A new children’s book starring mascot Reggie Redbird will take Illinois State University’s youngest fans on a colorful journey to find out Where are all the Redbirds?

The University’s first children’s book was created by Illinois State illustrator Mike Mahle with writer Susan Blystone. The book will be sold at various Bloomington-Normal retailers and online starting in September 2014. A list of retailers is below and also available at IllinoisState.edu/ReggieBook.

Where are all the Redbirds? tells the story of Reggie’s quest to find out why he’s the only Redbird among his forest friends, and whether there are other Redbirds like him elsewhere. Through beautiful illustrations, Reggie’s travels take him to many locations that will be familiar to Illinois State students and alumni.

“As the popularity of Reggie’s Kids Club continues to grow with increased membership, the idea of providing something unique to those who join mushroomed into the plan for a Reggie adventure told through a colorfully illustrated children’s book,” said Blystone, also editor of Illinois State magazine.

Susan Blystone and Mike Mahle

Susan Blystone and Mike Mahle from Illinois State’s University Marketing and Communications staff.

Added Mahle: “Illinois State alumni and Redbird fans will appreciate having the chance to share with their youngest family members a story tied to Illinois State.”

The Illinois State University publication is available for purchase in several locations, including all Redbird Athletics home games. (Electronic versions of the book are expected to be available soon for Amazon Kindle and Apple iBooks.)

Alamo II
319 North Street
Normal, IL 61761

Barnes & Noble-Illinois State University Bookstore
Bone Student Center

Children’s Discovery Museum Discover More! Store
101 East Beaufort Street
Normal, IL 61761

McLean County Museum of History gift shop
200 North Main Street
Bloomington, IL 61701

Pro Image Sports at Eastland Mall
1615 East Empire Street
Bloomington, IL 61704

RedbirdGear.com Coming soon!
Alumni Association’s official online store

For more information about where to buy the book, contact Illinois State Director of Trademark and Licensing R.C. McBride at rcmcbri@IllinoisState.edu or (309) 438-2713.