I have long since been a fan of Charley Harper’s illustrations and one of my earliest memories is flipping through his now infamous Giant Golden Book of Biology at my babysitter’s house. So imagine my surprise to find not only a Charley Harper calendar under the tree but his Birds & Words book too. Don’t let this grey photograph fool you – inside is filled with colorful artwork. His “I just count the wings not the feathers” philosophy makes for beautiful minimal representations of some of the most complex creatures on Earth. I am especially fond of birds so these are some of my favorite pieces and each page has a short anecdote relating to the bird type. So armed with my Chirp! iPhone app and this book I will become nothing short of a master bird watcher.