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Celina and her hen

About Me

I'm Celina, a Michigan artist and author. I love growing food and flowers, making art, and writing stories!

My Book

This is my children's book about backyard chickens. It's based on a true story and features 28 watercolor illustrations.

Celina with her children and their chickens

Bonus Content

Find photo inspiration, helpful reminders for kids, and tips for starting your own backyard flock at the end of the book!

About the Story

Bawk Bawk in the Backyard tells the heartwarming tale of one family's adventures raising chickens in the city. 


Experience the joy of chickens, the love of family, and the beauty of nature in this delightful introduction to backyard chicken keeping.


Set in urban Ann Arbor, Michigan, where six egg-laying hens live in a coop in the backyard, it demonstrates the possibilities of producing your own food no matter where you live. 


Look for Allie, the cat, each time you turn the page!

Getting Chickens?

This story shows readers what to expect from the moment they bring home their baby chicks.

Educational and Fun

Readers will learn: how to properly care for baby chicks; about brooders, coops, and runs; ways kids can help out, and more!

"My niece loves your book - has it memorized. Her dad read it to the preschool class as mystery reader."

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Celina advocating for chicken keeping in her township

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title page of Bawk Bawk in the Backyard hardcover edition

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watercolor illustrations for Bawk Bawk in the Backyard
Celina's art studio

The illustrations for Bawk Bawk in the Backyard were made with watercolor and graphite, persistence, and a leap of faith.

Keep in Touch

Email: celinamariechase@yahoo.com

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