Our Favorite Books for the Great Backyard Bird Count - Preschool to Middle School

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Did you know that the Great Backyard Bird Count is happening this week, from Friday, February 17th to the 20th?  

We enjoyed doing that each year, just by counting the number of different birds that came to our backyard feeder.  My daughter and I had so much fun trying to identify them!

Getting Started in Bird Watching

One of the reasons that we loved homeschooling our 2e daughter was that we could build in nature study, and getting out in nature whenever we wanted...Well, if it was really raining, we just might not want to, lol. 

For my gifted 2e kiddo, being out in nature was really the best medicine for finding peace after a hard day.  And for me, too!

Stream Schooling!

That started when she was a little one.  Sometimes getting out in nature was a simple as exploring for insects in the backyard, or just taking a book outside, to read under a favorite tree.  We also liked having a bird feeder and a suet feeder hanging out our living room window, so that we could watch the birds come by.

Gradually, bird watching became a favorite past time for my daughter. When my daughter had an interest, like this, we often enjoyed extending our learning in any way that she wanted to.

A Flicker

Do your kids like to do a little birdwatching?  Take a break from your regular homeschooling routine, and enjoy some birdwatching together as a family! 

Making a Very Simple Unit Study

You can even make this into a simple unit study, by adding in a bird book or two.  You could even report your findings to the  Great Backyard Bird Count site.  That touches on science, reading, and even math, for recording and reporting our stats to the site!

Today I'd like to share our favorite books that we recommend for reading about birds and birdwatching, starting with picture books, for your youngest nature lovers.  Here they are with links for more information....

Picture Books and Nature Journals 

1.  For Little Birders

2.  For Elementary Birders

Birdhouses You Can Build in a Day

Peterson Field Guide for Backyard Birds  

Here's more ideas for bird watching for elementary kiddos.

3.  For Older Birdwatchers - Middles/Teens

Birds of North America

Hi Diddle Diddle, Read a Bird Riddle 

Here's our favorite book to inspire your older kids, or even young teens, to get into bird watching.... 

This book, by Georgette Vikingstad Valle, illustrated by Debra Valpey, consists of 28 accurate and complex riddles that cleverly describe each of the birds that are featured in this book. 

This is a great way to introduce birding to kids.  It can also a fun way to test birding knowledge, for those kids who have already started bird watching.

The illustrations are also beautiful and may inspire your kids to draw or paint what they see...

Illustrated by Debra Valpey

For more info on this book, here is my review of Hi Diddle Diddle, Read a Bird Riddle. 

You can even make bird watching into an high school elective. 
Or give them a camera, and let them loose.  That could become a photography elective.

We always have tried to build in nature in our homeschool, and get out, hunting for herons.....especially when we needed a break from our studies.  

Great Blue Heron
My daughter's interest bird watching has blossomed through the years.  She still loves to take photos of birds, and, in fact, recently, she came home from college with a photo of two eagles.  

What are your favorite books about bird watching?  Please share in the comments.  And  when we enjoy a little winter nature study...I hear that helps spring to come just a little bit sooner!  

More posts on Birdwatching:

Bird watching activities in elementary

You can even make it a high school elective 
for your teen!

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Betsy is a veteran homeschooler who blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshigh school and college too.  She offers homeschool help and free messages at BJ's Consulting.  She is also the author of "Homeschooling High School with College in Mind" on Amazon, and has had articles picked up by the Huffington Post.

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