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. This book is a timely reminder to enjoy the wonders of the world around us. 

Published in the UK by Particular Books, Penguin Random House
Paperback and Hardback

Published in the US by Penguin Books, Penguin Random House

Awards & Commendations:

The Times' Children's Book of the Week, 2017
The World Illustration Awards, shortlisted, Book illustration, 2018
Nominated for The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, 2018
Communication Arts Magazine 59th Annual Illustration Competition Winner, 2018
Communication Arts Magazine 59th Annual Design Competition Winner, 2018
The Academy Of British Book Design, Shortlisted, Children's 6-12, 2018
The British Book Design and Production Awards, Children's Trade 9-16 Years, 2018, shortlisted
The British Book Design and Production Awards, Graphic Novels, 2018, shortlisted
3x3 Magazine of Contemporary Illustration, Merit in Professional Awards, 2018
3x3 Magazine of Contemporary Illustration, Honorable Mention In Picture Book Awards, 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