by Miranda Krestovnikoff; illus by Angela Harding
64 pages; ages 6 and up
Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2021
Birds have conquered every continent on Earth, making homes in almost every habitat, from the freezing-cold polar regions to the lush tropics.
Chapters introduce readers to groups of birds, from Birds of Prey (eagles, owls, hawks) to sea birds – waders, soarers, and those that live in extreme climates. There’s a chapter about flightless birds, one focusing on tree dwellers, and one on passerines (perching birds). There’s even a nod to garden birds.
Other chapters focus on specific adaptations: feathers, beaks, nests, song, and migration. The book ends with what I think is a too-short section on urban birds, since those are some of the birds many of us see out and about the city.
What I like about this book: Though it’s filled with facts and makes an excellent reference, this book doesn’t feel encyclopedic. And the illustrations – linocuts – are stunning. This is a book that will inspire some kids to dive into learning more about birds. I suggest you pop this book in a bag along with the National Geographic Kids Ultimate Explorer Field Guide: Birds and a pair of binoculars. Then head out for an hour of birding at the park.
Beyond the Book:
Get to know the birds that live in your neighborhood. Early morning is a good time to watch and listen. Keep a notebook nearby so you can jot down notes about what birds you see – or, if you’re like me, what they look like (so you can look for them in a field guide later).
Check out this great resource for learning about birds: All About Birds. It’s got info on how to identify birds, where they nest, their songs and calls, what they eat, and more.
Build a bird bath with author Miranda Krestovnikoff. This video shows how.
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