Birds on Wishbone Street book cover

Birds on Wishbone Street

A simple act of neighbourly kindness and a bird that needs their aid helps former refugee Sami settle into his new community with new-found friend Moe. Moe’s neighbours on Wishbone Street come from all over the world, and she’s excited to meet the new boy who just arrived from Syria. Sami isn’t quite ready to talk about his past, but he loves birds just as much as Moe does.

And who wouldn’t have fun in a parkette full of packing snow? When the children discover a female cardinal stunned by the cold, Sami uses his experience taking care of pigeons in Syria to help rescue the bird—an incident that helps Sami to feel more at home.

Ideal for:
International Day of Peace Sept. 21, Human Rights Day Dec. 10, International Migrants Day Dec. 18, International Day of Education Jan. 24, International Women's Day and United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace March 8, World Refugee Day June 20, Canadian Multiculturalism Day June 27.

Order now for September delivery.

Birds on Wishbone Street. Text © 2021 Suzanne Del Rizzo Illustrations © 2021 Suzanne Del Rizzo. Reproduced by permission of Pajama Press, Toronto.

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.

New York Times

Book Creators

Suzanne Del Rizzo

Suzanne Del Rizzo portrait

Suzanne Del Rizzo has always loved getting her hands messy. She traded her job in scientific research for a career in children’s books, creating dimensional illustrations with polymer clay, acrylic paint, and other media. Suzanne’s 2017 picture book My Beautiful Birds was a New York Times Notable Children’s Books selection, a Junior Library Guild selection, and the 2017 One Book, One San Diego for Kids selection. It also won the Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children’s Literature and was an honorable mention for the Middle-East Book Award. Suzanne lives in Oakville, Ontario, with her family.