Birdie Learns to Fly

by mari

Birdie Learns to Fly Children's Book - with

Do you remember that little sneak peek I gave you last week? It’s time for the big reveal! I finally finished writing and illustrating my first children’s book: Birdie Learns to Fly. This is a project I’ve been wanting to work on for years. Luckily, the leaps and bounds in technology have made it easy to create a book and see it published too. I used Blurb’s software, which I’ve always loved (we have some amazing photo books of Birdie’s first year thanks to them too, now I just have to catch up with years 2,3, and 4!). Even better, they’re an Alt Summit sponsor, and offered all attendees a free book. It was the perfect time to try out my ideas.

Birdie Learns to Fly is the story of little Birdie, who has decided today she will learn to fly. The only problem is that, like most kids, she thinks she’ll be able to do it without any practice. My daughter is always telling me she already knows how to do things. Unfortunately reality makes it clear that the knowledge she thinks she has is theoretical at best. The story continues through her various attempts and frustrations, learning from her mom that you must “Try again to try, then you will learn to fly!”. In the end, she finds success, but not in the way she expects! Read the whole book online at Blurb!

Birdie Learns to Fly Children's Book Written and illustrated by Mari Richards

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Esther January 23, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Amazing Mari! I think this could become a whole new career!


2 mari January 24, 2013 at 8:11 am

Thanks Esther! Wouldn’t that be amazing?!


3 Curious Little Bird January 23, 2013 at 1:34 pm

That book is so cute, and the illustrations are hilarious! Good job!


4 mari January 24, 2013 at 8:12 am

Thank you so much! I have to say, I had a blast drawing her little tantrums.


5 Dottie January 23, 2013 at 6:51 pm

Mari! This is amazing! You are so talented! I’d buy one of those books in a heartbeat!


6 mari January 24, 2013 at 8:12 am

Woohoo! Thanks Dottie, that means alot!!!


7 Gaby January 23, 2013 at 7:41 pm

Love it! I would definitely buy it :). Happy belated birthday to Birdie!


8 mari January 24, 2013 at 8:13 am

Thank you Gaby!!!


9 Bikbik & Roro January 23, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Congratulations!! It looks adorable — just the sort of book I would buy :)


10 mari January 24, 2013 at 8:13 am

yay! So good to know – thank you!!!


11 alexis g. mcvicker January 25, 2013 at 3:55 pm

. . this is so wonderful ! I would so love to own a copy !!
what is your snail mail address ?


12 mari January 27, 2013 at 11:39 pm

Thank you so much Alexis!
You can email me at big at
I’ll shoot you a quick email in just a sec to be sure.


13 Hege February 13, 2013 at 12:37 am

Wow, it looks great! Well done!
Congrats!! hx


14 mari February 13, 2013 at 10:17 am

Thank you so much!


15 Bar February 28, 2013 at 11:03 am

Wow! That is so good, you are really good at writing AND illustrating. Seriously…I know how hard that can be. Congratulations!! Your daughter will cherish this forever and someday she will share it with her own kids. It’s a treasure, you should be so proud.


16 mari February 28, 2013 at 8:27 pm

My goodness, thank you so much!
I agree, even if it’s never more than a blurb book, my daughter is already so proud of having a book that I wrote just about her, and now she wants to make her own too. That’s pretty priceless!


17 Jessica March 11, 2013 at 12:07 pm

This is so fabulous! I love the book. Just read the entire thing. I also think the illustrations are very beautiful. Congrats and way to make things happen!


18 mari March 11, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Thank you! I so appreciate hearing that.


19 Erin March 12, 2013 at 6:03 am

Love your illustrations! We are writing a book at our school describing positive behavior. I am doing the illustrations (which is taking FOREVER :-) Yours look so “perfect”. Did you use a computer program or the old pen and ink?!


20 mari March 12, 2013 at 9:53 am

That’s wonderful!
I used both actually. I did the drawings first in pencil, then scanned them in and added the color with Photoshop. Best of both worlds! (and easy to fix little drawing mistakes too!)


21 Jamie Kalvestran March 21, 2013 at 12:38 pm

This is FABULOUS Mari! Congratulations!!!


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