National Wildlife Federation’s World of Birds

A Beginner’s Guide

Kim Kurki

World of Birds introduces kids ages 7 through 12 to more than 120 different species of birds in their native environments, with detailed illustrations and exciting, memorable information from the experts at the National Wildlife Federation.

Winner of the Gold in Non-Fiction – Animal/Pets Category in the 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards!


From the National Wildlife Federation, publishers of Ranger Rick, the popular nature magazine for kids, comes this exciting, dynamic and wonderfully illustrated guide for young naturalists.

The National Wildlife Federation’s World of Birds identifies more than 120 birds from around the world, including the cardinal, woodpecker, starling, goldfinch, blue jay, robin, and Canada goose, to name just a few. Each bird is featured on colorful, illustrated, information-packed pages, which include details on its size, shape, color, and markings, as well as its habitat, call, and behavior. The illustrations, by National Wildlife Federation artist Kim Kurki, are engaging and highly accurate, giving kids a true and close-up appreciation of the many details of each species. The text is lively and clearly written, providing all the information necessary to recognize each type of bird, as well as solid instruction to each birds’s individual characteristics. A visual table of contents allows for quick identification.

The excellent illustrations, nontechnical language, and fascinating facts throughout make this an ideal guide for beginner bird-watchers – of any age!

The National Wildlife Federation is America’s premier nonprofit organization. Its mission is to protect wildlife for our children’s future. As the largest grassroots conservation organization in the country, the NWF boasts more than 4 million supporters and 47 state affiliates. Its magazines include National Wildlife Magazine (adults), Ranger Rick (children 7-12), Ranger Rick Jr. (children 4-7), and Wild Baby Animals (toddlers).

Kim Kurki has created fine-art illustrations focusing on the natural world for more than 30 years, including work for several publications produced by Yankee Publishing, such as The Old Farmer’s Almanac. For more than eight years, she wrote and illustrated for National Wildlife Federations’s Your Big Backyard magazine, creating a monthly column that featured birds, animals, and plants that children can find in their own backyard. She lives in Penns Park, Pennsylvania.

Click here to get your own downloadable version of this Backyard Birds Checklist!

Available June 2014 from -
Barnes & Noble