83 Children's Books About Birds

Updated Sep. 10, 2018
Mrs. Peanuckle's Bird Alphabet book
#1
Mrs. Peanuckle's Bird Alphabet
Written by Mrs. Peanuckle and illustrated by Jessie Ford
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

From the albatross to the zebra finch, Mrs. Peanuckle pulls out her binoculars and introduces toddlers to 26 species of birds from all around the world. Described by a single interesting fact or defining characteristic, each bird proves to be as unique and surprising as the one before. Ever wonder why flamingoes are pink? It’s all those shrimp they eat. Are there birds that can fly backward? Yes, but hummingbirds are the only ones! With colorful, dynamic art, and attention-grabbing text, Mrs. Peanuckle’s birds fly off the page, and in some cases, into the parks and backyards of the children and adults reading this book. Mrs. Peanuckle’s Bird Alphabet is the fifth title in a series of board books celebrating the joy of nature at home and in the backyard, from fresh fruits and vegetables to birds, bugs, and trees.

Nerdy Birdy book
#2
Nerdy Birdy
Written by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Matt Davies
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Nerdy Birdy likes reading, video games, and reading about video games, which immediately disqualifies him for membership in the cool crowd. One thing is clear: being a nerdy birdy is a lonely lifestyle. When he's at his lowest point, Nerdy Birdy meets a flock just like him. He has friends and discovers that there are far more nerdy birdies than cool birdies in the sky.

Harold Finds a Voice book
#3
Harold Finds a Voice
Written and illustrated by Courtney Dicmas
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

Harold is an amazing mimic, and can imitate the sound of everything in his home. Tired of repeating the same old noises, he yearns to find out what other voices there are in the big, wide world. But what happens when he suddenly realises that he doesn’t yet have a voice of his own?This fantastic debut by author/illustrator Courtney Dicmas recounts Harold’s hilarious tale. It’s full of colour, humour and invention, and children will love to join in with Harold as he mimics everyday noises.

Early Bird book
#4
Early Bird
Written by Toni Yuly
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Waking up before the sun and realizing that she is very hungry, Early Bird takes a deep breath and begins searching for a tasty breakfast, in a boldly colored story that emphasizes action words.

Stellaluna book
#5
Stellaluna
Written and illustrated by Janell Cannon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

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.

Bertie Wings It! book
#6
Bertie Wings It!
Written by Leslie Gorin and illustrated by Brendan Kearney
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

Bertie the birdie knows: he's ready to fly from the nest and into the sky. But whenever he's about to take wing, his fellow feathered friends squawk at him to STOP and follow their advice instead. But not one of these "experts"--the persuasive penguin, the emu, or the kiwi--has ever actually flown! Will Bertie learn to trust his own instincts . . . and soar?

Pelican's Bill book
#7
Pelican's Bill
Written by Kathy Knight and illustrated by Kate Stone
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

How many sea snacks can Pelican’s bill hold? Pull up his moving mouth to see what Pelican catches next. Practice counting while he searches for treats to fills his bill. But when Pelican has to sneeze… ACHOOO! Will he still get to enjoy his lunch?

Edgar and the Tattle-Tale Heart book
#8
Edgar and the Tattle-Tale Heart
Written by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Ron Stucki
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When Edgar, the mischievous toddler, accidentally breaks a statue while roughhousing with his sister, he must decide whether to tell their mother the truth--and Lenore must decide whether or not to tattle.

Cockatoo, Too book
#9
Cockatoo, Too
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Who can can-can? Find out in Cockatoo, Too, a hilarious book that features cockatoos, two more cockatoos, and tutued toucans too, now available as a board book! Cockatoo. Cockatoo two? Cockatoo, too? Two cockatoos! Two cockatoos, too? Cockatoo tutus! Two cockatoos meet two more cockatoos in tutus and two tutued toucans. And then two more! Can they all can-can? They can! The cockatoos and toucans join together for a dance and ask the reader: "Can you can-can, too?" Now even the youngest readers can experience fantastically funny wordplay and lush, vibrant illustrations in this new board book edition of Cockatoo, Too.

Oh, Bear book
#10
Oh, Bear
Written by Melissa Nelson Greenberg and illustrated by Ruth Hengeveld
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Bear receives a bright yellow kite for his birthday and flies it until . . . it gets stuck in a tree and rips. Oh, Bear. Lucky for Bear, Bird is busy building a nest and flies his broken kite home, where an even better surprise awaits him. A story about nature, renewal, and friendship—the best gift of all.

The Sheep Who Hatched an Egg book
#11
The Sheep Who Hatched an Egg
Written and illustrated by Gemma Merino
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Lola is proud of her amazing wool. After all, everyone on the farm tells her how beautiful she looks. She spends hours brushing her wool to keep it shiny and silky. Until one day when the weather gets hot, and all the sheep have to get haircuts—including Lola! She’s so upset without her wool that she runs away and hides by herself. And when her wool finally grows back, it’s tangled, messy…HORRIBLE! But hiding in Lola’s wool is a wonderful surprise, one that will help her realize that she doesn't have to be pretty or perfect in order to be a friend…or to be extraordinary!

Wordy Birdy book
#12
Wordy Birdy
Written by Tammi Sauer and illustrated by David Mottram
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Wordy Birdy LOVES to talk. “Hello, sunrise. Hello, pink sky. Hello, orange sky!” But does she love to listen? NOPE. One day, while she’s walking through the forest, her gift of the gab gets her into hot water: “That’s a pretty tree and that’s a pretty tree and that’s a pretty danger sign and that’s a pretty tree… .” Will this inattentive bird walk right into danger? Will her faraway thoughts lead her along a path of doom? It’s up to her long-suffering, heard-it-all-before pals Squirrel, Raccoon, and Rabbit to save their distracted friend. Author Tammi Sauer will have kids and their parents in stitches with this funny, fast-paced, lovable caper about the importance of paying attention—and the importance of standing by your friends through thick and thin.

Nerdy Birdy Tweets book
#13
Nerdy Birdy Tweets
Written by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Matt Davies
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Nerdy Birdy and his best friend, Vulture, are very different. Nerdy Birdy loves video games, but Vulture finds them BORING. Vulture loves snacking on dead things, but Nerdy Birdy finds that GROSS. Luckily, you don’t have to agree on everything to still be friends. One day, Nerdy Birdy joins Tweetster, and the friend requests start flying in. Vulture watches as Nerdy Birdy gets swept up in his new friendships, but when she finally gets angry, Nerdy Birdy knows just what to do to make things right.

The Birds of Bethlehem book
#14
The Birds of Bethlehem
Written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A perfect first Christmas book This inventive and fresh Nativity story is told from a bird’s-eye view. On the morning of the first Christmas, the birds of Bethlehem gather in the fields–not only to eat but to share the exciting news. People from all over have descended on Bethlehem and an angel has appeared in the night sky. Something extraordinary is coming! The birds agree that they must find this wondrous thing, and off they fly to the stable where a child has been born. In simple language and dazzling pictures, beloved author-illustrator Tomie dePaola shares the awe and anticipation of the first Christmas. His cast of brightly colored, curious birds will appeal to young children, making this a perfect introduction to the story of Christmas.

Chugga Chugga Choo Choo book
#15
Chugga Chugga Choo Choo
Written and illustrated by Emma Garcia
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

A little red train goes on a trip from the seaside to the forest, the city, the farm, and finally the station for a rest, where it is visited by a bunch of noisy birds.

Elwood Bigfoot book
#16
Elwood Bigfoot
Written by Jill Esbaum
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Elwood Bigfoot is big, LOUD . . . and lonely. It's hard for him to make friends especially with the tiny birdies whose chirps and cheerful songs help him feel less alone. But whenever a hopeful Elwood hollers at a birdie to STAY, the scared creature flies away. Will Elwood "ever" find a way to befriend the birdies?"

Madeline Loves Animals book
#17
Madeline Loves Animals
Written and illustrated by John Bemelmans Marciano
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

This charming, rhyming board book is just right for Madeline’s youngest fans. Each spread features Madeline with a different animal friend: brushing her teeth with an adorable mouse (with whom she shares her house), scattering breadcrumbs everywhere for the birds in the square, stopping to greet the cats on the street, and more. John Bemelmans Marciano, grandson of Madeline’s creator, Ludwig Bemelmans, shares his grandfather’s flair for lively verse and vivid artwork.

Indestructibles: Flutter! Fly! book
#18
Indestructibles: Flutter! Fly!
Written by Amy Pixton and illustrated by Kaaren Pixton
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Announcing a brand new idea in publishing books for babies: the completely durable, completely safe Indestructibles. Published on the same paper-like material used in shipping envelopes, Indestructibles are 100% baby-proof: chew-proof, drool-proof, and rip-proof. That's because Indestructibles not only will not tear or turn gummy with teething, but they are also completely washable. Indestructibles are also energetic, beautiful, and created just for baby. The printing material reproduces color artwork with uncommon depth, and with no residual inkiness; the artwork, paintings by Kaaren Pixton and reminiscent of Eric Carle, is happy, each page a simple, colorful image of an animal or bird or insect against a rich, textured background. The effect is 3D-like and completely visual. There are no words, making each perfect for parents and babies to look at together, with mom or dad telling the story. Three titles launch the series: Creep! Crawl! about animals that crawl, Flutter! Fly! about animals that fly, and Wiggle! March! about farm animals—books babies can really sink their teeth into.

Pablo  and  Birdy book
#19
Pablo and Birdy
Written by Alison McGhee and illustrated by Ana Juan
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

A boy who drifted into the seaside town of Isla as a baby searches for answers about where he and his parrot came from in this “memorable, fantastical tale” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) from New York Times bestselling author Alison McGhee.The seaside town of Isla has many stories, the most notable being the legend of the Seafaring Parrot. Locals claim that the Seafarer remembers every sound, every whisper, cry, laugh, or snort ever uttered.But, though there have been rumored Seafarer sightings, no one has actually seen the bird before. Other stories surround a boy named Pablo, who had washed up on shore in a blow-up swimming pool as an infant with only a lavender parrot as a companion. Now, on the eve of his tenth birthday, the stories are repeated.

Borka book
#20
Borka
Written and illustrated by John Burningham
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Odd appearances don't get in the way of adventure in a jubilant new edition of John Burningham's very first picture book, back by popular demand. Mr. and Mrs. Plumpster are delighted when their six eggs hatch into adorable baby goslings. But one has them worried: Borka, who was born without feathers. The doctor encourages Mrs. Plumpster to knit Borka a fuzzy sweater, but while it helps keep out the cold, it doesn't keep all the other young geese from teasing Borka -- until, come migration day, her siblings fly off without her. What is the tearful goose to do? In a brand-new edition of his debut book for children --awarded a prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 1963 -- the incomparable John Burningham turns a sad beginning into a whimsical tale of pluck and serendipity, kindness and kindred spirits, as he celebrates the rare birds among us.

The Message of the Birds book
#21
The Message of the Birds
Written and illustrated by Kate Westerlund
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

A timeless message of how peace can spread from one person to another, ideal for Christmas time, and throughout the year. Long ago a special child was born, and the animals heard a song of blessing and good will for all the creatures of the earth. But now the birds wonder why no one sings the song anymore. The old owl tells them, -People don't listen. Some think the message is not for them.- The birds are determined to bring the message to those who will listen--the children. And so they fly far and wide, each singing the song of joy and peace, passing it on from bird to bird and from child to child. Here is a beautiful story about the powerful role we all play in passing on the timeless message: -Let there be peace. Peace on Earth.-

Baby's Birds and Colors book
#22
Baby's Birds and Colors
Written and illustrated by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

The colorful world of birds! Birds come in all different shapes, sizes, and yes, colors, too! From the eastern bluebird and blue jay to the scarlet tanager and northern cardinal, little ones will discover the natural world and learn the names and colors of Phyllis Limbacher Tildes’s exquisitely illustrated birds in their natural habitats. The color word appears large and bold, and each bird is labeled by name, as are flowers, fruits, and foliage. Each bird is color coded and has a name and gender for children to easily identify.

The Easter Egg book
#23
The Easter Egg
Written and illustrated by Jan Brett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Jan Brett’s lovable bunny hero, Hoppi, and her remarkable Easter Rabbit will enchant readers as they pore over illustrations filled with dazzling eggs made by Flora Bunny, Aunt Sassyfrass and others. If Hoppi can make the best Easter egg, he will get to help the Easter Rabbit with his deliveries on Easter morning. But it is not so easy. Discouraged, he goes into the woods to think when a blue robin’s egg tumbles out of its nest. Hoppi keeps it safe and warm until the baby bird hatches, and when the Easter Rabbit arrives, he declares the empty blue eggshell the very best one to reward Hoppi for his kindness. Spring is everywhere in gorgeous illustrations framed with pussy willows, flowering vines and flowers. Side borders feature busy rabbits making their unusual eggs and, in a border above, the Robin’s family drama unfolds. A gatefold surprise reveals the Easter Rabbit.

Always Come Home to Me book
#24
Always Come Home to Me
Written and illustrated by Belle Yang
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A moving and uplifting tale of two children and their parents, and the beloved pet doves that help them to understand one another. "Fei, fei — fly, fly, little birds, but always come home to me!" Mei-Mei and Di-Di are head-over-heels in love with their new doves. Like devoted parents, the siblings tenderly nurture Butterfly and Squeaky as they grow from chicks to fledglings to birds. But when Mei-Mei and Di-Di arrive home to find that the doves have disappeared, their young hearts break into a thousand pieces — and they run away, determined to reclaim their beloved birds. Will Mei-Mei and Di-Di return home with the doves before they break their own parents’ hearts?.

A Nest in Springtime book
#25
A Nest in Springtime
Written and illustrated by Belle Yang
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

In English and Mandarin Chinese, Belle Yang's bilingual board books celebrate the natural world with simple concepts and beautiful, bold illustrations. In springtime, when wild geese come to nest, there are eggs for counting. But how many goslings will there be? And how many in the whole paddling family, when Papa and Mama join them? Tonal marks used in the book are explained in a final spread, along with a pinyin translation of the Chinese characters.

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