Idea No. 3


There are many excellent bird books on the shelves. Here are just a few recommendations. Firstly on some basic bird books for spotting birds in your garden or backyard.

The RSPB’s My First Book of Garden Birds is a basic and beautiful picture book that will appeal to young children and help them identify common birds in their everyday surroundings.

The Complete Garden Bird Book combines full identification and behavioural features of over 70 common garden bird species in the UK with detailed information on attracting birds to your garden. It has clear illustrations and its text is easy to read and include practical bird identification information.

In the US, the National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America is highly recommended. It features 150 of the most common birds likely to be observed at backyard feeders, nesting nearby or just migrating through.


I also mentioned various fun bird books, memory games and flashcards for children to help them identify the birds they are beginning to spot. Here is a sample:

As I explain in my book, having got to know the park or garden birds, the young birdwatcher may be keen to identify birds seen elsewhere. This is where a more comprehensive field guide comes in useful. Field guides are by definition restricted to certain areas or countries, and it’s impossible to provide recommendations of field guides for everywhere. This is what I recommend for north-west Europe.

In the States, here are some highly recommended field guides:

For my Australian birdwatching friends:

Later I’ll be adding some ideas for children’s fiction books that incorporate birds. In the meantime, do you have any suggestions for bird books that you have found very helpful for children? Either basic bird books or field guides? Drop me a line using the Contact form or the comments box below and I’ll add your recommendation to the list.