Best Children's Books About Owls

21 Children's Books About Owls

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Little Hoot book
#1
Little Hoot
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Jen Corace
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

It's not fair! All Little Owl wants is to go to bed at a reasonable hour, like his friends do. But Mama and Papa say little owls have to stay up late and play. So Little Owl spends all night jumping on his bed, playing on the jungle gym, and doing tricks on his skateboard—but he's hooting mad about it! Children who have a hard time going to bed will love this fun twist on the universal dilemma.

Brave Enough for Two book
#2
Brave Enough for Two
Written and illustrated by Jonathan D. Voss
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

In the spirit of "Goodnight Moon" and "The Night Gardener" comes a heartwarming picture book about a little girl, her stuffed-animal owl, and their loving friendship from debut author-illustrator Voss. Full color.

A Book of Sleep book
#3
A Book of Sleep
Written and illustrated by Il Sung Na
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-7

When the sky grows dark and the moon glows bright, everyone goes to sleep… except for the watchful owl! With a spare, soothing text and beautifully rich and textured illustrations of a starry night, this is the perfect “book of sleep.” Join the owl on his moonlit journey as he watches all the other animals settle in for the night: some sleep standing up, while some sleep on the move! Some sleep peacefully alone, while others sleep all together, huddled close. Il Sung Na makes his American debut with this gorgeous bedtime offering. While each animal rests in its own special way, little ones will also drift off to a cozy sleep.

Little Owl's Night book
#4
Little Owl's Night
Written and illustrated by Divya Srinivasan
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

It’s evening in the forest and Little Owl wakes up from his day-long sleep to watch his friends enjoying the night. Hedgehog sniffs for mushrooms, Skunk nibbles at berries, Frog croaks, and Cricket sings. A full moon rises and Little Owl can’t understand why anyone would want to miss it. Could the daytime be nearly as wonderful? Mama Owl begins to describe it to him, but as the sun comes up, Little Owl falls fast asleep. Putting a twist on the bedtime book, Little Owl’s Night is sure to comfort any child with a curiosity about the night.

Little Owl's Day book
#5
Little Owl's Day
Written and illustrated by Divya Srinivasan
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Chikit-chikit-chik! A squirrel is chittering. Bees are buzzing. The sun is high in the sky. And Little Owl is supposed to be asleep, but when he wakes up early, he’s just too curious to close his eyes again. The forest he knows so well at nighttime is completely different – and exciting – in the day! After watching butterflies dance, wolf pups play, and then his very first rainbow, Little Owl returns to his tree. He has many new stories for his mama. A blue sky companion to Little Owl’s Night, Little Owl’s Day is just right for young children and the perfect introduction to the joy and wonder of the natural world.

Little Owl's 1-2-3 book
#6
Little Owl's 1-2-3
Written and illustrated by Divya Srinivasan
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Little Owl flies through the night forest, visiting his friends. One friendly fox says hello, two beavers wave, three skunks nibble berries. And when Little Owl finally reaches his own tree, he sees Raccoon who has gathered ten acorns. Sweetly told, 1-2-3 is just right for children learning their numbers!

Owl Moon book
#7
Owl Moon
Written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by John Schoenherr
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Celebrating 30 years of the beloved classic Owl Moon from renowned children’s book author Jane Yolen and Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator John Schoenherr! Late one winter night a little girl and her father go owling. The trees stand still as statues and the world is silent as a dream. Whoo-whoo-whoo, the father calls to the mysterious nighttime bird. But there is no answer. Wordlessly the two companions walk along, for when you go owling you don’t need words. You don’t need anything but hope. Sometimes there isn’t an owl, but sometimes there is.

Owl Babies book
#8
Owl Babies
Written by Martin Waddell and illustrated by Patrick Benson
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

When three baby owls awake one night to find their mother gone, they can't help but wonder where she is. Stunning illustrations capture the owls as they worry about their mother: What is she doing? When will she be back? Not surprisingly, a joyous flapping and dancing and bouncing greets her return, lending a celebratory tone to the ending of this comforting tale. Never has the plight of young ones who miss their mother been so simply told or so beautifully rendered.

Little Owl Lost book
#9
Little Owl Lost
Written and illustrated by Chris Haughton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Uh-oh! Little Owl has fallen from his nest and landed with a whump on the ground. Now he is lost, and his mommy is nowhere to be seen! With the earnest help of his new friend Squirrel, Little Owl goes in search of animals that fit his description of Mommy Owl. But while some are big (like a bear) or have pointy ears (like a bunny) or prominent eyes (like a frog), none of them have all the features that make up his mommy. Where could she be? A cast of adorable forest critters in neon-bright hues will engage little readers right up to the story’s comforting, gently wry conclusion.

10, 9, 8...Owls Up Late! book
#10
10, 9, 8...Owls Up Late!
Written by Georgiana Deutsch and illustrated by Ekaterina Trukhan
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Laugh and count along with ten silly, sleepy owls in this adorable countdown to bedtime book! Ten little owls are playing in a tree, hopping and hooting happily. But Mama Owl calls from down in the nest, “It’s bedtime now; it’s time to rest.” Peek through the pages and spot the mischievous owls in this fun counting book, perfect for bedtime!

A Song for Snow book
#11
A Song for Snow
Written and illustrated by Lita Judge
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A young owl experiences the magic of a first snowfall—the quiet wintery wonder, the pristine beauty, and snowballs!—in this follow-up to the adorable Hoot and Peep It’s Peep’s first winter, and it’s going to snow very, very soon. Peep has so many questions for her older brother Hoot: Does snow drop, polppety splop, like the rain’s song? Does it scrinkle scrattle like falling leaves? But Hoot can’t remember snow very well. The one thing he knows for sure is that it is worth waiting for. But Peep doesn’t have his patience, and as she flies around the gorgeous Paris skies, she tries her best to make up her own snow song. But once those first snowflakes start to fall, Peep realizes just how wise her older brother really is for waiting…and just who she wants to cuddle up to when the snow starts to really sing. With all the wonder and the joy of a first snow day, and perfect for fans of The Quiet Book and Little Owl’s Night, this tender follow-up to Hoot and Peep is certainly worth waiting for, too.

Who Gives a Hoot?: Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet book
#12
Who Gives a Hoot?: Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet
Written and illustrated by Jacqueline Kelly
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Calpurnia and her grandfather rescue a barn owl from the river and, with the help of Dr. Pritzker, dead mice, and some detective work, nurse it back to health.

Little Owl's Egg book
#13
Little Owl's Egg
Written by Debi Gliori and illustrated by Alison Brown
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A heart-warming board book about preparing for the arrival of a new sibling, from a bestselling author and illustrator pairing. Little Owl's mommy has laid a beautiful egg with a new baby owl inside, and Little Owl isn't pleased. He's her baby owl--she doesn't need a new one! But what if it's not an owl inside the egg? What if it's a baby penguin . . . or a crocodile . . . or a dragon?! It's fun to imagine, but maybe a baby owl is the best thing after all. Master storyteller Debi Gliori explores the feelings involved in the impending arrival of a new sibling in this sweetly silly and heartwarming story, lovingly illustrated by bestselling artist Alison Brown.

Little Owl's First Day book
#14
Little Owl's First Day
Written by Debi Gliori and illustrated by Alison Brown
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

It's a big day for Little Owl. His first day at school. Little Owl doesn't want a big day though. He'd rather stay at home and have fun with Mummy and Baby Owl. But at school he gets to build a rocket, learn to fly and even make a tiny new friend. Maybe big days spent with friends can be lots of fun after all! From the bestselling creators of Little Owl's Egg comes another gentle and comforting story about the lovable Little Owl. Perfect for any little one starting nursery or school.

Hidden City book
#15
Hidden City
Written by Sarah Grace Tuttle and illustrated by Amy Schimler-Safford
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A poetic book highlighting everyday nature The perfect blend of science and poetry, Hidden City demonstrates that nature can thrive anywhere, even in highly populated areas. In this graceful collection of poems, skyscrapers serve as perches for falcons, streetlights attract an insect buffet for hungry bats, and an overgrown urban lot offers shelter to both flora and fauna. Hidden City also includes engageing supplementary materials, which provide scientific information about the animals and plants featured in the book. Coupled with beautiful collage illustrations, the poems in Hidden City offer readers the perfect reminder to notice and care about their environment.

Whobert Whover, Owl Detective book
#16
Whobert Whover, Owl Detective
Written by Jason Gallaher and illustrated by Jess Pauwels
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Help Whobert Whover, Owl Detective, keep his woods safe in this hilarious who-who-dun-it.

Wallace and Grace and the Lost Puppy book
#17
Wallace and Grace and the Lost Puppy
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Read & Bloom offers high-interest, character-driven stories for newly independent readers that feature full-color illustrations throughout. These early chapter books will transition kids from leveled readers to a lifetime of reading. In this delightful series, kids will be treated to simple whodunit mysteries as an utterly adorable owl duo put their heads together. While Wallace and Grace are on a scavenger hunt, they stumble upon a puppy named Jasper who can’t find his way. Will the owl detectives be able to follow the clues to get the lost puppy home?

Imagine That book
#18
Imagine That
Written and illustrated by Jonathan D. Voss
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Beloved characters Hoot and Olive return in this beautiful picture book about imagination, rainy day adventures, and the spirit of friendship. Olive is a little girl with a big, bright imagination. Hoot is her stuffed-animal owl...and her best friend. The two love adventures of all sorts. But on the rainiest of days, there is only one thing to do: stay inside and imagine a whole new world. Just as they’re about to begin their adventure, Hoot makes a shocking discovery—his imagination is broken! Like the best of best friends, Olive comes up with some ideas to help him. But nothing is working: not the head unscrambler, the earmuffs, or the hypnosis. Just as the two are about to give up, Olive remembers the secret ingredient to imagination, and they give it one more try. Fans of Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher Robin, George and Martha, and Frog and Toad are certain to fall in love with the next adventure in the Hoot & Olive series.

Little Owl's Snow book
#19
Little Owl's Snow
Written and illustrated by Divya Srinivasan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Little Owl experiences his first snow and first winter in this perfect follow-up to Little Owl’s Night and Little Owl’s Day! “Winter’s almost here!” says Little Owl, as he observes leaves falling, animal friends hibernating, and a chill from his feathers to his feet. And just as he and his friend racoon are watching their breath make fog in the cold air, it happens: Snow! Here is the perfect follow-up to Little Owl’s Night and Little Owl’s Day, and a wonderful introduction to the changing of the seasons!

Owl book
#20
Owl
Written and illustrated by Alex Brinded
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Here children can explore some of the most interesting and important life cycles in the animal kingdom. With engaging language and an innovative use of design, this series makes the science behind life cycles accessible to reluctant and confident readers alike.

Little Owl’s Colors book
#21
Little Owl’s Colors
Written and illustrated by Divya Srinivasan
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

During daytime, Little Owl’s forest is full of colors—like the sparkling blue pond and the hungry green frog sitting on a grassy green bank. From yellow bees to purple butterflies, there’s a rainbow of bright colors to look at and learn!

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