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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Ava the Avocet: Storytime with Avani and Linzi

Avani and I love a good book. She and I are always reading and writing together--poems and lyrics, holiday tales, Little Golden Books, recipes, and more. 

This week was particularly fun, because we got to read Ava: A Year of Adventure in the Life of an American Avocet by Mandy Kern and Onalee Nicklin, the newest Meadowlark book, which will be released this Saturday! And now, we get to share that with you!                                                          -Linzi Garcia, Meadowlark publicist

Here's a little bit about the book:
Ava is an American Avocet, a breed of shorebird who leaves her home at the Laguna Madre and travels 1,000 miles to stay for a season at the largest wetland complex in the interior of the United States. Cheyenne Bottoms, in the middle of Kansas, is home to millions of birds who stop during their annual migrations in the spring and fall, as well as a diverse population of wildlife who make a home there year-round. As Ava meets her mate and starts a family, readers are introduced to one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet.

Read all of the details about the book, the Kansas Wetlands Education Center (who made this book possible), the author, and the illustrator here.

If you can make it to the Kansas Wetlands Education Center in Great Bend, KS, at 10 a.m. Saturday, the author will do a reading, the illustrator will be featured, and, for the older kids, Meadowlark author Julie Stielstra will be signing copies of Opulence, Kansas, too! What a day!

You can preorder your copy from the Meadowlark Bookstore, your favorite indie bookstore, or Amazon


  1. This book looks fascinating. I hope to read it soon.

  2. Beautiful book, very instructive photos and materials. My son will share it with grandchildren when they visit the Haskell/Baker Wetlands in Douglas County.

  3. So happy to hear great feedback so far! It's truly a great book, for children and adults alike!