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How to Find a Bird by [Jennifer Ward, Diana Sudyka]

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A veteran birder invites young readers to look for the birds around them....Ward makes clear why birds are where they are. Some are feeding or nesting on the ground; some are snacking or splashing in the water; some are high in the sky; others perch on wires or feed in your own backyard. Sudyka’s opaque watercolors are as engaging as the text....An afterword for older readers or caregivers provides good suggestions and further resources. Bird-finding made easy and attractive. (Kirkus Reviews May 1, 2020)

Beautiful and fascinating birds exist all around, according to Ward’s new guide on amateur ornithology....Ward, an avian enthusiast, advises readers to look on the ground, try to detect camouflaged birds, and remain still and quiet to hear bird sounds. Sudyka’s illustrations are stunning and detailed. Each bird is labeled, and the sounds the birds make swoop across the page in varied fonts. The text itself is simple and engaging, and Ward’s passion for birds and love of nature are apparent. VERDICT This brief and visually captivating title will inspire readers to get outside and watch birds.–Kaitlin ­Malixi, Kensington Health Sciences ­Academy, Philadelphia (School Library Journal 6/1/20)

About the Author

Jennifer Ward has written numerous award-winning picture books, including Just You and Me, illustrated by Alexander Vidal; How to Find a Bird, illustrated by Diana Sudyka; Round, illustrated by Lisa Congdon; and Mama Built a Little Nest and Mama Dug a Little Den, both illustrated by Steve Jenkins. A former elementary educator, Jennifer Ward is an experienced public speaker who travels the country, speaking in schools and at international and national writer and literacy conferences. She lives with her family in Edwardsville, Illinois. Visit her at

Diana Sudyka is a Chicago-based illustrator. Early on, she created screen-printed gig posters for musicians but currently her illustration work focuses on young adult, middle grade, and children’s books. She has illustrated several volumes of the award-winning book series The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart and 
Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley, as well as the picture books Sometimes Rain by Meg Fleming, What Miss Mitchell Saw by Hayley Barrett, and How to Find a Bird by Jennifer Ward. Visit her at

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B075RR27WW
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Beach Lane Books; Illustrated edition (August 4, 2020)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ August 4, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 19833 KB
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 48 pages
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Jennifer Ward is the author of award-winning books for children, including HOW TO FIND A BIRD, illustrated by Diana Sudyka, ROUND, illustrated by Lisa Congdon, MAMA DUG A LITTLE DEN and MAMA BUILT A LITTLE NEST, illustrated by Caldecott medalist Steve Jenkins (Simon & Schuster / Beach Lane Books), WHAT WILL GROW? and WHAT WILL HATCH?, each illustrated by Susie Ghahremani (Bloomsbury Books for Children) and the ever-popular series THERE WAS A COYOTE WHO SWALLOWED A FLEA, THERE WAS AN OLD PIRATE WHO SWALLOWED A FISH, THERE WAS AN OLD MONKEY WHO SWALLOWED A FROG, THERE WAS AN OLD MUMMY WHO SWALLOWED A SPIDER, THERE WAS AN ODD PRINCESS WHO SWALLOWED A PEA, and, THERE WAS AN OLD MARTIAN WHO SWALLOWED THE MOON.

Her parenting books include, I LOVE BIRDS! 52 Ways to Wonder, Wander and Explore Birds with Kids, illustrated by Alexander Vidal, I LOVE DIRT! 52 Activities to Help You and Your Kids Discover the Wonders of Nature, LET'S GO OUTSIDE! Outdoor Activities and Projects to Get You and Your Kids Closer to Nature, and, IT'S A JUNGLE OUT THERE! 52 Nature Adventures for City Kids, (Roost Books).

Her work has been the recipient of many awards, including the IRA/CBC Children's Choice Award, the Giverny Award for Best Nonfiction Picture Book, a Learning Magazine Teachers Choice Award, among others.

Jennifer writes full-time from her home in Illinois.

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5.0 out of 5 stars So much fun & learning for our young students
Reviewed in the United States on October 19, 2020
Gorgeously illustrated introductory guide to noticing the world of birds around you with suggestions that are so easy for our youngest students to run out and begin on their own (or with us ;). Don't just look up. Look down at the ground. Look straight ahead. Move slowly. Sit quietly. EASY. The colorful illustrations of birds include labels with the names of those birds--killdeer, burrowing owl, red-tailed hawk, etc.--making this an even more exciting endeavor for young ones to pursue. It's not enough to say, "There's a bird!" Let's try to name it! And the author offers resources for naming birds in the notes as well.

During an INTERACTIVE READ ALOUD--just read for the pure joy of experiencing what the author/illustrator are conveying and then read again, encouraging small groups to discuss what they are noticing (and loving ;) and how the illustrations and text are related. I'm sure students will have enthusiastic responses when you close with a question like, "How did this author & illustrator transform how you see the world?????"

BTW I bought my copy of this book from Hicklebee's, an independently owned children's bookstore in San Jose, CA.
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