"Birds, Nest, and Eggs" by Mel Boring. This book serves as an awesome introduction to the birds most kids will find in their own neighborhoods. It covers common birds like the American robin, Northern cardinal and blue jay as well as a few birds that kids have probably seen before, but just never had a name for — birds like the white-breasted nuthatch, downy woodpecker, red-winged blackbird, and downy woodpecker.  The book includes pictures of each bird as well as info about each bird's songs and nesting habits. And there's also a seven-page scrapbook in the back so that kids can collect drawings and notes about their favorite finds.

"Olivia's Birds: Saving the Gulf" by Olivia Bouler. About a year ago, I wrote about Olivia and her crusade to save the birds and other animals affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In that time, the 11-year-old has single-handedly raised more than $200,000 via Audubon’s Gulf oil spill recovery program by sending every donor one of her own bird paintings. And now she has compiled her drawings of backyard and endangered birds into "Olivia's Birds," complete with fascinating bird facts and tips for kids on how to make the world a better place.

"Patti Pelican and The Gulf Oil Spill" by Lynda Wurster Deniger. "Patti Pelican" is another book that talks about the importance of understanding and protecting our feathered friends. It's the kid-rated version of what happened to the birds in that area when the oil spill hit. The gentle illustrations help to soften the blow of the heart-wrenching story that in the end offers kids a better understanding of the planet and a hope for the birds affected by the Gulf oil spill.