Knight Owl and Early Bird

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By Christopher Denise

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In this exciting adventure and follow-up to the New York Times bestselling and Caldecott Honor award-winning classic, Knight Owl makes an unlikely friend in the over-zealous Early Bird—who hopes to be a brave knight, too.

Early Bird wants to be brave and protect the castle, just like Knight Owl. But she falls asleep on the job and then keeps her hero up during the day with her enthusiastic chattiness, well-meaning questions, and cheerful owl impersonations. But there are strange happenings in the forest, and soon Knight Owl and Early Bird find themselves in the throes of danger. Will these two learn to work together to keep themselves and the kingdom safe? 

Caldecott Honor winner and New York Times bestselling creator Christopher Denise delivers another endearing medieval tale that shines with warmth and goodwill, and shows just how important teamwork is to saving the day.

  • Praise for Knight Owl:
    A Caldecott Honor Award Winner 
    A New York Times Bestseller
    An Indie Bestseller 
    An Indie Next List Pick
    An ALSC Notable Book for Children
    A Barnes & Noble’s Best Children’s Book of the Year 
    An Amazon Best Children’s Book of the Year 
    An NPR Best Book of the Year
    A PW Gift Guide Selection
    A Good Housekeeping Best Kids' Book
    A Bookpage Best Picture Book of the Year
    A Washington Post Best Children's Book of the Year
    A Kirkus Best Book of the Year
    A Cybils Award Winner

    An Oklahoma Redbud Read-Aloud Award Winner​
    A Junior Library Guild Selection

    Nominated for sixteen state awards

    * "Denise gives youngsters an old-fashioned story with an amusing twist and a cute-as-a-button protagonist that charms on every level. This will satisfy a wide range of readers, from Dragons Love Tacos fans to wannabe knights." —Booklist, starred review

    "It’s dangerous to label any picture book a 'contemporary classic,' but Knight Owl tempts you to try.... Sweet and epic by turns." —NPR

    "Adorably earnest and gallant…. A charming blend of whimsy and medieval heroism highlighting the triumph of brains over brawn." —Kirkus reviews

    "Through delicately conveyed firelight, deep shadows, and even an imagined tapestry, Denise (Groundhug Day) provides this cracking tale with illustrations that feel like fully fleshed animated classics as Owl’s actions subvert a traditional conflict story line."
    Publishers Weekly

On Sale
Oct 15, 2024
Page Count
48 pages

Christopher Denise

About the Author

Christopher Denise is the award-winning creator of Knight Owl, which was a Caldecott Honor Award winner, a New York Times bestseller, and an ALA-ALSC Notable Book for Children, among many other honors. Christopher is also the illustrator of many critically acclaimed books for young readers, including Groundhug Day and Firefly Hollow. He invites you to visit him online at

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