20 Bird Books for Kids
Learning about birds is a great homeschool unit and these bird books for kids will certainly help! After all, you’re bound to come across a number of birds while walking through trails, around the neighborhood, and even looking through the window. Might as well learn about our favorite feathered friends, right?
Birds have always been one of my favorite animals and I’ve passed along that fascination to my kids. We keep an eye out for birds building nests in the spring, keep our bird feeders full all year long, and listen for our favorite birds when the windows are open in the Spring. We make up stories about their travels, flying atop busy cities and deserted country roads, and imagine how our lives would differ if we were birds and not humans.
These bird books are a great way to learn more about birds while encouraging reading and creative thinking. The kids will love them!
I picked these bird books for kids because they’d be great for your homeschool units on birds, wildlife, forests, and more. This mix will provide a nice blend of both valuable non-fiction information and imaginative storytelling while encouraging kids to grow into lifelong readers.
Must Read Bird Books for Kids!
Backpack Explorer: Bird Watch: What Will You Find? By Editors of Storey Publishing
One in a three-part series, this book will encourage kids to get outside and explore! Includes a number of prompts & activities and even comes with a magnifying glass and a bird log to keep track of sightings and encounters.
The Big Book of Birds By Yuval Sommer
Gorgeous illustrations are artsy and make learning about birds fun and exciting! Not only does this big book teach about birds, but it also encourages kids to create welcoming bird spaces in their yards and community.
Backyard Birds By Jonathan P. Latimer
Just the right size for travel, this book can easily fit inside a backpack or purse for on-the-go bird watching. The design of Backyard Birds makes it easy for kids to identify birds found right in their back yard.
National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Birds By Catherine D. Hughes
We are BIG fans of National Geographic books in our home! The vibrant images and photographs, paired with informational text, makes these books a fabulous component of homeschool units. This would be a great way to introduce the littles to learning about birds.
We’re always game for an interactive educational experience and this book has 50 of them! From sketching birds to learning about bird sounds to building a bird house, this book takes learning about birds one step further, making your homeschool unit even more fun.
I bet you’ll agree that character education plays a big part in raising great kids. While the kids are learning about birds, might as well take an opportunity to teach them about friendship & acceptance, too! You could even say this would be a “2 birds, one stone” bird book option. Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge. I crack myself up.
Snow Birds By Kristen Hall
Even if you don’t live in an area that gets winter, don’t miss out on teaching the kids about bird migration and those brave birds that endure the winter weather. Even better? If you believe in superstitions, this is one of those bird books for kids that has cardinals on the cover, so you could tell the kids about some of the meanings behind seeing a cardinal.
Beginning Birdwatcher’s Book: With 48 Stickers By Sy Barlowe
This bird book has stickers! This book could be great for on-the-go education. Each page has a brief description of a bird and provides space below to record the date, location, and time seen as well as remarks.
Birds of (the State of Your Choice) Field Guide By Stan Tekiela
These bird books for kids will let them learn about the birds found in their state, so these could be great for combining a homeschool unit about both birds and state facts! Filled with gorgeous photos, I love that these books are organized by color so, if you see a bird, but don’t know what it is…just look up that color to find out.
The Little Book of Woodland Sounds By Andrea Pinnington
What list of books about birds would be complete without one that makes sound?! This book features the sounds of 12 North American woodland bird songs as well as gorgeous illustrations.
The Little Book of Backyard Bird Sounds By Andrea Pinnington
More songs! I’m all about a multi-sensory approach to learning, so, of course, I’m all about these bird books. This one features 12 North American backyard bird sounds including my very favorite: the Mourning Dove. Did you wake up to the sound of that sweet bird cooing on summer mornings, too?
Birds, Nests & Eggs By Mel Boring
Containing sweet illustrations and information about 15 bird species, this book also includes bird safety tips and activity suggestions as well as space for a scrapbook.
The Beak Book By Robin Page
This should be a fun bird book! Learn all about the different types of bird beaks as well as their abilities and uses. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous!
Fly With Me: A Celebration of Birds through Pictures, Poems, and Stories By Jane Yolen, Heidi Stemple, Adam Stemple, & Jason Stemple
Incorporate poems, science, and photographs into your homeschool bird unit, this bird book is part of the National Geographic collection, so you know it’s going to be a good one!
Audubon Birding Adventures for Kids: Activities and Ideas for Watching, Feeding, and Housing Our Feathered Friends By Elissa Ruth Wolfson & Margaret A. Barker
Including 20 games & activities, color photography, and information about bird habitats, species, and more, this bird book looks to be a great one for the upper elementary-age crowd!
The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon By Melissa Sweet
As the kids are learning about birds, they’re sure to come across the Audubon Society. Might as well learn about about the man who loved birds and inspired the Audubon Society!
Hawk Mother: The Story of a Red-tailed Hawk Who Hatched Chickens By Kara Hagedorn
A true story, this is one of those bird books for kids should love! Even better? You can find free, downloadable activities for this book on the publishers website! SCORE!
While learning about birds, you could include a bit about homesteading and self-sufficiency by learning about keeping chickens! Not gonna lie, this is one of my life long dreams, so I just had to include this option!
Tiny Bird: A Hummingbird’s Amazing Journey By Robert Burleigh
Hummingbirds are amazing creatures! Learn all about Hummingbirds in this sweet story about the Hummingbird’s winter migration.
After all the time spent learning about birds, use this book to test your knowledge! This book includes trivia, stories, and even jokes about birds.
These bird books for kids are sure to bring plenty of fun and learning into your homeschool units! If you know of a bird book that deserves to be on this list, let me know in the comments!
Until next time, stay safe and enjoy quality time with your family,
Elizabeth Dukart is a proud born and raised Jersey Girl, wife, and mom of 2 human boys & 1 canine boy.
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