by Stephanie Spinner & Meilo So (ill.)
Alfred A Knopf 2012


Are birds smart? Can they learn? Scientist Irene Pepperberg thought that even though birds had small brains, they were capable of learning. Alex (short for Avian Learning EXperiment) is an African Gray parrot who spent years learning with Irene. Together, Alex and Irene taught scientists, and the world, that some birds could be very smart and could learn. Read this inspiring true story.

Alex Foundation (caution: many requests for donations on this site) with blog

Life With Alex DVD available for purchase

Stephanie Spinner Author Website (not up to date; doesn't list Alex the Parrot)

Meilo So Illustrator Website