I Got a Chicken for My Birthday

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 2
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

All the birthday girl wants from her Abuela is a ticket to the amusement park. Instead, she gets a chicken. But this chicken is no ordinary chicken; it has plans! With a lot of hard work, and help from other animals, this chicken may just end up granting the girl the best birthday gift ever.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2018
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2018-03-01
Reading Counts! Level 1.1
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV002090, JUV017100, JUV019000
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.25 x 11
Lexile 320
ATOS Reading Level 1.6
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 195445
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards and Reviewed

Author: Laura Gehl

Laura Gehl is the award-winning author of more than three dozen picture books, board books, and early readers including Who Is a Scientist?, I Got a Chicken for My Birthday, Dibs!, and Climate Warriors: Fourteen Scientists and Fourteen Ways to Save our Planet. A former science teacher with a PhD in neuroscience, Laura lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with her husband and four children.

Illustrator: Sarah Horne

Sarah Horne grew up in snowy Derbyshire, UK, with some goats and a brother. She then decided to be sensible and studied illustration at Falmouth College of Arts and earned a Masters degree at Kingston University. Sarah has written and/or illustrated numerous books for children and has also worked on commissions for The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Kew Gardens, Sesame Street, and for IKEA as their Children's Illustrator In Residence. She now draws, paints, writes, and giggles from underneath a pile of paper at her studio in London.


  • Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award Nominee, Nominated, 2020
  • Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices, Winner, 2019
  • Kirkus Best Children's Books, Winner, 2018


Sincerely Stacie

Laura Gehl is the author of the popular PEEP AND EGG series. When I saw she had written about getting a chicken as a birthday present I knew I had to read it. My nieces love their chickens and even take them for rides in their “chicken stroller”. Really!
The birthday girl asked her Abuela (grandma) for tickets to the amusement park for her birthday. Instead, Abuela Lola did one better, she got her a chicken for her birthday. Her granddaughter can’t figure out what she is supposed to do with this chicken and doesn’t like all the extra chores it has added like feeding it and gathering eggs. But, she starts to notice this isn’t just any chicken but a very talented chicken who may just get the birthday girl exactly what she wants.
This book is the perfect sort of silliness and fun that all kids will love reading over and over again. The illustrations are vibrant (just like the fantastic cover) and tell more of the story than the words actually do which makes reading even more fun. The little signs that the chicken holds rebuffing the birthday girl’s wishes are the best part! When she realizes what the chicken has actually done for her is quite amazing.
If your kids are fans of silly books or have a secret wish for a birthday chicken, definitely pick up this book!
Laura Gehl is the author of the Peep and Egg books and several other picture books, including ONE BIG PAIR OF UNDERWEAR. Laura has four children. She and her family live in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Find out more at LauraGehl.com
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School Library Journal

“Kids will enjoy pointing out the details that provide visual clues as to what the chicken is up to. An amusing story with a twist, perfect for a maker or construction storytime.”—School Library Journal


“This chicken story is definitely as good as a ticket to an amusement park, maybe better.”—Booklist

Publishers Weekly

“Filled with splashy colors and textures, Horne’s mixed-media pictures playfully fiddle with perspective and scale while including details that step up the fun. . . . An oddball birthday tale with heart.”—Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“[T]his utterly seamless blend of story and art is an ingenious treat for all ages.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews