Counting Birds by Alice Melvin

Counting Birds

Written by Alice Melvin

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Counting with these beautiful birds will be a delight. There’s one noisy cockerel to start then strutting peacocks, gliding swans and honking geese as the numbers mount up. The bold silk screens make this visually striking as well as making the counting easy and fun.


Counting Birds by Alice Melvin

Young readers will delight in recognising the subjects of this charming story, that leads us through a spring day deep in the countryside, from dawn to dusk. The day begins with a solitary cockerel's crow and the sunlight falling on two lovebirds in a cage and three china ducks on a wall. Swans, swallows, peacocks, geese and starlings, each lovingly portrayed in Melvin's signature style, are among the many familiar birds that populate the pages. Intricately worked illustrations combine with a charming text, making this an ideal book to read aloud with children learning to count.

Counting Birds, along with Big-Top Benn and Noisy Neighbours, are the first books on a newly dedicated paperback list for children's picture books from Tate Publishing.


‘visually striking’ – Guardian

‘Fantastic’ – Scottish Book Trust

About the Author

Alice Melvin

Alice Melvin is a highly acclaimed young artist and designer based in Edinburgh. Born in 1982, Alice grew up in the seaside town of Saltburn in the north east of England. After completing a Foundation Course at Cleveland College of Art and Design, she went on to study an illustration degree at Edinburgh College of Art graduating with first class honours in June 2004, and receiving the Andrew Grant Bequest for outstanding work in illustration.

Since graduating in 2004, Melvin has based herself in Edinburgh working as a book artist, illustrator and designer, receiving numerous awards for her innovative work. Her first book, An A to Z Treasure Hunt, was published by Tate Publishing in 2007 and was shortlisted for the Booktrust Best New Illustrators award in 2008, as well as being the only entry for Great Britain to be selected for the prestigious Bologna Children’s Book Fair Illustrator’s Exhibition in that year. Her second book, Counting Birds (Tate Publishing 2009), was a Scottish Booktrust Book of the Month and gained the Critics' Choice recognition in the Association of Illustrators Images 34 exhibition. In 2011, Alice was named one of that year's Booktrust Best New Illustrators.

Working as a freelance illustrator Alice designs for a wide range of clients, as well as producing her own stationery range. In 2009 she was invited to exhibit and promote her work in Osaka, Japan, at the annual Hankyu British Fair.

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32 pages


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Tate Publishing

Publication date

6th March 2014




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