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Bird Buddies: Books for Kids

The books listed here are included in Bird Buddies, a summer STEAM adventure that looks at the incredible world of birds, using a cross-disciplinary approach that brings together science, the arts, and social studies.

Developed for children in grades 1-5, the free Bird Buddies toolkit gives families and summer youth programs a practical, hands-on guide to exploring the rich and varied life of birds. We’ve designed the program to be user-friendly and adaptable. Use the materials each day for five days in a row, or once a week, for five weeks, (or any other way you like) to add hands-on learning to your summer programming.

Bird Buddies is designed to encourage children to observe birds in nature, to feel their knowledge about the natural world growing, and to start seeing themselves as environmental stewards and future scientists.

It all starts with a book ... browse the great fiction and nonfiction titles below to begin your adventure into learning all about birds!


Great Fiction & Nonfiction Books

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A House for Every Bird

By: Megan Maynor

Illustrated by: Kaylani Juanita

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A young artist's drawings rebel against her when she tries to put her sketched birds in houses...

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About Birds / Sobre los parjaros

By: Catherine Sill

Illustrated by: Jon Sill

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Handsome, realistic illustrations accompanied by straightforward information about North...

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About Birds: A Guide for Children

By: Cathryn Sill

Illustrated by: John Sill

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A first book on birds that uses clear, easy-to-understand language to teach children what birds...

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Agua, Agua, Agua

By: Pat Mora

Illustrated by: Jose Ortega

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Crow knows where to find water amid rocks and how to get it even though it's below the reach of...

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Are You My Mother?

By: P.D. Eastman

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A baby bird goes in search of his mother in this funny, classic story, originally published in...

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Beautiful Blackbird

By: Ashley Bryan

Age Level: 3-6 years old

In a story of the Ila people of Zambia, the colorful birds of Africa ask Blackbird, whom they...

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Bird House

By: Bianca Gómez

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A grandmother and grandchild nurse an injured bird together in this touching story about caring...

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Bird Talk: What Birds Are Saying and Why

By: Lita Judge

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Birds communicate by the sounds they make and the way they act. Playful illustrations and text...

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Birds

By: Carme Lemniscates

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Vibrant illustrations and a gentle, thought-provoking text show many birds of all shapes, sizes...

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Birds Make Nests

By: Michael Garland

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Birds make many kinds of nests in many kinds of places, to keep their eggs safe and to raise...

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Cuckoo: A Mexican Folktale / Cucu: Un cuento folklorico mexicano

By: Lois Ehlert

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Lazy Cuckoo has a beautiful singing voice and brightly colored feathers — until he loses them...

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Feathers for Peacock

By: Jacqueline Jules

Illustrated by: Helen Cann

Age Level: 3-6 years old

An pourquoi story that blends folktale motifs from around the world to explain why the peacock...

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Have You Heard the Nesting Bird?

By: Rita Gray

Illustrated by: Kenard Pak

Age Level: 3-6 years old

As two children take a walk, they observe and listen to the call of familiar birds – a mourning...

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Have You Seen Birds?

By: Barbara Reid

Illustrated by: Joanne Oppenheim

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A brief description of the behavior and characteristics of common birds for young readers.

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Have You Seen My Duckling?

By: Nancy Tafuri

Age Level: 3-6 years old

An anxious mother duck leads her brood around the pond as she searches for one missing duckling...

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Hello, Crow

By: Candace Savage

Illustrated by: Chelsea O'Byrne

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Gently motivates kids and their families to be observant when exploring parks, backyards,...

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Hello, I'm Here!

By: Helen Frost

Illustrated by: Rick Lieder

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A poetic text and lovely photographs follow a newborn sandhill crane as it takes its first steps...

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How to Heal a Broken Wing

By: Bob Graham

Age Level: 3-6 years old

In a city full of hurried people, only young Will notices the bird lying hurt on the ground....

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Inch by Inch

By: Leo Lionni

Illustrated by: Leo Lionni

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A small inch worm "green as an emerald" avoids being eating by a hungry robin using his wit...

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Lali's Feather

By: Farhana Zia

Illustrated by: Stephanie Fizer Coleman

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A story about looking beyond first impressions. Lali finds a little feather in the field. Is it...

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Make Way for Ducklings

By: Robert McCloskey

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Mrs. Mallard was sure that the pond in the Boston Public Gardens would be a perfect place for...

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Mama Built a Little Nest

By: Jennifer Ward

Illustrated by: Steve Jenkins

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Birds craft surprisingly unique nests. Brief verses introduce different birds and how their nest is...

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Nesting

By: Henry Cole

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Follow two robins as they build a nest with twigs and grass. Then mother robin lays four...

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NOPE! A Tale of First Flight

By: Drew Sheneman

Age Level: 3-6 years old

<p>A nurturing mama bird, a fearful baby, and a nest in a tall, tall tree. Ready, set,...

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On Meadowview Street

By: Henry Cole

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Caroline doesn't see much of the name of their new street, Meadowview, as she and her family...

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On the Wing

By: David Elliott

Illustrated by: Becca Stadtlander

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Through witty, thoughtful poems and colorful, detailed illustrations young readers will learn...

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Owl Babies

By: Martin Waddell

Illustrated by: Patrick Benson

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Three worried owlets wait for their mother to return from her night flight. The wide-eyed birds...

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Red and Lulu

By: Matt Tavares

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Surrounded by lights and singing, Christmas is by far the favorite season for Red and Lulu, a...

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Ruby's Birds

By: Mya Thompson

Illustrated by: Claudia Dávila

Age Level: 3-6 years old

When Ruby realizes there are amazing birds right in her neighborhood, her imagination takes...

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Seagulls Soar

By: April Pulley Sayre

Illustrated by: Kasia Bogdanska

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Did you know that seagulls sometimes live far from the sea — near a lake or farm, or even...

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Sylvie

By: Jennifer Sattler

Age Level: 3-6 years old

When all-too-curious Sylvie — a flamingo — learns that the reason she is pink is...

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The Bossy Gallito: A Traditional Cuban Folktale / Bossy Gallito: El gallo de bodas:

By: Lucía González

Illustrated by: Lulu Delacre

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Travel with Bossy Rooster to his uncle's wedding. Of course the road is not entirely smooth in...

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The Lion and the Bird

By: Marianne Dubuc

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Friendship and the passage of time are explored in this mostly wordless book about a kindly lion...

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The Lost Little Bird

By: David McPhail

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A funny and affirming picture book about a little bird who goes on an adventure to discover who...

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The Most Amazing Bird

By: Michael Arvaaluk Kusugak

Illustrated by: Andrew Qappik

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A young girl discovers nature’s surprising beauty in this tale from a renowned Inuk storyteller...

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The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks

By: Katherine Paterson

Illustrated by: Diane and Leo Dillon

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A beautiful mandarin duck is captured and caged by a greedy lord who wants to show off the bird'...

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Tico and the Golden Wings

By: Leo Lionni

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A classic fable encouraging generosity and individuality. All Tico the wingless bird wants is a...

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Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Edna the Very First Chicken

By: Douglas Rees

Illustrated by: Jed Henry

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Tyrannosaurus Rex wants breakfast. He stomps and he roars and he gnashes his teeth ― and he...

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Age Level: 6-9 years old

A Garden to Save the Birds

By: Wendy McClure

Illustrated by: Beatriz Mayumi

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Callum and his sister, Emmy learn that the U.S. has lost a lot of birds in recent years ― and...

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A Nest Is Noisy

By: Dianna Hutts Aston

Illustrated by: Sylvia Long

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A look at the fascinating world of nests, from those of tiny bee hummingbirds to those of...

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A Place for Birds

By: Melissa Stewart

Illustrated by: Higgins Bond

Age Level: 6-9 years old

This fact-filled, colorful book looks at the amazing world of birds, the ecosystems that support...

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A Round of Robins

By: Katie Hesterman

Illustrated by: Sergio Ruzzier

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Sixteen fresh and funny poems welcome a new batch of robins to the world! We follow a pair of...

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About Hummingbirds: A Guide for Children

By: Cathryn Sill

Illustrated by: Jon Sill

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Easy to read text and lush, realistic illustrations provide an accessible but authoritative look...

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About Parrots: A Guide for Children

By: Cathryn Sill

Illustrated by: John Sill

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Some fly, others only walk but regardless of where they live or what they eat, the parrots...

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Aesop's Fables

By: Jerry Pinkney

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Almost 100 fables attributed to Aesop have been selected and illustrated in this oversized...

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All the Birds in the World

By: David Opie

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Birds come in many varieties of colors, shapes, and sizes, with different habits and homes. Take...

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An Egg Is Quiet

By: Dianna Hutts Aston

Illustrated by: Sylvia Long

Age Level: 6-9 years old

An introduction to the vast and amazing world of eggs. Featuring poetic text, this book shares...

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Animal Fact / Animal Fable

By: Seymour Simon

Illustrated by: Diane de Groat

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Guess facts from fables about animals — from dogs and cats to bulls and owls; from bees to...

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Animals in Flight

By: Robin Page

Illustrated by: Steve Jenkins

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Wings carry tiny insects, fluttering butterflies, backyard birds, and they even propelled some...

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Arlo & Pips: King of the Birds

By: Elise Gravel

Age Level: 6-9 years old

An early graphic chapter book series about the friendship between Arlo, an arrogant crow, and a...

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Beaks!

By: Sneed Collard

Illustrated by: Robin Brickman

Age Level: 6-9 years old

How can a toucan fly with such a large, cumbersome beak? A toucan's beak is actually light as a...

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Bird Count

By: Susan Edwards Richmond

Illustrated by: Stephanie Fizer Coleman

Age Level: 6-9 years old

For the New England Christmas Bird Count, young Ava and her mother prepare to be the best “...

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Birds of a Feather

By: Jane Yolen

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Stunning, full color, close-up photographs of birds combined with evocative poems in different...

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Birds of a Feather: And Other Aesop's Fables

By: Tom Paxton

Illustrated by: Robert Rayevsky

Age Level: 6-9 years old

An illustrated retelling in verse of ten fables by Aesop, including "The Laborer and the...

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Birds, Nests and Eggs

By: Mel Boring

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A fun, informative take-along guide that will help children identify 15 birds. Kid will learn...

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Birds: Just Like Us!

By: Bridget Heos

Illustrated by: David Clark

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Factual and funny and featuring a lively mix of photographs and cartoon illustrations, learn...

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Brave Wolf and the Thunderbird

By: Joseph Medicine Crow

Illustrated by: Linda R. Martin

Age Level: 6-9 years old

In this traditional Crow story, a monster climbs out of the lake and up the cliff to steal the...

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Chicken Frank, Dinosaur!

By: S.K. Wenger

Illustrated by: JoJo Ensslin

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Chicken Frank wants to prove he’s related to a T.rex ― because of evolution! ― but none of the...

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Circle

By: Jeannie Baker

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Each year, bar-tailed godwits undertake the longest unbroken migration of any bird, flying from...

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Dinosaur Feathers

By: Dennis Nolan

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Through rhyming text, learn about the evolutionary link between million-year-old dinosaurs and...

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Dinosaurs Are Not Extinct: Real Facts About Real Dinosaurs

By: Drew Sheneman

Age Level: 6-9 years old

When an asteroid crashed into Earth about 66 million years ago, it killed all the dinosaurs ......

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Elsie's Bird

By: Jane Yolen

Illustrated by: David Small

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Elsie is a city girl. But when her mother dies and her father moves them to the faraway prairies...

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Even an Ostrich Needs a Nest

By: Irene Kelly

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Birds live all over the world, but their nests come in many sizes, shapes, and some even borrow...

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Feathered Dinosaurs of China

By: Gregory Wenzel

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Step back in time 124 million years, inside the world of the feathered dinosaurs to learn about...

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Feathers: Not Just for Flying

By: Melissa Stewart

Illustrated by: Sarah S. Brannen

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Young naturalists explore 16 birds in this introduction to the many, remarkable uses of feathers...

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Flutter and Hum: Animal Poems/Aleteo y Zumbido: Poemas de Animales

By: Julie Paschkis

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Short poems about animals appear in English and Spanish accompanied by textured illustrations...

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Fly With Me: A Celebration of Birds through Pictures, Poems, and Stories

By: Jane Yolen

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Through poems, stories, scientific facts and beautiful art and photography, this book highlights...

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Fly, Eagle, Fly: An African Tale

By: Christopher Gregorowski

Illustrated by: Niki Daly

Age Level: 6-9 years old

After a stormy night, a farmer, searching for his lost calf, finds a baby eagle that has been...

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Free

By: Sam Usher

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Boy and Grandad take care of a little bird. When it gets better, Grandad puts it outside, but it...

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Freedom Bird: A Tale of Hope and Courage

By: Jerdine Nolen

Illustrated by: James E. Ransome

Age Level: 6-9 years old

In an age-appropriate way, this book, set just before the Civil War, portrays the subjugation of...

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Gone Again Ptarmigan

By: Jonathan London

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Follows a year in the life of a willow ptarmigan, giving young children a delightful...

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Hawks Kettle, Puffins Wheel: And Other Poems of Birds in Flight

By: Susan Vande Griek

Illustrated by: Mark Hoffmann

Age Level: 6-9 years old

For each of 12 from around the world, poem describes the animal's distinctive movement and the...

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Helen’s Birds

By: Sara Cassidy

Illustrated by: Sophie Casson

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A wordless graphic novel depicts an intergenerational friendship between a young girl, Saanvi,...

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How Do Birds Find Their Way?

By: Roma Gans

Illustrated by: Paul Mirocha

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Birds don't need maps! Many birds make long journeys twice each year as they migrate between...

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How Raven Got His Crooked Nose: An Alaskan Dena'ina Fable

By: Barbara J. Atwater

Illustrated by: Mindy Dwyer

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Chulyen the trickster raven loses his nose one day, but he vows to get it back. Luckily he has...

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How Raven Stole the Sun

By: Maria Williams

Illustrated by: Felix Vigil

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A retelling of a Tlingit tale — the story of how the Raven transformed himself into a bird "...

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How to Make a Bird

By: Meg McKinlay

Illustrated by: Matt Ottley

Age Level: 6-9 years old

DA child imagines, designs, and builds a bird only to let it go and watch it soar through the...

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Lali's Feather

By: Farhana Zia

Illustrated by: Stephanie Fizer Coleman

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Lali finds a little feather in the field. Is it lost? Lali sets out to find feather a home, but...

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Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard

By: Annette Cate

Age Level: 6-9 years old

They can be observed anywhere; in fact, "You don't have to go anywhere fancy to watch birds!" The...

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Lotus and Feather

By: Ji-li Jiang

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Inspired by the true story of a crane that rescued a Chinese village. One day, when a village...

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Mango, Abuela, and Me

By: Meg MedinaAngela

Age Level: 6-9 years old

When a little girl’s far-away grandmother comes to stay, love and patience transcend language....

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Monster Fliers: From the Time of the Dinosaurs

By: Elizabeth MacLeod

Illustrated by: John Bindon

Age Level: 6-9 years old

While the dinosaurs walked the earth, pterosaurs (flying reptiles), ancient birds and other...

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Mr. Lincoln's Way

By: Patricia Polacco

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The touching story of a school principal and Eugene, the bully whose life he'll change. Mr....

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My Happy Year by E. Bluebird (A Nature Diary)

By: Paul Meisel

Age Level: 6-9 years old

With humor and charm, an Eastern Bluebird narrates her first year of life- — adventures,...

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National Geographic Kids Bird Guide of North America

By: Jonathan Alderfer

Age Level: 6-9 years old

This handsome book invites readers to look at birds while learning about their habits and habitats...

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Noisy Bird Sing-Along

By: John Himmelman

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A say-along, sing-along invitation introduces the art of birding by ear through simple,...

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Olivia's Birds: Saving the Gulf

By: Olivia Bouler

Age Level: 6-9 years old

One 11 year-old girl can make a difference, as young ornithologist and artist Olivia Bouler has...

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Owl Diaries: Eva's Treetop Festival

By: Rebecca Elliott

Age Level: 6-9 years old

In this first book in the Owl Diaries early chapter book series, readers will meet Eva Wingdale in...

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illustrated cover of Owl Moon showing an adult and child on a snowy hill with the moon in the background.

Owl Moon

By: Jane Yolen

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Late one winter night a little girl and her father go owling. The trees stand still as statues...

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Paddle Perch Climb: Bird Feet are Neat

By: Laurie Ellen Angus

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Become a bird watching detective, discovering clues about where a bird lives, how it moves, and...

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Pale Male: Citizen Hawk of New York City

By: Janet Schulman

Illustrated by: Meilo So

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Stunning watercolors evoke the height and breadth of New York City while a dramatic text relates...

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Parrots Over Puerto Rico

By: Susan L. Roth

Illustrated by: Cindy Trumbore

Age Level: 6-9 years old

How colorful parrots that have lived on the island of Puerto Rico for “millions of years” almost...

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Professor Aesop's the Crow and the Pitcher

By: Stephanie Gwyn Brown

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A hot, dry desert. A tired, thirsty crow. A tall pitcher of water. Think you know the story?...

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Snow Birds

By: Kirsten Hall

Illustrated by: Jenni Desmond

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Discover birds who survive winter against all odds! You’ve heard of birds who migrate to warmer...

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Sparrow Girl

By: Sara Pennypacker

Illustrated by: Yoko Tanaka

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Ming-Li looked up and tried to imagine the sky silent, empty of birds. It was a terrible thought...

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Spit Nests, Puke Power, and Other Brilliant Bird Adaptations

By: Laura Perdew

Illustrated by: Katie Mazeika

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Young readers will discover the amazing adaptations that keep certain species of bird alive and...

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Telephone

By: Mac Barnett

Illustrated by: Jen Corace

Age Level: 6-9 years old

It's time to fly home for dinner! A mother bird gives the bird next to her a message for little...

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cover of "The Adventures of Sparrowboy" showing young boy with his hands on his hips

The Adventures of Sparrowboy

By: Brian Pinkney

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Mild-mannered paperboy Henry collides with a sparrow and turns into Sparrowboy just like his...

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The Bald Eagle

By: Lloyd G. Douglas

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Discover the traits that make the eagle a good symbol for the United States, learn how the eagle...

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The Barn Owls

By: Tony Johnston

Illustrated by: Deborah Kogan Ray

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A poetic tribute to the common barn owl, who doze "in the scent of wheat" and leave "the barn...

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The Beak Book

By: Robin Page

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Explore the fascinating and surprising ways different kinds of birds use their unique beaks....

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The Big Book of Birds

By: Yuval Zommer

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Filled with exuberant, colorful illustrations, this is a fun introduction to some of the most...

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The Birdwatchers

By: Simon James

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A grandfather shares with his grandchild the quiet wonder of birdwatching — and a wry...

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

By: Jacqueline Davies

Illustrated by: Melissa Sweet

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The story opens with 18-year-old French naturalist John James Audubon roaming Pennsylvania...

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The Cuckoo's Haiku: and Other Birding Poems

By: Michael J. Rosen

Illustrated by: Stan Fellows

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A joyful primer on the pleasures of bird-watching merges haiku, notes for identifying species,...

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The Fog

By: Kyo Maclear

Illustrated by: Kenard Pak

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A whimsical environmental fable about a bird who is a human-watcher, the importance of the...

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The Real Poop on Pigeons

By: Kevin McCloskey

Age Level: 6-9 years old

When a couple complains about pigeons in the park, two children in pigeon costumes come to give...

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Thunder Birds: Nature's Flying Predators

By: Jim Arnosky

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The author/illustrator's enthusiasm for the birds he observes is contagious in this artful...

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Tiny Bird: A Hummingbird's Amazing Journey

By: Robert Burleigh

Illustrated by: Wendell Minor

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Follow a hummingbird’s amazing migration south for the winter, traveling as fast as 30 miles an...

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Today at the Bluebird Cafe: A Branchful of Birds

By: Deborah Ruddell

Illustrated by: Joan Rankin

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A world of birds unfolds in 22 vivid poems that capture the unique personalities of birds from...

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Tuko and the Birds: A Tale from the Philippines

By: Shirley Climo

Illustrated by: Francisco Mora

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Birds sing the people of Maynilad on the Philippine island of Luzon to sleep at night — until...

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Vulture View

By: April Pulley Sayre

Illustrated by: Steve Jenkins

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Turkey vultures are part of nature's clean-up crew. They soar on the balmy air, looking for...

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Welcome, Brown Bird

By: Mary Lyn Ray

Illustrated by: Peter Sylvada

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Poetic text tells the story of a wood thrush that makes the long migration between New England...

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What Is a Wise Bird Like You Doing in a Silly Tale Like This?

By: Uri Shulevitz

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A nonsensical tall tale about the inhabitants of Pickleberry, including a parrot named Lou, the...

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cover of "Wings" showing boy flying with white wings

Wings

By: Christopher Myers

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Stunning, bold collage illustrations carry the action in this reworking of the traditional Greek...

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Woodpecker Wham!

By: April Pulley Sayre

Illustrated by: Steve Jenkins

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Enter woodpecker world and get a bird's eye view of everyday life: hiding from hawks, feeding...

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Wow! Look What Birds Can Do

By: Camilla de la Bedoyere

Illustrated by: Ste Johnson

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Introduces birds from around the world and describes some of their unique characteristics and...

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Age Level: 9-12 years old

Alex the Parrot: No Ordinary Bird: A True Story

By: Stephanie Spinner

Illustrated by: Meilo So

Age Level: 9-12 years old

The story of Alex, an African grey parrot, learned to count, add, and subtract; to recognize...

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Aviary Wonders Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual

By: Kate Samworth

Age Level: 9-12 years old

This mock catalog introduces older readers to the concept of bird extinction by providing a kit...

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Backyard Birds (Peterson Field Guides for Young Naturalists)

By: Karen Stray Nolting, Jonathan Latimer

Illustrated by: Roger Tory Peterson

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Featuring the original art and bird identification system of celebrated naturalist Roger Tory...

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Beastly Brains: Exploring How Animals Think, Talk, and Feel

By: Nancy Castaldo

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Explore animal empathy, communication, tool use, and social societies through interviews and...

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Beauty and the Beak: How Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued a Bald Eagle

By: Deborah Lee Rose

Illustrated by: Jane Veltkamp

Age Level: 9-12 years old

The true story of Beauty, the wild bald eagle that made world news when she was illegally shot,...

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Bird's-Eye View: Keeping Wild Birds in Flight

By: Ann Eriksson

Age Level: 9-12 years old

A look at why wild birds are important, why they need help and what young people all over the...

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Birding Is My Favorite Video Game: Cartoons about the Natural World from Bird and Moon

By: Rosemary Mosco

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Amusing science cartoons about the natural world including animal dating profiles, wildlife wine...

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Canary in the Coal Mine

By: Madelyn Rosenberg

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Bitty, a canary, tells the story of life in a small coal-mining town in West Virginia during the...

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Children's Encyclopedia of Birds

By: Claudia Martin

Age Level: 9-12 years old

This comprehensive visual encyclopedia includes stunning photography of many bird species,...

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Condor Comeback

By: Sy Montgomery

Illustrated by: Tianne Strombeck

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Scientists are working to save the endangered California Condor. In rich narrative, the author...

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Crow Smarts: Inside the Brain of the World's Brightest Bird

By: Pamela S. Turner

Illustrated by: Andy Comins

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Visit a a beautiful Pacific island where a lively cast of both crows and scientists is waiting...

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Crows: Bird Geniuses (Science Comics series)

By: Kyla Vanderklugt

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Crows have problem-solving skills that will make you you rethink what it means to be a bird...

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Homer on the Case

By: Henry Cole

Age Level: 9-12 years old

A homing pigeon teams up with a parrot and their humans to investigate an animal crime spree in...

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Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot

By: Sy Montgomery

Illustrated by: Nic Bishop

Age Level: 9-12 years old

After five years, the call came allowing the author/photographer team to travel to an island off...

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Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95

By: Phillip Hoose

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Take a trip around the hemisphere with the world's most celebrated shorebird, showing the...

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Mr. Popper's Penguins

By: Richard Atwater, Florence Atwater

Age Level: 9-12 years old

A classic of American humor (and winner of the 1939 Newbery), the adventures of a house painter...

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Real Pigeons Fight Crime

By: Andrew McDonald

Illustrated by: Ben Wood

Age Level: 9-12 years old

What do real pigeons do? They fight crime, of course! Meet the heroic pigeons secretly flying...

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Songbirds (Peterson Field Guides: Young Naturalists)

By: Karen Stray Nolting, Jonathan Latimer

Illustrated by: Roger Tory Peterson

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Featuring the original art and bird identification system of celebrated naturalist Roger Tory...

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Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers

By: Celia C. Pérez

Age Level: 9-12 years old

The story of four kids who form an alternative Scout troop that shakes up their sleepy Florida...

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Superlative Birds

By: Leslie Bulion

Illustrated by: Robert Meganck

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Get to know all about the best and brightest ― and smelliest! ― denizens of the bird world with...

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The Blue Wings

By: Jef Aerts

Illustrated by: Laura Watkinson

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Two brothers, Josh and Jadran, bound together by affection and responsibility are both dealing...

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The New Stokes Field Guide to Birds: Eastern Region

By: Donald Stokes, Lillian Stokes

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Created for beginning or experienced birders, this comprehensive, easy-to-use guide features 545...

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The New Stokes Field Guide to Birds: Western Region

By: Donald Stokes, Lillian Stokes

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Created for beginning or experienced birders, this comprehensive, easy-to-use guide features 636...

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The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America (Second Edition)

By: David Allen Sibley

Age Level: 9-12 years old

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The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk

By: Jan Thornhill

Age Level: 9-12 years old

The Great Auk was a northern penguin that lived and thrived in the cold waters of the Atlantic....

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The Young Birder's Guide to Birds of North America (Peterson Field Guides)

By: Bill Thompson III

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Covering 300 of the most common birds in the U.S. and Canada, this guide for young people is...

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Wild Wings

By: Gill Lewis

Illustrated by: Yuta Onoda

Age Level: 9-12 years old

A story about Callum, a boy from Scotland and Iona, a girl from West Africa who join together to...

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