“My favorite weather is bird chirping weather.”
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.
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.
I Hatched! by Jill Esbaum is an adorable, fun and silly picture book about a bird’s first day.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.