Birdsong Books Greystone Kids | Alder & Alouette


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When Katherena and her mother move to a small town, Katherena feels lonely and out of place. But when she meets an elderly woman artist who lives next door, named Agnes--her world starts to change.

Katherena and Agnes share the same passions for arts and crafts, birds, and nature. But as the seasons change, can Katherna navigate the failing health of her new friend?

Award-winning author and artist Julie Flett's textured images of birds, flowers, art, and landscapes bring vibrancy and warmth to this powerful story, which highlights the fulfillment of intergenerational relationships, shared passions, and spending time outdoors with the ones we love.

Includes a glossary and pronunciation guide to Cree words that appear in the text.


  • American Indian Youth Literature Award, Honor Book in Picture Book Category, 2020
  • Boston Globe-Horne Book Honor Book
  • Finalist for the Governor Generals Award, 2020
  • A Capitol Choices 2020 Selection
  • NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Title, 2020
  • A Chicago Public Libraries ‘Best of the Best’ Title
  • Winner of the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award


  • Written and Illustrated by Julie Flett.
  • Published by Greystone Kids, October 8, 2019.
  • Ages 3 to 8 years
  • 0.6" H x 10.1" L x 10.2" W (1.25 lbs) 48 pages