November 11, 2023
Sneak Peek of Ben and the Bird Girl
The ebook format of book one in my illustrated chapter book series
The Bird Club is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com. Ben and the Bird Girl will be available in print and electronic formats beginning on January 8, 2024. The Owl Boy, book two in the series, will likewise be released on that date.
But if you can't wait to see what this series is about, download a FREE PDF copy of the first chapter in book one,
(Just click on the Sneak Peek keyhole!)
October 28, 2023
Available Now: Ben and the Bird Girl Book Trailer
Here's an early release--by just a few days--of the
Youtube video trailer for book one in my serial chapter book series, The Bird Club.
This trailer includes images (as shown) from
Ben and the Bird Girl. See these images as a short animation! Just click the image to open the video on my YouTube channel. Or copy and paste the address provided here:
Books One and Two in
The Bird Club
October 7, 2023
An Update on The Bird Club
Production continues for release of books one and two in January 2024. These will be available both as paperback and Kindle ebook editions.
Meanwhile, The Fickle Forest (book three) is right on schedule for release in April (even earlier perhaps) 2024. Expect a cover reveal for it on January 1, 2024!
Otherwise, I am working on a book trailer for Ben and the Bird Girl, which will released on November 1, 2024. You can view it here or head over to Youtube. Also on my long list "to do" is an update to this web site, which must expand to accommodate the fast-coming releases mentioned above as well as four more books in this serial chapter book series to be published throughout 2024 and into 2025.
Come back soon for my next update! Until then . . . Goodbye for now!
July 1, 2023
Coming in January 2024
Books One and Two in
The Bird Club
The Bird Club is an illustrated chapter book series of seven stories. it is also a serial series, that is, a continuous story spanning all seven books. Book Three will be released in April of 2024. Each subsequent book will be released four months after the last.
Want to meet the members of
The Bird Club?
Want to learn a bit more about the seven-book story?
Here's content taken from the back cover of Book One, Ben and the Bird Girl.
Check back again for more information about this developing series. Once a month, I'll post updates leading to the publication date in January of 2024. Until next time, this is P.K. Butler--author, illustrator, and honorary member of The Bird Club.
December 7, 2022
Listen and watch as these "snow birds" (Dark-eyed Juncos) sing while snatching up sunflower seeds. And don't miss the Big Finale! I took this video in 2010.
October 24, 2022
Let's Time Trave Together to 2010
About three years ago, I retired from my teaching career (most recently at the local community college) to invest my energies full time into independent publishing. Since then I published a trilogy of middle-grade books (though mature women also enjoy these stories).
While independent publishing is a tricky business (you wouldn't believe the minutiae involved!), more challenging still is learning how to market on a budget.
Recently, I revived an ancient YouTube channel (for instance, one video called "Meet the Dogs" is from 2010). To date, I've three book trailers and one video (most recent) intended to introduce would-be readers to the wondrous world of birds. Why not check it out?
And while you're there, I'd love if you'd subscribe. Within a week, I'll be uploading the first of my teacher resource videos for those interested in including in their Language Arts curriculum ...
An Odd Bird.
August 26, 2022
FREE Amazon eBook for The Hawk's Message
Beginning on August 28, 2022, The Hawk's Message (book 2 in the trilogy Of the Wing) will be FREE to download up to and through Thursday, September 1. Read about this book on the homepage of this web site, where you'll also locate a book trailer video. Be sure to view this video through YouTube because the frame displayed is mostly a thumbnail version.
July 21, 2022
An Odd Bird Book Trailer
Check out this just released promotional book video. And if you like it, come join me on my YouTube channel where I'll be uploading videos on our magical world.
Adventures on Marsh Creek
May 18, 2022
The days of spring are flowing as fast as the waters of Marsh Creek. Here are two photos to document recent outings to one of our favorite destinations. The first photo, taken on May 12, features Henry and Rosie (or should I say Rosie's head floating above the water?). And the second, taken on May 17, is of a Pileated Woodpecker contemplating the best place to begin drilling into the trunk of a dead tree.
You can find out more about the Pileated Woodpecker in my most recent blog post.
(You can also access my blog through the blogger icon located in the header section of the home page.)
And stay tuned to more adventures on Marsh Creek. You'll find postings here and under the
BEE a Naturalist menu tab.
January 18, 2022
BlueInk Review Selects An Odd Bird for its Showcase Column in Booklist Online
An Odd Bird was selected by BlueInk Reviews for inclusion in its January 2022 showcase column of favorite titles for Booklist Online, a publication of the American Library Association. Here's an excerpt from that review: "Butler's story is resplendent with rich descriptions, and she ably renders her characters and their conflicting emotions. With its flowing narrative, dimensional characters, and beautifully vivid details, the story is utterly immersive."
September 13, 2021
An Odd Bird Earns a Starred Review!
I'm pleased to share great news from BlueInk Review--a starred review for An Odd Bird, book one in my trilogy Of the Wing. You can read the entire review at their web site: