My Beautiful Birds

My Beautiful Birds

by Suzanne Del Rizzo
  • critically-acclaimed
  • diversity
  • people-places
Selected by the New York Times as a Notable Children's Book and by the New York Public Library 'Best Books for Kids & Teens selection' for 2017, this gentle yet moving story of refugees of the Syrian civil war illuminates the ongoing crisis as it affects its children. The reality of leaving home, of refugee camps where people attempt to pick up their lives and carry on, is depicted skillfully and with imagination. The author/illustrator shares one boy's story and the birds that help on the road to his emotional healing. The hope of generations of people as they struggle to redefine home is joyfully revealed.


Suzanne Del Rizzo, author

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 Del Rizzo, illustrator


  • New York Times, Horn Book, Kirkus, School Library Journal, Booklist, Quill & Quire, Resource Links to name just a few -


  • Long list of awards, honours, book selections with these top three: 2017 Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children’s Literature
  • Winner 2017 Middle East Book Award: Picture Book category honourable mention
  • 2017 Cybils Award: Fiction Picture Book nominee

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Pajama Press



rights sold: Korea

rights available: World ex. North America

Additional Information

age range: 6-10

number of pages: 32

publication date: 03/01/2017

Original language of pub:English

Materials Available: finished book

Additional Materials: Classroom Reading Guide