More Books for the Birds
Last fall, I happened to read several books about birds right in a row. I wouldn’t call myself a bird person generally, but I liked the books, and I didn’t want to miss an opportunity to share them just because National Bird Day wasn’t until May. So I wrote this post. Well, May is almost here, and, wouldn’t you know it, I have been reading about birds again. This time I have three picture books for you. Put these together with the books from my last post (and a few others I’ll include in an extended bibliography below), and you’ll have a great display for Bird Day for your library!
I’ll start with my favorite: Bird Talk by Lita Judge. I must admit, Judge is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. I loved Born to be Giants‘ look at baby dinosaurs, and Red Sled made my Top 10 of 2011 list. Her latest book comes from Judge’s childhood interest in birds, which was no doubt encouraged by her grandparents (who were ornithologists), and it will fascinate anyone who has ever wondered what birds were trying to say with their songs. The simple illustrations let the birds sing for themselves as they take center stage on each spread. The minimal text is full of information, and it just may inspire kids to start listening out their windows and looking for more information.
Falcon by Tim Jessell is a tribute not only to a magnificent bird but also to the imagination. On the first page, a boy lies in the grass and wonders “If I were a falcon…” From there he pictures himself as a bird flying through the mountains, over the sea, and into the city. The poetic text is paired with beautiful paintings which create powerful scenes that really put you as the reader in the moment. The author/illustrator is a licensed falconer in addition to writing and illustrating children’s books, and his love for the bird clearly shines in this book.
Puffling Patrol takes readers to Iceland, where every April puffins spend the summer caring for their young pufflings. In August, it is time for the young birds to go out to sea, but some of the little birds don’t quite make it. They go the wrong way or end up in danger, and a group of citizens called the Puffling Patrol are dedicated to helping these birds find their way. It is a fascinating (and inspiring!) story of animal rescue that you will want to share with your animal lovers as an update to the now out-of-print Night of the Pufflings.
Even if your library doesn’t have these great, new titles yet, you can still have a book-filled Bird Day display to inspire your young ornithologists with all the older-but-still-excellent titles out there. I’ve included a few of my favorites below.
About Raptors by Cathryn Sill. 2010. 9781561455362. Gr PK-2.
Beaks by Collard B. Sneed. 2002. 9781570913884. Gr 1-4.
Bird, Bird, Bird: A Chirping Chant by April Pulley Sayre. 2007. 9781559719780. Gr PK-2.
Bird Talk by Lita Judge. 2012. 9781596436466. Gr 1-4.
Birds by Kevin Henkes. 2009. 9780061363054. Gr PK-K.
Falcon by Tim Jessell. 2012. 9780375968662. Gr PK-2.
Olivia’s Birds: Saving the Gulf by Olivia Bouler. 2011. 9781402786655. Gr K-3.
Puffling Patrol by Ted Lewin. 2012. 9781600604249. Gr 2-5.
Robin Makes a Laughing Sound: A Birder’s Journal by Sallie Wolf. 2010. 9781580893183. Gr 4-8.
Thunder Birds: Nature’s Flying Predators by Jim Arnosky. 2011. 9781402756610. Gr 4-6.