Center for Children's Literature Blog

Children’s Book Committee – June 2019 Pick

My Happy Year by E. BluebirdMy Happy Year (blog)
Author & Illustrator: Paul Meisel

Using dates to mark development, a newly hatched Eastern Bluebird describes her first year in simple language and detailed illustrations. Introduction, map, glossary, and references on the end papers (pp. 6-8).

Our Young Reviewer Says:

My Happy Year is an amazing book in my opinion. You, yourself, might try reading it. It’s about a bluebird who was scared to fly away from her nest. Her brothers and sisters flew away first. Finally, she flew away. Then she saw that fall was coming. She saw some bluebirds migrating south, so she joined them.

– River, 8 years old, Alna, ME.

Young people who are interested in reviewing are invited to do so as we welcome the individual perspective of our age appropriate readers. If you are interested in being a reviewer, contact

See our Monthly Picks Archive 2012–2018, and our Monthly Picks 2019–present.