From the hatching of an egg, to fixing a broken wing, to life inside a streetlight, to meeting a new winged-friend on a windowsill, a lovely list of urban bird books to share, reflect and, like Stellina, keep you wondering, “And now? What’s going to happen now?”

Bash, Barbara. Urban Birds: Where Birds Nest in the City. Sierra Club Books, 1990.

Brown, Margaret Wise. The Dead Bird. HarperCollins, 1985.

Bruel, Nick. Little Red Bird. Roaring Brook Press, 2008.

Florian, Douglas. On the Wing: Bird Poems. Harcourt Brace & Company, 1996.

Franko, Betsy. Birdsongs. Margaret K. McElderry, 2007.

Graham, Bob. How to Heal a Broken Wing. Candlewick, 2008.

Henkes, Kevin. Birds. Greenwillow, 2009.

Keller, Holly. Sophie’s Window. Greenwillow, 2005.

Kelly, Irene. Even an Ostrich Needs a Nest: Where Birds Begin. Holiday House, 2009.

Lerner, Carol. Backyard Birds of Summer. Morrow, 1996.

Lerner, Carol. On the Wing: American Birds in Migration. HarperCollins, 2001.

Ruddell, Deoborah. Today at the Bluebird Café. Margaret K. McElderry. 2007.

Schulman, Janet. Pale Male: Citizen Hawk of New York City. Random House, 2008.

Tafuri, Nancy. Whose Chick Are You? Greenwillow, 2007.

Talbott, Hudson. United Tweets of America: 50 State Birds. G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2008.

Above and Beyond:

Almond, David. My Dad’s a Birdman. Candlewick, 2007.

Patron Recommended!:

Beletsky, Les. Bird Songs: 250 North American Birds in Song. Chronicle, 2006.

Fleming, Candace. When Agnes Caws. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1999.

Jonas, Ann. Bird Talk: Overheard by Ann Jonas. Greenwillow, 1999.

This book list was developed by children's librarian Cathy Piantigini, for an upcoming event at The Somerville Community Growing Center:

Urban Birds Day and Pixie Sticks Concert

From "This event is for the birds! And also for young people and families to explore the garden, learn about urban birds through games and activities, bird related art and great music with the Pixie Sticks band offering interactive bird and animal songs. There might even be bird visitors! Thanks to Cornell Lab of Ornithology for inspiration and seeds." Contact: Paula 781-643-3714 or

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