It feels great to be blogging after my long leave for travel and family commitments. Today I’m excited to share this beautiful nonfiction picture book about bird feathers. It’s a perfect accompaniment for a bird walk or a lesson on similes. See my activity suggestions below!
Title: Feathers: Not Just for Flying
Author/Illustrator: Melissa Stewart (Author) and Sarah S. Brannen (Illustrator)
Suitable For Ages: 6 – 9 years
Themes/Topics: Birds, Feathers, Use of Similes
Booktalk: This beautiful nonfiction book introduces readers to a number of impressive birds, focusing especially on the fascinating ways they use their feathers. The book creatively uses similes to compare bird feathers with common objects in our lives (such as: “Feathers can soak up water like a sponge.”)
This book is deserving of the many awards it has received, including recognition as an ALA Notable Children’s Book. The illustrations are stunning and the text is crisp and informative. A great addition to any bookshelf!
Birds and feathers go together, like trees and leaves, like stars in the sky. All birds have feathers, but no other animals do.
Identify Birds: Go on a hike and identify birds with help from Audubon’s FREE Bird Guide App.
Prevent Window Collisions: Make window decals to prevent birds from crashing into your glass windows. This article shares everything you need to know.
Fix a Problem: For younger children, use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how birds use their feathers (adapted from NGSS 1-LS1-1).
Brainstorm: For older children, construct an argument that birds have external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction (adapted from NGSS 4-LS1).
Get Planting: Plant a bird-friendly plant. Not sure what birds like? Audubon can help with this free resource.
Construct Your Own Similes: Watch Melissa Stewart’s YouTube video about her decision to use similes in the book, then practice making your own similes using the comparison words “as” or “like”.