Books About Birds

The world of birds is an exciting place to be and this list of books about birds will take you there! There are majestic eagles, colorful toucans, and enchanting owls. You and your children will read books about friendship, discovery, and courage. You’ll also learn what your family can do to help conserve and nurture our feathered friends and their habitats. Get ready to explore the beautiful world of birds!

The Big Book of Birds Yuval Zommer

This large-format book will draw in kids with nature-inspired watercolor illustrations and exciting facts about all sorts of birds. The first few pages give an overview of birds and then the book jumps into specific groups of birds like parrots, robins, swans, and others. Kids will also learn about bird songs and how they can attract birds to their own yards. The text is divided into a few snippets on each page, so it’s easy for confident elementary readers to tackle the book on their own. It also makes a great read-aloud book for early elementary kids.

An Egg is Quiet Dianna Aston

Inside this book, kids will get an up-close look at dozens of types of eggs! They’ll see the eggs of hummingbirds, penguins, jays, sparrows, and other birds. Plus, they’ll see eggs of other creatures like turtles and insects. All of the illustrations are scientifically correct and each egg beautifully represents the colors of nature. The main story is written a bit like a poem, but short bursts of text on each page provide additional facts. It’s a great read for preschoolers and early elementary kids.

Little Owl Lost Chris Haughton

On the first page of this book, Little Owl falls out of his nest! Kids will love following along throughout the rest of the book as Little Owl searches for his mommy. A kind squirrel tries to help him but comes up with silly suggestions for who could be Little Owl’s mommy. It isn’t a bear or a frog, but in the end, Little Owl is finally reunited with his mommy and the squirrel becomes his lifelong friend. Read this adorable book with toddlers and preschoolers.

The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk Jan Thornhill

This nonfiction picture book tells the story of a magnificent bird: the Great Auk. For many years, Great Auks lived in the icy waters of the North Atlantic. They couldn’t fly and they couldn’t walk very well, but they were excellent swimmers. They thrived until humans came across the ocean and began to hunt the Great Auks. They were extinct by 1844. It’s a sad story but there is a silver lining. Their extinction sparked the first conservation laws. Read this story with upper elementary kids to give them an introduction to how humans have interacted with birds in the past, both in hunting and in conservation.

Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? Rita Gray

Kids can sing along with the birds in this lively book! They’ll hear from the dove, the woodpecker, the starling, and many others. Each song is contrasted with the mama robin as she sits quietly, waiting for her eggs to hatch. The entire book has a lyrical rhythm and rhyme that points to the quiet observation of the birds and their songs. Read this one with preschoolers and early elementary kids.

Duck in the Fridge Jeff Mack

It’s bedtime, but Dad has one last story for his little boy. It’s the story of the night he found a duck in the fridge! More and more ducks came, and they all caused chaos in the house. They ate all the crackers and ordered pizza! He tried to get rid of them by getting bigger animals to scare them away, but that didn’t work. Finally, he read them stories from Mother Goose and they fell asleep. The bold cartoon illustrations in this book add even more silliness to the story. This one is great fun for preschoolers and early elementary kids.

Hawks Kettle, Puffins Wheel: And Other Poems of Birds in Flight Susan Vande Griek

Kids can learn more about the flight of 12 birds in this book. There’s a special word associated with each bird’s flight and a poem that lyrically describes each bird’s movement. This specialized vocabulary will engage kids as they learn details about a few birds that may be new to them like the sandpiper, the gannet, and the arctic tern. For kids who want to know even more, there’s an informational sidebar included for each bird. The level of detail in this book is perfect for early elementary kids.

Silent Woop: An Owl, An Egg, and a Warm Shirt Pocket Michelle Houts

This true-life story of rescue and rehabilitation will capture the hearts of kids and adults! When a great horned owl lays an egg in the coal yard, Walter the bird expert is there to rescue it. He cleverly names the owl Coal and eventually takes it around to schools as part of an educational program. The final pages include facts about great horned owls and about Walter. This makes a great read-aloud book for early elementary kids.

Flora and the Flamingo Molly Idle

This wordless picture book tells the story of Flora, a little girl in a pink swimsuit, a swim cap, and flippers. Flora admires the graceful beauty of the flamingo and tries to copy it. Interactive lift-the-flap sections help move the story along as kids see a budding friendship between Flora and the Flamingo. This book is sure to inspire your children’s imagination! Read it with toddlers and preschoolers.

Little Naturalists: John James Audubon Painted Birds Kate Coombs

This board book will introduce babies and young toddlers to the art of John James Audubon, a man who painted more than 700 bird species and discovered 25 new kinds of birds during his lifetime. The pages are gently illustrated with sparse text. Each page calls out a feature related to birds like nests, beaks, and legs. Read this one to inspire the youngest of naturalists in your family!

My Tiny Life by Ruby T. Hummingbird Paul Meisel

This imaginative book is presented like a diary written by a friendly hummingbird. One day, his mother gives him insects to eat. The next day, he’s beating his wings. Finally, it’s time to migrate! This book gives a kid-friendly view of an entire year in the life of a hummingbird. The last few pages provide information about hummingbird-friendly plants, bird feeders, and a recipe for nectar. Read this one with preschoolers and kindergartners.

North American Bird Watching for Beginners: Field Notes on 150 Species to Start Your Birding Adventures Sharon Stiteler

Take this field guide and embark on a birdwatching adventure with your little ones! It includes 150 types of birds that call North America home. It’s divided into sections so kids can easily find what they’re looking for. They’ll learn about backyard birds, raptors, waterbirds, and more. Each page features full-color photographs and information about how to identify each bird. Plus, there’s a detailed introduction that covers basic facts about birds. It’s an entertaining book that’s also humorous at times. Keep it at hand and the whole family will use it!

National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Birds Catherine Hughes

This colorful book from National Geographic introduces young children to the world of birds! With large text and easy-to-understand language, it provides just the right amount of detail for kids 4-8 years old. They’ll learn about the song and dance of birds, their specific movements, and their homes. Plus, the full-color photographs featured on each page show the up-close lives of birds.

Telephone Mac Barnett

Mama Bird is perched on the telephone wire and needs to send a message to her little bird Peter. As the message is passed along from bird to bird, it’s interpreted in wild and wacky ways. With each bird passing on a different message, will Peter ever get the news from Mama? This book is sure to have children giggling! Read it with preschoolers and early elementary kids.

Flip-a-Feather: A Mix-and-Match Board Book Sara Ball

Kids will delight in mixing and matching the sections of this book to create more than 1,000 unique birds! There are three sections: one for the beak, one for the body, and one for the tail. Kids might flip to the head of an eagle, the body of a hummingbird, and the tail of a cockatoo. Every flip results in a new bird! The pages are thick and durable, so little ones can make as many birds as they’d like. Young toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy this one!

Little Kids First Board Book: Birds Ruth A. Musgrave

This board book from National Geographic Kids provides an age-appropriate introduction to birds for babies and toddlers. The text is lively, and the full-color photographs are sure to capture the attention of readers. Throughout the book, small callouts provide exciting details about the lives of birds. A few of the birds are even given speech bubbles! It’s a great book for toddlers who want to learn about the feathered friends outside their windows.

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