Accolades for Tillie!

The Pennsylvania Center for the Book has put Tillie Lays an Egg on it’s list of A Baker’s Dozen: The Best Children’s Books for Family Literacy for 2009. I’m very honored to have my book in the same company as this year’s Caldecott Award winner, The Lion and the Mouse, and the clever and funny Duck! Rabbit! If you’re a teacher or librarian, let me know when you are using Tillie in the classroom and I’ll post a hello message on the HenCam home page. If you’re using the book for homeschooling, let me know how you are including it in you lesson plan. I’ve just about finished writing up a teacher’s guide for Tillie Lays an Egg. (It’ll be up on my web site soon.) I’d love to include your ideas!

UPDATE: for the teacher’s guide go here.


  1. Congratulations, you deserve much. One day I’d like to read his book

  2. That is FABULOUS, Terry! Can’t wait for the lesson ideas! Donna

    • Congratulations, I just got the two copies that I ordered yesterday! Can’t wait to share the story with my school. We hatch chicks every year in Kindergarten and this book will go great with that unit!!

  3. Congratulations Terry!! I gave the book to my godchildren a few months ago- had to convince my 20 yr. old daughter to give it up tho!!

  4. Congratulations to YOU!!! I too can’t wait to see the lesson ideas. Believe it or not there are children out there that will probably never see real live chickens and farm animals or touch them on a farm. I grew up around farm animals and to this day still love ’em. I hope that teachers out there if it is at all possible will take their students to a farm so the kids can see and touch the animals first hand.

  5. Hi Terry…After a day at school with 150 1st graders my hen, Pepper, went home pooped out…She cluck-clucked to her nesting box and hasn’t been out since…She is thinking “Too many kids”! Can’t say I blamed her. The questions this year were…

    “Does Pepper have a husband”?
    “Why does she want to be a mother?” (I have often wondered this about myself)
    “Doesn’t she know she is sitting on a pink egg?”
    “Does she ever take a bath?”

    This is the only yesr I didn’t get the ….”How does the egg become a baby chicken?” question!

    • I’ve never gotten those questions! But I always start my school visits with a bit about how chickens take dust baths, not soap and water baths!

  6. My 5 year old son loves Tillie Lays an Egg. I bought it for him after we decided we were going to raise our own chickens. I was only going to get 6 various breeds but, then he wanted one just like Tillie. So, we now have 12 babies. 1 Leghorn Tillie, 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte, 2 Barred Rocks, 2 RIR, 2 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Americaunas and 2 Black Astralorps. Thank you for the book. It is now a family favorite!