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Backyard Birds

Written by Helen Milroy


This boldly illustrated work from Indigenous creator Helen Milroy celebrates the birds in our backyards. From laughing kookaburras to prancing mudlarks, this is a fun and lively read for the very young.


'It's the bold-patterned and beautifully colourful illustrations that strikingly bring the book together, from the detailed endpapers to each inviting spread.' Books+Publishing

'A vibrant cacophony of birdsong practically rings out from this colourful picture book populated by the wondrous native birds living in our backyards.' Readings 

'Helen's illustrations have a depth and whimsy about them that immediately draws the reader into her world, the bold colours and design reflecting the artist's indigenous heritage.' Early Picture Books

'The text is spare, simple and rhyming, ideal to share with toddlers before heading out into the garden for some bird spotting.' Magpies

' … Dr Milroy has filled each page with wonderful vibrant paintings. It’s just a little book, just the right size for littlies and they’ll love it.’ Good Reading Magazine

' ... it is a bright and colourful book to read to children.' Pedals

'The simple rhyming poem is well-suited to the target audience age.' Reading Time 

'[Helen] is also a talented artist and what she really loves doing is creating beautiful artistic books to help children learn about native animals and birds.' Subiaco Post

'If you needed the perfect illustration of the range of Dr Helen Milroy's skills, passions and interests, take a look at her latest book Backyard Birds.' Medicus


Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards (Shortlisted 2020)

ISBN 9781925816563 (Hardback)
Formats Picture Book (195 x 195mm) (Hardback)
Categories Indigenous Writing
Children's Picture Books
New Releases
Publisher Fremantle Press
Edition 1st
Publication Year 2020
Pages 32
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    Helen Milroy

    Dr Helen Milroy is a descendant of the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. She was born and educated in Perth and has a passionate interest in health and wellbeing, especially for children. She is currently a professor at UWA, a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist, and Commissioner with the National Mental Health Commission. Read more