Chicken Lily Book
Chicken Lily Book
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Chicken Lily

Written by Lori Mortensen and illustrated by Nina Victor Crittenden

Published by Henry Holt and Co (BYR)


Publisher's Summary

"Through puns and poetry, Chicken Lily overcomes her fears and reads a poem onstage at her school poetry jam"--


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We were delighted to send out Chicken Lily. What references did you use (if any) when creating Lily and her animal friends?

Nina: My original thought was to make Lily a little blue hen because she seemed so blue all the time. My editor suggested yellow, which ended up being absolutely perfect. Lily, Pigsley, Baabette, and Mrs. Lop were the only characters in the manuscript. It was fun to be able to add other kids to the story (including Lori Mortensen’s fluffy cat, Max, as one of Lily’s classmates).

Are there any fun little details in Chicken Lily’s illustrations little readers should watch for?

Nina: Lily has a little ladybug friend that is fun to find in all the pictures. William the goat can be spotted eating things he isn’t supposed to be eating (i.e. the apple on Mrs. Lop’s desk). Shelley and Bonnie are besties. Lily’s favorite activity is bowling.


  • Age Range: 4-7
  • Pages: 40
  • Book Type: picture
  • Publication Date: March 29, 2016
  • ISBN: 1627791205
  • ISBN 13: 978-1627791205
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Mr. Staccato
Spent many carefree hours hunting clues with the Hardy boys and defending Redwall Abbey.

Sometimes it's hard to break out of our comfort zone as Lily the chicken knows all too well. This is a great book about good friends and being brave.

Mom of Boys
Three little boys who love books about dragons, whangdoodles and magic.

I love this story about this cute chicken. She is a chicken in every sense of the word. Her friends try to help her be brave. Eventually she finds a way to overcome some of her fear and impresses everyone.

Lori Mortensen

Lori Mortensen is an award-winning children’s book author of more than 70 books and over 350 stories and articles. Recent picture book releases include If Wendell Had a Walrus (Henry Holt), Chicken Lily, (Henry Holt), Mousequerade Ball (Bloomsbury) illustrated by New York Times bestselling illustrator Betsy Lewin, and Cowpoke Clyde Rides the Range (Clarion, 2016) a sequel to Cowpoke Clyde & Dirty Dawg, one of Amazon’s best picture books of 2013. When she’s not letting her cat in, or out, or in, she’s tapping away at her computer, conjuring, coaxing, and prodding her latest stories to life. Today, she lives in Northern California with her family and their mega-fluffy cat, Max.

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Lori  Mortensen
Nina Victor Crittenden

Nina is the illustrator of Chicken Lily, as well as the author and/or illustrator of several other children’s books. She currently lives in Minnesota with her kids, pugs, guinea pig, bunny, and fish and enjoys drinking tea and doing some occasional knitting.

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Nina Victor Crittenden

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