The Chickadee Spirit is scheduled for official launch on September 21, 2013, but pre-release copies are available online at, as well as at art fairs in Ludington, MI (August 10 – 11, 2013) and Frankfort, MI (August 16 – 17, 2013).  The author, Bill O. Smith, will be available for book-signings, and discussion, at both events.


The Chickadee Spirit takes the reader into a curious winter community – strong, kind and slightly screwy, a community welcoming to each and every creature that ventures into the “chickadee dome.”  Along the way, children are introduced to the beauties and mysteries of the natural world.


This book is the second in the Chickadee Series. The first book, Chickadees at Night, was a very well-received book by Bill O. Smith, a former elementary school principal in Traverse City, Michigan. The idea for Bill’s first children’s book, Chickadees At Night, came about when he retired to care for his former mother-in-law as she began her journey into the challenging world of dementia. Living with her in Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore in northern Michigan, Bill watched as her memory dimmed and she gracefully transitioned into someone who lived completely in the moment. She retained her sparkling spirit, however, and a keen eye for beauty. Birds, especially chickadees, delighted her. Bill realized then that life is just as much about beautiful moments as beautiful memories, and this became his inspiration for the best-selling Chickadees At Night.


For more on the release of The Chickadee Spirit contact Bill at