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One Book, One San Diego: After-School Storytime


  • WHEN Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 3:30 p.m.
  • WHERE San Marcos Branch Library, 2 Civic Center Dr., San Marcos, CA 92069
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  • AGES All ages
  • COST Free

One Book for Kids storytime for children and families. The 2017 pick is "My Beautiful Birds" by Suzanne Del Rizzo.

San Marcos Branch Library: (760) 891-3000

About The Book:

"My Beautiful Birds" tells a moving story about one boy’s refugee experience in the Syrian Civil War and the birds who help him on the road to emotional healing. (Pajama Press 2017)

Awards & Honors:

Junior Library Guild Selection 2017

School Library Journal blogger Elizabeth Bird’s “2017 Picture Books I Am Really Looking Forward To” selection

“Del Rizzo…wisely focuses on what Sami sees and feels without trying to explain too much of the context, relying instead on her visuals to provide this information….These skillful and imaginative illustrations—created with Plasticine, polymer clay, and other media—give a sense of dimension, which is enhanced by striking and unusual perspectives. 'My Beautiful Birds' is a lovely, timely book.”Quill & Quire **Starred Review**

“Del Rizzo uses her considerable talent with paint, Plasticine, and polymer clay to create the colorful, highly textured illustrations for this book, which she conceived while searching for a way to explain the Syrian civil war to her young children. Based on a real refugee child who keeps birds, this story isn’t about war but its effect on those who experience it and survive. This story of one frightened little boy who finds strength in caring for animals and uses that strength to comfort other kids is an excellent means of explaining a difficult subject to young children.”Kirkus Reviews


One Book for Kids is a partnership between KPBS, the San Diego Public Library and the San Diego County Library, and the following organizations:

Escondido Public Library, Chula Vista Public Library, Asociación de Bibliotecarios de Baja California, Girl Scouts San Diego and Oceanside Public Library.

One Book for Kids is funded by the Dr. Seuss Fund at the San Diego Foundation

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending.

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