Book Review: The Young Birder’s Guide to Birds of North America

The Young Birder’s Guide to Birds of North America (Peterson Field Guides) by Bill Thompson III is the companion to the successful eastern version which we reviewed four years ago!

The Young Birder’s Guide to Birds of North America covers 300 of the “most common birds of the United States and Canada”. The format is easy to use and the text highly readable.

Each species has a “look for”, “listen for”, and “find it” to help young birders focus on the most important aspects of bird finding and identification. There is also a “remember” section that includes a small addition nugget of info to help nail down critical points about the bird.

The illustrations complement the text nicely by adding action the birds and contrasting from the more I.D.-friendly photographs.

Finally, the “WOW!” points are chock full of fun facts that young birders can learn and share with their friends. These are fun pieces of information that showcase how enjoyable birds and birding can be.

Having been a constant proponent for pushing young people to become birders, we love that this book exists and we hope it will be expanded on in years to come: especially the addition of all the wood warblers and more neotropical migrants.

Disclaimer: We received The Young Birder’s Guide to Birds of North America from the publisher to review on Birdfreak.com. The links are Amazon Affiliate links.

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