Calling all parents of budding ornithologists and fans of all things feathered… We’ve got the holiday book picks for you! Whether you’re shopping for your littlest bird lover and bookworm, or you know a young explorer who’s ready to embark on their first local bird count, budding birders of all ages are sure to be raven about these informative, endearing, and beautifully illustrated bookish gifts all season long.
“A lovely book to introduce small children to the natural world.” ―Jean Little Library
Educator and author Cathryn Sill introduces very young children to basic facts about birds with the help of beautifully detailed illustrations from noted wildlife illustrator John Sill. Simple and clear descriptions of how birds look, where they live, what they eat, and how they move around make this first title in the Discovering Nature series a thoughtful and informative first glimpse into the world of birds.
“This circular story has the ring of an Indian folk tale. Its art strikingly contrasts the warm bright colors of silks and spices with the lush turquoise of peacock feathers.” —The New York Times
What would you do with a feather?
Lali finds a little feather in the field. Who might it belong to? Lali sets out to find the feather a home, but one bird after another rejects it. That is until Lali decides to keep the little feather and discovers all the things she can do with it, and the other birds begin to recognize its value. Farhana Zia’s vivacious and endearing #OwnVoices story of identification, values, and the rewards in looking closely and thinking imaginatively features an inventive circular structure that reveals the importance of looking beyond first impressions. Illustrator Stephanie Fizer Coleman brings this delightful story of inspiration to life.
Three Hens and a Peacock
by Lester L. Laminack
illustrated by Henry Cole
“Frenetically posing chickens will inspire giggles…Good farm fun.” ―Kirkus Reviews
The Tuckers’ farm is a peaceful place where everyone has a job and no one complains. That is, until a hapless peacock falls off the back of a passing truck and stirs things up. What follows is the riotous tale of three hens who get in way over their feathered heads, and one very distressed peacock who just can’t figure out how to lay an egg. Award-winning author Lester Laminack has created a comical look at envy, finding your strength, and what happens when we underestimate the value of others’ work. Henry Cole’s delightful illustrations heighten the story’s humor and will have readers of all ages laughing out loud.
“A wonderful introduction to bird-watching and the concept of observing nature…” —Booklist Online
For the New England Christmas Bird Count, young Ava and her mother prepare to be the best “citizen scientists” they can be. Ava dutifully counts all the birds along the way, using her most important tools―her eyes and ears―and the birding identification techniques she’s learned. But will she locate her favorite raven again this year in time for their town’s annual Christmas Bird Count party? Author Susan Edwards Richmond offers a charming introduction to birdwatching with simple explanations of birdwatching techniques and clear descriptions of bird habitats. Stephanie Fizer Coleman’s charming illustrations add color and context to this joyful story. Backmatter includes more information about all the birds featured in the book and about the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count, the nation’s longest-running community science bird project.