Our Favorite 20 Books About Bats

Updated Apr. 24, 2019

There are many types of bats, and you can learn all about these amazing creatures through these favorite books about bats! Some of these picks will tell you all about the smallest and biggest bats in the world, what they like to eat, how they fly at night, and why they sleep upside down. Others will take you on a bat-filled adventure. Overall I think you'll find something new to love about bats or help your little ones realize they're quite gentle creatures.

Stellaluna book
#1
Stellaluna
Written and illustrated by Janell Cannon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

There's a reason this read is a popular one! A sweet baby fruit bat is lost after she and her mother were attacked by an owl. Taken in by a bird family, she tried to be the best bird she could be, even though she'd rather be sleeping upside down and didn't like to eat bugs. When she comes in contact with other bats, she ends up finding her real mother again, but she ends up with two families who love her for who she is.

Knocked from her mother’s safe embrace by an attacking owl, Stellaluna lands headfirst in a bird’s nest. This adorable baby fruit bat’s world is literally turned upside down when she is adopted by the occupants of the nest and adapts to their peculiar bird habits. Two pages of notes at the end of the story provide factual information about bats. “Delightful and informative but never didactic; a splendid debut.”--Kirkus Reviews For this anniversary edition, color has been added to the ink drawings and the interior design now allows for more art to be see. Plus there is a code for a downloadable crafts and activity kit, two pages of updated notes about bats, and a special note from the author.

Nightsong book
#2
Nightsong
Written by Ari Berk and illustrated by Loren Long
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from The Goodfather

The story will entertain young readers while also telling a deeper message of sharing your unique voice with the world and finding that others in return share with you and guide your journey. The illustrations depicting the night world that seems so strange and dark are excellent.

Chiro, a young bat, is nervous about flying into the world for the first time without his mother, especially on a very dark night, but he soon learns to rely on his "song" to find his way and stay safe.

Bats book
#3
Bats
Written and illustrated by Gail Gibbons
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Presenting fascinating information on all kinds of bats, from how they use echoes to hear, to the legends that surround them and how to protect the species Though people often think of bats as scary, bats are really shy, gentle animals. There are nearly 1000 different species of bats, and they live on every continent except Antarctica. Some are tiny, but the giant flying fox bat has a five-foot wingspan! Popular science author Gail Gibbons also discusses the efforts to protect the world's only truly flying mammals. A final page offers additional facts.

Bats at the Ballgame book
#4
Bats at the Ballgame
Written and illustrated by Brian Lies
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

On deck and ready for the spring lineup, New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Brian Lies's ode to "batty" baseball fans. Hurry up! Come one--come all! We're off to watch the bats play ball! You think humans are the only ones who enjoy America's national pastime? Grab your bat--the other kind--and your mitt, because it's a whole new ballgame when evening falls and bats come fluttering from the rafters to watch their all-stars compete. Get set to be transported to the right-side-up and upside-down world of bats at play, as imagined and illustrated by best-selling author-illustrator Brian Lies.

Bats in the Band book
#5
Bats in the Band
Written and illustrated by Brian Lies
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

When the weather warms up, bats take advantage of an empty theater to stage a concert.

Bats at the Library book
#6
Bats at the Library
Written and illustrated by Brian Lies
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
Thoughts from Mr. Stacatto

Bat night at the library! A cute story about a book filled evening at the library when these lucky bats discover that the librarian has left the window ajar. The cadence is a tad choppy but the illustrations and idea behind this book are fun for any bat lover.

Houghton Mifflin Company Another inky evening’s here— The air is cool and calm and clear. Can it be true? Oh, can it be? Yes!—Bat Night at the library!

Zipping, Zapping, Zooming Bats book
#7
Zipping, Zapping, Zooming Bats
Written by Ann Earle and illustrated by Henry Cole
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Bats fly into the spotlight in this exploration of such basics as where the live, how mothers raise their pups, and how they hunt for food. Included as well is a simple plan for a building a backyard bat house. 1995 "Pick of the Lists" (ABA) Best Children's Science Books 1995 (Science Books and Films)

Bat Loves the Night book
#8
Bat Loves the Night
Written by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Sarah Fox-Davies
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

As nighttime falls, a pipistrelle bat wakes up, flies into the night, uses the echoes of her voice to navigate, hunts for her supper, and returns to her roost to feed her baby. Reprint.

A Boy Called Bat book
#9
A Boy Called Bat
Written by Elana K. Arnold and illustrated by Charles Santoso
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

The first book in a funny, heartfelt, and irresistible young middle grade series starring an unforgettable young boy on the autism spectrum, from acclaimed author Elana K. Arnold and with illustrations by Charles Santoso. For Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life tends to be full of surprises—some of them good, some not so good. Today, though, is a good-surprise day. Bat’s mom, a veterinarian, has brought home a baby skunk, which she needs to take care of until she can hand him over to a wild-animal shelter. But the minute Bat meets the kit, he knows they belong together. And he’s got one month to show his mom that a baby skunk might just make a pretty terrific pet. "This sweet and thoughtful novel chronicles Bat’s experiences and challenges at school with friends and teachers and at home with his sister and divorced parents. Approachable for younger or reluctant readers while still delivering a powerful and thoughtful story" (from the review by Brightly.com, which named A Boy Called Bat a best book of 2017).

Little Bat: Finger Puppet Book book
#10
Little Bat: Finger Puppet Book
Written and illustrated by ImageBooks
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Little Bat swoops and spins through the night sky, gathering treats before returning home again in this adorable addition to the Finger Puppet library. This fun and interactive reading experience is a great way for parents to enjoy Halloween—or any day—with their children.

Boo Bat book
#11
Boo Bat
Written and illustrated by Charles Reasoner
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

In this book with simple rhyming text, Boo Bat flys through the night on Halloween.

Bat Jamboree book
#12
Bat Jamboree
Written by Kathi Appelt and illustrated by Melissa Sweet
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The Bat Jamboree was held early this year, at the old drive-in movie not too far from here. It was standing room only as the houselights went down. The spotlight came up -- there wasn't a sound! Then: DD1 bat sang.DD2 bats flapped. DD3 bats cha-cha-edDD4 bats tapped. Every year a troupe of 55 buoyant bats comes up with 10 fabulous acts to entertain and instruct an enthusiatic audience. And every year the bats top themselves when they perform the grandest finale of all . . . With its exuberant text and enchanting illustrations, Bat Jamboree is both a counting book and a thrilling theatrical event.

I Am Bat book
#13
I Am Bat
Written and illustrated by Morag Hood
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

I am bat. I love cherries. They are juicy and red and delicious and... My cherries! Some of them are missing. Who took my cherries? Was it YOU? Join the grumpily adorable Bat as he searches for his missing cherries in this vibrant and hilarious picture book

It's Raining Bats & Frogs book
#14
It's Raining Bats & Frogs
Written by Rebecca Colby and illustrated by Steven Henry
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A little witch named Delia has been looking forward all year to flying in the annual Witch Parade. When the rumors of rain come true and the other witches start complaining, Delia takes action. Using her best magic, Delia changes the rain to cats and dogs. At first this goes over quite well, but she quickly realizes the animals cause a few issues. She must change the rain again! This time to hats and clogs. And finally, she tries bats and frogs. But each new type of rain brings its own set of problems. How will Delia save the day?

Science Comics: Bats book
#15
Science Comics: Bats
Written and illustrated by Falynn Koch
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic—dinosaurs, coral reefs, the solar system, volcanoes, bats, flying machines, and more. These gorgeously illustrated graphic novels offer wildly entertaining views of their subjects. Whether you're a fourth grader doing a natural science unit at school or a thirty year old with a secret passion for airplanes, these books are for you! This volume: In Bats, we follow a little brown bat whose wing is injured by humans on a nature hike. He is taken to a bat rehabilitation center where he meets many different species of bats. They teach him how they fly, what they eat, and where they like to live.

The Truth about Bats book
#16
The Truth about Bats
Written by Eva Moore and illustrated by Ted Enik
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

Ms. Frizzle takes her students all over the country looking for bats, and in the process the students learn all about these flying mammals.

Bats at the Beach book
#17
Bats at the Beach
Written and illustrated by Brian Lies
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

On a night when the moon can grow no fatter, bats pack their moon-tan lotion, blankets, banjos, and baskets of treats and fly off for some fun where the foamy sea and soft sand meet. 15,000 first printing.

Littlebat's Halloween Story book
#18
Littlebat's Halloween Story
Written by Diane Mayr and illustrated by Gideon Kendall
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Littlebat loves to listen to the stories being told below the attic where he sleeps, but he has to wait until just the right time to get close enough to hear them better.

Oscar and the bat book
#19
Oscar and the bat
Written and illustrated by Geoff Waring
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A Start with Science book about sound. When Oscar hears a blackbird singing in the meadow, Bat swoops in to talk to him about sound. A sudden thunderstorm and a visiting cow give Oscar lots of opportunities to learn about sounds that are loud or soft, near or far, deep or high.

The Bat-Poet book
#20
The Bat-Poet
Written by Randall Jarrell and illustrated by Maurice Sendak
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

There was once a little brown bat who couldn't sleep days-he kept waking up and looking at the world. Before long he began to see things differently from the other bats, who from dawn to sunset never opened their eyes. The Bat-Poet is the story of how he tried to make the other bats see the world his way. Here in The Bat-Poet are the bat's own poems and the bat's own world: the owl who almost eats him; the mockingbird whose irritable genius almost overpowers him; the chipmunk who loves his poems, and the bats who can't make beads or tails of them; the cardinals, blue jays, chickadees, and sparrows who fly in and out of Randall Jarrell's funny, lovable, truthful fable.

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