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Children's Nonfiction Birds

Nature All Around: Birds

by (author) Pamela Hickman

illustrated by Carolyn Gavin

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2020
Birds, General, Zoology
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2020
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 7 to 10
  • Grade: 2 to 5
  • Reading age: 7 to 10


The perfect resource for budding bird-watchers, this beautiful, comprehensive introduction encourages children to appreciate the wonderful world of birds all around them.

Because birds can be spotted in every neighborhood, and in all seasons, they are an excellent choice for piquing children's interest in wildlife. Here's a comprehensive, child-friendly guide to birds that makes the perfect starting point. Colorful pages explore the characteristics of different bird species, along with many of their fascinating and unique features, from their feathers to their eggs and nests. A journey through a year in the lives of birds gives readers clues to what to look for, season by season. And a beginning bird-watcher section helps youngsters get started in the field, including a list of what tools they need to use, and guiding questions to help with bird identification (for example, by their song, size and unusual color patterns).

This book is part of the Nature All Around series, which encourages children to hone their observation skills in order to appreciate the variety of wildlife that can be found right outside their front doors. Bestselling, award-winning author Pamela Hickman brings birds up close, with loads of fun facts about bird life cycles, homes, habitats and most common behaviors. The vivid illustrations by Carolyn Gavin offer clear depictions of the subjects and is a pleasure to peruse. This book has many curriculum applications in grades two to five, when children are learning about the characteristics of living things, and covers both life science and earth science topics. End matter includes information on how readers can help endangered birds, a bird feeder activity, a glossary and an index.

About the authors

PAMELA HICKMAN is the author of over forty non-fiction books for children, including winners of the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, the Best Book Award from the Society of School Librarians International and the Canadian Authors Association Lilla Sterling Memorial Award. She co-authored the first book in this series, Righting Canada's Wrongs: Japanese Canadian Internment in the Second World War. She lives in Canning, Nova Scotia.

Pamela Hickman's profile page


CAROLYN GAVIN est peintre, illustratrice et graphiste. Ses illustrations vivantes et colorées reflètent son amour de la nature et des voyages. On les retrouve dans des livres et des magazines et même imprimées sur des tissus. Originaire d’Afrique du Sud, elle habite maintenant à Toronto, en Ontario.


CAROLYN GAVIN is a painter, illustrator and graphic designer whose work has appeared in print, as well as on fabric and housewares. Her vibrant, colourful illustrations are inspired by nature, travel, and exotic colour and pattern. Originally from South Africa, she now makes her home in Toronto.


Carolyn Gavin's profile page


  • Winner, Dogwood Titles, Grades 3-5, Dogwood Committee of Missouri

Editorial Reviews

Excellent for fledgling naturalists.

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

... filled with information ranging from explanations of bird anatomy and homes to seasonal variations in development and migration.—The Horn Book

Those many people who have yet to discover the wonder of birds and birdwatching will be inspired to grab a set of binoculars and head outdoors to see what wonders await them.

CM Magazine

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