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Bird Count

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  18 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
Expected publication: 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
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
Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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 writ
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
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 app
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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 n
Mary Lee
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ava and her mom are citizen scientists taking part in Audubon's Christmas Bird Count.

She and her mom and Big Al see and hear lots of different birds throughout the day, identifying them by their markings, their calls, and their size/shape/outlines.

This would be a good introduction to the other long-form NF citizen science books.
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lovely book with a surprising depth of information regarding birds and Bird watching. A wonderful and practical introduction to Bird watching
Jenny Mock
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love the overlapping notebook showing the continuous tally of birds. This is a great introduction to bird counting and citizen science, plus it includes useful resources.
Raymond Library
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure about this book when I first looked at it, but I was surprised to find I really enjoyed it. In addition to introducing readers to a lot of different birds, the book also deals with counting and addition. It could encourage kids to go out and create a bird tally of their own.
Mary Kirkwood blair
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love how this book is set up. It takes you on an adventure to find birds. The addition of the tallying of the birds on the side is a nice touch. Additionally, the bold bird names and pictures allow readers to locate the birds and match them up. Lots of learning. The glossary of birds in the back is wonderful too.
I can't wait to get my hands on a physical copy.
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this ARC from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was a neat fiction introduction to citizen science. It's a short story of a girl and her family who participate in an annual birding census. The illustrations do a great job showing the birds they find and the field guide at the end is a nice touch.
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May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have a household and classroom full of bird lovers. Bird Count will certainly delight them! Bird Count covers different types of birds discovered on Christmas Bird Count day. Nonfiction ideas in a fiction picture book and I loved it. My favorite part of the book was the journal notes on the side of each page. I am hopeful that this encourages a new batch of citizen scientists doing clever and helpful research through a bird count of their own. Love!
Sarah Aucoin
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May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful nature book for children. In it, they will learn about the Citizen Scientists' Christmas Bird Count. The reader watches as a young girl, her mom and Big Al go out on a cold winter's day to record all of the birds that they see; the reader learns about how the count takes place as, for example, a bird must be seen by at least two people for it to be counted. Along the way, there are facts about different birds and their calls; the birds can easily be found in the appealing ill ...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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