Illustrated by Valerie McCord.
Simon understands what it’s like to be born looking different than others. When he hatched, his beak had a gap, making it difficult for him to eat, smile, and sing. With help from his special friend, Patty, Simon now thrives. One day, Simon spots a sad blue jay sitting in a tree. No one came to Buddy’s birthday party because he’s different. Simon and Patty gather their friends and make Buddy feel special. They create the Buddy Branch, a place where birds can come when they feel lonely. Simon and the Buddy Branch, a children’s picture book, shares a story of love, acceptance, and kindness. It communicates the message it’s okay to be different; everyone is beautiful just the way they are.