Children’s Bird Science Books and Kit Giveaway

Just in time for Great Backyard Bird Count  February 17-20, 2017, we have a terrific bird-themed giveaway opportunity offered by Downtown Bookworks. Let’s see all the great stuff they have to offer, and then discuss what you have to do to enter below.

Number 1 on the list is Bird-acious (Science with Stuff) by award-winning children’s science writer Melissa Stewart.

This book is a fun and educational introduction to birds for young readers. It contains big color photographs and interesting facts. It covers everything from feathers and flying to beaks and eating. There’s even a two-page spread that features photographs of cool bird tongues and describes what the various structures are used for.

But Bird-acious offers even more. In the cover image above, do you see the brown mass in the yellow oval to the right, just under the title? That is an actual owl pellet for kids to dissect, as well as detailed instructions how to do it in the back of the book. A bird book with its own hands-on activity included, what more could you ask for?

See more about Bird-acious in last week’s STEM Friday review.

Age Range: 6 and up
Publisher: Downtown Bookworks; Nov edition (December 10, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1935703900
ISBN-13: 978-1935703907

Number 2 is A Walk in the Woods: Into the Field Guide by Emily Laber-Warren.

This Into the Field Guide is perfect to carry along on a hike in the woods. Color photographs and clear, simple descriptions will help youngsters learn to identify common animals, plants, and even some rocks. Also includes basic scientific concepts and facts, such as how stick insects hide from predators using camouflage.

Although not solely about birds, both these guides have a section on common birds found in the habitat they feature. A Walk in the Woods has descriptions of American robins, Northern mockingbirds, chickadees, goldfinches, etc., all the birds you might see for The Great Backyard Bird Count.

Age Range: 5 and up
Paperback: 112 pages
Publisher: Downtown Bookworks (June 18, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1935703269
ISBN-13: 978-1935703266

Number 3 is A Walk on the Beach: Into the Field Guide by Laurie Goldman.

A Walk on the Beach helps young readers learn about common animals, plants, rocks, shells, and even debris found on the beach.

The bird section includes information about water birds ranging from great blue herons and seagulls, to eagles and ducks. If you live near a body of water, this book will also help your children identify birds for the GBBC.

Age Range: 5 and up
Paperback: 112 pages
Publisher: Downtown Bookworks; Original edition (June 18, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1935703277
ISBN-13: 978-1935703273

Number 4 is Look and Learn Birds (PBS Kids) by Sarah Parvis and PBS KIDS (Editor)

Perfect to accompany a citizen science project like The Great Backyard Bird Watch, this kit comes with a 64-page Look and Learn Birds book, simple-to-use binoculars, a laminated identification sheet with pictures of common birds, and an activity poster. What a fabulous way to encourage the next generation of bird watchers!

Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Publisher: Downtown Bookworks; Box Pck Pa edition (August 30, 2016)
ISBN-10: 1941367291
ISBN-13: 978-1941367292


Would you like a chance to receive the prize pack of all four of these items? Simply login the Rafflecopter below — making sure you leave a valid e-mail address — by 12:00 a.m. EST February 7, 2017. Rafflecopter will randomly pick the winner and I will notify Downtown Bookworks (they have kindly agreed to ship the prize.) Their only request is that the giveaway is only open to US residents.

The Giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner!

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Please let me know in the comments or contact me at the e-mail address listed on the about page if you have any problems with Rafflecopter.


Related Activities:

Check out the bird-related activities in this free downloadable .pdf:

Activities from PBS KIDS Look and Learn Birds


And don’t forget the Great Backyard Bird Count.


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  1. Sarah Brown

    Thank you for the chance for the giveaway! Been a follower for years and really appreciate your hard work!

  2. Roberta

    Good luck and thank you for the kind words.

  3. Esther DeWaters

    We love to learn about the birds that visit our backyard.

  4. Roberta

    Birdwatching is fun with kids. We have some lesser goldfinches right now. They make a sweet sound when they sit in our tree and “talk” to each other.

  5. Chase Young

    Thanks for a great giveaway! My girls are always asking me about the birds in our backyard, these books look perfect!

  6. Edye

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. Roberta

    If you are looking for ideas, we have some bird activity suggestions besides the ones at the bottom of this page. Check the bird activity category

  8. Roberta

    I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity when the publisher suggested it.

  9. Bianca Munoz

    Thank you for the giveaway! My children would love these!
    New to your blog, but I will definitely be coming back 🙂

  10. Roberta


  11. Lindsay Bade

    My 6 year old daughter would love this! She loves feeding the birds in the yard and is always asking questions about them. We homeschool so this could be a whole day of learning for us! Thanks for the chance.

  12. beth

    I would love to win these because my niece would love these books!

  13. Sarah

    I love Melissa Stewart’s books! How cool that Bird-acious features an owl pellet! We’re very excited about the GBBC. Even the littlest member of the household already loves watching birds. Thanks!

  14. Roberta

    I thought you might be interested in this one 🙂

  15. Susan Biddle

    We love watching birds here is Pennsylvania and these items would be great to supplement my 6 y.o. daughter’s homeschool lessons! Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  16. Roberta

    These are the type of references children may return to again and again.

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