Newly released book tells “The War Eagle Story” for young readers

AUBURN – One of the most popular legends of the origin of Auburn University’s “War Eagle” has been beautifully told and illustrated in a newly-released children’s book, “The War Eagle Story.”

The book is co-authored by Auburn University’s Francesca Adler-Baeder, associate professor and extension specialist, and her husband Patrick Baeder, and illustrated by Tiffany Everett, an amateur illustrator and photographer who lives in Auburn.

“The War Eagle Story” is set during one of Auburn’s earliest football games in which the unnamed opponent is described only as “a fearsome foe.” Among the Auburn fans watching the game that day was an elderly man, identified as a Civil War veteran, whose aging pet eagle was perched on his shoulder. “The War Eagle Story” describes how, when Auburn was losing the game, the eagle suddenly rallied to soar over the field, drawing cries of “War Eagle” from the crowd and inspiring the team to victory.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will go to the Center for Children, Youth and Families to help fund outreach and student scholarships.

In 2006, Francesca Adler-Baeder was invited to serve as Faculty Honoree for a week of Auburn’s Camp War Eagle for incoming freshmen. At the pep rally, she read the newly written “War Eagle Storybook,” based on the most popular traditional account of the battle cry’s origin. That story was the genesis of her children’s book, now told in rhyme.

As an associate professor and extension specialist of Human Development and Family Studies, Adler-Baeder has directed several large outreach and research projects through the Center for Children, Youth, and Families.

For more information, including how to order the book, go to the website at The book is also available at J&M Bookstore and Auburn Art in Auburn.

On Monday, Jan. 10, Adler-Baeder will introduce her book locally through readings of her new book to students at elementary schools in Auburn, including Dean Road Elementary, Cary Woods Elementary and Ogletree Elementary.

Contact: Francesca Adler-Baeder, (334) 844-3234 (, or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (