If you see your neighbors standing in their backyards and counting birds from February 14-17, don’t be alarmed. They’re probably participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count! Bird watching is a great hobby that can be enjoyed by all ages, and doesn’t require fancy equipment. There are many terrific children’s books about birds and bird watching; these are my favorites.
Peterson Field Guides for Young Naturalists is a great series for young ornithologists. Featuring common backyard birds such as robins, jays, woodpeckers, and crows, Backyard Birds informs readers of each bird’s physical characteristics, habitat, preferred food, and calls. “Did You Know?” tidbits include intriguing facts about each type.
Birds have different calls for different situations: attracting a mate, calling offspring, and for situations in which they feel threatened. Lita Judge humorously explores bird calls in this gorgeously illustrated book that will engross both child and adult readers.
I was thrilled when Look Up! Bird Watching in Your Own Backyard received a Sibert Honor. Snarky birds educate readers about the fun and ease of bird watching, emphasizing that expensive equipment is not needed for the average hobbyist. Colors, sizes, habitats, and sounds of a variety of birds are also explored. Not only is this a fun and funny read, but it encourages readers to become more observant of nature in their own environment.
I’ve enjoyed the new Boys Camp series since its inception; Book #2 focuses on camper Nate. Nate has been teased in the past for his bird watching and sketching hobbies, so he feels it necessary to hide his talents and enthusiasm while at Camp Wolf Trail. As in the first Boys Camp story, there’s humor and adventure, but also realistic and positive portrayals of friendship among the campers. Ideal for those looking for nature-themed fiction!
If you have any favorite children’s books about birds–fiction or nonfiction–please share in the comments!