Am I Like You?



Authors: Brian Scott Sockin & Laura Erickson

Illustrated by: Anna Rettberg

Target: 4-7 years
FormatS: Hard Cover w/Dust Jacket / NEW Paperback edition
Pages: 32
Dimensions: 9.75″ x 9.75″

Renowned bird author and former Science Editor at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Laura Erickson and Cornell Lab Publishing Group’s very own President and author, Brian Scott Sockin, have created a beautiful nature story of self-discovery and identity for children.


Join mom and son on a nature walk, playing their favorite outdoor game, “Am I like you?” As they happen upon and observe different birds along the trail, each with their own unique personality traits and behaviors, they consider which one they feel most like on that day—a chickadee (highly curious, friendly, talkative, and smart), a Peregrine Falcon (solitary, shrewd, strong, and bold), or another unique bird?

As the story unfolds, young children will have the opportunity to recognize parts of themselves in a variety of birds, and ultimately be able to take a little quiz on to see which birds they are most like. Am I Like You? will help children discover things about themselves through this journey, not just of trail and terrain, but also of exploration into self-discovery, affinity and identity.

Author Information

Laura Erickson has been a scientist, teacher, writer, wildlife rehabilitator, blogger, public speaker, photographer, and Science Editor at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. She’s written seven books about birds, including The Bird Watching Answer Book and the National Geographic Pocket Guide to Birds of North America. Laura is a National Outdoor Book Award winner, an editor of Bird Scope magazine and a columnist and contributing editor for Birdwatching Magazine. In 2014, she was awarded the prestigious Roger Tory Peterson Award for lifetime achievement in promoting the cause of birding by the American Birding Association. Laura also writes and produces a daily radio segment about birds. Laura lives in Duluth, Minnesota.

Brian Scott Sockin has authored 7 books, including the children’s title C.A.R.E. Treasury of Children’s Folklore. Brian has a B.A. in Psychology from Binghamton University and M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business. Brian is CEO and Publisher of the Cornell Lab Publishing Group, which has afforded him the rare opportunity to pair his passion for nature and writing, with his business career. Brian is a native of upstate NY and now lives in Cary, NC with his family.

Anna Rettberg is an illustrator and avid birder. In 2014, Anna was awarded a prestigious Bartels Illustration internship at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. A native of Upstate New York, she graduated from Syracuse University’s Illustration program, Anna now lives in Seattle, WA, where she is a character artist for video games. In her free time she hikes in the Cascades and tries to familiarize herself with the birds of the Pacific Northwest.


“Illustrations are skillfully drawn, bold, and Disney-esque in aesthetic, clearly and accurately portraying characteristics of common North American birds.”


“Take a fun, 15-question quiz developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to find out what kind of bird you would be — if you were a bird, that is.”

—Birding Wire

Additional information

Weight1.1 lbs
Dimensions0.33 × 9.75 × 9.75 in

Brian Scott Sockin & Laura Ericsson Illustrated by Anna Rettberg


Hardcover Edition, Softcover Edition

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