A while ago I posted a review of King of the Birds (which I loved). It got me to wondering what other great books about birds I could find.
I found some great picture books about birds!
My kids and I loved each of these picture books about birds! Read them for fun or supplement your science or nature study with them. Here we go:
Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? by Rita Gray is a sweet picture books that younger children will enjoy. Be prepared to make a lot of bird noises as this books rhymingly introduces different birds and their calls! Only the nesting bird is quiet. The last few pages contain more information about nesting birds for curious kids.
Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart does a great job illustrating the great variety of feathers and their many purposes. The illustrations show not just feathers, but also many kinds of birds. The scrapbook-style of this book is very appealing.
Mama Built a Little Nest by Jennifer Ward illustrates the great variety of bird nests. Each page has a short rhyme and a short description in smaller text for older kids who are interested. The cut-out style illustrations are well done.
Bird Talk: What Birds Are Saying and Why by Lita Judge is a great explanation of why birds chirp, squawk and tweet. It also introduces many species of bird by name with beautiful illustrations. But don’t worry about this book being too stuffed with facts to read! Each blurb is short and sweet. (It does talk about birds trying to attract a mate, so be ready to explain this).
Pale Male: Citizen Hawk of New York City by Janet Schulman is an interesting true story of a hawk in New York City. My older kids were really drawn into this story.
Bring on the Birds by Susan Stockdale is a good introduction to the great variety of birds for toddlers and preschoolers. The last few pages identify and give facts about the birds in the book.
Our Yard Is Full of Birds by Anne Rockwell is a lovely book to introduce young children to different types of birds. Written from the perspective of a child, it identifies the different birds the narrator sees in his yard. I bet your child will be pointing out birds she recognizes after reading this book!
This Way Home by Lisa Westberg Peters is a migration story. It follows a flock of birds in their first yearly journey. It explores how they find their way and the hardships they face. It doesn’t soften nature’s harsh realities (i.e. some birds die).
Look Up!: Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard (Robert F. Sibert Informational Honor Books) by Annette LeBlanc Cate is a great introduction to bird watching kids in late elementary to middle school. It uses a fun, comic type style that will draw kids into this information stuffed book!
What are your favorite picture books about birds?