Birdie’s Beauty Parlor

By: Lee Merrill Byrd
Illustrator: Francisco Delgado

Everything you need to know to make your grandmother look like a queen!



Everything you need to know to make your grandmother look like a queen!

Birdie and Grandma are having a girls' day! They must have had fun because Grandma's all worn out now. Birdie has a solution: a makeover! It'll give Grandma a chance to relax. Birdie insists that Grandma lie down because this beauty parlor has a lot of moving parts, chinny-chin-chin hair removal, long stretches of blush, slashes of lipstick, and eyeshadow. Earrings, scarves, the works! Birdie knows best: she owns this beauty parlor!

Birdie's Beauty Parlor is the second collaboration between Lee Byrd and Francisco Delgado. Lee draws inspiration from her grandchildren for the story, and Francisco's illustrations are based off his children.

Lee Merrill Byrd is the co-publisher of Cinco Puntos Press so she can, without hesitation, write and publish books about her grandchildren who, she claims, are brilliant and beautiful.

Her previous picture books, Treasure on Gold Street and Juanito Counts to Ten, featured Hannah and John Andrew. Lee is the author of Riley's Fire (Algonquin) and My Sister Disappears (SMU Press).Francisco Delgado, a fronterizo artist, was born in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua in 1974. He received his MFA from the Yale School of Art. His paintings have been on book covers, in national art exhibits, private collections and community institutions. Delgado's picture books include ¡Si, Se Puede! and Juanito Counts to Ten. He also provided the illustrations for Out of Their Minds, by Luis Humberto Crosthwaite.

Awards and Accomodations

Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books of 2020, Libros en español

1 review for Birdie’s Beauty Parlor

  1. Kirkus Reviews
    A delightful celebration of intergenerational love.

    Byrd’s sweet storyline, which encourages readers to follow both the English and Spanish of the bilingual text, is accompanied by fronterizo artist Delgado’s lively illustrations…this affectionate tale will motivate young readers to express their own care and try new activities with loved ones.

    Midwest Book Review
    Especially and unreservedly recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library bilingual (English/Spanish) children’s picture book collections for children ages 3-7.

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