STEM Friday

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Books

Feathers: Not Just for Flying


Although Sue at Archimedes Notebook has already mentioned this title, Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart and illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen definitely deserves a second look.



Melissa Stewart has done a phenomenal job crafting the dual-level text. She relates the jobs that different types of bird feathers do to human-produced objects, making the ideas both concrete and memorable.

Sarah S. Brannen’s yummy watercolor illustrations look like you should be able to pluck them from the page. The scrapbook style is sure to inspire children to take up nature journalism.

Feathers: Not Just for Flying would be a perfect gift for budding ornithologists, as well as a must have for a unit on birds. At Growing with Science we have a more extensive review, information about feathers, and suggestions for activities to extend the book.

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Author: Roberta Gibson

My debut picture book, HOW TO BUILD AN INSECT came out April 6, 2021. Trained as a scientist, I blog about science and nature at Growing With Science and about children's books at Wrapped in Foil.

2 thoughts on “Feathers: Not Just for Flying

  1. This is a fabulous book. I’ll be posting about it on NC Teacher Stuff as well. Glad we can tell people about Melissa’s work.