Best Bird Guides for Kids

Best Bird Guides for Kids

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Birding together is one of my family’s favorite things about winter.  Did you read Birding With Kids: 7 Reasons to Do It and How to Get Started?  In that post I provided a list of basic supplies, plus a few tips and some encouragement for getting started.

After you’ve filled and hung your feeder(s) in a good spot, you’ll need a good guide or two to help identify the feathered friends who come to visit.  Below is our list of favorites, plus a few I’d like to check out.

Bird Guides
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Best Bird Guides for Kids

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1. Pocket Nature Guide

These handy guides come in several variations–by region, state, bird type, etc.  We love our Virginia edition.  They are perfect for toting along on walks, and we also store ours with our collection of regular guides.  The boys love to consult these pocket guides because they’re simple to open, sturdy even for tiny hands and show many birds all in one glance.

 

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2. Birds, Nests & Eggs (Take Along Guides)
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We love this entire series of Take Along Guides!  Find out more here: Exploring Nature with Kids: Take Along Guides.

 

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3. Backyard Birds (Field Guides for Young Naturalists)
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If you know anything about good bird guides, you know that Peterson is a trusted and highly recommended source for all things bird-related.  This series of guides for young naturalists is fantastic!  We also have Songbirds (Peterson Field Guides: Young Naturalists)

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, which is equally great.  The boys go to these two books over and over when they’re searching for a good picture of a common backyard bird.

 

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4. The Young Birder’s Guide to Birds of North America (Peterson Field Guides)
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Older Brother received this bird guide for his 7th birthday last year, and is highly enjoying it.  In fact, I haven’t had much opportunity to see it in action as of yet because he’s keeping it in his room to read during rest time.  He loves it!  This guide has fantastic reviews on Amazon, and is highly recommended by various bird experts.  The author also edits a magazine called Bird Watcher’s Digest, which is a fantastic resource for serious bird watchers.

 

5. Crinkleroot’s 25 Birds Every Child Should Know
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Have you met Crinkleroot?  We adore all the Crinkleroot books

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 by prolific nature author Jim Arnosky
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.  This is a great one!

 

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Where to Keep Your Bird Guides

This might seem rather obvious, but it’s important to keep your guides easily accessible.  If they’re on a high shelf somewhere out of the way of daily life, your family will be less likely to put them to use.

Our bird guides (and other nature guides) live in a special rack near our back door, which is where we do most of our at-home birding.  Keeping them near the back door also helps when we’re headed out on some sort of nature adventure–it’s easy to grab a guide or two and be on our way.

The boys often run to the back door while playing outside, eager to show me some creature they’ve discovered.  “Let’s identify it!” they say.  Since our guides are located just inside the back door, it’s no problem to grab the appropriate guide and look up the current critter.

In fact, our nature guide collection has outgrown our handy book rack to the point where I’m searching for a small book shelf to use instead.  These Catalina book racks from Pottery Barn are pretty adorable, but they don’t offer tons of storage.

(This is my ongoing problem, by the way, not enough book storage space!) 🙂

 

More Bird Guides for Kids

These are a few more guides I’d love to check out.  Have you seen them?

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6. Bird Log Kids: A Kid’s Journal to Record Their Birding Experiences
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7. Take a Backyard Bird Walk (Take a Walk series)

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There you have them–our very favorite bird guides for kids.  If you give any of them a try, I’d love to hear what you think!

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More Birding Resources Coming Soon…

Stay tuned to find out about more of our favorite bird resources…coming soon!

And check out these other fun nature posts:

What’s your favorite bird guide for kids?  

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2 Comments

  1. Angela on 01/19/2014 at 6:08 pm

    We have not yet met Crinkleroot but we will now! We’re big fans of Jim Arnosky (and birding!) and look forward to checking these out as well. Thanks for all the great tips!! 🙂

    • Kathleen on 01/19/2014 at 7:31 pm

      Let us know how you like Crinkleroot… 🙂

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