Bird Count

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Description

The National Audubon Society's annual Christmas Bird Count stars in this charming picture book, just right for young citizen scientists, bird watchers, and nature aficionados.

"A wonderful introduction to bird-watching and the concept of observing nature... Parents be warned: this book is so appealing that, come next December, you may find yourself out in the cold, counting birds." ―Booklist Online

For the New England Christmas Bird Count, young Ava and her mother prepare to be the best "citizen scientists" they can be. With the help of their team leader Big Al, they record the tally of all the birds they see. Ava dutifully counts all the birds along the way, using her most important tools―her eyes and ears―and the birding identification techniques she's learned. But will she locate her favorite raven again this year in time for their town's annual Christmas Bird Count party?

Author Susan Edwards Richmond introduces young readers to birdwatching with simple explanations of birdwatching techniques and clear descriptions of bird habitats. Stephanie Fizer Coleman's charming illustrations add color and context to a joyful story that's sure to inspire the citizen scientist in us all.

Backmatter includes more information about all the birds featured in the book and about the Christmas Bird Count, the nation's longest-running community science bird project.

Teacher's Guide available!

Capitol Choices Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens

Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award

Product Details

Price
$17.95  $16.51
Publisher
Peachtree Publishing Company
Publish Date
October 01, 2019
Pages
32
Dimensions
9.4 X 0.4 X 10.6 inches | 0.95 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781561459544

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About the Author

Susan Edwards Richmond teaches preschool on a farm and wildlife sanctuary in eastern Massachusetts. She earned her M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of California, Davis, and is the author of five collections of nature-based poetry for adults. She is happiest exploring natural habitats with her husband and two daughters, and learns the native birds wherever she travels.
Stephanie Fizer Coleman is an illustrator and freelance designer. She has created the art for many children's books and loves drawing animals. For her 100 Days project in 2018, she drew one hundred birds, one day at a time.

Reviews

"Clever design... Count guidelines are smoothly worked into Richmond's narrative... An engaging, informative introduction. " --Kirkus Reviews
"An instructive and attractive picture book for aspiring ornithologists and young nature aficionados." --Publishers Weekly
"Soft, detailed illustrations bring the winter world to life, depict many bird species, and capture the sounds and feelings of a chilly winter day. Readers will love searching for birds along with Ava and her companions.... This book introduces elementary school readers to the world of birds and citizen science in an accessible, ¬welcoming way." --School Library Journal