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All along I had planned to write my May blog about favorite bird and spring books. And my intention was that this blog would be out there at the end of April. But, at the end of April our family welcomed our own sweet little bird, Campbell Michelle. And folks, any thoughts about my blog flew away – just like that!
Now, I’ll be adding her name to the “about me” part of my blog. Until I do, let me tell you a little something about me – I am one lucky and blessed mother and grandmother!
Now, to the books….but of course, a short story first. About two weeks ago, we noticed a robin making a nest above our front door. She made a mess on the front steps with her all her nesting things, twigs, grasses and pieces of paper and plastic. So, we swept up those things, and removed the nest, which had no eggs in it. The next day she was right back, arranging the nest, then flying around collecting all sorts of things to make it cozy. That’s when I noticed that our neighbor had a nest above his door….. and a mess on his doorstep! Was she going to lay so many eggs she needed more that one nest?
This went on for several days…..we’d take the nests down, the next morning there’d be a new one in the making. Never has this happened before, and we began to wonder why she wasn’t just making her little home in the trees. Squirrels? Owls? Raccoons?
She was a most persistent bird – and quite round as she flew from place to place in the courtyard. We’re not sure where she finally ended up, but here is a picture of her in the tree outside our door, possibly contemplating her next nest!
Birds are interesting creatures, and the books that follow will help you learn bird facts as well as enjoy bird stories that will make you smile. Maybe, just maybe, they may help you think differently about our fine-feathered friends.

The Perfect Nest by Catherine Friend

Jack the cat is building the perfect nest. It’s bound to attract the perfect chicken, who will lay the perfect egg, which will make the perfect omelet. And sure enough, a chicken shows up (“¡Caramba!”), but so do a duck (“Sacré bleu!”) and a goose (“Great balls of fire!”). Feathers get ruffled — and Jack gets much more than breakfast — in a funny tale rich in detail with a sweet final twist.

Albert by Donna Jo Napoli

You never know what a day will bring.
The morning begins like any other. Albert reaches out the window to check the weather. But from the moment a twig lands smack in the palm of his hand, life is never the same.

Basil’s Birds by Lynn Rowe Reed

Uh-oh! Some birds start building a nest on Perch Elementary’s flagpole. Then above the school’s doorway and even in the eaves spout! Finally, they find the perfect spot — the bald head of Basil Berkmeister, the school’s custodian! Should Basil get rid of his new hairdo. . . or adopt them as if they’re his own children? The birds do come to think of him as their father . . . and even give him a surprise on Father’s Day.

Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard

Bird wakes up feeling grumpy. Too grumpy to eat or play — too grumpy even to fly. “Looks like I’m walking today,” says Bird. He walks past Sheep, who offers to keep him company. He walks past Rabbit, who also could use a walk. Raccoon, Beaver, and Fox join in, too. Before he knows it, a little exercise and companionship help Bird shake his bad mood. This winsome, refreshingly original picture book is sure to help kids (and grown-ups) giggle away theirs, too!

Ruby and Bubbles by Rosie Winstead

When a cute yellow bird catches her eye in a store window, Rubyinstantly knows she has just met her very best friend. Ruby’s life with Bubbles is as fun and as fancy as a girl could ever wish for. They sing, they shop, they chat and chirp. Until that awful Bratty Hatty shrieks (in front of everybody):”That’s not a friend, that’s a bird! And he can’t even fly!” Suddenly, Ruby’s perfect friend doesn’t seem quite so perfect anymore. She knows she loves Bubbles, but maybe she should try and change him—just a little?

Olivia’s Birds: Saving the Gulf Coast by Olivia Bouler

One 11 year-old girl can make a difference-as budding ornithologist and artist Olivia Bouler has proven, single-handedly raising over $175,000 for the Gulf Coast oil spill recovery. Devastated by the disaster and eager to do her part, Olivia wrote a letter to Audubon, “11 years old and willing to help” offering her own bird paintings to raise contributions for Gulf recovery efforts. The idea took flight, and Olivia proceeded to send out over 500 paintings, many of which are captured in this lavish picture book that recaps her valiant campaign to save birds affected by the spill.

Two Little Birds by Mary Newell DePalma

Two little birds hatch and grow until one day, they see an amazing sight: hundreds of birds, all flying together in one direction. They decide to join in, and so begins an amazing and sometimes dangerous journey that they never could have imagined. Eventually they return home — and the cycle starts over again.

Chester by Ayano Imai

Chester loves his family and wants nothing more than to spend time with them. But work and school are keeping the family extremely busy and Chester is taking a backseat. When the family forgets to take him for his walk, again, Chester decides he’s had enough: It’s time to find a new home.
But when Chester is turned away by a flock of forest birds and taken in by a wealthy woman who treats him more like a toy than a dog, Chester soon discovers that old homes are not so easily replaced.

About Birds: A Guide for Children by Cathryn Sill

This kid-friendly book offers a first thoughtful glimpse into the world of birds: from eggs to nests, from song to flight. In this delightful book, teacher and birder Cathryn Sill explains to children what birds are, what they do, and how they live. Accompanied by beautifully detailed illustrations from noted wildlife illustrator John Sill.

Flap Your Wings by P. D. Eastman

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.

Even an Ostrich Needs a Nest by Irene Kelly

How does a bird make its nest? Very carefully! Many birds build intricate nests out of twigs, leaves, feathers, mud—even dollar bills and clothespins. Some nests are gigantic, housing hundreds of birds or weighing as much as a car, while others are just large enough to keep one egg safe and warm. Whether simple or fancy, every species finds a unique way and clever place to raise its young.

Why Do Birds Sing? by Joan Holub

Do you love birds? If you do, you’re not alone! Birds are fun to watch and they make great pets. There is so much to know about birds. Why do they have feathers? Can parrots really talk? Why do birds build nests? Do birds like toys? Beginning readers will find the answers to these questions-and many more-in this lively, fact-filled book.

Early Bird by Toni Yuly

“The early bird catches the worm,” Yuly’s story follows Early Bird as she gets an early start, taking off before the sun has even finished climbing over the horizon. Early Bird darts through the pages of the book, until at last she finds the Early Worm and the book ends in a happy surprise. This cheerful story moves at a zippy pace and is packed with directional words such as “across,” “through,” “under,” “up,” “around,” and “over.” Early Bird is feisty and full of energy!

Forever Friends by Carin Berger

Seasons come, seasons go. But a little brown bunny and a graceful blue bird discover that friendship, true friendship, lasts forever.

Quiet! There’s a Canary in the Library by Don Freeman

Cary knows what she would do if she were the librarian-she’d invite all the animals into the library and share her favorite books with lions, bears, peacocks, and monkeys. But the trouble is, not all animals get along with each other. Then the mice arrive and that’s where Cary’s trouble begins!

Animal Baths by Bob Barner

Discover how all kinds of animals bathe in this playful exploration of bath time in the animal kingdom! Learn how tiny shrimp aid eels in keeping their teeth squeaky clean, and how schools of fish help sharks stay spic and span. Young readers will recognize their own bath time habits, and will love splashing and playing along in their own imaginative way.
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