Now that spring has sprung, it’s wonderful to hear the cheerful chirps of returning birds. They gladly serenade us from sunrise to sunset with their symphony of melodic sounds. Reflective on where you live, that could mean a vast array of different cheeps, peeps, trills and warblings. Where I live, we have robins, chickadees, bluejays, finches, swallows, woodpeckers, doves, and the red-winged blackbird to name a few.
There are lots of people who enjoy birdwatching or birding. They get out in nature and enjoy the sounds and colors of nature’s flying creatures. To help kids develop a healthy love, respect and appreciation for our feathered friends, National Geographic has created a beautiful collection of books devoted to birds. They are perfect for kids of all ages (baby to age 12!) to get excited about the feathered friends that can be found in the backyard AND in some of the most exotic places in the world.
Designed to be the stepping stone to the best-selling National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book series, the Little Kids First Board Book series takes similar big subjects and distills them down to the simplest nonfiction concepts for the youngest audience. Not only will readers learn about a variety of birds, they can also find recurring shapes and patterns in the art, while adults can keep their eyes open for occasional funny commentary from the animals. With their bright and playful design, awesome photography, clear text, and cues to encourage interactive learning, the Little Kids First Board Books take a fresh new approach to make learning about nature and science fun. (board book, ages Baby-3)
This adorable reference introduces young readers to birds of all kinds: big and small, flyers and swimmers, colorful and plain. They’ll find backyard favorites, such as robins and cardinals, and be introduced to more unique species that inhabit rainforests and deserts around the world. Bird behaviors kids can relate to, including singing, dancing, building, swimming, and diving, reveal fascinating insights into the avian world. More than 100 colorful photos are paired with profiles of each bird, along with facts about the creatures’ sizes, diets, homes, and more. This charming book will quickly become a favorite at storytime, bedtime, and any other time. (hardcover, ages 4-8)
This thoughtful and beautifully curated collection of our flying, feathery friends highlights the role birds play in human life from centuries ago to the present day. While it’s beautiful and contains many original poems, it’s also full of valuable real science about these wondrous creatures. From history and behavior to spotting and photographing, there’s something for every bird fan in the flock. Young birders will learn all about migration and the importance of habitat conservation. They’ll find stories about bird rescues and fun facts about the fastest, strongest, and tiniest fliers. They’ll also discover the best bird nests, sweet songs to sing, ways to listen for and identify the birds around them, and more. (hardcover, ages 4-8)
Fly into the world of birds in the most complete guide for kids to North America’s birds, featuring range maps, cool facts, interactive activities and crafts, and detailed descriptions and drawings by Jonathan Alderfer, one of the country’s top avian experts and artists. The guide features profiles of 50 of North America’s most popular birds–including how and where they live and tips about how to spot, hear, and attract them–as well as mini-profiles of another 100 birds, for coverage of 150 bird species in all. (paperback, ages 8-12)
From eagles to falcons and talons to beaks, Everything Birds of Prey introduces readers to the world’s most ferocious fliers. With stunning visuals and energetic, impactful design, readers won’t stop until they’ve learned everything there is to know about birds of prey. paperback, ages 8-12)
Leafing through the pages, we’re in awe at the beautiful photography and interesting facts, fun finds and fabulous features that will captivate the whole family. They are a must for every household and public library.
Disclaimer: I received complimentary books to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own, yours may differ.