Connecting with wildlife and the natural world is very important for the physical and mental health of kids. The fact that humans play a big role in our world and its many ecosystems is important to pass on to younger generations, because they will be the ones who have to figure out how to deal with the complicated and changing relationships between humans, animals, and the natural world. People learn best when they read. They learn about nature and the world around them when they read about it, which is a great way to do that. Books are a source of knowledge, awe, and joy for young people who read them. They help them understand and imagine a world that isn’t like their own.
These beautiful books about birds do just that. They encourage kids to look at their surroundings and the many animals that live there with pleasure, curiosity, and a sense of personal responsibility. Check out this reading list for kids of all ages. It includes picture books, board books, and chapter books that will both teach and entertain them. We also have a list of the best books about witches for kids, if your kids are into magic and mystery. If any of these books make your family want to go outside, check out our recommendations for the best walking boots.
Our Top Choice
The Lost Words By Robert Macfarlane And Jackie Morris
There are enough references to birds and the project as a whole to make this book our favorite bird book.
Lost Words is a celebration of imagination and enchantment. It also shows how language and naming can help us make and protect our natural world. It’s a book of spell-poems that tries to bring back the wildness of children’s language. It came about because some words like “wren” and “bluebell” were taken out of children’s dictionaries. Angry about the wilding of children’s imagination and play, this is a protest. It’s also a call to close the gap between childhood and nature. The poems are magical, and they’re called “spells” because they’re meant to be spoken out loud by kids in order to bring these lost words and creatures back into kids’ hearts. As you can see, we both loved this book just as much. The illustrations that come with the book are just as impressive. They show the power, beauty, and joy of nature when it comes together with children. This is a book that you and your kids won’t be able to forget. It’s a mix of poetic lyricism and quiet activism.
Ages: 5 and up
Best For Early Years
Birds By Carme Lemniscates
Lyrical and magical, this is one of the best picture books to read to young children. It teaches them to love birds and how they inspire us without giving them too many facts. Instead, Lemniscates talks about birds in soaring, poetic language. It ends with a call to children’s imaginations and the power of letting their thoughts soar. One of our favorite picture books.
Ages: 3 to 6.
Best Bird Book For Learning To Count
Wow! It’s Night Time By Tim Hopgood
A follow-up to “WOW! Said the Owl,” which teaches kids about color, this board book is a good way to teach preschoolers how to read and do math, as well. There’s a lot to look at on each page, thanks to the bright illustrations. Readers step into the story with a curious little owl as they learn about the wonders of nighttime.
Ages: 2 to 4
Best Classic Bird Book
Owl Babies By Martin Waddell
This is one of the best books about birds because we remember being read it at bedtime. It’s about three baby owls (Sarah, Percy, and Bill) who wake up in the night to find their mother gone. Darkness falls, and they become nervous, wondering where she has gone. Then they are happy to see her again and merrily welcome her home. This book is great for kids who have a hard time when they have to go away. It has been making people happy for a long time.
Ages: 3 to 5.
Best Board Book For Penguin Lovers
Little Penguins By Cynthia Rylant
This picture book comes from an award-winning author and illustrator, and it tells the story of five very excited penguins. As the snow falls, the penguins want to play, so they wrap up in scarves and socks and head outside to play in the snow. They come back inside for cookies before going to sleep. A great book to curl up with.
Ages: 3 to 7.
Best Bird Book For Twins
No Two Alike By Keith Baker
It’s just like there aren’t any two snowflakes the same. The two red birds in this rhyming book almost look the same, but not quite. With the birds in this story, kids see how many things (like feathers, roads, forests, and friends) look the same at first glance but are actually very different. When it’s cold outside, this book would be a great gift for twins.
Ages: 3 to 7.
Best Bird Book For City Dwellers
Ruby’s Birds By Mya Thompson
Plucky Ruby is going to the park with her friend Eva. The Golden-Winged Warbler flew away when Eva sang too loudly. Eva teaches Ruby the basics of urban birdwatching, and Ruby’s love for her winged city friends starts to grow. This great book comes with a treasure hunt where you have to find the birds hidden on almost every page, as well as information on where to find the same birds in the real world, thanks to the Cornell Lab’s citizen-science project Celebrate Urban Birds.
Ages: 3 to 7.
Best Factual Bird Book
The Big Book Of Birds By Yuval Zommer
This is a big, beautiful book with bold, detailed illustrations. It’s a great book for kids who like to know the truth. Why is a flamingo pink? This book explains how to recognize different bird eggs and species, how to understand the migration habits of certain birds, and how to identify different types of birds and their behavior (alongside many other interesting titbits of information on all things bird). Children learn how to protect birds where they live and how to make their gardens more bird-friendly. Find the 15 eggs hidden in the book’s pages!
It’s best for people who are 6 and up.
Best Festive Bird Book
Bird Count By Susan Edwards Richmond
Track and count the local birds that live in your snowy town during the annual Bird Count with Ava. She tells you about the rules of the annual Bird Count as she goes. The National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count, which the author Edwards Richmond has been taking part in for the last fifteen years, is the inspiration for this book. Richmond provides detailed information about each bird that Ava finds, which inspires and encourages young citizen scientists and bird watchers to do their own bird count.
Ages: 4 to 8.
Best Bird Book For Tweens
The Wheel On The School By Meindert DeJong
In the 70s, this book was written. It is still one of the best books for tweens about birds, even though it’s old. Why don’t storks come to Shora anymore? Lina and her friends decide to try and get them back. It’s a fun story about how one person can make a big difference in their community and the world around them. What better story could there be?
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Ages: 8 to 12.