Summer Read-to-Learn

All summer I’ll be sharing books for kids of all ages on topics that will interest them or offer them a new topic to learn about. Most of the time these will be nonfiction books, but sometimes we can learn how to be better people or learn empathy from fictional stories too.

So, I hope you will stay tuned to these posts. They will always have Summer Read-to-Learn in the title and in the tags. It’s so important to prevent that summer slide with our kids, so I hope you can use these books to keep them reading and learning all summer long. See all the posts, HERE.


Meet Nature’s Weirdest Flock

By: Laura Gehl

Illustrated by: Gareth Lucas

Published: June 14, 2022

Publisher: Abrams Appleseed


The follow-up board book to Laura Gehl’s ODD BEASTS features birds that aren’t quite the ordinary birds we see in our backyards. These birds have odd names, weird features, different habits, and one even smells bad.

Kids love all things silly and even though these birds are silly on the page, the important lesson is these are actual birds. The two-page spreads are full of color with a mixed-media type of art and have large words easy for toddlers to see.

The end of the book offers a brief description of each bird and why it may have this unique feature. For example, the Hoatzin smells like poop to deter predators from eating it. The descriptions also teach kids where the birds live and other brief facts.

Little kids and parents (myself included) will learn from this fun book. The most important lesson is that we all have something that may make us odd or unique, but that is really what makes us special.

Laura Gehl is the author of nearly two dozen popular picture books, board books, and early readers. Her books include One Big Pair of Underwear (Charlotte Zolotow Highly Commended Title, International Literacy Association Honor Book, Booklist Books for Youth Editors’ Choice); the Peep and Egg series (Parents’ Choice Recommendation, Amazon Editors’ Pick, Children’s Choice Book Award Finalist); My Pillow Keeps Moving (Junior Library Guild selection, New York Public Library Best Books of 2018 selection); I Got a Chicken for My Birthday (Kirkus Best Picture Books of 2018 selection); and Baby Astronaut (A Mighty Girl Best Book of 2019 selection). Laura lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with her husband and four children. . Visit Laura online at

Be sure to check out Laura Gehl’s books that I have previously shared on the blog, HERE.

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