This week for Nature Book Club I’m returning to look at children’s books. A nest is noisy is a beautifully illustrated book written by Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrated by Sylvia Long. They have worked on a number of books together such as an egg is quiet, a seed is sleepy and a beetle is shy. The book covers many animals that live in nests. Nests aren’t just for birds. Through this book, children can learn about the nests of birds, orangutans, tree frogs, prairie dogs and more.
Each page gives a statement such as a nest is welcoming, then many of the pages have additional information to read if you wish. Children do enjoy non-fiction of this nature. They like facts and knowing details. It’s a book which will lead to more questions encouraging an enquiring mind.
The book is great for developing children’s vocabulary introducing them to technical language in an approachable way. The children learn the names of a number of animals including some more unusual ones.
I’d recommend this book for parents or teachers as a useful tool for widening children’s ideas of how animals live. My favourite book this pair have made together is probably A beetle is shy, but this one probably has a more wide-reaching appeal.