Common Raven Book Earns Accolades

The annual awards for Southwest Books of the Year for 2013 have been announced and my book was a “Panelist Pick” in the children’s titles. Pretty exciting stuff! Here’s what the judge said:

Un-Common Raven, The: One Smart Bird

By Diane Phelps Budden, Loren Haury. Red Rock Mountain Press LLC. 32 pp. $11.95.A well researched and well written children’s book about ravens.This book includes facts about where ravens live – the Sonoran desert, their flight patterns, intelligence, curiosity. We learn about raven’s characteristics including; they are toolmakers, scavengers, they mate for life,etc.

Written for school age children and includes index, glossary, and bibliography. Excellent choice for student research and grade school homework assignments.

–Ann Dickinson, 2013 Southwest Books of the Year jury

Follow this link to view all the books chosen for a Southwest Books of the Year 2013 award:






Shade the Raven Visits Highland Nature Center and Wows the Crowd

On Saturday January 11, Shade, Emily, and I visited the Highland Nature Center in Prescott, AZ to give presentations. I gave a story hour for the kids who came, but the crowd of over 125 raven lovers were there to see Shade and hear Emily’s talk about her research. There were plenty of questions too. Shade was very well behaved and people even had their picture taken with her. It’s good to see there are so many raven lovers in AZ (just like me).