Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Bird Books: A Bibliography

A few weeks ago, spring was in the air and the birds (and I) were in high spirits. I asked for bird book recommendations in celebration of the season. Then, spring suffered a bit of a setback. Now it's back and in fine form, so it's time to share the wonderful bird book list. (Water fowl and penguins were excluded from this list. At some point, they'll have a list of their own) Books are presented in no particular order, and some may be out of print.

Picture Books
  • The Best Nest, by PD Eastman
  • An Egg is Quiet, by Dianna Hutts Aston (illustrated by Sylvia Long)

  • Wild Birds, by Joanne Ryder

  • Sophie's Window, by Holly Keller.

  • Grumpy Bird, by Jeremy Tankard (out April 1)

  • Feathers for Lunch, by Loise Ehlert

  • The Pinkish, Purplish, Bluish Egg, by Bill Peet

  • Inch by Inch, by Leo Lionni

  • Flute's Journey: The Life of a Wood Thrush, by Lynne Cherry

  • She's Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head! by Kathryn Lasky

  • The Subway Sparrow, by Leyla Torres.

  • Sparrow Jack, by Mordecai Gerstein

  • Grandmother's Pigeon, by Louise Erdrich (illustrated by Jim LaMarche)

  • The True Story of Stellina, by Matteo Pericoli

  • Birdsong, by Audrey Wood (illustrated by Robert Florczak)

  • Birdsongs, by Betsy Franco and Steve Jenkins (also a counting book)

  • Dancers in the Garden, by Joanne Ryder

  • The Birdwatchers, by Simon James

  • Mole and the Baby Bird, by Marjorie Newman

  • The Baby Beebee Bird, by Diane Massie


  • Feathers:Poems About Birds, by Eileen Spinelli (illustrated by Lisa McCue)

  • on the wing, by Douglas Florian

  • The Company of Crows, by Marilyn Singer

  • Wings on the Wind, compiled and illustrated by Kate Kiesler

  • Hummingbird Nest: A Journal of Poems, by Kristine O'Connell George

  • If the Owl Calls Again, by Myra Cohn Livingston

  • Bird Watch, by Jane Yolen

  • Wild Wings, by Jane Yolen

  • Fine Feathered Friends, by Jane Yolen

  • Today at the Bluebird Cafe: a Branchful of Birds, by Deborah Ruddell and Joan Ranki

Non Fiction

  • Tony's Birds, by Millicent Selsam

  • Audubon's Birds, by Roberta Sewal

  • Birds Do the Strangest Things, by Leonora and Arthur Hornblow

  • Sing, Nightingale, Sing! A Book and CD for Discovering the Birds of the World, by Francoise de Guibert

  • The Bird Feeder Book: An Easy Guide to Attracting, Identifying, and Understanding Your Feeder Birds, by Donald and Lillian Stokes

  • The Burgess Bird Book for Children, by Thornton W. Burgess

  • The Bald Eagle's View of American History, by C.H. Colman (illustrations by Joanne Friar)

  • The Boy Who Drew Birds, by Jacqueline Davies (illustrations by Melissa Sweet)

  • Backyard Birds, by Jonathan P. Latimer and Karen Stray Nolting (illustrations by Roger Tory Peterson)

  • The Lives of Birds, by Lester L. Short

Middle Grade Fiction

  • Wing Nut, by M. J. Auch