Please welcome my guest author today, Sita Singh! Her debut picture book, Birds of a Feather, releases tomorrow (March 2nd, 2021) through Philomel Books.
We are giving away a copy of Birds of a Feather and a signed bookplate by both the author and the illustrator! To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom.
Birds of a Feather by Sita Singh, illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman
This is a story about finding strength in the things that make us different, and beauty in all its forms. Mo is a colorless peacock who learns to love himself in a jungle full of color. While all the other peacocks grew bright, bold, beautiful feathers in rich greens and vibrant blues, Mo’s feathers grew in a snowy white, but this proves to be an asset when a storm threatens to ruin the group’s annual celebration. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Picture Books about Being Different but Embracing Yourself
Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Scott Magoon
Spoon is happy until he starts to think that his friends Knife, Fork, and Chopsticks have it better than him. But with a little help from his mom, Spoon finally realizes that he and his friends each have their own jobs to do, and that’s what makes them special! This story serves as a gentle reminder to celebrate what makes each child special. [picture book, ages 3 and up]
Firenze’s Light by Jessica Colaco, illustrated by Angela Li
Firenze’s friends love her light, but Firenze doesn’t. She doesn’t like the glow that makes her stand out, so Firenze hides her light until she finally realizes its value and finds the courage to let it shine. This book is about embracing yourself and loving who you are. [picture book, ages 3 and up]
Stumpkin by Lucy Ruth Cummins
Stumpkin is not like the other pumpkins, and instead of a stem, he has a stump. On Halloween night, Stumpkin feels sad and alone as his fellow pumpkins get chosen, and leave. The feeling of being different and left out builds up and Stumpkin begins to wonder if he would ever get picked, only to discover that a special place is waiting for him. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Odd Dog Out by Rob Biddulph
All the dogs look and act the same, but there’s one pup who behaves differently and feels lonely and sad. She journeys to the other side of the world to find her place in it, only to discover that it is okay to be different. This is a story about embracing what makes you different and being proud of who you are. [picture book, ages 3 and up]
That’s What Wings Are For by Patrick Guest, illustrated by Daniella Germain
Bluey the Dragon doesn’t have what the other dragons have. But Bluey has other abilities, waiting to be discovered when he goes on a long journey to find his place in the world. This is a heartwarming fable about accepting your differences. [picture book, ages 3 and up]
Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae, illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees
Gerald the giraffe wants nothing more than to dance. But with crooked knees and thin legs, however hard he tries, Gerald can’t dance. But with some encouraging words from a friend, Gerald is finally able to dance to his own tune. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Elmer by David McKee
Elmer is colorful and bright all over and looks nothing like the other elephants. So he tries to fit in only to discover that his uniqueness is what makes him special. This humorous story is a celebration of individuality. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell, illustrated by David Catrow
Molly Lou Melon is the tiniest kid in her school. But with confidence and some encouraging words from her grandmother, Molly confronts the class bully at her new school. This is an empowering story that shows children to not only accept their differences but be proud of who you are and your uniqueness. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Birds of a Feather Book and Signed Bookplate Giveaway!
We are giving away a copy of Birds of a Feather and a signed bookplate by both the author and the illustrator! To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter below. We can only mail to U.S. and A.F.O. addresses.
Sita Singh was born and raised in India and moved to the United States in 1999. She currently lives in South Florida with her husband, three children, and an immensely cute and curious dog. An architect in the past, Sita now enjoys writing heartwarming picture books with a South Asian backdrop. When Sita isn’t reading or writing, she can be found trying new recipes in the kitchen, experimenting with food photography, walking with the dog, or movie-marathoning with the family. Her debut picture book, BIRDS OF A FEATHER, illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman, will be published on March 2nd, 2021 by Philomel Books. Find out more about Sita on www.singhsita.com and connect with her on Instagram and Twitter @sitawrites.
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