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Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard by Annette LeBlanc Cate – Review by Shawna Coppola

This Nerdy blog post is dedicated to my amazing niece, Evan, Future Ornithologist Extraordinaire!

Nerdy Book Club

Allow me to introduce you to my most current book love: Annette LeBlanc Cate’s spectacular gem (and Sibert Honor book) Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard.

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But first, a confession: I only picked this book up while volunteering in my daughters’ school library because their cousin, my niece Evan, already knows at eight years old that she wants to become an ornithologist. Since she and my youngest daughter Sydney often FaceTime together, I thought I could put my mad skills as a professional book recommender to good use and flash her the cover during their next video chat, thereby solidifying my role as Best Aunt Ever.

Before I could do so, however, I could not help but dive deep into this delightful, humorous nonfiction picture book and savor its incredible writing, design, and illustration. Even the end pages are a wonder to behold. This, from someone who previously…

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