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Bravo, Little Bird!

Illustrated by Ramona Kaulitzki



About The Book

Perfect for fans of Ocean Meets Sky and Drawn Together, this lyrical, “heartwarming” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) picture book about a special friendship between an old man and a little bird celebrates the power of music, family, and the legacies our loved ones leave behind.

The old man played joyful, jolly music.
Sad, soulful music.
Beautiful, bountiful, breathtaking music.
Little Bird listened…until she couldn’t stay quiet any longer.
Then, she sang.
“Bravo, Little Bird!” cheered the old man.

From this moment on, Little Bird and the old man are inseparable. Together, they make music and share their gifts with their families. But over time, the old man starts to grow tired…until the day comes when his piano playing stops altogether. As Little Bird looks for a special way to honor the old man’s memory, she soon discovers that her friend isn’t truly gone after all—he lives on in their music.

About The Author

Photo courtesy of the author

Annie Silvestro is a lover of books and the author of Bunny’s Book ClubMice SkatingButterflies on the First Day of School, and Bravo, Little Bird!, among other titles. Annie lives by the beach in New Jersey where she enjoys listening to her sons play piano and clarinet. She expresses her own passion for music by loudly and unreservedly singing along to the car radio. Visit Annie at or on Twitter and Instagram @AnnieSilvestro.

About The Illustrator

Photo courtesy of the illustrator

Ramona Kaulitzki has always spent her days doing something creative, from sewing to photography, but her biggest passion has always been drawing and storytelling. She loves to create characters and breathe life into them, while thinking about their stories and the world they live in. Born and raised in a small city in Germany, Ramona enjoys riding horses. Her love for animals, and for nature, is a major inspiration for her work. Her illustrations are created digitally, but she also enjoys drawing and painting with traditional media.

Why We Love It

“Fans of The Invisible String, Ocean Meets Sky, and Drawn Together with fall in love with this new story about love, loss, and the legacies and gifts our loved ones leave behind.”

—Catherine L., Editor, on Bravo, Little Bird!

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (February 21, 2023)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781665906920
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 and up
  • Lexile ® AD540L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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Raves and Reviews

"Musical notes float on the swirled lines that breezily flow through Kaulitzki’s bucolic scenes of a cozy domestic life, accompanying Silvestro’s comforting language and warm imagery."

– Publishers Weekly

"A sweet musical journey from life to death that shows how music can soothe heartache and help memories live on."

– School Library Journal

* "A heartwarming tear-jerker—bravo, indeed."

– Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

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