Mama Built a Little Nest Book
Mama Built a Little Nest Book
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Mama Built a Little Nest

Written by Jennifer Ward and illustrated by Steve Jenkins

Published by Beach Lane Books

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Illustrations and simple, rhyming text introduce different kinds of birds' nests, from the scrapes that falcons build atop high, craggy ledges to the underground nests that burrowing owls dig. Includes brief facts about each kind of bird.


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Where did you originally get the idea for this book?

I was living in Tucson, AZ and happened to catch a hummingbird mama begin the process of building her tiny cup nest outside my kitchen window. I watch the nest's construction over the course of 2 weeks and it got me thinking about how varied all bird nests are, species by species. I began my research about bird nests and this books was born!

What would you say is the primary message of this book?

The book's primary message is that birds are AMAZING architects, able to create a "home" for their fragile egg(s) that must withstand weather, gravity, predation and other elements - and they do this all without having hands, fingers and opposable thumbs.

What was the hardest part about creating this book?

Limiting the types of nests I could write about - there are SO many more types of nests that birds create. Alas, a picture books is 32 pages and space was limited.


  • Age Range: 4-8
  • Pages: 40
  • Book Type: picture
  • Publication Date: March 18, 2014
  • ISBN: 1442421169
  • ISBN 13: 978-1442421165
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Jennifer Ward

I believe it's important for people to follow their passion and love what they do - these are words my father always shared with me, and he is a wise man. I am blessed to have a creative job and one that I love - making books for children! I am the author of more than twenty-four acclaimed books for children. I write full-time from my home - where I am easily distracted by anything and everything outside of my windows.

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Jennifer Ward

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins, recipient of a Caldecott Honor, has written or co-written more than thirty books about the natural world for young readers, including Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea and What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). He lives in Boulder, Colorado

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