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Children's Nonfiction Birds

Dig, Dance, Dive

How Birds Move to Survive

by (author) Etta Kaner

illustrated by June Steube

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Jun 2022
Birds, Zoology, Environmental Science & Ecosystems, Biology
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2022
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 2 to 12


A funny and informative look at birds and their unique behavioral adaptations

Birds can do a lot more than just fly! Did you know some of them can dig, dance, dive, and dabble? This nonfiction book introduces readers to an assortment of fascinating birds and their surprising behaviors. Readers will learn about flightless birds like the Adélie penguin, which toboggans down hills on its belly, or the kakapo, which climbs up trees to escape danger. Even birds that fly have quirky survival behaviors—like the barred owl, which can turn its head almost all the way around, or the blue-footed booby, which dives from great heights to catch fish.

Written by prolific children’s nonfiction author and educator Etta Kaner and whimsically illustrated by artist June Steube, Dig, Dance, Dive invites readers to greet all sorts of amazing feathered friends in a fun and informative exploration.

About the authors


ETTA KANER est une ex-enseignante. De nos jours, elle écrit principalement des documentaires pour les enfants et les éducateurs. Plusieurs de ses livres ont été primés; elle a notamment remporté le Silver Birch Award, le Animal Behavior Society Award et le Science in Society Book Award. Etta vit à Toronto, en Ontario.


ETTA KANER writes for both children and educators. A number of her books have won awards, namely, the Silver Birch award, the Animal Behaviour Society award, and the Science in Society book award. Etta lives in Toronto, Ontario.


Etta Kaner's profile page

JUNE STEUBE has created illustrations for books, magazines, posters, museum exhibits and film. Her clients include The Caterpillar Magazine, Canada Post, the Canadian Museum of Nature, and the Royal Canadian Mint. Dig, Dance, Dive is her first picture book. June lives in Ottawa, Ontario, with her husband and their two indoor cats.


June Steube's profile page


  • Commended, Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List
  • Winner, EUREKA! Nonfiction Chidlren's Book Award
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens

Editorial Reviews

"A thoughtful and entertaining informational text on avian behavior, suitable for all collections."

School Library Journal

"It’s a thrill to meet a flock of lesser-known birds, marvel at their movement, and struggle to pick a new favorite from the beautiful bunch."


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