The Worm and the Bird

This is a fable about being in the moment and how the smallest encounters in the day are often the most beautiful. I can be guilty of ignoring these tiny beautiful slices of time because I am too busy getting on with the next task. And like the worm in the story I need to remember to stop, look and cherish these moments before it is too late. This book is a timely reminder to myself and hopefully others to enjoy the wonders of the world around us. 

Published in the UK by Particular Books, Penguin Random House

Published in the US by Penguin Books, Penguin Random House

Awards & Commendations:

The Times' Children's Book of the Week, 2017
Nominated for The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, 2018
Communication Arts Magazine 59th Annual Illustration Competition Winner, 2018
The Academy Of British Book Design, Shortlisted, Children's 6-12, 2018


Gorgeous ... Bickford-Smith's life-affirming artwork raises The Worm and the Bird to the stars - The Times

Absolutely stunning. A very sweet story with a touch of dark humour too. Wonderful. A fantastic book. - Chris Haughton, author of 'A Bit Lost'

I love love love it, just beautiful. - Millie Marotta, author of 'Millie Marotta's Animal Kingdom'

I love it. A book to buy and treasure, for yourself or others. - Marion Deuchars, author of 'Let's Make Some Great Art' and 'Colour'

It's touching, lovely to look at, beautifully conceived and designed. Good for children, and busy grown-ups too. - David Gentleman, author of 'London, You're Beautiful'

...exceptionally beautiful... A modern fable, with a timeless message to appreciate what we have before it is too late. - Fiona Noble Bookseller, Children’s Preview


Photography by Michele Cote