Written by Annie Runyon
My Friend Hootie by F. Eugene Hester
Eugene Hester is a talented writer, photographer and teacher. He lives in Wendell, not far from the swamp where his story is set. He introduces his picture book:
“… The wild barred owl that I have named Hootie lives in that swamp and
I visit him there. He and I have been friends for more than seven years. We have developed a great relationship. When I call, he comes and I give him a fish. This is the story of how this amazing and trusting relationship developed between a human and this beautiful bird.”
Illustrated with the author’s beautiful photos, this gentle and true story will delight the whole family. Available from local bookstores (support local!) and Amazon. (Remember to use smile.amazon.com with Wake Audubon as your designated non-profit.)
Nature Illustration for Kids -Techniques in ink, graphite, watercolor
and gouache for 7-12 year olds illustrating the natural world. by Bob Palmatier
Bob Palmatier is a science teacher, artist and the author of a series of children’s picture books about our endangered North American turtles.
Nature Illustration for Kids is a delightfully illustrated book full of ideas and techniques to use indoors, as you learn the art of illustrating natural subjects.
Available from: www.bobpalmatier.com
recommended by Annie Runyon
A Bird on my Hand: Making Friends with Chickadees
written by Mary Bevis, illustrated by Consie Powell, Raven Productions, Inc., 2014
Beautiful hand-colored woodcuts illustrate this gentle and informative story about a grandmother teaching her grandson to feed wild black-capped chickadees from his hand. Perfect for sharing with a young child, and for learning how to make friends with these endearing birds. General facts about chickadees are in the back of the book.
Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard
by Annette LeBlanc Cate, Candlewick Press, 2013
This book is chock-full of delightfully illustrated birds, and these birds can’t keep their beaks shut! Between the author and her talking illustrations you learn how to observe and draw birds, plus a ton of cool bird facts. It is a fun teaching book for older children and has a good short bibliography in the back.