Renée Schwarz’s Birdhouses (Kids Can Press) teaches readers how to construct eye-catching dwellings for their feathered friends. Colour photos and illustrations accompany the instructions. One unique feature is a chart showing how to modify designs in order to house different species. As tools and hardware are needed to create these projects, adults should be involved. If parents don’t own the tools required, they might consider borrowing some of them, as it could be expensive to acquire the whole lot in one shot. Other than that, this book is a truly crafty way to turn children on to wildlife. mRb
Carol-Ann Hoyte is the Quebec English-language regional coordinator for TD Canadian Children's Book Week and organizer of monthly mixers for Montreal anglophone children's book authors and illustrators.