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Hidden Hazards

Key Terms:

-Limiting factors, exotic species, invasive species, feral cats, nest parasite, Neotropical migratory birds.


-Students will experience and describe some of the limited factors affecting Neotropical migratory bird populations and explain that many of these hazards are created by humans.


Feathered Travelers: Neotropical Migratory Birds of the Americas

Deinlein, Mary 1995
This bilingual coloring book takes young readers on an educational trip across the Americas to learn about the amazing phenomenon of bird migration. City Parks make good winter homes for some migratory birds. In this Central plaza in Merida, Mexico, this Yellow-throated Warbler hunts for insects, while the people below enjoy relaxing Sunday Morning. This bird which weighs as much as 4 pennies and could fit in the palm of your hand, flew about 600 miles (1,000 Kilometers across the Gulf of Mexico to get to this park.
How Birds Find Their Way?

Gans, Ramona 1996

ISBN-10: 006445150X
This book contains basic facts about birds and their instinctive travel habits. It tells what ornithologists know about migration patterns and presents some of their theories about how birds know when to fly and their different means of navigation. Watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations show several species and their habitats, as well as a few maps and charts.
B is For Bufflehead’s

Hutchcraft, Steve 2009 (for activities and worksheets that go with book)

ISBN 978-0-9824925-0-5

B is for Bufflehead’s collection of fun feathered friends will introduce your little one to the alphabet and to the wonderful world of birds. Beautiful images of over 60 unique North American bird species cover the alphabet from A to Z, with each charming bird captivating youngsters with fun and engaging facts.  For older learners, more detailed information about each bird is provided, including range, habitat, diet, and more fun facts.  There is even a Who’s Who challenge that is sure to entertain all ages. Click on the images below to preview sample pages.
10. Who Was That Masked Bird?

Key Terms:



-In order to identify bird species, students will analyze descriptions of birds as well as the structure and contents of bird field guides. Students will explain reasons why people watch and identify birds.


Ornithology (Real Kids Real Science Books)

Doris, Ellen 1994

ISBN-13 978-0500190081 Non-Fiction
A guide to birds shows young ornithologists how to use binoculars and a field guide to spot and identify dozens of species, while providing information about calls, markings, nesting, behavior, and endangered species.
Backyard Birds (Peterson Field Guide for Young Naturalist)

Latimer, Jonathon and Nolting, Karen Stray 1996

ISBN-0395922763 Non-Fiction
This field guide helps readers identify 20 backyard birds common to most parts of the United States and Canada. The birds are grouped into chapters by predominant color.
Crinkleroots Guide to Knowing the Birds

Arnosky, Jim 1992

ISBN-13: 978-0027058574 Non-Fiction
This nature guide introduces the pleasures of bird watching. How to best spot birds in the wild, how to identify them both by appearance and by song, how to attract them to yards, how to differentiate those that migrate from those that are year-round residents, and even how to use binoculars. Although the focus is on observation, information on coloration, body parts, nests, and maturation is also presented. His final handwritten note is a bird list that also serves as an index. Crinkleroot shares the excitement and rewards of bird watching, in a beginner's guide that offers tips on identifying more than fifty birds and includes facts about bird anatomy, behavior, life cycles, and more.

  1. Migratory Mapping

Key Terms:

-Breeding Ground, Wintering, ground, migration route, stopover point.


-Students will define the terms breeding ground, wintering ground, migration ground, and stopover point. Identify the breeding and wintering areas and migratory routes of the wood thrush and the Swanson’s thrush; describe hazards to migratory birds; and understand the uses of banding.

Suggested Books:

Flute’s Journey: The Life of a Wood Thrush

Cherry, Lynn 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0153143694
Follow the journey of a Flute, A Wood Thrush, as he migrates from the summer home where he was burn in the Belt Woods of Maryland, to his home in Costa Rica—and back again.

Marco Flamingo/Marco Flamenco

Jarkins, Shelia 2008

ISBN-13 978-1561642953
Marco Flamingo is that rare bird who wants to migrate North in the winter to discover what snow is after hearing about it from his friends the snowbirds who have just migrated South. The story, presented in English and Spanish is simple. The illustrations are very colorful.
Mallard Ducks

Knudson, Shannon 2004

ISBN-10: 0822537737 Non-Fiction
Outstanding source of information, how to tell a mallard female duck from a male. How feathers help mallard ducks swim. What mallard ducks eat.

  1. Feeder Frenzy

Key Terms:

-Scientific inquiry, problem posing, problem solving, persuasion


-Students will identify common birds that are attracted to bird feed. Use scientific methods; and conclude that different birds have different diets.



Gibbons, Gail 2006

ISBN-10 0823420140 Non-Fiction
The life cycle in this book follows a mated pair of owls as they build their nests, tend their eggs, and raise their young.
Owls (Kids Can Press Wildlife Series)

Mason, Adrienne 2004

ISBN 10 1553376242 Non-Fiction
This book looks at two groups-typical owls and barn owls- and explains where they live, what they eat, and how young owls learn.

Vulture View

Sayre, April P. 2007

ISBN-10 0805075577 Non-Fiction
Vultures are part of nature’s clean up crew and this book gives readers a glimpse of their world, soaring in the air and looking for dead animals.

Schwarz, Renee 2005

ISBN-13: 9781553377009

The nine projects in this book in the Kids Can Do It series are composed of recycled or common household materials -- such as flowerpots, juice cans, Frisbees and ketchup bottles. These birdfeeders can be made in an afternoon and are sturdy enough to last for years. On balconies or in backyards, neighborhood birds are in for a treat. Kids can make a fruit flower long-nosed, big-eyed bottle bug bird.

  1. Home, Sweet Home

Key Terms:

-Habitat, survey, evaluation, species


-Students will demonstrate observation and data collection skills; evaluate whether a site is a suitable habitat for specific bird species and recommend on site actions to benefit birds.


Fine Feathered Friends: (All about Birds (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library)

Rabe, Tish 1998

The Cat in the Hat visits Dick and Sally to teach them all about birds, Along with one and Thing Two he introduces them to several birds and gets them home just in time.
Backyard (One Small Square)

Silver, Donald M 1997

ISBN-10: 007057930X Non-Fiction
An exciting journey of science discovery is as near as your own backyard. Just one small square is alive with creepers and crawlers, lifters and leapers, singers, buzzers, climbers, builders, and recyclers. Backyard invites children ages 7 and up to become nature lovers by looking, listening, touching, and smelling the world from the ground up! From the unique One Small Square series of science activity books . . . where children can explore exotic and familiar ecosystems in detail, one small square at a time.

Birds, Nests and Eggs (Take –Along Guide)

Boring, Mel 1998

ISBN-10: 155971624X Non-Fiction
Birds, Nests, and Eggs helps children identify different bird species and what kind of tree they nest in. It tells you what kind of calls they make, how long it takes for the eggs to hatch and when they learn how to fly. Features detailed true-to-life illustrations. - Has fun activities and projects.

  1. Bird Heroes

Key Terms:

-Citizenship, efficacy


-Students will be able to identify and research (or interview) local people who have helped preserve birds and their habitats, and describe the impacts of these “bird heroes” in written and oral presentation.


She’s Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head

Lasky, Kathryn 1997

ISBN 0786811641 Non-Fiction
Feathers on ladies' hats were becoming more and more popular. Harriet Hemenway and her cousin Minna Hall believed something had to be done. Fashion was killing birds as well as women's chances to have the right to vote and be listened to. For who would listen to a woman with a dead bird on her head? And if the senseless slaughter for a silly fashion was not stopped, in a few years the birds with the prettiest feathers would all be dead, gone forever, and extinct. "Why not form a bird club?" suggested Harriet. "What a wonderful idea," said Minna. "Let's do it. Let's start a club for the birds!"
The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon

Davies, Jacqueline 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0618243433
The story opens with 18-year-old French naturalist John James Audubon roaming Pennsylvania countryside in search of birds. In an effort to determine whether individual birds return to the same nests in the spring, he uses silver thread to band some fledgling peewee flycatchers. He observes them as they grow through the summer, leave for the winter, and return the following year. An appended historical note explains that Audubon was the first person in North America to band a bird and that Audubon became "the greatest painter of birds of all time," while a source note details which parts of the story are based on speculation, and an illustrator's note comments on research, inspiration, and technique.
Saving Birds (Heroes around the World)

Salmansohn, Pete and Kress, Stephen W. 2005

ISBN-10: 0884482766
There are many kinds of heroes in our world. In these six multi-color, multicultural stories you’ll learn about young people and grown-ups fighting against the odds to save wild birds- and about the birds themselves, some on the brink of extinction.

  1. Counsel Consensus

Key Terms:

-Consensus, jurisdiction, cooperation, compromise, majority rule


-Through a role play, students will assess multiple priorities and viewpoints in order to formulate a land use plan. Students will explain, in writing, the rationale for the plan, including the plan’s benefits to birds and other wildlife.


Puffins Homecoming (The Story of an Atlantic Puffin)

Smithsonian Wild Heritage Collection

Bailer, Darice 1995

ISBN-10: 156899141X
An Atlantic puffin and his mate meet annually on a high bluff of an island off the coast of Maine. Puffin's mate bears a single egg from which s hatchling is nurtured to maturity.
A Puffin’s Year

Zecca, Katherine 2007

ISBN-10: 089272742X Non-Fiction
Through the story of one puffling's first year, this handsome picture book brings close the amazing facts about Atlantic puffins. The clear text and bright, textured mixed-media art tell how two puffins come in from the sea, mate on an island, and burrow underground to prepare their nest for their single egg. They take turns keeping the egg warm, and when it hatches 41 days later, they raise their chick, feed him live fish, and then watch him leave and fly out with the other puffling's into the big ocean world. Then there is the amazing fact that two or three years later, he will return to the island and continue the cycle. Caught by the exciting science, many young readers will heed the appended conservation call by a National Audubon Society director to keep the oceans safe from spills and global warming.

Taylor, Kenny 1999

ISBN-10: 0896584194 Non-Fiction
The three kinds of puffins that live around the northern rim of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans are among the most popular birds in the world. Many recognize these lovely seafarers' striking colors, huge bills, and stout outlines. Describing these birds and the conservation issues facing them, Puffins is the only completely up-to-date, full-color guide for general readers to all the world's puffins. It's a must for bird fanciers and for those traveling to watch puffins. For bird lovers and natural history buffs.
Kids Guide to Social Action (How to Solve Problems You Choose and Turn Creative Thinking into Positive Action.

Lewis, Barbara 1998

ISBN: 1575420384
Resource guide for children learning political action skills that can help them make a difference in solving social problems at the community, state, and national levels

  1. Teaming Up for Birds

Key Terms:

-Ornithologist, conservation


-Students will research ways in which organizations help conserve wild birds; describe and compare roles and accomplishments of various bird conservation organizations; and design a bird conservation organization by formulating goals, a mission, and a strategy for that organization.


Save the Earth: An Action Handbook for Kids

Miles, Betty 1991

ISBN: 067981731X
An overview of the environmental problems of land, atmosphere, water energy, plants, animals, and people. Includes sample projects.

Giving Back to the Earth (A Teacher’s Guide to Project Puffin and Other Seabird Studies around the World)

Salmansohn, Pete and Kress, Stephen W. 1997

ISBN-10: 0884481727
Here are more than 40 creative, hands-on activities: art projects, role-playing, wildlife observations, science demonstrations, running games, and more. The guide is organized into seven major themes, including seabird adaptations, the marine ecosystem, human impact on the environment, people making a difference for wildlife, and more. Includes annotated bibliographies and Internet resources.

Project Puffin (How we brought back to Egg Rock)

Salmansohn, Pete and Kress, Stephen W. 1997

ISBN-10: 0884481700 Non-Fiction
This illustrated book tells of Kress' determination to reintroduce puffins to Eastern Egg Rock, an island off the Maine coast. Explaining that the large bird colonies in the area had been decimated by hunters in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries, Kress describes Project Puffin, which began in 1973, when he and his team of "Puffineers" moved a few puffin chicks from Newfoundland to Eastern Egg Rock. After a number of years, the puffins raised in their new home began returning there to raise their young, effectively establishing the colony destroyed so many years before. Excellent full-color photographs on every page record the stages in the project, the sights on the island, and the lives of the birds. A good introduction to wildlife management and an informative look at puffins, this book would be even more useful for classroom units in conjunction with Giving Back the Earth by Pete Salmansohn.

Volunteer-Led Activities

  1. The Great Migration Challenge

Key Terms:

-Migration, pesticides, West Nile Virus, Wildlife refuge, wildlife rehabilitator


-Students and festival participants will define migration and summarize factors affecting migration for many bird species.


Ride the Wind: Airborne Journey’s of Animals and Plants

Seymour, Simon 1997

ISBN-10: 0152928871 Non-Fiction
In a spacious picture book. Simon offers a look at the migratory and mating habits of several birds, including the Arctic tern, the albatross, and the snow goose. He also takes a look at locusts and the North American monarch butterfly, and briefly discusses the air-traveling seeds of three common plants. Flowing watercolors, range from lovely wildlife scenes to a map depicting the four major flyways in North America, complement the text nicely. The concluding section on migration. A helpful teaching aid.
On the Wing: American Birds in Migration

Lerner, Carol 2001

ISBN-10: 0688166490
An in-depth look at the process, the types of patterns, and the research that has helped us to understand how and why birds migrate. Lerner concerns herself with the birds of the Americas and uses specific examples to explain partial migration, migration within continents, east-west migration, and other patterns of seasonal movement. The birds mentioned are illustrated in crisp, realistic paintings, and a map shows their summer, winter, and year-round ranges. Other pictures and diagrams clarify flight and gliding patterns as well as experiments performed by ornithologists. Children who read the book straight through will come away with a comprehensive view of bird migration, but there is an index for those interested in particular species.

Flight of the Golden Plover: The Amazing Migration between Hawaii to Alaska

Miller, Debbie S 1996

ISBN-10: 0882404741
The fascinating story of the Pacific golden plover, a tiny shorebird that makes a yearly transoceanic migration.

  1. Fill the Bill

Key Terms:

-Beaks, bird feeding adaptations


-Students and festival participants will discover that bird beaks are adapted for specific types of food; describe how adaptations work; and give two examples.


Unbeatable Beaks

Swinburne, Stephen 1999

ISBN-10 0805048022 Non-Fiction
Lyrical, chant-along text and paper collage illustrations introduce young children to a variety of birds and their distinctive beaks.

Birds Use Their Beaks (How and Why)

Pascoe, Elaine 2001

ISBN-10: 0836830083 Non-Fiction
Explains how different kinds of birds use their beaks for such things as eating, preening, and courtship displays.
Polly Pelican and Her Big Beak

Fleming, Paul 1998

ISBN: 1575841738 Fiction
Young readers will get a kick out of snapping open the mouth or claw of the plastic animal attached to each book, then letting it close with a Snap!

  1. Bird Bingo

Key Terms:

-Aves, endothermic, preen, flight feathers, molting protective coloration, vertebrates


-Students and festival participants will list at least four of the common characteristics that make birds belong to the class of vertebrates called Aves.


Everything Bird (What Kids want to know about Birds)

Winner, Cherie 2007

ISBN: 155971963X Non-Fiction
Everything Bird is the newest addition to our popular Kids' FAQs series. The question and answer format packed with photos and kid-appealing layout has made this series stand out from the pack. In addition to providing basic information like habitat, diet, life cycle and history, these books delve into the more unusual questions like why are vultures so ugly. Perfect for the budding birdwatcher or simply curious kids, this book includes 29 questions from kids with answers including information on more than 60 different types of birds. Includes information on how to get more birds to your yard, but also cautions against interfering with birds in the wild.
Simon and Schuster Children’s Guide to Birds

Johnson, Jill 1996

ISBN-10: 0689801998
This well-organized encyclopedia is just what the young researcher or browser needs to be introduced to the many kinds of birds populating the planet. Arranged by groups, such as seabirds, songbirds, and ground birds, the various sections describe some of the birds in a category and then focus on one bird from that group. The chapter on songbirds, for example, zeros in on crows, probably the most intelligent of all birds. For the most part, these are thumbnail sketches that include scientific name, size, habitat, and brief description.

BIRD (DK Eyewitness Books)

Burnie, David 2008

ISBN-10: 0756637686
The most trusted nonfiction series on the market, Eyewitness Books provide an in-depth, comprehensive look at their subjects with a unique integration of words and pictures.
DK's classic look at the world of birds, now reissued with a CD and wall chart.

  1. Jeop-Birdy

Key Terms:

-Extinction, habitat, migration


-Students and festival participants will state interesting facts and basic concepts about birds, and define associated key terms.


Grandmother’s Pigeon

Erdrich, Louise 1996

ISBN-10: 0786801654
The mystical and the natural blend superbly in this first children's book by the accomplished literary novelist Louise Erdrich. The eccentric, well-traveled grandmother of two young kids decamps in mid-vacation, riding a porpoise to Greenland and leaving behind a trove of strange treasures and artifacts including a collection of bird's nests and three old eggs which hatch, marvelously, into passenger pigeons. Erdrich wields her Native American ancestry and her worldliness--Grandmother owns an original Klee--to give young readers a sense of the world's wonders and the wisdom of the elders, the old wisdom of the natural cycles that we are losing. A letter from Grandmother, promising to return, winds up this fetching tale.
The Burgess Book for Children (Newly Illustrated)

Burgess, Thornton 2009

ISBN-10: 1449561594 Non-Fiction
The Burgess Bird Book for Children," (**Black and White Edition**) by renowned naturalist and author of children's books on wildlife Thornton W. Burgess, successfully blends information and entertainment. "Peter Rabbit," the main character in "The Burgess Bird Book for Children," goes around to the various habitats discovering different birds. Peter Rabbit wants especially to know where the nest is, and how many young they have. "Jenny Wren," a gossipy Miss Know-it-All, is also a main character. Thornton Burgess characterizes Jenny Wren as a bit "snooty," a fact that will help children remember that good identifier to wrens is their upturned tails. Learn all about birds' physical appearance, eating patterns, nesting habits, migration patterns, songs and call in this colorful and fascinating book. The intermingling of story and fact, as presented in this classic, is enough to keep children interested while helping them learn much about the birds. In addition to the tales of Peter Rabbit and Jenny Wren, "The Burgess Bird Book for Children" includes fascinating stories about Redwing the Blackbird, Melody the Wood Thrush, Spooky the Screech Owl, Creeker the Purple Grackle, Downy the Woodpecker.
Birds (Facts at your Fingertips)

Chandler, David 2007

ISBN-10: 1933834005 Non-Fiction
From the world's great collections of ornithological art, this giant book showcases 150 exquisite and vibrant images of nature's most beautiful birds. From intricately detailed drawings of well-known birds, to vivid representations of exotic species, these paintings, sketches and plates are accompanied by extensive captions that interweave an appreciation of the illustration and artist with fascinating details about the species and its habitat.

  1. Bird Olympics

Key Terms:

-Neotropical migratory birds


-Students and festival participants will describe the physical attributes of birds that help them fly, find food, and migrate long distances.


Flight of the Golden Plover: The Amazing Migration between Hawaii to Alaska

Miller, Debbie S 1996

ISBN-10: 0882404741 Non-Fiction
The fascinating story of the Pacific golden plover, a tiny shorebird that makes a yearly transoceanic migration.
Ookpik: The Travels of a Snowy Owl

Hiscock, Bruce 2008

ISNB -10 1590784618 Fiction
Fed by his parents. Ookpik grows quickly in the short Arctic summer. By autumn he has learned to hunt on his own and he flies south across Canada to the U.S. for winter.
Mallard Duck at Meadow View Pond

Pfeffer, Wendy 2001

ISBN: 1568999577 Fiction
It is spring at Meadow View Pond and mallard hen patiently sits on her nest of creamy tan eggs. The young ducklings use their egg tooth like a hammer to tap their way out of the shells. They have much to learn as they grow up on the pond, including how to avoid the dangers that lurk there. Their mother uses quick thinking to save them from a snapping turtle and a diving hawk. By September they have grown into their adult plumage and soon, they will migrate south to find mates of their own. Glorious full-color paintings accompany this simple tale of the life cycle of mallard ducks. This is part of the "Smithsonian's Backyard" series that is designed to educate children about the habits of wildlife commonly found in their own backyards. The last page includes facts about the mallard duck, a glossary and points of interest. This would make a wonderful classroom resource for a unit about ponds and pond life.

  1. The Fine Art of Nesting

Key Terms:

-Nest, brood


-Students and festival participants will describe reasons why adult birds build nests, as well as the methods and materials birds use to build bird nests; discover the complexity of birds’ nest –building abilities.


Pale Male: Citizen Hawk of New York City

Schulman, Janet 2008

ISBN-10: 0375845585
The birdwatchers of Central Park were buzzing–a young red-tailed hawk had been spotted, would he stay? The bird they dubbed Pale Male not only stayed, he became one of New York City’s most famous residents. Pale Male and his mate built their nest near the top of one of Fifth Avenue’s swankiest apartment buildings. Nine years and 23 chicks later, Pale Male’s fame had grown so large that a CBS newsman named him Father of the Year! But Pale Male was less beloved by the residents of the building, and in 2004 the owners suddenly removed the nest–setting off an international outcry on behalf of the birds.
The Tale of Pale Male (A True Story)

Winter, Jeanette 2007

ISBN-10: 0152059725
You may not believe it. But two Red-tailed Hawks named Pale Male and Lola make their home atop a tall building high above the traffic and crowds right in the middle of New York City. Amazing? Yes. But true, though not everyone is happy about it. Come visit the hawks, and hear their incredible story.
Birds Build Nest

Winer, Yvonne 2002

ISBN-13: 978-1570915000 Non-Fiction
An introduction to the materials that birds use and the places where they build their nest, presented in a beautiful blend of science illustration, and poetry. Birds Build Nest explores nests found all over the world.

  1. Bird Action

Key Terms:

-Habitat, pesticide, bioaccumulation, shade grown, resident and migratory bird, organic


-Students and festival participants will describe at least three actions that they and others can take to help birds.



Zim, Herbert Spencer, Gabrielson, Ira Noel, Irving, James Gordon, Robins, Chandler, 2001

ISBN 1582381283, Non-Fiction
This guide will help you identify- quickly and easily –the birds you are likely to see and handy tables at the back of the book contain a wealth of additional information about migration, eggs, nests, and food. This is the perfect bird book for beginners at any age.
Kids’ Easy-to Create Wildlife Habitat: For small Spaces in City-Suburbs-Countryside.

Stetson, Emily and Stone, Cole 2004

ISBN 0824986652
Shows children how to observe and support wildlife around their homes, schools, and communities. Children learn about the characteristics of different animals and qualities that make their habitats suitable for them.
50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth

Earthworks Press 1999

ISBN: 0836223012
A practical and upbeat guide showing how individual actions can affect the planet.

  1. Avian Art

Key Terms:


-Students and festival participants will develop an understanding of birds’ aesthetic and cultural value to people.

Colors: A First Art Book

Micklethwait, Lucy 2005

ISBN-10: 1845073967
In this book, eighteen dynamic paintings from around the world feature simple, colorful, child-friendly forms — animals, fruits, vegetables, flowers, birds, trees, boats, sunsets, insects, people, and more — to teach the concept of color. For example, to illustrate the color of blue, children see Vincent van Gogh's Vincent's House at Arles that shows a house with a blue sky backdrop as well as Ando Hiroshige's The Sea at Satta in Suruga Province that features a light blue sea.

Birdscapes: (A Pop up Celebration of Bird Songs in Stereo Sound)

Chu, Miyoko 2008

ISBN-10: 0811864286 Non-Fiction
Get ready for the most groundbreaking entry to date in the bestselling Birdsongs series (more than 400,000 copies sold!). Birdscapes delivers an immersive birding experience never before seen--or heard--in any book. For the eyes: seven elaborately engineered full-color pop-ups portraying dozens of bird species in diverse North American habitats from the Alaskan Tundra to a Southeast swamp. For the ears: extended recordings of the birds' calls and songs in stereo from the collection of the world-renowned Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. For the serious birder: scientifically accurate illustrations of the birds and moving text about their fragile ecosystems. This beautifully crafted volume is a visual and audio delight!

Birds are so fascinating! Have you noticed their different songs, colors, markings, feet, beaks, tail feathers, and wing shapes? It’s fun to remember how many different birds you hear and see during a day in the park or at the beach. Here’s one way to print your own bird-watcher.

The Little Big Book of Birds

Fried, Natasha T

ISBN-10: 1599620235 Non-Fiction
Bird lovers will flock to this whimsical and endearing celebration of the avian world. Packed with all things feathered--but not flighty--The Little Big Book of Birds offers literature, poetry, trivia, helpful tips, humor, recipes, profiles of respected birders, and advice for the seasoned birder and the beginner alike. Grab your binoculars and hit the trail, or curl up in an armchair and enjoy the adventures of your favorite birding authors.

The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon

Davies, Jacqueline 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0618243433 Non-Fiction
The story opens with 18-year-old French naturalist John James Audubon roaming Pennsylvania countryside in search of birds. In an effort to determine whether individual birds return to the same nests in the spring, he uses silver thread to band some fledgling peewee flycatchers. He observes them as they grow through the summer, leave for the winter, and return the following year. An appended historical note explains that Audubon was the first person in North America to band a bird and that Audubon became "the greatest painter of birds of all time," while a source note details which parts of the story are based on speculation, and an illustrator's note comments on research, inspiration, and technique.


  1. Food for the Brood

Key Terms:

-Brood, nestling


-This relay gets participants up and running as they gain an appreciation for the parents’ seemingly impossible task of satisfying the appetites of their impatient nestlings.


The Treetop Bird Family

Magden, Loretta 2007

ISBN-10: 0978877101 Fiction
Every day Moms everywhere ask themselves the same question: What am I going make for dinner tonight? Every night, they dread hearing the same response: YUCK! I hate this! It s gross! The Treetop Bird Family transplants this familiar scene into the home of a bluebird family. An apron-clad mother bird, Mrs. Treetop consults The Joy of Worm Cookery in her quest to find new ways to cook worms for her picky offspring. Thanks to Magden's imagination and her mother s prized kugel recipe, Mrs. Treetop mixes worms with honey, berries and seeds and whips up a sweet worm kugel that pleases her brood. Magden's wonderfully witty rhyming text and Barringer s playful, appealing illustrations will make this book an instant favorite with the youngest of readers.
The Best Nest

Eastman, P. D. 1968

ISBN-10: 0394800516
Illus. in full color. Mr. and Mrs. Bird's search for a "better" nest leads them to some peculiar spots.

Flap Your Wings

Eastman, P.D. 2000

ISBN-10: 0375802436 Fiction
When a strange egg appears in their nest, Mr. and Mrs. Bird kindly take it upon themselves to raise the "baby bird" inside. But when the egg hatches, the Birds are in for a big surprise--"Junior" is the oddest-looking baby bird they've ever seen--with big, long jaws full of teeth and an appetite to match. In fact, he looks more like a baby alligator than a baby bird! Nevertheless, the devoted Birds run themselves ragged feeding Junior until he gets so big, he must leave the nest or it will collapse underneath him. But how can Junior fly without wings? To the delight of the Birds--and readers!--the dilemma is solved when Junior takes off from a branch overlooking a pond.

  1. Bird Hurdles

Key Terms:

-Habitat, wintering, breeding, stopovers, exotic species, navigate, invasive species


-Festival participants make their way through an obstacle course to learn about some of the dangers that wild birds face.


When Agnes Caws!

Fleming, Candace 1999

ISBN-10: 0689814712 Fiction
Follow the adventures of Agnes and her mother, Professor Octavia Peregrine, as they race to find the Pink-headed Duck, Blue footed Booby, and Peregrine Falcon
Saving the Peregrine Falcon

Arnold, Caroline 1985

ISBN-10: 0876145233 Non-Fiction
Describes the efforts of scientists who are trying to save the peregrine falcon from extinction by taking the fragile eggs that would not survive in the wild, hatching them, raising the chicks, and then releasing the birds back into the wild.

The Peregrine Journey’s (A Story of Migration)

Dunphy, Madeleine 2008

ISBN-10: 0977753921 Non-fictions
The Peregrine’s Journey vividly describes one of the most remarkable feats in the animal kingdom. Beginning in Alaska and ending two months later in Argentina, the peregrine falcon’s annual migration is an 8,000-mile flight across the Americas. This beautifully illustrated book allows young readers to follow one bird on its journey. Based on the actual migration of a real bird that was tracked by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the book is filled with amazing facts about the bird’s diet, habits, and navigational abilities, as well as stunning views of the many habitats the peregrine visits along the way.

  1. Aiming to Save

Key Terms:

-Endangered, threatened, fragmentation


-Participants learn to appreciate the many challenges that threatened and endangered species face after putting this difficult course.


Will We Miss Them? Endangered Species

Wright, Alexandria and Peck, Marshall H.

ISBN- 0881064890 Non-Fiction
This intriguing book introduces children to the fascinating lives and challenges of endangered species from the unique perspective of an 11-year-old author. The book helps readers learn about endangered species as the first step toward saving them. Realistic color illustrations enhance the engaging text.
Almost Gone (The World’s Rarest Animals)

Jenkins, Steve 2006

ISBN-10: 0060536004 Non-Fiction
This engaging title is informative as well as visually stunning. Jenkins captures the essence of his subjects with appropriately colored, cut-paper collage illustrations on stark white backgrounds. Each endangered animal is introduced in a single paragraph that typically contains a fact or two about its range, behavior, diet, and those conditions that threaten its welfare. The actual number remaining is poignantly noted. A middle section, Gone Forever, memorializes animals no longer on Earth with an indication of when they were last seen. In a hopeful third section, Jenkins discusses the Indian crocodile, whooping crane, and Alpine ibex, three animals that are coming back, due to the efforts to protect their habitats.

Can We Save Them? Endangered Species of North America

Dobson, David 1997

0881068225, Non-Fiction
The double-page-spread color illustrations--one for each endangered species discussed--make this book a great read-aloud for the young animal lover. Independent readers will enjoy the brief treatment of habitat, physical characteristics, and habits of 12 different North American species facing extinction. Included are Florida panthers, Oahu tree snails, gray bats, American peregrine falcons, wildflowers, and more. The text on each species includes threats to each animal and practical suggestions for conservation. The repeated "Can we save them?" question leaves the reader with a sense of urgency, yet hope for the disappearing life forms on our continent.

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Key Terms:

-Waterfowl, corridor, flyaway


-Participants play ring toss to learn the routes that waterfowl take between summer and winter homes.


Goose’s Story

Best, Cari 2009

ISBN-10: 0374400326 Fiction
A young girl is thrilled when geese land at the nearby pond in spring. After her dog barks and the birds jump for the sky, the child realizes that one goose has been left behind. This goose has a dangling foot (some kind of accident?), and the next day its foot is gone. Other birds ignore Goose ("I never thought geese could be so mean"), and the child's parents warn her not to help ("A wild goose has to learn to live with her weakness. Or she won't live at all"). Goose does learn to swim, but the child wonders how the bird will push off and fly when it's time to migrate.
Bird, Fly High

Horacek, Petr 2005

ISBN-10: 0763628239 Fiction
Vibrant artwork and a quick, compelling story will entrance little readers of this die-cut novelty book from an award-winning author and illustrator. With his trademark glowing hues, simple shapes, and clever die-cut designs, the innovative Petr Horácek creates a new animal tale perfect for preschoolers. BIRD, FLY HIGH follows a brilliantly colored feathered friend as she hops, flaps, pecks, tugs, and flies away, quick, quick, and quick.

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