Thursday, October 18, 2007

After far too many months of failing to get to Agway on the weekends, I finally made the trip and now my birdfeeders are full of seed and birds!! A birdfeeder or two is a wonderful way to introduce children to our feathered friends and nature in general. I found some great bird guides in the Children's Room to introduce my child to the birdworld.

Here are some to get your young friends started!

Bird Watching for Kids: A Family Watching Guide by Steven and Elizabeth May Griffin. A super introduction to the joys of bird watching, this is a great book for independent readers. It includes a rather nice bird watching log at the end. These can be copied and used for future trips. (The log offers an opportunity for children to indicate how much fun (or how little) the bird watching trip was!)

Bird Watch: A Young Person's Introduction to Birding by Mary MacPherson is another nice introduction for independent readers. It is filled with lovely information about such things as feathers and how to make your own birdfeeders.

Backyard Birds by Jonathan Latimer and Karen Stray Nolting. This is one of the Peterson Field Guides for Young Naturalists, and it's great for beginners. There are two page spreads on birds commonly found in most communities. (Caution! At only 48 pages, it won't be enough if your child develops an interest!)

Birds of Maine Field Guide by Stan Tekiela is the guide I purchased from our local Children's Book Cellar. Filled with glossy photos of birds found in Maine, this book goes on walks with us when it's not ready by the window. The index at the back has boxes next to each entry so you and your young birder can keep track of birds seen (we mark down dates for each bird seen, as well!). The size of this guide is also quite attractive for small hands. While there have been a couple of birds we have seen in the nearby meadow that weren't in the guide, both Jack and I have loved having this in our home library!

Have some feathered fun today!


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