Project Description

Teacher’s Guide

About Birds

A Guide for Children (Revised)

Bilingual Edition: About Birds/Sobre los pájaros

Part of About…

by Cathryn Sill
illustrated by John Sill

An award-winning, educator-approved first book on birds. From Cathryn and John Sill, creators of the celebrated About… and About Habitats series.

★ “Exceptionally detailed and uniformly accurate…the Sills succeed admirably.” ―School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW 

In this simple volume, former educator and author Cathryn Sill uses clear, easy-to-understand language to teach children what birds are, what they do, and how they live.

Noted wildlife illustrator John Sill provides beautifully detailed, realistic paintings to showcase the birds’ diverse and natural worlds, and an afterword inspires further learning.

About Birds is part of the Sills’ award-winning About… series, ideal for casual exploration as well as for preschool and elementary science and animal life units.


NSTA Recommends ―National Science Teachers Association
CCBC Choices (The Natural World) ―Cooperative Children’s Book Center

Also available in a Spanish/English bilingual edition! About Birds/Sobre los pájaros

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-688-8
Publication Date: 4/1/2013
Page Count: 40
Size: 10″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 3 – 7
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-699-4
Publication Date: 4/1/2013
Page Count: 40
Size: 10″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 3 – 7
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-68263-082-2
Age Range: 3 – 7
Language: English

Purchase this eBook through the following vendors:

Barnes & Noble

AR Level: 1.2
GRL: F, Gr 1
Lexile: AD220L
Themes: Bird Behavior, Bird Characteristics, Bird Habitats
BISAC 1: JNF003030 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Birds
BISAC 2: JNF037020 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Conservation & Protection
BISAC 3: JNF051100 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Science & Ecosystems


“Exceptionally detailed and uniformly accurate…the Sills succeed admirably.” ―School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

“Fifteen exquisite, scrupulously accurate watercolors of birds in their habitats are captioned by a deceptively simple text…An excellent concept book that takes its young audience seriously while skillfully providing the basics of an important subject.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“The full-color illustrations by wildlife artist John Sill are so lifelike that one almost expects the birds to fly off the pages…a wonderful visual introduction…” ―Booklist

“An age-appropriate amount of text on each page is accompanied by beautiful, watercolor illustrations of each bird. More advanced readers and their mentors might appreciate the afterword, containing more detailed information on the birds depicted in the main body of the book.” ―NSTA Recommends

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“Older readers and parents will appreciate the four fact-filled pages at the back…” ―Ithaca Child

“Lovely picture books open the eyes, then the heart, and then the mind of the young child. This series takes the child up close to creatures and brings in words and illustrations, facts and knowledge while helping the child to gain an appreciation of the creature…I highly recommend these books…” ―Chat with Vera

“This is a gorgeous introduction to birds for readers 4 and up, with extra information for older readers contained in a handy and fascinating Afterward. The watercolor illustrations are accurate, vivacious and full of revealing details about the birds…Children will return again and again to this book and it will inspire them to look skyward.” ―My Daily Find



NSTA Recommends – National Science Teachers Association, 2013

CCBC Choices (The Natural World) ―Cooperative Children’s Book Center, 1991

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Meet the Author

Cathryn Sill, a graduate of Western Carolina University, was an elementary school teacher for thirty years. She lives in North Carolina.

Meet the Illustrator

John Sill holds a BS in wildlife biology from North Carolina State University. Combining his knowledge of wildlife and artistic skill, John has achieved an impressive reputation as a wildlife artist and received several awards. He lives in North Carolina. You can visit his website here.