What would the world be without birds? Birds are a favorite subject for young children as they spy birds in their yards and at near-by parks. Nurturing a love of birds is easy when you have one or two of Peterson Field Guides for Young Naturalists on hand.
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Peterson Field Guides for Young Naturalists
Peterson Field Guides for Young Naturalists are compact field guides that are beautifully illustrated and feature many of the birds you can find right outside your own window. They are enjoyable to page through and you will find yourself sharing these books over and over with your family.
Use them as part of a simple nature study course or alongside your biology or flying creatures study. These are the sorts of books that will help build a library of reference materials for the years to come.
Learning More About Your Backyard Birds
I highly recommend the Backyard Birds edition of this series for all families.
It includes many of the birds you are most likely to see in North America.
The over-sized pages feature birds grouped by color: red, blue, yellow, green, brown, black, black and white, and gray.
Do you know where to look for American Robins?
How about what a House Finch eats?
Do you know what a House Wren sounds like?
Each bird is described in detail with interesting kid-friendly format.
Looking at Shorebirds
Another book in this series features Shorebirds.
This book is organized by where you will find each bird:
- on the water
- on the ground
- in the grass
These are birds you will see at local ponds and at the shores of lakes and the ocean.
You will find tips for watching shore birds and each bird features instructive illustrations and diagrams.
Awesome Birds to Get to Know
The Birds of Prey edition of the Peterson Field Guides for Young Naturalists is my son’s favorite book in this series
It will nurture a love and admiration for these awesome birds.
Some of the birds featured in the book are:
- the Bald Eagle
- the Osprey
- the American Kestrel
- the Great Horned Owl
Each bird is beautifully illustrated with field marks prominently displayed along with interesting facts and information.
Love for the Bizarre
Bizarre Birds is one more in the series and will fascinate your children by introducing them to twenty different birds.
Including birds like:
- roseate spoonbills
- snail kites
- burrowing owls
- greater prairie chickens
Each bird is introduced with a short narrative section along with illustrations and interesting facts.
Many of these birds are not ones we see everyday but as your child learns about them they can make it a goal to someday see them in their natural habitat.
Listen to the Birds
The Songbirds edition of this series features twenty common songbirds of North America.
I love learning to recognize birds by their song and this field guide will help your child learn to identify these songbirds by their song.
Organized by song type:
I know that your family will really enjoy learning fun facts about each of these birds using this Peterson Field Guide for Young Naturalists.
Homeschool Nature Study Challenges
I created a series of nature study challenges featuring each of the birds in the Backyard Bird edition of this series. You can find all the posts below on our sister site – Homeschool Nature Study
- Red Birds – Robins, Cardinals, House Finches
- Blue Birds – Jays and Bluebirds
- Yellow Birds – Goldfinches and Meadowlarks
- Hummingbirds (green birds) – Flight
- Brown Birds – House Sparrows, House Wrens, and mourning Doves
- Black Birds – Crow, Red-Winged Blackbird, Starling, and Cowbird
- Black and White Birds – Woodpecker, Chickadee, Nuthatch, Towhee
- Gray Birds – Pigeon and Mockingbird
~ originally published 2014, written by Barb-Harmony Art Mom.
Traci Lehman says
Hi Barb, we love those guides and I’ve used them for behavior rewards for the kids when they were younger too. They also make great gifts and stocking stuffers. 🙂
Angela @ Joy Focused Learning says
Our family loves the field guides for young naturalists! I made my daughter a study guide to go along with the Birds of Prey book, we are going through it right now and she is loving it. http://www.joyfocusedlearning.com/2013/10/bird-of-prey-study-guide.html
Barb, these look wonderful. I wish I’d known about them when my children and I were in the nascent stages of our birding adventures!