NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS: BIRD GUIDE TO NORTH AMERICA
National Geographic’s resident birding expert, Jonathan Alderfer talks with Big Blend Radio about birdwatching with kids, as well as his latest book, the second edition of National Geographic’s Kids Bird Guide of North America. Plus, hear Steve Schneickert as he recalls the Hollywood History of Cartoon Birds, and the song “Uncle Remus’ Tales” by the Tall Men Group.
Featuring 100 species of birds from coast to coast this colorful guide helps kids identify and understand birds. The National Geographic Kids Bird Guide of North America is both accessible and tons of fun with fifty of the country’s most popular birds laid out in stunning two-page spreads, that include information such as their range, the sounds they make, and the food they like to eat.
Each profile also includes a cool or weird fun fact, and a feature called “A Closer Look,” which digs deeper into once aspect of the bird’s life (eating habits, birdsongs, etc.). Each profile also displays a fact box with the bird’s scientific name, weight, length, and wingspan. Birds are organized by habitat, and habitat spreads that show where different birds live within each environment.
The guide explains all the basics that kids need to know about spotting birds. Features include activities, such as how to build a birdhouse and how to build a birdfeeder, sidebars highlighting fascinating info, lists, range maps, and much more. Conservation information, a find out more section, glossary, and index add ample background matter to round out this book.
JONATHAN ALDERFER, artist, author, and editor, has specialized in painting birds and natural history subjects for more than thirty years. For ten years he was National Geographic’s resident birding expert at their headquarters in Washington, D.C. He has authored, edited, or illustrated more than twenty books for the National Geographic Society, including the best-selling Field Guide to the Birds of North America (7th edition), Birding Essentials, Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America, and Complete Birds of North America. Most recently, he authored the second edition of National Geographic’s Kids Bird Guide of North America.