Birding With Kids: Chosing A Field Guide

You want to help young people identify birds, and are looking for field guides.  You visit the store and find a dizzying array of choices. What to do?
Rows and rows of bird field guides at The Fat Robin nature store in Hamden, CT.
Rows and rows of bird field guides at The Fat Robin nature store in Hamden, CT.
A field guide can help a budding naturalist learn even more about her favorite topic. For many birders, a lifetime hobby began with a field guide that helped them put a name to the bird they saw. We think that a field guide can help turn curiosity into a lifelong passion, while the wrong field guide and approach might lead to frustration and disinterest. How do you know which kind of bird guide to select, whether for a class full of potential birders or your child who loves birds? Here are features to consider as you select an ideal field guide for your needs.