The Little Book of Woodland Birdsongs by Andrea Pinnington

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Hear the songs and learn about 12 of North America's woodland birds.

Being able to identify a bird's song is a skill that brings joy and fosters an appreciation of nature. Some bird songs are distinctive and easily recognized, like the common loon and wild turkey. Hawks as a group are distinctive but the individual species vary, as do the owls. Picking up the songs of a Black-capped Chickadee and a White-breasted Nuthatch, however, is not easy. That is where this enchanting book comes into its own.

The Little Book of Woodland Bird Songs features recordings of twelve bird songs from some of the best-known woodland species seen and heard in North America. It is an interactive board book that is ideal for curious young readers. The sturdy pages are easy to turn and the twelve song buttons, each with a portrait of the bird, are easy to activate. The high-quality sound module is encased in durable plastic and the one-inch (3-cm) speaker makes it easy to hear and differentiate the elements of the bird's song, such as pitch, tempo and trills.

Beautiful lifelike illustrations aid in identifying the birds and a descriptive paragraph and facts panel provide information such as the time of day the bird is likely to sing, what it eats, behavior traits and how it constructs its nest.

All twelve birds have winter or summer ranges in the United States or Canada. This means that readers are sure to see most if not all the birds in at least one season over the year.

  • Red Crossbill
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
  • Hermit Thrush
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Purple Finch
  • Common Loon
  • Barred Owl
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Wild Turkey
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Downy Woodpecker.

Birds can be hard to spot at the best of times and never more so than in the woods. Once you learn to recognize these bird sounds, a walk through the forest will never be the same. This partner to The Little Book of Backyard Bird Songs is sure to become another family favorite.


If, like me, there are kids in your orbit, there are some lovely new books that might inspire a love of birds and nature. The Little Book of Woodland Bird Songs by Andrea Pinnington and Caz Buckingham is engaging. In a board book format, it uses buttons and a little speaker to integrate birdsong with a dozen bird profiles.-- (12/07/2018)

"What sets The Little Book of Woodland Bird Songs apart from other beginning bird identification books is the last word in its title. The authors recognize that we often hear birds before we see them, and so the book links the auditory with the visual. Bound with this sturdy board book and encased in durable plastic is a sound module having 12 song buttons, one for each of the book's birds. Pressing the button bearing the portrait of the bird being read about activates the common sound that particular bird makes. The one-inch (3-cm) speaker actually provides excellent sound quality (and a battery is included). The Little Book of Woodland Bird Songs is an excellent home purchase, but it should certainly also be considered by libraries and classrooms that are willing to accept some wildlife sounds. Highly Recommended"-- (02/01/2019)

I LOVE birds! Which is why I did a little happy dance when these books from Firefly Books arrived in the mail recently. I suppose that technically these are children's books (the suggested age range is 5-9), but these are truly perfect for adults like me. Gorgeous lifelike illustrations, sturdy pages, simple and interesting facts plus the buttons to push and hear actual birdsong -- I adore these field guides.-- (03/21/2019)

I have used this book with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. The babies perk up when they hear the sounds, and the toddlers and preschoolers love matching the illustration to the button to hear the sounds. This book is guaranteed to be a hit with families of bird watchers, or for those wanting to teach their children about birds. Pair this book with The Little Book of Backyard Bird Songs for more information about identifying bird sounds.-- (04/01/2019)

These sounds are peaceful and pleasant. They are interesting and beautiful. Each bird has it's own page with facts about it and a very detailed illustration of what it looks like. These are great for toting along in the car or for finding kids "reading" by themselves.-- (05/21/2019)

My grandkids all loved The Little Book of Backyard Bird Songs so much that I ordered The Little Book of Woodland Bird Songs. This has been even more popular with them!-- (03/23/2019)

Caz Buckingham and Andrea Pinnington are the founders of Fine Feather Press, which promotes a love of nature in children from an early age. They live near Farnham, UK.

Target Age: 5-9

Firefly Books

Pub Date: September 25, 2018

0.6" H x 8.2" L x 8.8" W

26 pages