This week at NPL, staff have been thinking and talking about birds.
Specifically, we’ve been thinking about the Robin that is nesting underneath the eave of the library’s historic front entrance. We’re taking extra care not to disturb the nesting mother by taking a hiatus on putting out the flag and generally just keeping a watchful eye. Are Robins and other birds nesting around your yard, too? We’ve put together a short list of books for family and kids to celebrate birdwatching and the final arrival of spring.
Books for Family & Kids
Have you heard the nesting bird? / words by Rita Gray; pictures by Kenard Pak. With illustrations in muted, earthen colors, this picture book for kids allows for onomatopoeia birdsong, perfect for reading aloud together.
Feathers for lunch / Lois Ehler. Bright and colorful illustrations in this fun story that also includes good information about birds.
Little Robin Redbreast : a Mother Goose rhyme / illustrated by Shari Halpern. Oversized illustrations with single lines of a Mother Goose rhyme make this book perfect for group reading or for early readers learning to sound out words.
The best nest / written and illustrated by P. D. Eastman. A great line from this classic children’s book: “I love my house, I love my nest, in all the world, my nest is best.”
Counting is for the birds / Frank Mazzola, Jr. Readers count up to twenty colorful backyard birds as they gather to crack seeds at the feeder while a cunning cat lurks below!
Our yard is full of birds / Anne Rockwell ; illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell. A matter-of-fact book about types of birds typically available in the everyday backyard
Books for Older Kids
The boy who drew birds: a story of John James Audubon / Jacqueline Davies; illustrated by Melissa Sweet. An energetic snapshot of bird illustrator and scientist John James Audubon. This book captures the significance of his scientific work in a way that kids can understand.
Look up! Bird-watching in your own backyard / Annette LeBlanc Cate. This creative nonfiction for older kids (grades 3-6) provides practical tips on how to watch birds and how best to observe all their unique behaviors. Readers learn these tips from the perspective of personified birds who are in dialogue with one another about the humans who watch them! Detailed illustrations fill every page from edge to edge.
P.S.: Assistant Director Lisa Milchman has stories and memories to share about the Robins that have taken up residence in front of the library. Be sure to come by the library and ask her!