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Junior Library Guild Selection

2017 NCTE Notable Poetry Book

2017 CCBC Choice Book

chosen by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center



"Beginning birding at its best..."


"A great way to expose children to the wonders of nature, many of which are in their own backyards.”

—School Library Journal


"[A] striking tribute to avian diversity..."

—Publishers Weekly


“When a little tyke is ready to make the animal identification leap from ‘bird’ to ‘specific bird,’ VanDerwater is ready with a rudimentary field guide.”

—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books



Every Day Birds

by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

illustrated by Dylan Metrano

Orchard/Scholastic Books

ISBN-10: 0545699800

ISBN-13: 978-0545699808








Autographed Copies:

For signed copies of Every Day Birds please send an e-mail to Jen Reisdorf of

The Bookworm in East Aurora, NY.  


For Teachers


Download 3 page PDF of first-grade bird study by teacher Susan Kellner HERE.


Find a great preschool storytime centered around birds at My Storytime Corner HERE.


Collaborative Pastel & Watercolor Art Project from KidLitCrafts HERE.

"Chickadee wears a wee black cap.

Jay is loud and bold.

Nuthatch perches upside-down.

Finch is clothed in gold."


Young readers are fascinated with birds in their world. Every Day Birds helps children identify and learn about common birds. After reading Every Day Birds, families can look out their windows with curiosity--recognizing birds and nests and celebrating the beauty of these creatures!


Every Day Birds focuses on twenty North American birds, with a poem and descriptions written by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater and beautiful paper-cuttings by first-time picture book illustrator Dylan Metrano. Interesting facts about each bird are featured in the back of the book.

Recycled Bulletin Board

created by Mrs. Stanley's

2018 fourth graders of

Tioughnioga Riverside Academy,

Whitney Point, NY HERE.

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