By Andrea Curtis, illustrated by Kass Reich. Published by Owlkids.

Also available in Dutch!


illustration copyright Kass Reich
Illustration by Kass Reich

Barnaby is the story of a beautiful blue budgie who’s got it all: a golden cage, bells that jingle-jangle, and an owner who gives him all the snacks and love he could want. Until one day she brings home a friend for him: a little yellow canary. But Barnaby is not happy. When his tantrums don’t convince his owner to get rid of the new bird, Barnaby flies away and ends up hopelessly lost! A story about sibling rivalry and embracing difference, Barnaby is stunningly illustrated by Kass Reich (MegaBat, Sergeant Billy).

A picture book for Grades K-5

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illustration copyright Kass Reich

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About illustrator Kass Reich

Kass is an artist and educator. She graduated with a degree in art education from Concordia University, then worked in Beijing as an early childhood educator for nearly three years. Working with little ones inspired her to start making picture books for young learners. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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Learning resources

Barnaby is aimed at kids in grades K-5. Educators may find it helpful for discussing character development, sibling rivalry and jealousy. It’s a story that explores the importance of diversity and open-mindedness. It also supports social-emotional learning with themes of empathy and self-management.

Curriculum links include Language Arts, Reading Comprehension.

Grade: K–5
Fountas & Pinnell: M
Reading Recovery: 20
Lexile® Measure: AD630L
L.2, RF.2, RL.2, SL.2, W.2

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