The Worm and the Bird

Deep below the earth, Worm dreams of having more space. There's not much room down there. Above, Bird waits, through sun and rain and wind. As the day goes on, will they both find what they are looking for?

A book about searching and hoping, and how the smallest moment can be beautiful, The Worm and the Bird is my second work as an author/illustrator, spread across 64 highly illustrated pages.

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
Nominated for The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 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