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Lerner Publishing Group

A Peek at Beaks - Tools that Birds Use

Have you ever seen a bird using a jackhammer? What about one scooping up a meal with a net? Of course birds can’t really use tools, at least not the way humans do. But birds have surprisingly helpful tools with them at all times—their beaks!

Guess which birds have beaks resembling commonly used tools in this playful picture book from award-winning author Sara Levine. Delightfully detailed collage artwork by Kate Slater helps this book take flight!

Sara Levine is an author, educator and veterinarian. Her science books for children include Bone by Bone: Comparing Animal SkeletonsTooth by Tooth: Comparing Fangs, Tusks, and ChompersFossil by Fossil: Comparing Dinosaur BonesFlower Talk: How Plants Use Color to Communicate, and Eye by Eye: Comparing Animal Peepers (2020). Her books have received a number of awards including AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize, Utah Beehive Book Award, Cook Prize finalist, Monarch Award master list, and Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year.


Kate Slater is an artist and illustrator working in mixed media collage. Alongside work for publishing, editorial and advertising clients, Kate designs her own range of gift and homeware and has also created several large scale installations and window displays. Kate studied illustration at Kingston University (2005-2008). She grew up on a beautiful farm in deepest Staffordshire and, after living in London for a few years, returned to her green and muddy roots and now works from her studio at home in Staffordshire, in a room piled high with paper, watched over by her Labrador, Gladys.