Congratulations to Laurie Angus for having her book, Paddle Perch Climb: Bird Feet Are Neat, chosen as an Outstanding Science Trade Book by the Children’s Book Council and the National Science Teachers Association. Living alongside a creek in a wooded area, gives Laurie may opportunities to observe nature up close and personal. Her backyard is a playground for many wild creatures, as well as a diverse assortment of birds, including hawks, hummingbirds, and egrets. One of Laurie’s favorites, a screech owl she named Nascha, also makes its home nearby, trilling softly at night for its mate. Through her books, Laurie endeavors to spark children’s curiosity about the incredible diversity of life on our planet and to become avid nature lovers and explorers. Laurie attended Parson’s School of Design in NYC. Her first book for Dawn was award-winning Octopus Escapes Again!