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BIRD COUNT by Susan Edwards Richmond

Illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman

Peachtree Publishing Company, Inc.

ISBN: 978-1-56145-954-4

While we are all looking for activities during our self imposed quarantine, birdwatching might be the perfect answer. I know…Christmas Bird Count is over, for now–but there are plenty of birds outside and it’s still a fun way to get some fresh air!

Join Ava’s team as she becomes a citizen scientist for a day on her town’s Christmas Bird Count. Ava is excited when Big Al, the team’s leader, asks her to record the tally this year. Using her most important tools—her eyes and ears—she identifies and counts the birds they observe on a route through diverse habitats.

This informative story by author Susan Edwards Richmond, coupled with Stephanie Fizer Coleman’s charming depictions of birds in their winter habitats, is the perfect book to introduce young readers to birdwatching. The text offers simple explanations of the identification methods used by birdwatchers and clear descriptions of bird habitats, and a section in the back provides more information about the birds featured in the book and the Christmas Bird Count.

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