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Bats: Picture Books For Kids

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.

Bats at the Beach book
#2
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.

Nightsong book
#3
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
#4
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 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.

  1. Bats at the Ballgame - 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.

  2. Bats at the Library - Mr. Staccato - 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.

  3. Bat Loves the Night - 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.

  4. Zipping, Zapping, Zooming Bats - 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 Jamboree book
#10
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.

Littlebat's Halloween Story book
#11
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
#12
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.

It's Raining Bats & Frogs book
#13
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?

Manny Loses His Fangs book
#14
Manny Loses His Fangs
Written and illustrated by Giuliano Ferri
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

The best thing about being a vampire bat is scaring all the other animals. With enough practice, Manny hopes to become the scariest vampire bat in the world. But his world is rocked when his baby fangs fall out, and no one thinks he's all that scary anymore. How will Manny handle this unexpected turn of events? This is a lighthearted look at what happens when things don't go the way we plan, and how friendship can spring up in the most unexpected ways.

  1. Zip! Zoom! On a Broom - "One goes zip.Two go zoom.Three witches glide from room to room." ​So begins this witchy counting story. Count up from one to ten and back down again, when you join ten very feisty witches — and one little kitten — on their journey through a haunted graveyard, a scary forest, a spooky castle, and more in this adorably eerie tale. This book hits the mash-up sweet spot between an important concept and Halloween fun!

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