Birds of a Feather


Explore all of the amazing birds that our youth non-fiction collection has to offer.


Fly with Me

Jane Yolen, Heidi Stemple

Enchanting stories, lyrical poems, stunning photography, and fascinating science fill the pages of this treasury celebrating the amazing world of birds. This thoughtful and beautifully curated collection of our flying, feathery friends highlights the role birds play in human life from centuries ago to present day. While it's beautiful, it's also full of valuable real science about these wondrous creatures. From history and behavior to spotting and photographing, there's sure to be something for every bird fan in your flock. Young birders will learn all about migration and the importance of habitat conservation. They'll find stories about bird rescues and fun facts about the fastest, strongest, and tiniest fliers. They'll also discover the best bird nests, sweet songs to sing, ways to listen for and identify the birds around them, and more.

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Birds of a Feather

Susan L. Roth

Author-illustrator Susan L. Roth compares her collage artwork to the bower building behavior of the male bowerbird.

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Magnificent Birds

Narisa Togo

From the bird-of-paradise that performs its extravagantly colourful courtship dance, to the godwit that flies thousands of miles across the ocean without stopping, explore the world of magnificent birds.

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United Tweets of America

Hudson Talbott

Part geography lesson, part introduction ornithology, United Tweets is all fun . . . a feathered pageant matching the 50 state birds--USA Today *INCLUDES* Fun facts, a full map of the United States, all the state capitals, and hilarious illustrations of each state bird! Welcome to the United Tweets Pageant! This colorful parade of state birds competing to be Top Tweet will have readers of all ages laughing aloud. From Alabama's Yellowhammer to Wyoming's Western Meadowlark, each bird is a winner, and each bird loves to show off the state it calls home. Hudson Talbott has created an inspired introduction to states and their birds. His vibrant, detailed illustrations infuse the birds' interactions with energy and humor, making this a great way to spark kids' interest in United States history, geography, and, of course, wildlife!

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Amazing Animals: Penguins

Valerie Bodden

This popular series continues traveling the planet to study alligators, bats, and other fascinating animals. Beautiful photos are paired with accessible text to examine the featured creature's appearance, habitat, behaviors, and life cycle.

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Hatch!

Roxie Munro

Read about several types of birds and their different eggs and nests.

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Ancient Animals: Terror Bird

Sarah L. Thomson

A fascinating prehistoric creature, the flightless terror bird in ancient South America was a formidable hunter. Thomson s succinct and age-appropriate text explains how terror birds lived, hunted, and how they might have died out. The scientifically accurate illustrations will appeal to young naturalists and budding paleontologists.

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Crinkleroot’s Guide to Knowing the Birds

Jim Arnosky

An introduction to birds one might see in the woods.

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Birds and Their Feathers

Britta Teckentrup

The creator of The Egg returns to her avian explorations with this wondrous, charming, and informative examination of feathers. Hailed as "a magnificent volume that offers hours of lingering pleasure... fertile ground for conversation and imagination," (Midwest Book Review) Britta Teckentrup's The Egg introduced children to one of nature's most perfect creations. Now, employing the same earth-tone coloring and delicate illustrations that have made her an enormously popular children's author, Teckentrup turns her gaze to the endlessly fascinating feather. What are they made of? Why do birds have so many of them? How do they help birds fly? And what other purpose do they serve? By providing accessible answers to these and other questions, this delightful book introduces young readers to the wonders of "plumology," while also drawing them in with enchanting illustrations. An exquisitely rendered fusion of art and science, this marvelous book satisfies young readers' natural curiosity about the world around them.

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About Raptors

Cathryn Sill

This beginner’s guide offers a first glimpse into the natural world of raptors. In this addition to the acclaimed About... series, educator and author Cathryn Sill uses simple, easy-to-understand language to teach children what the birds called raptors are, how they look, how they move, what they eat, and where they live. With beautifully detailed, realistic paintings, noted wildlife illustrator John Sill introduces readers to many varieties of raptors, from the majestic Bald Eagle of North America to the sharp-eyed Secretary Bird of Africa. An afterword provides details on the raptors featured and inspires young readers to learn more about these birds of prey.

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Even an Ostrich Needs a Nest

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.

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How Do Birds Fly?

Melissa Stewart

Birds have been soaring through the air for millions of years. How Do Birds Fly? shows how these feathered marvels are able to flap their wings and take to the skies.

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