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Bird Count

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  69 ratings  ·  47 reviews
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
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
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 ...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.
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
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.
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.
Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: youth
Katie Fitzgerald
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
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: children-s, netgalley
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
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 ...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 ...more
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bird Count is the story of a young girl named Ava, who participates in the annual Christmas bird count. She is proud to be a citizen scientist as she rides in the truck with her mom and Big Al, her team’s leader. Throughout the day they see many species of bird, including a great horned owl, red-tailed hawks, cardinals and starlings. The reader sees Ava’s notebook to the right of each illustration, and can see as she counts the birds. Ava ends the day with hot chocolate by an open fire. Bird ...more
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was very impressed with both the illustrations and the dialog in the book. The story was simple and sweet and based on the author’s experiences being a part of the annual Christmas Bird Count in the Western Hemisphere. It’s clear that the characters enjoy participating in the bird counting. They identify many birds by their appearance and their specific calls. Going with them on the journey, you will feel right at home.

The idea of becoming a citizen scientist, no experience necessary, will
Rinda Beach
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Have you heard of a Christmas Bird Count? I hadn’t, but the Audubon Society does one every year, and author Susan Richmond has been counting birds for 14 of them. She is the perfect person to tell the story of Ava, bird lover and girl citizen scientist.

The Christmas Bird Count has 3 rules: 1. Count every bird you hear or see. 2. At least 2 people must see or hear each bird. 3. The hardest – you can only count a bird once. If you think you’ve seen or heard it before, you can’t count it again.

Nicole Marie Reads
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Peachtree Publishing and Net Galley for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

Bird Count is a wonderfully detailed and beautifully illustrated children's book about a young girl who goes bird watching with her mother. This story weaves together nature and childlike wonder in a great way. Not only was it a lovely story to read but the information provided was great for children and adults. This is a great book for people of all ages to remind us to embrace the beauty in
Erin Buhr
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Have you ever heard of the Christmas Bird Count? This was new to me and I found it fascinating. I love that this story is told from the perspective of a young girl who joins her mom as a citizen scientist for the annual bird count. There is so much rich content here - being a scientist, how to count with tally marks, all about different kinds of birds - but it is all told in an engaging narrative and illustrated with calm, snowy pictures. A wonderful nonfiction book to inspire your little ...more
Sarah Yung
Sep 23, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is informative and written in a smooth enough personable style, but it seems a bit long and text-heavy for a read-aloud, at least for younger readers (especially considering the lower division of the suggested age range). I think this would probably be best for elementary school kids starting around… 1st or 2nd grade? But younger kiddos really into birds / nature might enjoy, especially the counting element. I found the illustrations quite lovely. Ava and her mom look like they could ...more
Breanne Gibson
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you Peachtree and NetGalley for this free review book. It does a good job of explaining the bird count for young readers, all while describing the different bird types. This would be a great book to accompany school units about birds (2nd grade at our school). It's a fun way to see how learning about birds can be used for the bird count. I love the way the illustrator included the tally notebook running along the page spreads.
Tina Shepardson
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bird Count is an amazing way to introduce children to birdwatching, acting as scientists, teamwork, winter weather and so much more. Susan uses rich descriptive language to walk us through Ava's first birdwatch emotionally and physically. The audience is introduced to the steps, the rules and the most important part-the birds found and counted. Illustrations beautifully depict the action. This is a wonderful read for everyone who wishes to engage in science, education, teamwork and tradition!
June Smalls
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Follow a fictional child on a real life citizen science project.

Ava wakes up before dawn and travels all day with her mom and Bird Count team leader collecting data, about the what birds are in their area, which we see grow on each spread.
The illustrations are stunning and whimsical, while still being accurate in showing us each bird.
A fantastic way for kids to see that they can be a part of something bigger.
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting story about an actual event: Christmas Bird Count. Love the illustrations, how close they are to the real life birds, love the citizen scientist idea. Though I’m far from a “border” I enjoy watching for the different birds along the bike path. Back matter includes more info about the featured species.
Kat Harrison
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gosh, I really liked this book. As the weather grows colder, this text felt like a tried-and-true hug. The illustrations are lulling and whimsical in the best way, and Richmond does a stellar job at lightly teaching all-things aviary through the plot. I'm adding the Christmas Bird Count to my bucket list.
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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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