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2018 was designated as the Year of the Bird (official website). As their final event event of the year, the organizers are calling on people to share their love of birds. To participate, we're going to explore a variety of exciting new children's books about birds this week.

So many great children's books about birds and birdwatching have been published this year that today we are going to double up.

For the youngest reader we have Bird Builds a Nest by Martin Jenkins and illustrated by Richard Jones (nominated for a 2018 Cybils Award.)

In a clever juxtaposition, this picture book is not only about how birds build nests, but as the author explains on page 2, it is also about the physics of forces.

 Turning around and around, pushing with her whole body, she makes a snug little cup, smooth and soft on the inside.

In the back matter there are questions to ask about pushing and pulling and a simple activity suggestion.

Bird Builds a Nest is a perfect choice for fledgling scientists and birdwatchers alike.

Activity Suggestion:

Build a child-sized nest (our post from 2008!)

Age Range: 4 - 6 years
Publisher: Candlewick (January 17, 2018)
ISBN-10: 0763693464
ISBN-13: 978-0763693466

Our second choice, Warblers & Woodpeckers: A Father-Son Big Year of Birding by Sneed B. Collard III, is for adults and older kids.

Have you heard of the birdwatching event known as Big Year? It is an informal challenge associated with the American Birding Association where birders try to see and or hear as many different species of birds as possible within a single year.

Sneed B. Collard III and his adolescent son Braden did a Big Year challenge in 2016. To try to experience as many birds as possible, they traveled to birding hot spots throughout North and South America. Warblers & Woodpeckers is a record of their many adventures. From encounters with "killer" bees to spotting a Northern pygmy owl in the pines, their travels will keep readers enthralled.

The book contains some color photographs of the birders and some of the birds they found. You can see much more at their Father Son Birding blog.

Warblers & Woodpeckers might just inspire young adults to try their own big adventure, whether it is a Big Year or a another challenge that comes from their own interests. Check out a copy today.

 

Activity Suggestion

Keep a journal of your own birding experiences.

 

Previous titles by Sneed B. Collard III reviewed here at Growing With Science:

Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Mountaineers Books (August 17, 2018)
ISBN-10: 168051136X
ISBN-13: 978-1680511369

Don't forget our growing list of books for young birdwatchers at Science Books for Kids.

Disclosure: These books were provided for review. Also, I am an affiliate with Amazon so I can show you cover images and links to more information about books and products. As you probably are aware, if you click through the highlighted title link and purchase a product, I will receive a very small commission, at no extra cost to you. Any proceeds help defray the costs of hosting and maintaining this website.

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2018 was designated as the Year of the Bird as a way to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. As their final event event of the year, the organizers are calling on people to share their love of birds. To participate, we're exploring a variety of exciting new children's books about birds this week.

Today we're featuring Hawk Rising by Maria Gianferrari and illustrated by Brian Floca was nominated for a 2018 Cybils Award.)

"Father Hawk stretches wide his wings"

Written from a second person perspective, a young girl watches a family of red-tailed hawks throughout the course of a single day. Will the father bird be able to catch food to feed the chicks? (Content note:  he does catch a squirrel and it shown realistically.)

Brian Floca's illustrations are amazing, especially some of the hawk close up views. It's no surprise that he's won the Caldecott medal.

The back matter contains additional facts and suggestions for further reading to find the answers to the questions the book is sure to inspire.

Hawk Rising is a lovely introduction to raptors in general and red-tailed hawks in particular. Soar with a copy today.

Activity Suggestions

  1. Check out the red-tailed hawk page at All About Birds (Cornell Lab of Ornithology)
  2. Animal Fact Files has a summary on these common raptors.

 

Age Range: 4 - 8 years
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (June 5, 2018)
ISBN-10: 9781626720961
ISBN-13: 978-1626720961

Don't forget our growing list of books for young birdwatchers at Science Books for Kids.

Disclosure: This book was provided by our local library. Also, I am an affiliate with Amazon so I can provide you with cover images and links to more information about books and products. As you probably are aware, if you click through the highlighted title link and purchase a product, I will receive a very small commission, at no extra cost to you. Any proceeds help defray the costs of hosting and maintaining this website.

Did you know 2018 has been the Year of the Bird (official website)?

2018 was designated as the Year of the Bird as a way to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. As their final event event of the year, the organizers are calling on people to share their love of birds. To participate, we're going to explore a variety of exciting new children's books about birds this week.

  The amazing books about birds featured this week, many with related activity suggestions:

  1.  Counting Birds: The Idea That Helped Save Our Feathered Friends (reviewed below)
  2. Tuesday's post: Hawk Rising by Maria Gianferrari and illustrated by Brian Floca
  3. Wednesday's post: Bird Builds a Nest (picture book) and Warblers & Woodpeckers (for young adults and adults)
  4. Thursday's post - Fly With Me: A Celebration of Birds through Pictures, Poems, and Stories by Jane Yolen, Heidi E. Y. Stemple, Adam Stemple, and Jason Stemple
  5. Friday's post - learn about migration with the picture book All Eyes on Alexandra by Anna Levine

Hope you and your family enjoy them.

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If you are a regular follower of the blog, you'll know we've mentioned the Great Backyard Bird Count many times, but have missed the Christmas Bird Count (December 14, 2018 - January 5, 2019). Let's rectify that oversight.

The new picture book, Counting Birds: The Idea That Helped Save Our Feathered Friends (Young Naturalist) by Heidi E.Y. Stemple and illustrated by Clover Robin, explains how Frank Chapman started the count on Christmas Day 1900. (Counting Birds was nominated for a 2018 Cybils Award.)

We should say right up front that this is not a counting book, although there are plenty of birds in the illustrations to see and identify if the reader should want.

Instead, it is a combination of biography and explanation of the event. After giving a brief overview of ornithologist Frank Chapman's life and how he came up with Christmas Count idea, author Stemple describes how the it works.

She explains that all birds are counted:

Creepers, thrashers, bufflehead, brant, and bobwhites.
All birds are welcome.

And anyone can count, even those who are housebound:

Not all birdwatchers are in the field. Some count the birds that visit their backyard feeders.

All birders are welcome.

She also reveals the importance of the data that is collected in helping researchers understand and protect all kinds of birds around the world.

Counting Birds is a wonderful way to introduce young readers to bird watching and annual bird counts. Take part in the Year of the Bird and share a copy today.

Activity Suggestions

The Audubon Christmas Bird Count is now free and open to anyone. Learn how to join here. But hurry, it starts Friday, December 14, 2018.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is coming up February 15-18, 2019.

In the mean time, brush up on your bird identification skills at the sites in this list.  I always have trouble with the woodpeckers, sapsuckers, and flickers. What about you?

Age Range: 4 - 8 years
Publisher: Seagrass Press (October 2, 2018)
ISBN-10: 1633226042
ISBN-13: 978-1633226043

Don't forget our growing list of books for young birdwatchers at Science Books for Kids.

Disclosure: This book was provided electronically for the Cybils contest review. Also, I am an affiliate with Amazon so I can provide you with cover images and links to more information about books and products. As you probably are aware, if you click through the highlighted title link and purchase a product, I will receive a very small commission, at no extra cost to you. Any proceeds help defray the costs of hosting and maintaining this website.