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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.

When I heard that this book combined the fantastic photography the crew of National Geographic with the gorgeous words of Jane Yolen and daughter Heidi Stemple, I knew it would be amazing.

Fly With Me: A Celebration of Birds through Pictures, Poems, and Stories by Jane Yolen, Heidi E. Y. Stemple, Adam Stemple, and Jason Stemple is a family affair that reveals their remarkable creative abilities and passion for birds. It will take your breath away.

Let's start with the end papers as you open the book. In among the delicate blue silhouettes of a flock of birds trail wisps of words, which are common sayings about birds. Delightful.

Next you encounter the "Contents." They run two pages of small print. You see that you are going to find out what a bird is, the history of birds, state birds, their songs, birds migration, bird records... Don't take too long reading it all because there is much to explore. Delve in.

Each section combines gorgeous photographs with information about birds, either in chunks or as cute circle-shaped sidebars which remind you of nests or eggs. Poems accompany some sections. For example, in the section about feathers:

For keeping warm
and in the air,
for camouflage
or flashy flair...

~ Heidi E. Y. Stemple

I would keep going with the review, but I just want to keep reading and looking at the book. Oh, here's a section about the Audubon Christmas Bird Count that I mentioned on Monday. Now I found out that the American Woodcock is the slowest flying bird. There's Harry Potter's owl Hedwig and a list of movies featuring birds. Oh my, I can't wait to show this to my kid.

You get the idea. Fly With Me is a must have for ornithologists young and old. It would work equally well as a resource in the classroom or as a treasured gift to a friend who loves nature. Enjoy a copy today!

Activity Suggestion

Make your own personal scrapbook to celebrate birds. Either collect or make bird illustrations, take or find bird photographs, write bird poems, gather bird stories, and research bird facts. Paste or tape them into a notebook or make a scrapbook. Update it regularly.

Age Range: 4 - 8 years  All ages!
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (October 16, 2018)
ISBN-10: 1426331819
ISBN-13: 978-1426331817

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

Disclosure: This book was provided by the publisher's representative for 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.

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.