For the kids, Kathy Miller's "Chippy Chipmunk: Babies in the Garden" (2011, Celtic Sunrise, $19.99) is sure to please. In fact, adults will love it, too. This sequel to Miller's 2009 Chippy Chipmunk: Parties in the Garden is a delightful collection of photographs of a family of chipmunks that live in Miller's backyard. If you like chipmunks, you'll love this book. These are classic picture books destined to become family heirlooms.
Finally if you know anyone trying to learn bird songs, I recommend "BirdTunes" ($9.99, iTunes), an app by natural sound recordist Lang Elliott. A Guide to the Songs and Calls of North American Birds covers 674 North American species of birds. Each species includes multiple examples of songs and calls, and tracks can be set to play continuously. BirdTunes works with iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch and is the ultimate reference for North American bird songs.
BirdTunes also has a visual component. Each species includes a small photo that, when touched, flips to a beautiful full-sized image, and a sonogram that graphically depicts each vocalization.
Send questions and comments to Dr. Scott Shalaway, RD 5, Cameron, WV 26033 or via my website, http://scottshalaway.googlepages.com.