Skip to main content

Tween Tuesday Blog Tour: Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard by Annette LeBlanc Cate

Tween Tuesday is a meme hosted here at GreenBeanTeenQueen to highlight great reads for tweens!

Check out Annette LeBlanc Cate's Guest Post!!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Genre: Nonfiction

Release Date: 3/12/2013

Add to Goodreads

About the Book: Anybody can bird watch! All you need is to go outside and look up! This fun quirky book will teach the basics of bird watching, what to look for, and how to get started with a new hobby.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Look Up! is a great nonfiction addition to any collection. While the book is short (just over 50 pages), the pages are full of information that will get readers excited about bird-watching. I will admit, I've always thought of bird-watchers as a bit odd-they're those people who have notebooks and binoculars, spend a lot of time outside being very quiet and really love birds. But Annette LeBlanc Cate has managed to make me rethink my ideas of bird-watching and make me, someone who would much rather stay inside with a book than go outside, actually want to venture outdoors and look for birds!

The style of book is part picture book, part comic book, part nonfiction text. There are illustrations on each page and the banter between the birds is hilarious. The illustrations and text also address the reader directly and answer questions they might have about bird-watching as well as giving steps readers can take to learn more about birds in their own backyard. There are lots of details about bird-watching and various types of birds, but not so scientific that the text will turn off readers.The facts about bird-watching are easy to follow, engaging and perfect for budding ornithologists. Really, I can't express how much fun this book is. It's not often that I get this excited about a nonfiction title (nonfiction isn't always my favorite area to read in) but Look Up! was so fun to read I forgot I was reading nonfiction. I think this would be the perfect book to hand a reader who needs to read a nonfiction book but aren't sure what they want to read about or turned off from the idea of trying nonfiction.

You might have to start your own bird-watching club at your library after readers get this one!

Book Pairings: Pair this with Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt and Moonbird by Phillip M. Hoose for a great fiction/nonfiction selection about birds and bird-watching

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from ARC sent by publisher for review


  1. This sounds like a good one to check out! I'll have to look at her post as well. I look forward to more blogs and reviews from you, thank you.


Post a Comment

I love hearing from other readers! Share your thoughts and chime in!

Popular posts from this blog

Bedtime Books for the Weary

Today I'm over at the ALSC Blog talking about some of my new favorite bedtime-themed books!

Suite Scarlett Giveaway!!!

How would you like to win a paperback copy of Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson ? I have FIVE copies up for grabs!! When Scarlett Martin turns fifteen she is put in charge of the Empire Suite, one of the rooms in her family’s hotel. Enter Mrs. Amberson, an aging C-list starlet who decides to employ Scarlett. Soon, she is taking dictation, running around New York City, and getting caught up in Mrs. Amberson’s crazy adventures. In the midst of it all, Scarlett falls in love–or so she thinks–and it takes Mrs. Amberson to help her see the light. Now in paperback from top-selling author Maureen Johnson! Here's the deal: -Contest ends July 20, 2009 -For U.S. Addresses only, sorry! -Comment on this post to enter. -Come back and comment again on this post for another entry-you may enter as many times as you want!! -Blog/Twitter/Facebook/E-mail this contest to others for +1 extra entries -Link me to your review of Suite Scarlett (or any other Maureen Johnson book) in the comments for +2

About Me

Hello! My name is Sarah and I am a Youth Services Manager who works with kids, tweens and teens. I love being asked about great books to read! I started my blog in 2008 as a way to keep track of what I've been reading and to use a reference tool for reader's advisory and it's grown into much more than I could have ever anticipated. In addition to book reviews, I also enjoy posting audiobook reviews, booklists and my adventures in being a librarian. 2017 Library Journal Mover and Shaker Committees: 2021 Newbery Committee 2018 Odyssey Committee 2016 Caldecott Award 2013 Michael L. Printz Committee- Fabulous Films Committee I have also served on the Cybils, Missouri State Library Association Readers Selection Lists, and as an Audies judge. Presentations :  I have offered various presentations at local, state and national libraries and conferences. Topics have included:  What's New in Children's & Teen Literature Engaging Teens in Reader's Advisory Gee