Monday, March 28, 2011

BOOK OF THE DAY: Bring on the Birds by Susan Stockdale

Bring On the Birds

Bring on the Birds by Susan Stockdale.

There are many preschool books about birds, but here is a newly release book that I absolutely LOVE! I cannot stop flipping through this book! The pictures are so vibrant, engaging, and realistic that I imagine kids will want to read again and again. The text is simple, catchy, and informative: "Skimming birds, swimming birds, birds with tails held high. Racing birds, riding birds, birds that never fly." Each page features a different bird and the end of the book includes a child-friendly index with facts about each bird.

Related Activities:
  • Read my interview with Susan Stockdale and learn about how the author began her career as an author.
  • Visit Susan's website and use the interdisciplinary teacher guide for Bring on the Birds.
  • Visit the First School website to find coloring pages, crafts, and bird patterns.
  • Visit Enchanted Learning to find more bird facts and background information.
  • Learn about birds that are native to your area. If you learn about birds that live in other parts of the world or other parts of the United States, find those places on a map.
  •  Cut and laminate different bird pictures. Cut out and laminate several nest patterns. Allow children to sort the pictures in different groups. For example: put all the birds that fly in one nest and all the birds that don't fly in another nest.
  • Find reasonably priced binoculars (like these from Discount School Supply) and go bird watching with a small group of children.
  • Make a bagel bird feeder (warning: this recipe calls for the use of peanut butter; since many child care centers are peanut free zones, you can try this one from Family Fun).
  • Visit National Geographic and National Geographic for Kids sites and find loads of information, videos, and pictures of birds.
  • Make a collage using bird seed purchased from a local store.
  • Make a memory game: print, cut out, and laminate 2 identical pictures of several types of birds. Allow children to turn the cards face down and try to find matches!
  • Make a feather collage or paint with feathers. (visit our friends at Discount School Supply for all kids of feathers!)
Other Bird Books:

Bird (DK Eyewitness Books)The Bird Alphabet Book (Jerry Pallotta's Alphabet Books)Feathers for Lunch

Other Books by Susan Stockdale:

Fabulous FishesCarry Me! Animal Babies on the MoveNature's Paintbrush: The Patterns and Colors Around YouSome Sleep Standing Up


  1. Hi T. Wright,

    I love your blog; the look, the set up, the information. It's full of wonderful resources for children. I had a great time reading all your interesting shares. I also like your butterfly book widget. I just read my 4 year old daughter Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly, which she loved. She's really into all things butterfly.
    Well, thanks for creating such a wonderful site.
    Kind regards,
    Jennifer Young

  2. Hi Jennifer,
    I love butterflies for MANY reasons! If you live close to or if you ever visit the Washington DC area, visit the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum...there's a beautiful butterfly habitat. Happy Reading!!



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