Every one of us has felt left out at some point in their lives. Nerdy Birdy is no exception. He has large glasses, and small scrawny wings. To top it all off, he’s allergic to birdseed. So begins the picture book Nerdy Birdy by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Matt Davies. The reader is clearly shown with labeled pictures how cool all the other birds are. Cardinal has a glossy red pompadour, Eagle has impressively sculpted chest muscles, and Robin is the best at spotting worms. While Nerdy Birdy is good at reading, video games, and reading about video games. Nerdy Birdy tries to tell Eagle, Cardinal, and Robin about books and video games but the others aren’t interested and fly off leaving Nerdy Birdy all alone. Alone, that is, until a small bird (who looks like a canary) shows Nerdy Birdy there are LOTS of other birds out there like him! In fact, there are way more other nerdy birds than cool birds and Nerdy Birdy has found a whole group of new friends. Then along comes Vulture. When Nerdy Birdy tries to include Vulture in his new group, even the other nerdy birds want nothing to do with icky Vulture. And even though Nerdy Birdy and Vulture have nothing at all in common, the two become friends.
This title is a great book to reinforce the idea of including others to your young reader. The illustrations are done in pen and ink, in a slightly messy sketchy style. There are plenty of asides for the adult to enjoy while reading the regular printed text.
You can get more great titles to watch, read, listen to, or play with at the Port Library at 1718 N. Hersey in Beloit.