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Our pick for June and July

Our pick for June and July

Twitch by M. G. Leonard

Twitch has three pet chickens, four pigeons, swallows nesting in his bedroom, and a passion for birdwatching.

On the first day of the summer holidays, he arrives at his secret hide in Aves Wood to find police everywhere. A convicted robber has broken out of prison and is hiding in the woods!

Can Twitch use his talents for birdwatching in the hunt for the dangerous prisoner and find the missing loot?

This book is perfect for you if you love stories about adventure, nature, friendship… and birds!

"A winged masterpiece." Maz Evans

M. G. Leonard is an award-winning, bestselling writer of children’s books, as well as a founding member of Authors4Oceans. She is the author of the Beetle Boy books and co-author of the Adventures on Trains series. Before becoming a writer, M. G. Leonard worked as a digital media producer for the National Theatre, The Royal Opera House, and Shakespeare’s Globe. She lives in Brighton with her husband, two sons, and pet beetles.


Take your first steps to becoming a birdwatcher with these im-peck-able activities

An illustration of a blue case with bird watching binoculars on it. The case is surrounded by items found in a bird watching kid: waterproof jacket, insect repellent and maps.
Make a cosy nest

Give birds like Scabby a happy home. Look high, low, near, and far to spot a bird nest – then make your own.

Ages: 6 to 10½ | Takes: 20 minutes​​​

This activity can easily be done by yourself, at home.

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Sign with me

People use sign language for lots of reasons. You could even use it to communicate silently when birdwatching. Can you take after Jack and sign your way to success?

Ages: 6 to 10½ | Takes: 25 minutes​​​

For this activity, you’ll need a small group to practice with; either online or in person.

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Seeking shelter

Can you create a secret hide to rival Twitch’s tepee of sticks? Build a natural shelter and spend the night outdoors.

Ages: 8 to 18 | Takes: 30 minutes​​​

This activity works best in small groups or as a family.

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Put your pecks in order

Get the s-coop on having pets like Fandango, Dodo, and Eggbum. You are what you eat, so learn more about poultry and maybe even collect some egg-cellent food from your blissful brood.

Ages: 10½ to 18 | Takes: 60 minutes

There are different parts to this activity. If you want to learn more about chickens, there’s a top trumps style game to play in small groups. If you want a bigger challenge, work with your section or your family to construct your own coop.

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