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Monday, July 29, 2019

Whoo-Ku Haiku Cover Reveal

We are thrilled to reveal the cover for Whoo-Ku Haiku: A Great Horned Owl Story, an upcoming informational picture book written by Maria Gianferrari and illustrated by Jonathan D. Voss. Look for Whoo-Ku Haiku on shelves in the spring of 2020.

WHOO’s Maria Gianferrari? She’s a self-proclaimed bird nerd with a special fondness for raptors. Her love affair with birds began in 7th grade science class when her teacher, Mr. Lefebvre, initiated a bird count. While walking her rescue dog, Becca, Maria’s always on the look-out for all kinds of birds, and she loves searching winter tree tops for nests in her neighborhood in northern Virginia where she lives with her German-scientist husband and German speaking daughter. This is her first book with GP Putnam’s Sons. She’s also the author of another bird book, Hawk Rising. To learn more about Maria, please visit her website:

In April we had the opportunity to interview Maria for the blog. Read our interview with Maria here. 

Jonathan D. Voss writes and illustrates stories for children. Growing up, he was never far from a pencil or paintbrush, and began working as a portrait artist right out of high school. Jonathan is the author and illustrator of Brave Enough for Two and the illustrator of Sally Walker’s Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh. Jonathan lives in North Carolina with his wife and two kids. Visit his website at


  1. OMG - love in so many ways -- Owls AND Haiku! You go, Maria! Fly high!

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    1. Isn't Jonathan's art so very beautiful?! I am so lucky!! Thanks, Deb!

  3. Thanks so much, Louise & Cathy, for sharing our cover on your fantastic blog! It is an honor to have it featured here :)!!

  4. Congratulations Maria and Jonathan! Love the cover!

  5. Looks stunning! I just watched a nest of Great Horned Owls fledge in Golden Gate Park this spring. It was awesome! Can't wait to read this book!

  6. Love it!! Congrats, Maria and Jonathan!!