2017 New York Times Notable Children's Books selection

2017 Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children's Literature Winner

2017 One Book for Kids, One San Diego selection

2018 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award shortlist

2017 Middle East Book Award: Picture Books Honor Book

2017 Foreword INDIES: Picture Book Award finalist

2017 Cybils Award: Fiction Picture Book nominee

2017 New York Public Library's Best Books for Kids & Teens selection

2018 Children's Literature and Reading Special Interest Group of the ILA's "Notable Books for a Global Society" selection

2017 New England Children's Booksellers Advisory Council Windows & Mirrors Fall selection

2017 UNICEF USAVoice "The Perfect Gift for the Holidays: Books That Inspire" selection




“If you’ve been wondering how to present the refugee crisis to children without losing faith in humanity, take a look at this graceful, even uplifting book.”—TheNew York Times 


Behind Sami, the Syrian skyline is full of smoke. The boy follows his family and all his neighbours in a long line, as they trudge through the sands and hills to escape the bombs that have destroyed their homes. But all Sami can think of is his pet pigeons—will they escape too? When they reach a refugee camp and are safe at last, everyone settles into the tent city. But though the children start to play and go to school again, Sami can’t join in. When he is given paper and paint, all he can do is smear his painting with black. He can’t forget his birds and what his family has left behind.

One day a canary, a dove, and a rose finch fly into the camp. They flutter around Sami and settle on his outstretched arms. For Sami it is one step in a long healing process at last.

A gentle yet moving story of refugees of the Syrian civil war, My Beautiful Birds by Suzanne Del Rizzo illuminates the ongoing crisis as it affects its children. It shows the reality of the refugee camps, where people attempt to pick up their lives and carry on. And it reveals the hope of generations of people as they struggle to redefine home.

Awards and Honours:
2017 Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children’s Literature winner
2017 Cybils Award: Fiction Picture Book nominee
2017 One Book for Kids, One San Diego selection
2017 NECBA Windows & Mirrors fall selection
2017 Junior Library Guild selection



My Beautiful Birds

SKU: 9781772780109

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