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South Carolina Association  of School  Librarians (SCASL) 2018-2019 South Carolina Book Award Nominee


Chicken Lily

Written by Lori Mortensen

Illustrated by Nina Victor Crittenden

Published by Henry Holt, March 2016

Chicken Lily is a lot of things—a careful colorer, a patient puzzler, and a quiet hide-and-seeker (she never makes a peep!)—but brave is not one of them. When her teacher, Mrs. Lop, plans a grand slam poetry jam, Lily is terrified. She doesn't want to stand in front of everyone and sound like a birdbrain! So Chicken Lily hatches a plan. Will she find the courage to put her best claw forward? Or, will she fly the coop?

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"Nice addition to story times and good ... for anyone who's a little chicken."—Kirkus Reviews  


"Every classroom has its shy kids, but this picture book thrusts one into the spotlight and lets her shine."—Booklist

"Lily is literally and figuratively a chicken ... Filled with seamlessly incorporated poultry puns and idioms ... the wordplay makes this title a good choice for schools and public libraries."—School Library Journal