Bartholomew Quill is a young crow trying to figure out who and what he is. He asks the other creatures he encounters on his journey, from puffins to eagles to ravens, but learns in the end that the answer lies within. Rather than just a creation myth, it’s a legend about biodiversity and the clever and loveable crow. Tour the animal kingdom from a crow’s point of view in this whimsical mix of science and poetry. The rhyming story and beautiful illustrations of Pacific Northwest wildlife make this a fun read-aloud for the whole family.

Praise for BARTHOLOMEW QUILL . . . 

"A gorgeously illustrated, poetic romp through nature that will inspire young readers to be better wildlife observers. Perfect for one-on-one and small group sharing"

- School Library Journal

“Exceptionally well written . . .  wonderfully embellished with the beautiful illustrations of Pacific Northwest wildlife . . . a fun read-aloud experience for the whole family and an enduringly popular addition to preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections”

- Midwest Book Review

"Thor Hanson's writing style is flowing and poetic, which makes it fun to read aloud. Hanson is a biologist who has transferred his adult knowledge about the animal kingdom to this beautiful book for young readers."

- The Write Question blog

Montana Public Radio

"Bartholomew Quill is a beautiful story that will leave children to dream about other fictional connections with Mother Nature."

- Unleashing Readers blog

"My children love this book."

- Mommy has to Work blog

". . . a fabulous addition to any child's bookshelf."

- Outnumbered 3 to 1 blog

“With charming prose and engaging imagery, readers and listeners alike will enjoy this delightful and educational romp . . . children will learn about the wild animals that share their world, and come to appreciate a most familiar bird, the crow.”

- John Marzluff, author of Gifts of the Crow

and In the Company of Crows and Ravens

bartholomew quill:

a crow's quest to know who's who

Little Bigfoot/Sasquatch Books, 2016


See more of Dana Arnim's wonderful illustrations . . . 

For school visits or media inquiries contact:

Nicole Banholzer

Publicity & Marketing Manager
Little Bigfoot​, an imprint of Sasquatch Books
(206) 467-4300

Thor Hanson - Author & Biologist