National Bird Day
Nature lovers, bird lovers and bird watchers across the country annually celebrate National Bird Day on January 5. Bird Day aims to raise awareness of the plights faced by common and rare birds, from disease and environmental factors to illegal trade and welfare in captivity. Here at the library, we've got lots of bird books to share with you! From stories and information to care of captive birds and how to feed wild ones, we have an extensive collection of materials that can help you celebrate today.
Here are some of our favorite books for older readers that not only educate, but also entertain:
Starting with Parrots over Puerto Rico, you'll discover the fascinating story of the people who live on the island of Puerto Rico and their efforts to save the Puerto Rican Parrot from extinction. This award-winning book features intricate paper and fabric artwork. Next, you can learn about an extremely rare parrot which lives off the southern coast of New Zealand in Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot. Through conservation efforts, the population of these birds is slowly creeping up, but is nowhere near the millions of birds that used to live on Codfish Island. Finishing with yet another parrot, is the story of Alex (named for the Avian Learning EXperiment). Alex the Parrot: No Ordinary Bird is the true story of an African grey parrot who was the subject of a devoted graduate student's scientific experiment on animal intelligence and who astonished everyone with its ability to add, understand concepts and speak hundreds of words.
For the younger readers out there, we've got some great stories as well:
I Spy in the Sky introduces children to a wide variety of colorful birds in an interactive and engaging way. Children also learn colors and animal facts along the way. Another great interactive bird book is Birds of a Feather. This oversized book about birds features a variety of interactive guessing games and special features, including more than 40 lift-the-flaps and more than 15 pop-ups, plus intriguing facts about each bird, providing readers with hours of educational entertainment. Last, in Mama Built a Little Nest, illustrations and simple, rhyming text introduce different kinds of birds' nests, from the scrapes falcons build on high, craggy ledges to the underground nests burrowing owls dig, and includes brief facts about each kind of bird.
Happy Bird Day, everyone!