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NPBM Blog-Along: Birds

Did you know that November is Picture Book Month?

Trick question, because it never was before… but now it is!  Picture Book Month is an international initiative to celebrate children’s books and debunk the rumor that printed books will cease to exist because of new technology.  Go read more at founder Dianne de Las Casas’ website, and tune in for the blog posts by famous authors and illustrators.  There’s even a calendar with different themes for each day of November, so you can play along.

You know I can’t resist a good picture book, so this is right up my alley!  Instead of NaNoWriMo or any of the other 30-Day-Blog-Challenges, I’ve decided to take on Picture Book Month as my own personal blogging challenge–I will highlight one book a day that goes along with the theme for that day, in addition to my regular blogging.  Join me for Picture Book Month and share your favorite picture books!

November 7, 2011
Theme: Birds

I was trying to think of books that might fit this theme… birds as characters, nonfiction books about birds, maybe a pet bird… when I remembered this book that I read last November:

In the Belly of an Ox: The Unexpected Photographic Adventures of Richard and Cherry Kearton, written and illustrated by Rebecca Black

 In fact, this is what I wrote in a post about AR: “I loved this quietly adventurous picture book about the pair of brothers behind the first photographic nature book.  They used elaborate disguises to set up their camera in the late 1800s to capture photographs of birds in their nests, which led to the phenomena of bird watching.  As a child of two bird watchers, this book feels special to me.  I especially loved the real photographs in the back of the book, which showed that the implausible watercolors of the brothers dangling high in a tree or hiding under a wooden sheep were all true.”

I think that pretty much sums it up.  I really enjoyed “discovering” this book in our collection–part of the fun of being a librarian is learning your collection… wondering how or why the librarians before you chose certain books, and deciding what new books to add.  Ordering and processing books was definitely one of my favorite parts of being a librarian–imagining which students would gravitate toward which books, and reading aloud a new book for the first time.  I don’t have an “I remember” for today, but I would definitely recommend this book for some fun historical reading!

What’s your favorite Birds picture book?

Tune in tomorrow for the next picture book, and check out Picture Book Month’s website too!

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