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Birdwatching And Birding: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about birdwatching and birding?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to birdwatching and birding. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about birdwatching and birding.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about birdwatching and birding, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Finding a Dove for Gramps to popular sellers like Shh! We Have a Plan.

We hope this list of kids books about birdwatching and birding can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Shh! We Have a Plan
Written & illustrated by Chris Haughton
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

“A masterful delight, this crafty caper has huge kid appeal and a title/refrain that will easily sneak into the family lexicon: ‘Shh! We have a plan.’ ” —School Library Journal (starred review) Four friends creep through the woods, and what do they spot? An exquisite bird high in a tree! “Hello birdie,” waves one. “Shh! We have a plan,” hush the others. They stealthily make their advance, nets in the air. Ready one, ready two, ready three, and go! But as one comically foiled plan follows another, it soon becomes clear that their quiet, observant companion, hand outstretched, has a far better idea.

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National Geographic Pocket Guide to the Birds of North America
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

This fun, affordable, beautifully illustrated introduction to birding is like taking a walk with National Geographic’s birding experts. Of this book’s 192 pages, 160 are devoted to North America’s top species, one per page, from the lowly House Wren to the majestic Bald Eagle. Carefully chosen illustrations and photographs capture the key details and typical behavior of each bird, paired with a short list of essential facts and a fun, fascinating, colloquially written “bird-ography” of each bird. (The latter feature is unique to this beginning field guide). Pictures plus facts plus story: a winning combination. With a small trim size and colorful illustrations, this pocket guide is easy on the eyes and easy to stash. A useful color index aids identification; tips throughout show how to observe, track, and identify birds in nature.

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Andi Unstoppable
Written by Amanda Flower
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Andi Boggs and her best friend Colin Carter are at it again ... in this third book of the Andi Boggs series, Andi Unstoppable, school has begun for the two Killdeer middle schoolers and the science teacher has a great idea! He is an expert birder and wants his class to share in the fun. In a birding group with Colin and her biggest school rival, Ava, Andi sets out to be the first student in class to spot the elusive Kirtland warbler but ends up spotting the town's resident ghost instead!

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Whoo-Ku Haiku: A Great Horned Owl Story
Written by Maria Gianferrari & illustrated by Jonathan D. Voss
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8
Stunning illustrations and gorgeous haikus lead young readers through the dramatic life cycle of one of America's most beloved wild animals.
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I Love Birds! 52 Ways to Wonder, Wander and Explore Birds with Kids
Written by Jennifer Ward & illustrated by Alexander Vidal
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Calling all birders! It’s time to share the joy of birds with the kids in your life. I Love Birds! is chock-full of activities, information, and rich resources that will fuel discovery and inspire families. Through sensory, hands-on, and creative explorations that involve birding basics and the hows and whys of bird behavior, the activities here will engage children’s imagination and sense of wonder as they observe birds in the wild, become citizen scientists, and forge a deeper understanding, appreciation, and stewardship toward nature, our planet, and all things feathery.

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  • How to Find a Bird - A joyful and informative guide to birdwatching for budding young birders from an award-winning author-illustrator duo.

  • ¡Shhh! Tenemos Un Plan - “3, 2, 1… GO!” And once again, the bird escapes. But these three friends will not cease in their endeavor to catch the bird, while the fourth one… The littlest one… has other plans. And so does the bird. Chris Haughton’s acclaimed Shh! We Have a Plan arrives at the US, in Spanish for the first time! “A la una, a las dos y a las… ¡TRES!”. Cuando estos tres amigos ven un pajarito en el bosque, empiezan a moverse, despacito y sin hacer ruido. “¡Shhh! Tenemos un plan”. Pero el más pequeño tiene otro plan. Y el pajarito también. Uno de los libros más aclamados de Chris Haughton, ganador de múltiples premios internacionales como el Erza Jack Keats, el Cybils Award y el premio de la Asociación de Ilustradores. Por primera vez en español en los Estados Unidos.

  • Mouse and Mole, Fine Feathered Friends - A Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book It is a blustery spring day, and Mouse and Mole are very excited. They are going to go bird watching! They are planning to make bird books! Mouse and Mole pack paper and crayons and hurry outside. It turns out, birds are not so easy to watch. Splashing in puddles scare them away. Stepping on crunchy leaves does too. Mole rubs his snout. Mouse twirls her tail. Together, they come up with a plan to get closer to the birds. A plan that includes glue and feathers . . . Join Mouse and Mole on another high-flying adventure in which teamwork, brainstorming, and good ideas always make for a fun day out!

  • Finding a Dove for Gramps - A boy and his mom continue the family tradition of participating in the annual bird count. Since Gramps went South for the winter, the boy hopes to spot Gramps’s favorite bird for him—a dove! But with so many different birds in the nature preserve, will he be able to spot one? This heart-warming family story about nature celebrates a holiday census that was first started in 1900 and happens every year.

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