Annette LeBlanc Cate has created an ode to the hobby of bird-watching with this new book. Written to encourage kids to try their hand at bird-watching wherever they are, she takes on the ideas that bird-watching is a) boring, b) too difficult or c) just for experts. Cate covers where to look for birds (anywhere) and what to look at (shape, color, bills, plumage, tails, feet). She guides kids in how to observe bird behavior and how to look closely to observe the details they miss on casual observation.
The illustrations are done in a comic-book style which might seem odd in a non-fiction book. It works well here since Cate also encourages kids to get out their sketchbooks and draw what they see. My bird-watching, art-loving second grader really liked the humor in the drawings.
This book is a nominee for a Cybils Award in the Elementary and Middle Grade Non-Fiction category for which I am a Round 1 panelist. I obtained a copy of the book from my library. My opinions are my own and don’t necessarily reflect those of the other panelists.
More books about birds including The United Tweets of America by Hudson Talbot, which Look Up! is reminiscent of.
And…it’s not to late to sign up and do your own back-yard birdwatching. Project Feederwatch with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology began this week. It’s super easy. Count the birds you see in your yard for as much as two days a week through most of the winter. Or do it just one or two times. We’ve participated the past few years and I think more than anything, this shared experience has fueled David’s love of birds. He is really excited to start counting again this year.