Tag: birds

Three Picture Books for the Birds

Three Picture Books for the Birds

Cindy: More snow. It’s for the birds, but at least it’s given me the opportunity to sneak in another snowy book as we look toward spring. Best in Snow (2017), by April Pulley Sayre, contains stunning photos of snowflakes and icicles. Various other forms of snow—from crusty to slushy—show the cycles of changing winter weather. Birds […]

SOMEDAY BIRDS: A Wild Ride

SOMEDAY BIRDS: A Wild Ride

Lynn: Many of us hate change, but 12-year-old Charlie really hates it. The Someday Birds (2017) by Sally J. Pla begins with Charlie’s widowed father, who suffered a head wound in Afghanistan, being transferred from San Diego to a hospital in Virginia to undergo a new treatment. And so Charlie finds himself on a cross-country road […]

Channel Spring with Kevin Henkes’ EGG

Channel Spring with Kevin Henkes’ EGG

Lynn: In the winter, it is especially good to be a librarian! We have to look ahead and buy spring books, so they’ll be here when the crocuses pop and the first baby birds hatch. At the top of my spring picture books list this year? Egg, by the masterful Kevin Henkes. Perhaps there is nobody better at […]

Does Jane Yolen Ever Sleep? We Really Want to Know.

Does Jane Yolen Ever Sleep? We Really Want to Know.

Lynn: OK, I really want to have a heart to heart with Jane Yolen. I want to talk to her about her exclusive children’s book series on the new trade publishing imprint from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and her gorgeous new book, On Bird Hill (2016). But I also want to talk to her about sleep. I […]

Nesting books are hatching…

Nesting books are hatching…

While the birds were building spring nests in Michigan, our mailboxes were nesting new books about birds and nests. We’ve read them and are ready to push a few out of the nest and into the blog. If we missed some other worthy new fledgling nest title, please leave a comment so we can train […]

Swim, Duck, Swim! by Susan Lurie

Swim, Duck, Swim! by Susan Lurie

Cindy: Swim season is upon us making Swim, Duck, Swim (Feiwel and Friends 2014) a perfect book to share. My own children took to water like, ahem, ducks to water, but not every child does. Murray Head’s close up and expressive photographs are paired with Lurie’s spare words to tell the story of a duck […]

Baby Penguins!

Baby Penguins!

Lynn:  We’ve had so much snow here in Michigan this winter that I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see penguins hopping around on the snowbanks!  So Melissa Guion’s two charming books about baby penguins and their mother seem like the perfect books to review.  We’ve been wanting to review the first book, Baby Penguins […]

Look Up! by Annette LeBlanc Cate

Look Up! by Annette LeBlanc Cate

Lynn:  In an age of expensive entertainment, the opening sentence of Look Up!:  Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard (Candlewick 2013) has a refreshing simplicity: “You don’t have to go anywhere fancy to watch birds!” In fact, Cate goes on to assure young readers that all they really need to do is learn to keep quiet […]

City Chickens by Christine Hepperman

City Chickens by Christine Hepperman

Lynn:  Who would have thought, gentle readers, that such a thing as a chicken rescue shelter would be necessary?  Apparently many city dwellers are now permitted to raise chickens and many have no idea how much work that actually is.  City Chickens (Houghton 2012) tells the story of Chicken Run Rescue in Minneapolis and the […]

Moonbird by Phillip Hoose

Moonbird by Phillip Hoose

Lynn:  Revered writer (by me anyway) Phillip Hoose turns his attention to the bird world again with an amazing book about an equally amazing type of bird, the Red Knot, and more specifically a very special individual bird – B95.  Moonbird:  A Year On the Wind With the Great Survivor B95 (Farrar 2012) introduces readers […]