Library Lowdown: Your bird-watching can take flight with these books – WV News


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Updated: April 1, 2022 @ 9:42 am

Spring is a great time for bird-watching! Bird-watching is a fun activity enjoyed by people of all ages. Looking to introduce your children to the pastime of bird-watching? The library has some books that can help!
“Birds and Their Feathers,” by Britta Teckentrup, is not only a beautifully illustrated book, but it is full of ponderings for the young mind as well. What are feathers made of and why do birds have so many of them? How do they help birds fly? Answers to these questions and more and included in the book. It promises to fascinate and satisfy your child’s curiosity.
“Look Up!: Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard,” by Annette Leblanc Cate, inspires children who want to try bird-watching by using examples from those who are already familiar with the activity. This book is filled with humor and encourages young readers to start by examining their own back yard.
“The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon,” by Jaqueline Davies and Melissa Sweet, chronicles the life of John Audubon, whose lifelong love for birds and careful observations gave us the scientific foundations for understanding these creatures and their patterns. The biography inspires and informs young ornithologists to follow in his footsteps.
“One Dark Bird,” by Liz Garton Scanlon and Frann Preston-Gannon, is perfect for children who love counting books. It begins with one dark bird perched high in the sky, then two, three, four, until hundreds of them are spotted in the sky.
“Wings,” by Cheryl B. Klein and Tomie Depaola, captures the precious moments of a baby bird’s first flight. The baby bird starts out as fearful and clumsy but works toward a triumphant flight. This book is sure to captivate young readers.
“The Birdwatchers,” by Simon James, follows a grandfather as he takes his granddaughter bird-watching. Although the granddaughter is hesitant to give it a chance at first, she is then captivated by the aspects of nature they encounter. This book has themes of patience and intergenerational bonding.
If you want to give bird-watching a try before committing to purchasing anything, we also offer a hobby kit that focuses on bird-watching. The kit includes a spiral journal to record your sightings, a bag of birdseed, a hanging bird feeder, a pair of binoculars, and the book “The Bird Watching Answer Book.” Just stop by or give us a call to request it.

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