Congratulations to Sandra Warren who won THE OTHER MADISONS audio book on last week's blog.
I was introduced to How to Find a Bird through NF FEST, a blog dedicated to nonfiction picture book writers. (Oh, I didn't tell you that I'm working on a picture book? Stay tuned.) Written by Jennifer Ward with engaging illustrations by Diana Sudyka this new book (Beach Lane Books, 2020) will immediately draw young readers inside the pages.
The text starts with a simple fact,which is "the wonderful thing about birds."
You must move quietly and look all around. Not just in the sky, but also,
Some birds "sneak snacks," others splash, and some hide in trees.
Looking up into the sky works too!
Sometimes birds let you know if they see you or "announce your presence when they see you."
But the best way to find a bird is to LISTEN!
This book will not only be a great read aloud at home, but K-2nd grade classroom teachers can use it to encourage the young birders in their classroom. They can discuss the five senses as well as the birds' habitats. Jennifer has this great bibliography of bird-focused books. The back matter includes tools and tips on bird watching and ways to become a citizen scientist which would make a great school project.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I must go outside and find the birds who are nesting outside my window.