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4.27  ·  Rating details ·  216 ratings  ·  86 reviews
The National Audubon Society's annual Christmas Bird Count stars in this charming picture book, just right for young citizen scientists, bird watchers, and nature aficionados.

"A wonderful introduction to bird-watching and the concept of observing nature... Parents be warned: this book is so appealing that, come next December, you may find yourself out in the cold, counting
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Peachtree Publishing Company
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May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't have requested this fast enough and I was so glad when I was approved. We are so fortunate in our house to have many windows to watch the birds and animals go about their daily activities. My 2 year old daughter LOVES birds. I'm happy to say this book is wonderful for her and encourages adult/child together time as well!

Ava and her mother participate in the Christmas Bird Count each year. They head out early in the morning with a group and mark down all the birds they see. The illust
La Coccinelle
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting picture book about a subject I've never seen covered in a children's book before: bird counts. In Bird Count, the young protagonist, Ava, participates in the Christmas Bird Count with her mother and their friend, Big Al. Proper procedure is followed (which is interesting) and there's a growing tally that runs along the right-hand side of the pages as the trio sees or hears various birds in the world around them.

I can't really find much to complain about here. The birds are
Carla Johnson-Hicks
I had read a book about the Bird Count conducted each year at Christmas and the origin of that a while ago. In this story, Ava, her mother and their friend, Big Al, participate in the Christmas Bird Count in and around their town. Each team is given an area and the proper procedure is explained to get an accurate count. There must be at least two people to see a bird in order to count it. They often use bird songs and calls to locate the various species. The illustrations are wonderful and assis ...more
A couple of times a year, birders around the country and sometimes around the world, help conservationist and scientists by counting and recording the different types of birds they see during a specific time period. This book explores the great Christmas Bird Count.
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story of a young birdwatcher, an old pro at the New England Christmas bird count.
Laura (Book Scrounger)
A while back I reviewed Counting Birds: The Idea That Helped Save Our Feathered Friends, which tells the story of how the long-running citizen science project called the "Christmas bird count" developed, and why it's become so important for scientists and for the birds they are aiming to protect.

Bird Count is also about the bird count, but it approaches it from a more personal angle. It tells the fictionalized story of a girl named Ava and her mom as they participate in the bird count, spending
Genevieve Trono
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bird Count is an amazingly informative and engaging children's picture book with the most gorgeous illustrations. Our family also lives in New England and we are big into back yard "birding". Bird Count is the story of the annual "bird count" where neighbors get together as citizen scientists to gather information about the bird species in their town.

Our two children loved reading this book with me and especially enjoyed it because all the books that Ava identified on her bird count, we are abl
This fascinating picture book will have young readers eager to keep their eyes and ears open for birds on their next nature walk. Ava, the little girl in this story, and her mom participate in the Christmas Bird Count. The story takes readers along with them and Al, their group leader, as they systematically make the rounds of their community while Ava keeps the official tally of the birds they see. This book will definitely inspire other young "citizen scientists" to learn more about how to ide ...more
A great story for older elementary school readers about the Christmas Bird Count. Young Ava participates with her mother and their group leader, Big Al (based on a real birder the author knows). The reader learns all the things Ava knows and learns about birds along the way, as well as the rules and process for the Bird Count. The back of the book includes a glossary of the birds they see with brief descriptions and facts about each species. My only quibble with the book is that my edition has a ...more
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved the art, I loved the narrative. I don't know how this would go over with small children (too much text? but the art is fun and colorful), but it would be great for any child interested in birds and ready to start birding.

Honestly, this would be a great book to share with an adult friend or family member who doesn't *get* what a bird count is, or someone looking to participate in a count for the first time.

My favorite illustration is the spread that shows five Canada Geese flying over t
Abby Johnson
This beautiful, wintry picture book shows a young citizen scientist participating in the Christmas Bird Count with her mom and their team leader. Birds are drawn accurately and there's a big emphasis on the tools that citizen scientists actually use when doing bird counts - identifying birds by how they sound, how they look, and how they move. This is a super book for young birders. I love that the illustrations show their field notebook on the right side of the page as their tally of identified ...more
Lauren Paletta
Sep 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Any bird lover would love this book. It is full of bird species, what they look like and what they sound like. So much information packed into such a small book. I learned many things about birds, I had no idea about some of the subtle differences in some birds, such as a crow and a raven. Fun educational read, just wished I liked birds more.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Ava joins a team to participate in the Christmas Bird Count, carefully recording birds seen by citizen scientists all over. How many birds will Ava see?

It's a fun introduction to birding and citizen science for our youngest readers.
Margaret Boling
5/29/2020 ~ Fictional story with lots of science (citizen scientists, observation, tools, data) and math (counting, tally marks). The information was incorporated naturally and (mostly) didn't detract from the story. I enjoyed the arc with the raven. ...more
Isaac Bouyack
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Alicia and I had a good time reading this despite her numerous mistakes pronouncing words.
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
My first read of the year and I read it with Isaac :) it’s a perfect book to get kids interested in birding!
Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: youth
Katie Fitzgerald
This is a great book for young naturalists. I love the subject matter, the way the text is written, the way the book is formatted, and the illustrations. I usually do The Great Backyard Bird Count with my kids in February, and though I'm not sure we'll be able to this year (I'll be 8 months pregnant with twins by then!) we will definitely be reading this book to help familiarize them with the birds we might see, even if we can't go out and count. This would be a great book to pair with A Year of ...more
Alicia Bayer
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this with my 7 year old bird lover, Fiona, who keeps logs of the birds she sees each month in her copy of Wild Kids Magazine (a free printable nature magazine I put online). She also takes part in bird counts with her dad, so I knew this would be a hit.

The subject is a little girl who takes part in the Great Christmas Bird Count by going out birding with her mom and a local man who is another bird lover. They record all the birds they see and hear as they drive to various areas. She writ
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Bird Count by Susan Edwards Richmond, illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman, PICTURE BOOK Peachtree, 2019. $18. 9781561459544



Ava gets to be part of the Christmas Bird Count! She's done this before and knows the rules - Count every bird you see or hear, don't count a bird twice and 2 or more people must see or hear the bird in order to count it. So, starting very early in the morning, Ava and her mom and Big Al check their assigned are
Denise Riehle
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bird Count written by Susan Edwards Richmond and illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman is a wonderful book about how to be a citizen scientist and the importance about participating to help nature. This book is suggested for an age range of 4 to 8 years and a grade level of 1 to 2, however, I promise that even adults will love this book.

Ava and her mother are getting ready to join in the Christmas Bird Count as citizen scientists. The Christmas Bird Count is a real event with Audubon and after
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 4.0 of 5

A young girl, Ava, joins her family on the annual Christmas Bird Count in and around her New England community. The leader of the group, Big Al, asks her to keep a record of what her team sees (and hears). It is a big honor for Ava and she takes on the role with excitement and energy. Ava knows to use her most important tools - her eyes and ears - when identifying birds. She also looks forward to the end of the day, when
Some youngsters will be inspired by this story of a young girl's involvement in the Christmas Bird Count to become citizen scientists themselves. Featuring digital illustrations set against plentiful white space, the picture book follows Ava as she and her mother join Big Al and others in their community to count the birds in the area. Ava, her mother, and Big Al form one team and set off in search of birds. With Ava doing the tallying, they record the ones they spot. The rules are that the bird ...more
June Jacobs
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book detailing the National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count {CBC} held during the Christmas holiday season each year. The text tells the who, what, where, when, why, and how of this valuable event held in the Western Hemisphere. I love birds, and I learned a lot about the birds and this event by reading this book.

The author has included excellent back matter information, also. The Author's Note relates her experience as a participant in this event for the past fifteen
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, children-s
Bird count is a beautifully crafted picture book about the Christmas Bird Count, an annual census of birds run by the National Audobon Society. Told through the point of view of a young girl, we see how she and her count circle tally and identify all of the birds they see in their neighborhood.

Bird count is skillfully crafted with gentle, friendly illustrations as well as the thoughtful detail of using her tally notebook on each page. This little detail will help the reader tag along on her ad
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ava gets to be part of the Christmas Bird Count! She's done this before and knows the rules - Count every bird you see or hear, don't count a bird twice and 2 or more people must see or hear the bird in order to count it. So, starting very early in the morning, Ava and her mom and Big Al check their assigned areas and tally the birds.

So well designed, each bird Ava sees is beautifully illustrated and the right number are on the page, so the child can count right along with her. Ava keeps a tall
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A young girl eagerly identifies and counts the birds she observes around her town during the New England Christmas Bird Count.
Young Ava and her mother prepare to participate as "citizen scientists" in the Christmas Bird Count. She is excited when Big Al, the leader of their team, asks her to record the tally this year. Using her most important tools--her eyes and ears--and the birding ID techniques she's learned, Ava eagerly identifies and counts the birds they observe on their assigned route ar
Ms. Meghan
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ava wakes her mom up early on December morning. It's Bird Count Day! Throughout the day, they'll travel with Big Al in their assigned area and count every bird they see. Every one. But not the same one twice. Through the fields, marshes, and neighborhoods, they'll tally up the birds and be citizen scientists! They'll see Canada geese, turkey vultures, chickadees, and more. Can Ava find the raven she saw two years ago?

I've been doing the Christmas Bird Count (CBC) for the Peoria Audubon Society f
Ms. Arca
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book has the perfect bundle of birds students / people can see in their daily lives and nature spots in their neighborhood. I always love a good integrated picture book that can be multiple subjects and is classroom-ready. This one does that! It has a glossary, notes on the different birds, bolded bird names as a text feature, as well as a running tally in the MC's 'notebook' along the way. There is so much potential for how to use this sweet little text to get kids excited about birds/scie ...more
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
On September 19, 2019 headlines filled social media feeds with shocking information. Since 1970 the bird population in Canada and the United States diminished by nearly three billion. Yes! Three billion! (You can read about it at Science News, NPR Science, NBC News and The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.) The study did not indicate specifically what the cause might be, but other researchers believe degradation by humans and loss of habitat is a top contender especially for grassland birds whose numb ...more
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Susan Edwards Richmond explored the history of the Harvard Shaker Community while poet-in-residence at the Fruitlands Museum. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She has taught writing at the Shirley Medium Correctional Facility, located on the site of another former Shaker community, and is currently on the faculty at Clark University. Her interest in the intersection of ...more

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