“My favorite weather is bird chirping weather.”

Terri Guillemets

Nothing could be truer for me! Life begins again that first morning I hear the birds chirping outside my window. It doesn’t matter if it actually is warm outside, or even if it stays warm outside. The birds chirping is the hope I need to get me through the end of Winter and into Spring.

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My latest visit to the library was for inspiration; I wasn’t sure what to write about next. The first thing I noticed was a picture book called I Hatched!. My original thought was to write an Easter post, but I kept coming across books about birds, and these library finds became the inspiration for this post.

 

Fiction:

I Hatched! by Jill Esbaum is an adorable, fun and silly picture book about a bird’s first day.

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Feathers for Lunch by Lois Ehlert is an informative picture books about a cat who gets out of the house and goes looking for a bird lunch. The birds, trees and flowers in the story are all labeled. The back of the book has a small bird dictionary describing the birds that appear in the book. This story is a great read aloud for young children, round out the fun by hunting for these birds in your own neighborhood.

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The Sleepy Songbird by Suzanne Barton is a sweet little story about a bird named Peep trying to  find where  he truly belongs. Great for a bedtime story!

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Nonfiction:

Look! Birds! by Stephanie Calmenson is a rhyming primer for young children.  A sturdy board book, it can be read aloud or just enjoyed for its pictures.

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Hatch! by Roxie Munro is perfect for the animal fact lover in your life! I’m thinking specifically about an eight year old boy in my life. 😉 Munro covers all types of birds in her book. Readers are given clues about a bird, and then asked to guess “whose eggs?” before more facts are revealed about the creature.

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National Geographic Kids Ultimate Explorer Field Guide to Birds is another top pick for the fact collector. Bright photos, graphs and charts will attract the attention of your budding ornithologist!

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Olivia’s Birds: Saving the Gulf by Olivia Bouler is my favorite of this bird collection. Written and illustrated by a young bird lover and activist, the books is a beautiful field guide to backyard birds. Olivia also tells readers about extinct and endangered birds, and gives suggestions for what kids can do themselves to help.