Perfect Picture Book Friday! A Nest is Noisy by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long

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Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of โ€œperfectโ€ picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a perfect book for Spring!

anestA Nest is Noisy

by Dianna Hutts Aston

Illustrated by Sylvia Long

40 pages – ages 5+
Published by Chronicle Books on April 14, 2015


Theme/Topic- Nests / biodiversity

Genre- nonfiction

Opening and Synopsis- Opening โ€“ โ€œA nest is noisy. It is a nursery of chirp-chirping…โ€

Synopsis โ€“ From Chronicle Books: โ€œFrom the award-winning creators of An Egg Is Quiet, A Seed Is Sleepy, A Butterfly Is Patient, and A Rock Is Lively comes this gorgeous and informative look at the fascinating world of nests. From tiny bee hummingbird nests to orangutan nests high in the rainforest canopy, an incredible variety of nests are showcased here in all their splendor. Poetic in voice and elegant in design, this carefully researched book introduces children to a captivating array of nest facts and will spark the imaginations of children whether in a classroom reading circle or on a parent’s lap. โ€

Why Iย liked this book-ย This is a great book for this time of year! First off the illustrations are something you could look at for hours. They are so detailed and informative. I really like that the book doesn’t focus on bird’s nests (which is what I thought it was going to be) but has ALL kinds of nests. Bees, alligators, platypus and more! The book is educational and entertaining. I can see teachers and parents using this book to talk about ecosystems and biodiversity.

Activities and Resources-

Check out one of the many “nest cams” on the internet! There are owl cams (short for camera), hawk cams and eagle cams. Here is an eagle cam in Hanover PA – click HERE. If you check it out you’ll see two eaglets and their parents. My family has been watching them grow. Plus you can see the awesome nest they built and how they use it.

Chronicle Books has a teacher’s guide and activity pack to go with this book. Click HERE to get it.

PBS Kids has a great build your own bird’s nest activity. Click HERE to get it.

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hillโ€™s blogย HERE!

Categories: Age 6-9

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37 replies

  1. A Nest is Noisy looks like a perfect spring PB. Our neighbor has a pine tree that I nicknamed the Bird Party Tree. SO LOUD! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Whadya mean you were glad it wasn’t all about bird’s nests?! Only teasing! Looks marvelous! Chirp!

  3. Great one for Spring, Erik!

  4. This really looks gorgeous. I love this idea.

  5. Lovely choice for Spring. I love quiet and contemplative books that you want to spend time with. Great to show different kinds of nests. Loved the Eagle cam. Used to write newspaper/magazine articles on the declining eagle population in Ohio in the 1970s.

  6. I have the some of the other books in this series – but did not know about the nest book. Will have to add it to the collection – a great book for Spring learning in kindergarten. Thanks Erik.

  7. I’m still waiting for A Poop is Stinky.

    Ahem. I’ll see myself out.

  8. Sounds like a nice way to learn. Little kids will love this.

  9. This looks clever – and I NEVER would have thought of nests of creatures besides birds. You’ve got me fascinated. Great pick, Erik. Thanks!

  10. Looks like a great nonfiction PB! We love books that teach kiddos about nature.

  11. How fascinating. I bet I could learn a lot!

  12. I wasn’t able to see the eagle cam video but it sounds like a very cute and fun book for kids.

  13. I do, I do, I dooooo love this book. And the eagle cam is amazing! I’ve never seen eagle chicks before. Their wings are huge compared to the rest of their bodies. It must take some time for them to figure out how to control them. ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. This looks like a beautiful book Erik. Anything to get kids to appreciate nature is a wonderful thing ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Nests are noisy too! The chirping goes on constantly ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Nice review. I am thinking my computer troubles are the perfect excuse for you to fly (no pun intended haha), ahead. Well played. A really nice choice with the sun finally shining and birds returning. ๐Ÿ™‚

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