Owls are very interesting animals that live at night. Help your kids learn more about owls by reading some of these kids’ books about owls.
Children should read these 14 books about owls. The list of books below includes both fiction and non-fiction books aboutowls that are great for kids from toddlers to middle schoolers.
Non-fiction books about owls for kids
Owls by Gail Gibbons
This book is a great way for kids ages 5 to 9 to learn about owls in a way that is both interesting and thorough. Over 140 different types of owls live on six continents, and the book tells you about their anatomy, their eyes, ears, and bones, their food, and how they reproduce. The book also talks about the fact that many owls are endangered, so special areas have been set aside to protect owls from being hurt.
National Geographic Readers: Owls by Laura Marsh
Compared to the Gibbons book that was illustrated, I like the bright and lively pictures in this book more than the Gibbons book. There are a lot of similarities between this book and the Gibbons book. However, this book doesn’t go into as much depth on most of the topics. That makes this book more suitable for kids who are a little younger, from ages 4 to 8. It’s possible that some of the pictures in this book will make young people smile and squeal when they see how cute these nocturnal birds of prey look.
Owls: Birds of the Night by Emily Sollinger
This book is filled with pictures of owls doing a lot of different things, like hunting for prey and coughing up an owl pellet. The basic text that goes with the photos is meant for kids ages 6 to 8 to read on their own. Some of my favorite parts in this book were the ones that show where different types of owls lay their eggs, like screech owls that lay their eggs in tree holes and burrowing owls that lay their eggs underground. People love the pictures of baby owls that have just hatched out of their eggs.
Owls by Josh Gregory
There are five chapters in this book for kids ages 8 to 12. They are called Night Flight, Hunters in the Dark, An Owl’s Life, The Family Tree, and living with Owls. Each page has a lot of information about the subject at hand, with new words in red. People who read this book can find out what these words mean in a glossary at the back. Each topic in the book has a real picture in it. Some of the pictures are very good, but I prefer the pictures in the Marsh book that was talked about above.
Fiction books about owls for kids
Good Night Owl by Greg Pizzoli
Owl is about to go to sleep when he hears a noise. There isn’t anyone at the door, so he gets back to bed. Then he hears it again. He checks the cupboard and empty all the shelves. There was no noise, so he goes back to bed. Then he hears it again. Under the floor, he checks the floor boards, but there was no noise, so he goes back to bed. In the same way, the owl keeps taking apart his house to look for the noise. An owl finally sees “noise” in the form of what looks like a small mouse. “Good night, noise.” The owl says that, too. This book is for kids ages 3 to 6. They will laugh out loud when they read it.
Good-Night, Owl by Pat Hutchins
It’s hard for Owl to get some rest because other animals in the forest are making too much noise. Bees, crows, and squirrels are all busy. With the sun going down comes a surprise ending that will surprise and delight kids ages 3 to 7.
The Barn Owls by Tony Johnston
There is a beautiful poem and hushed tones in this book that pay homage to the simple barn owl. Old barn: This book is about an old barn that has been in a field of wheat for at least 100 years. In the daytime, the owls stay in the barn and sleep. At night, they come out and hunt for mice. In the past, owls have lived and hunted here for more than 100 years now. Owls have hatched and grown here for more than 100 years. This book, which tells a simple but moving story, is best for kids ages 3 to 7.
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
When Sarah, Percy, and Bill wake up one night, they find out that their mother has died. They start to wait for their mother to come back. Sarah comforts her siblings over and over again with her soothing words. It then comes from Percy that he agrees with what Sarah said. There are a lot of times when Bill says, “I want my mommy!” In their tree, the three owls comfort each other and look for things to do while they wait. Owls get scared after some time. They close their eyes, wish their mother would come back, and pray. She’s here! This story will show young children ages 3 to 7 that their parents always come back for them.
Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood
During the night one day, this curious little owl slept. At dawn, he decided to get up. She said, “Wow!” when she saw the warm, pink sky. She said, “Wow!” when she saw the yellow sun. A fluffy cloud made the owl say “Wow!” She was amazed by what she saw during the day. That changed when she saw the stars start to appear in the sky at night. They were the most beautiful thing of all. This is a great book for kids ages 2-5.
The Littlest Owl by Caroline Pitcher
In the middle of a willow tree were four white eggs. One day, one of them began to hatch. Three little owlets were first seen. In the end, Four came out of the fourth egg. Four was the smallest owl by a long way, but it was still small. She didn’t give him enough food. They would step on him all the time. But Four didn’t care about being small. Eventually, One, Two, and Three were able to take off and land on their own. When Four tried, he couldn’t fly to join them. So he went to bed. There was a big storm that night. The mother owl woke her babies to help them get out. Some of them flew away. Whether or not the littlest Owl could go with his siblings isn’t clear yet. This book is best for kids ages 4 to 8. They will enjoy it the most.
Owly by Mike Thaler
He is a curious owl who asks his mother important questions. “How many stars are in the sky?” And she wants him to keep track of them. During the night, he keeps track of them. When the sun comes up, his mom wants to know how many he found. “More than I can remember,” he says. When he asks how high the sky is, his mother tells him to fly up and see. When he looks at the sky, he says that it’s “higher than I can fly.” When Owly wants to know something, his mother tells him to look for the answer on his own. The end of the story shows a loving moment between Owly and his mother. They use the knowledge Owly has learned to show how much they love each other with beautiful metaphors. This lovely story is best for kids ages 5 to 8. They’ll enjoy it the most.
The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson
When Plop is young, he doesn’t like the dark. He tells his parents that he doesn’t want to be a night bird because the dark is scary. His parents want him to learn more about the dark. He goes to ask a boy about the dark. Because they have fireworks, the boy says that the dark is exciting. An old woman then says that the dark is kind, because it lets her forget about being old and just think about how happy she was. Another boy tells Plop that the dark is fun, while a girl tells Plop that the dark is important. This is how it works: As time goes on, Plop learns more and more about the dark. Finally, Plop decides that the dark isn’t scary, but is just what he needs.
Little Owl’s Night by Divya Srinivasan
This book turns the typical bedtime story on its head, reversing day and night so that it fits the needs of a night-time owl. During this story, Little Owl stays up all night and looks out the window to see what animals are doing. A hedgehog is sniffing, a squirrel is eating some berries, and a turtle hides in her shell. Little Owl goes to see his friend the raccoon, then tries to wake up a sleeping bear to show him the moon and stars. Little Owl loves the night. “Tell me again how night ends.” They talk about how the moon and stars become ghosts, dew drops sparkle on leaves, morning glories start growing, the sky changes color from black to blue, and the hen calls. But Little Owl didn’t hear the end of his mother’s story, because he had already gone to sleep. These are the ages where this book is best.
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
This beautiful story is about a young girl and her father going owling for the first time. For the young girl, it’s a great honor and pleasure to go with her father to look for a Great Horned Owl. Her father makes the call of the Great Horned Owl as they walk through the woods. She doesn’t say a word until they reach a clearing and her father does. But will they be lucky and see an owl on this night? They will enjoy this story about how a father and daughter had the same experience. It’s good for kids ages 4 to 9.