Watching birds is such an amazing way to connect with nature and appreciate the uniqueness of each species, let alone each bird. In celebration of birds, I’m offering up a number of wonderful books about birds for kids that everyone will enjoy reading.
We have the most wonderful bird feeder hanging in our backyard. Ever since the boys were itty bitty, they loved looking out our back window and watching the chickadees and cardinals flitting about. Growing up, we always hated how those darn squirrels ate the bird seed — but we found the absolutely best bird feeder around that the squirrels have yet to conquer — the Squirrel Buster!
In addition to offering books about artists for kids, I’ve teamed up with some fellow bloggers to offer you homeschool and in-class Bird Unit Study ideas. You can find these wonderful books about birds for kids at your local library or purchase through the affiliate links provided for your convenience.
Wonderful Books about Birds for Kids
About Birds: A Guide for Children, 2nd edition: This kid-friendly book offers a first thoughtful glimpse into the world of birds: from eggs to nests, from song to flight. In this delightful book, teacher and birder Cathryn Sill explains to children what birds are, what they do, and how they live. Accompanied by beautifully detailed illustrations from noted wildlife illustrator John Sill, About Birds is a first thoughtful glimpse into the world of birds, from eggs to nest, from songs to flight. Simple and enlightening, About Birds tells children what is essential for understanding and appreciating birds. An afterword provides further detail for youthful ornithologists and their parents regarding bird identification. About Birds will faithfully answer the first questions of young ornithologists and charm adults with the wonder and diversity of this important species.
Birds, Nests & Eggs (Take Along Guides): A fun, informative take-along guide that will help children identify 15 birds. Kid will also learn how and where birds build their homes and all about their young. Plus the guide features activities that are fun and easy to do. There’s also a seven-page scrapbook for drawings and notes.Invites young naturalists to spot wildlife. Safety tips are provided and interesting activities are suggested. Color illustrations enhance the presentation.
The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon (Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12): John James Audubon was a boy who loved the out-of-doors more than the in. He was a boy who believed in studying birds in nature, not just from books. And, in the fall of 1804, he was a boy determined to learn if the small birds nesting near his Pennsylvania home really would return the following spring. This book reveals how the youthful Audubon pioneered a technique essential to our understanding of birds. Capturing the early passion of America’s greatest painter of birds, this story will leave young readers listening intently for the call of birds large and small near their own homes.
National Geographic Kids Bird Guide of North America: Featuring 100 species of birds from coast to coast this colorful guide helps kids identify and understand birds. The National Geographic Kids Bird Guide of North America will be both accessible and tons of fun. Fifty of the country’s most popular birds will be laid out in stunning two-page spreads that will include information such as their range, the sounds they make, and the food they like to eat. Each profile will also include a cool or weird fun fact, and a feature called “A Closer Look,” which digs deeper into once aspect of the bird’s life (eating habits, birdsongs, etc.). Each profile will also display a fact box with the bird’s scientific name, weight, length, and wingspan.
Beaks!: How can a toucan fly with such a large, cumbersome beak? A toucan’s beak is actually light as a feather due to its honeycomb construction. And not only is it beautiful, but it’s an extremely useful tool in foraging for food. Find out more fascinating facts in this remarkably illustrated study of bird beaks. Learn about several different birds, their habitats, and how their beaks are uniquely styled to help them survive. Outstanding 3-D cut-paper illustrations by Robin Brickman create amazingly realistic tableaus of birds in their natural environments with their beaks in action.
Mama Built a Little Nest: A delightful exploration of the incredibly variety of nests birds build for their babies, illustrated by a Caldecott Honoree. There are so many different kinds of birds—and those birds build so many different kinds of nests to keep their babies cozy. With playful, bouncy rhyme, Jennifer Ward explores nests large and small, silky and cottony, muddy and twiggy—and all the birds that call them home!
Birds: Birds come in all sizes, shapes, and colors. Birds are magic. Birds are everywhere. If you listen very carefully you will hear them, no matter where you live. And if you look very closely you will see them, no matter where you are. And if you can’t go outside right this minute, you can always read this book!
Feathers: Not Just for Flying: Young naturalists meet sixteen birds in this elegant introduction to the many uses of feathers. A concise main text highlights how feathers are not just for flying. More curious readers are invited to explore informative sidebars, which underscore specific ways each bird uses its feathers for a variety of practical purposes. A scrapbook design showcases life-size feather illustrations.
Fine Feathered Friends: All About Birds (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library): Bee hummingbirds, ostriches, flycatchers, chickadees, and bald eagles! Dick and Sally find themselves on a bird-watching tour led by the Cat in the Hat. After a quick lesson on just exactly what a bird is, they go motoring around the world to observe our fine feathered friends in their natural habitats. Time flies, and soon it’s late, but the Cat saves the day by shifting his vehicle into Fine Feather All-Weather Flying Machine mode and winging Dick and Sally back home.
Can You Find These Birds? (All about Nature): Start exploring! This little nature guide is perfect for the new reader! Learn how to identify many common birds by reading about their traits and seeing photos of the animal in nature. Readers will be excited to start naming the birds they see in the world around them.
Have You Heard the Nesting Bird?: Woodpecker calls from a tree, “cuk-cuk-cuk.” Starling sings, “whistle-ee-wee.” But have you heard the nesting bird? In this book, we hear all the different bird calls in counterpoint to the pervasive quiet of a mama bird waiting for her eggs to hatch. Fun and informative back matter takes the shape of an interview so that readers learn more right from the bird’s bill. Ken Pak’s lively illustrations, paired with Rita Gray’s words, render a visual and sonorous picture book to be enjoyed by young naturalists.
A Nest Is Noisy: From the award-winning creators of An Egg Is Quiet, A Seed Is Sleepy, A Butterfly Is Patient, and A Rock Is Lively comes this gorgeous and informative look at the fascinating world of nests. From tiny bee hummingbird nests to orangutan nests high in the rainforest canopy, an incredible variety of nests are showcased here in all their splendor. Poetic in voice and elegant in design, this carefully researched book introduces children to a captivating array of nest facts and will spark the imaginations of children whether in a classroom reading circle or on a parent’s lap.
And some of our favorite fiction books about birds include:
Owl Babies: “I want my mommy!” Three baby owls awake one night to find their mother gone, and they can’t help but wonder where she is. What is she doing? When will she be back? What scary things move all around them? Stunning illustrations from striking perspectives capture the anxious little owls as they worry. Not surprisingly, joyous flapping and dancing and bouncing greet the mother’s return, lending a celebratory tone to the ending of this comforting tale. Never has the plight of young ones who miss their mother been so simply told or so beautifully rendered.
The Story about Ping: This classic children’s book was first published in 1933 and is still as delightful and relevant as ever. Ping’s owner takes him and his siblings to the river for dinner. When it’s time to go, Ping is the last duck in the water and, as such, will receive a spanking. To avoid punishment, he hides—only to be captured the next morning by a young boy for his family’s dinner. Finally Ping is set free, and when he sees his master’s boat, the last thing he fears is a spanking—he’s just thankful to be home!
The Best Nest: Mr. and Mrs. Bird’s search for a “better” nest leads them to some peculiar spots.
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Birds Unit Study
In addition to recommending books about birds for kids, I’ve teamed up with some fellow bloggers to offer you homeschool and in-class birds unit study resources! This unit study may contain affiliate links.
- Bird Theme Home Preschool Lesson Plans
- Bird Theme Preschool Classroom Lesson Plans
- Birds Writing Journal Prompts
- Basic Bird Study Nature Study Notebooking Pages
- Birds of the World Nature Study Notebooking Pages
- North American Birds Nature Study Notebooking Pages
- Tropical Birds Nature Study Notebooking Pages
- USA State Birds Flowers Flags and Seals
- Bird Color Packet
Also consider the following:
- Owl Books for Kids from Look! We’re Learning!
- Birds of Prey Books from Brain Power Boy
- Bird Identification Apps from iGameMom
- Bird Unit Printable from CraftCreateCalm
- Birds Nest Loose Parts Invitation from My Storytime Corner
- Red Bird Multiplication Worksheet from Schooling a Monkey
- A Bird in the Hand from Tales of Education at Home