How to Make a Bird

Written by Meg McKinlay
Illustrated by Matt Ottley

Walker Books Australia, 2020;  Walker Books UK, 2020; Davidsfonds/Infodok (Dutch edition), 2020; Candlewick US, 2021

 Ages 5+

“To make a bird you will need a lot of very tiny bones …”

From award-winning author Meg McKinlay and celebrated artist Matt Ottley comes a moving and visually stunning picture book that celebrates the transformative power of the creative process from inception through recognition to celebration and releasing into the world. We shadow the protagonist as she contemplates the blue print of an idea, collects the things that inspire from the natural world to shape a bird. And breathes life into it before letting it fly free. It shows how small things, combined with a little imagination and a steady heart, can transform into works of magic.

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Classroom resources will be available here closer to publication date in October

Behind the Story

Like many of my books, How to Make a Bird has had a long journey from spark to story.

I’ll be posting here about the story behind the story as we approach publication date, so check back in September for all the detail!