Let learning take flight with these bird books for kids. Exploring topics from friendships to growing up, the books listed below use birds to allow students to make text-to-self connections in all different ways.
Hattie Peck by Emma Levey
Sweet Hattie Peck wants one thing in life – an egg of her own. Since she can’t lay an egg on her own, she searches for abandoned eggs that need a mom, and this adorable story unfolds.
Extending the Learning: Do eggs sink or float? Try a sink or float science experiment with eggs and other objects around the classroom.
Ruby’s Birds by Mya Thompson
Ruby is excited when her friend, Eva, invites her to the park. But it’s not a park with swings and slides like Ruby is used to. Eva takes Ruby to Central Park and shows her the beauty right outside.
Extending the Learning: Create your own set of binoculars to go on a bird search.
Duck & Goose by Tad Hills
This is one of those bird books for kids that will become a classroom favorite! In this silly story, two young feathered friends mistake a ball for an egg. Friendship is tested and formed as they think about the best way to care for the “egg.” Students will delight in the back-and-forth banter and silliness of this text.
Extending the Learning: Explore things that roll, like a ball or an egg, with this science unit.
If You Were a Parrot by Katherine Rawson
A fantastic explanation of the lives of parrots told in such a creative way. Students will connect with the ways parrots climb, eat, talk, and more!
Extending the Learning: Practice hand-eye coordination by creating a parrot collage. Pick brightly colored construction paper and have students tear them into different-sized pieces. Students then use a glue stick to stick the ripped pieces onto a white background page in the shape of a parrot. Add a googly eye and draw on some feet for an extra touch.
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Three Hens and a Peacock by Lester L. Laminack
Things on the Tuckers’ farm are turned upside-down when a brightly colored peacock arrives. From his loud shrieks to how he flaunts his feathers, the other animals on the farm don’t seem to see his use. It isn’t until they decide to trade places that they begin to understand that everyone’s job holds a purpose.
Extending the Learning: Paint a picture of a peacock using the colors of a peacock’s feathers. Choose brightly colored paints such as blue, green, orange, and aqua. Using a white paper plate as a canvas, paint strips from the center to the outside edge of the plate to mimic peacock feathers.
This is Owl by Libby Walden
Get children engaged in reading with this owl story. Students are introduced to new vocabulary (like nocturnal) while interacting with the main character on each page.
Extending the Learning: Provide bath poufs and different colors of paint. Students paint by stamping or swirling the poufs on the paper. When it is dry, cut out the artwork into owl shapes. Students add eyes and a beak to make it into an adorable owl!
Fly! by Mark Teague
Not all bird books for kids need words! This is a true picture book with no words, this book will expand children’s imaginations. Follow along as momma bird encourages the baby bird to learn how to fly, while baby bird thinks of every reason why flying isn’t necessary.
Extending the Learning: Make a bird feeder for your backyard. Cut a piece of yarn and wrap a small amount of masking tape around the end to make it stiff. String a piece of cereal, such as a Cheerio, onto the yarn and tie a knot around the first piece. Then, children add more and more cereal until the yarn is full. When complete, tie a knot and hang it in the tree for the birds to enjoy!
Who is in the Egg? by Alexandra Milton
Learn about different animals that lay eggs in this informative children’s book. Complete with a picture comparing different egg sizes, children will be excited to learn the differences between egg-laying animals.
These are just a few of the amazing bird books for kids out there. Leave a comment with your favorites!