named Agnes — her world starts to change because Katherena has found a friend with similar interests as her. Together they explore their love of birds and nature through arts and crafts. As the seasons change, Katherena must learn to navigate the failing health of her new friend.

Notable Achievements

Best Book of the Year, 2019: Publisher’s Weekly, School Library Journal, Kirkus, Horn Book, Quill & Quire, Globe and Mail; Winner, TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, 2020; Finalist, Governor General’s Award, 2019; American Indian Youth Literature Honor Title, 2020; Boston Globe: Horn Book Honor Book Award, 2020


Kirkus Reviews: “Flett’s simple story explores the difficulties of moving but also shows young readers how new friends can sometimes ease them; that this friendship is an intergenerational one between fellow artists is an especially sweet touch… Emotionally stunning.”

The Horn Book: “This tender intergenerational friendship story beautifully portrays the ways in which human connections are strengthened through love of art and nature.”

Educator Guide

This guide includes discussion questions and activities which explore the themes presented in the book as well as the reader’s own creativity.

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