Today we are thrilled to feature a picture book for young birdwatchers, Who Is Singing? by Janet Halfmann and illustrated by Chrissy Chabot.
Have you ever heard a bird saying Meow or Caw? Did you know what kind of bird it was from the sound it made?
Who is Singing? presents the sounds made by twelve common birds, from cardinals to robins in a fun Q and A format.
For each bird, the first page asks who is making the particular sound?
The answer is on the next page.
The format “Take a bow (name)” and the words for the song repeats for each bird species. Repetition like this helps young readers figure out letters and words — eventually leading them to read fluently — while at the same time they are learning the names and songs of local birds.
In the back, Janet Halfmann has a list of “Birdsong Fun Facts and Notes” for readers who want to learn more. For example, she mentions birds often sing more than one type of song. She also has an activity suggestion to come up with your own words for bird songs you hear.
Who Is Singing? is a perfect introduction to birding that begs to be read aloud. Pick up a copy and before long your budding ornithologist will be talking to the birds.
Related Activity Suggestions
Find out more about the inspiration for the book at Janet Halfmann’s website.
Activity: Take a bird-listening hike.
Go for a walk around your neighborhood or local park, and keep an ear open for birds. Just listen or you can try to identify the different kinds. Besides gaining an appreciation for your local wildlife, a recent study has shown that listening to bird songs can be good for your health (US News and World Report).
Can’t get outside? Try listening to this video of bird songs of common birds from around the world. You can use it for Janet Halfmann’s suggestion to make up your own words for how bird songs sound.
(I love that they give the common names in many languages. )
For many other bird-related activities, check out the bird activity category at Growing with Science. And, be sure to check out our growing list of books for young birdwatchers at Science Books for Kids.
Publisher : Pen It! Publications, LLC (July 21, 2021)
ISBN-10 : 1954868375
ISBN-13 : 978-1954868373
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