Betsy Franco, Children's Book Author/Actor

Birdsongs

In this backwards counting book, a red-headed woodpecker starts the day as he raps a tap dance with his beak, pecking 10 times as he looks for breakfast bugs.

By the end of the day a hummingbird sucks one last treat from the trumpet-shaped honeysuckle. She makes 1 tiny sound in her high voice: tzik.

But the story isn't over...not until the mockingbird begins to sing from the pine tree, copying all of the songs and calls she has heard during the day:

tat tat tat tat tat tat tat tat tat tat
coo coo coo coo coo coo coo coo coo
chip chip chip chip chip chip chip chip
eeyah eeyah eeyah eeyah eeyah eeyah eeyah
dee dee dee dee dee dee
qua qua qua qua qua
caw caw caw caw
tut tut tut
chuck chuck
tzik

To purchase call 1-800-223-2336 or visit www.simonsayskids.com

Selected Books

1.YA novel
Forthcoming: illustrated by Tom Franco, audio version by James and Dave Franco
2. poetry
"An amazing collection...cover(s) all things cat."
--Booklife
4. teen-written anthology
"The vertigo-inducing realm of romantic love is captured in this unforgettable collection..."
3. Picture book
"Franco's spirited poems...Jenkins' masterful collage work."
--Booklist, starred review
6. picture book
"Celebrate the free concert that birds perform..."
--Publisher's Weekly, starred review
7. picture book
"Word lovers might stand a better chance of becoming math lovers..."
-Horn Book, starred review
8. children's poetry
"the bouncy, humorous poems include an amazing variety of math concepts ...delivered with a light touch"
--Kirkus Review
5. teen-written poetry anthologies
"...honest, raw and sometimes tender selections..."
-School Library Journal