Chickens on the Loose

Chickens on the Loose

Jane Kurtz


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  • Enthusiastic, experienced, and well-connected author.
  • Quirky, humorous, adorable picture book with regional and national education and gift market appeal.
  • Easy to pair with merch, toys, and learning units.
  • Excellent rhyming read-aloud for storytimes, reminiscent of Click Clack Moo and Sheep in a Jeep.
  • Also portrays counting and basic concepts in animal husbandry.
  • Includes information on how to care for urban chickens and fun facts.
  • Nearly 1 percent of all U.S. households surveyed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported owning backyard fowl in 2013, and 4 percent more planned to start in the next five years. That’s over 13 million Americans flocking to the backyard poultry scene.
  • A 2015 review of 150 of the most-populated U.S. cities found that nearly all (93 percent) allowed backyard poultry flocks. For instance, in New York City, localvores can keep an unlimited number of hens so long as the area is kept clean. (No roosters allowed.)
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  • Synopsis: A rhyming picture book about urban chickens running rampant all over town.


Jane Kurtz:
Jane Kurtz is an award-winning children’s book author, speaker, educator, and she is on the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Children’s and YA Literature. She is a co-founder of the board of Ethiopia Reads, an organization that brings books and literacy to the children in Ethiopia, where Jane grew up. She also heads the creative team of Ready Set Go Books, a project of Open Hearts Big Dreams to create fun, colorful, local language books for people in Ethiopia. Jane currently lives in Portland, Oregon.