Project Description

Teacher’s Guide

About Hummingbirds

A Guide for Children

Part of About…

by Cathryn Sill
illustrated by John Sill

This  beginner’s guide offers a first glimpse into the natural world of hummingbirds.

In this addition to  the acclaimed About… series, educator and author Cathryn Sill uses simple, easy-to-understand language to teach children what hummingbirds are, how they look, how they move, what they eat, and where they live. With beautifully detailed, realistic paintings, noted wildlife illustrator John Sill introduces readers to the many varieties of hummingbirds, from the smallest type―the Bee Hummingbird of Cuba, to the largest―the Giant Hummingbirds of the Andes Mountains in South America. An afterword provides further details on the hummingbirds featured and inspires young readers to learn more.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-588-1
Publication Date: 7/1/2011
Page Count: 48
Size: 10″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 3 – 7
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-837-0
Publication Date: 3/1/2015
Page Count: 48
Size: 10″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 3 – 7
Language: English
AR Level: 2.5
F&P: GRL J, Gr 1, Genre I
Lexile: 770L
Themes: Hummingbird Behavior, Hummingbird Characteristics, Hummingbird Habitats
BISAC 1: JNF003030 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Birds
BISAC 2: JNF003000 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / General
BISAC 3: JNF051050 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Biology


“The text and art combine to make this title a useful and engaging read…” ―School Library Journal

“Detailed watercolor illustrations support and extend the gentle text, which highlights key information about the only birds that can fly both forward and backward!” ―Bank Street College of Education

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

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“A wonderfully bright collection of hummingbird pictures that capture the beauty and uniqueness of this very small creature. The author presents clear factual details in an interesting manner. The illustrations are true to life with excellent shadowing that makes you feel like you are right outside watching these sweet birds.” ―ACS Readers Haven

“Its illustrations are intricate and accurate in the best field guide tradition, showing all sorts of hummingbirds in all sorts of environments. And there’s just the right number of them – 18 plates, highlighting 26 species in all, doing things like building nests and escaping from predators. The accompanying text is similarly selective, keeping what could have been an overload of facts to an easily-digestable minimum…” ―Lela Nargi News

“Full of interesting information and gorgeous artwork, About Hummingbirds would be a terrific addition to a unit on birds.” ―NC Teacher Stuff

“The format of the text makes this a perfect book for young students to read independently. Facts such as ‘Hummingbirds are found in different habitats’ are supported by husband John Sill’s beautifully detailed paintings, called Plates. In the Afterword section, each plate is further explained with addition details.” ―Perfect Pairings

“It’s extraordinary. For me, it felt like I had a front row seat to a window box that allowed an unobstructed view into nature’s wonderland.” ―Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

“Short, lyrical sentences deliver the facts on the left side of the spread, while the right side shows in vivid, lush color the image from the text opposite it…This is a lovely Peachtree book and will be a hit with any young birder…” ―Simply Science

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Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 ―National Science Teacher Association, Children’s Book Council, 2012

Best Children’s Books of the Year ―Bank Street College of Education, 2012

Cook Prize (Finalist) ―Bank Street College of Education Children’s Book Committee, 2012

NSTA Recommends ―National Science Teachers Association, 2011

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Society of School Librarians International Book Awards (Honor Book, Science K-6) ―Society of School Librarians International, 2012

Delaware Diamonds (Nominee, Grades K-2) ―Diamond State Reading Association, 2012-2013

Maryland Blue Crab Young Readers Award (Honor Book, Beginning Non-Fiction) ―Maryland Library Association, 2012

North Carolina Author Awards (AAUW Award for Juvenile Literature) ―North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, 2012

Children’s Gallery Award (Nominee) ―National Christian School Association, 2013

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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.