Bird Books For Kids: Reading Takes Flight

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One of the first signs of springtime is waking to the chirping and songs of the cardinals and robins outside the window. What a delight! In honor of these springtime fliers, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite bird books for kids.

We think they are the perfect way to help your child’s imagination and reading take flight.

Travel around the globe with stork Felix Featherbottom or spend some down time with Mo Willems’ pesky pigeon.

For little scientists, explore non-fiction bird books for kids and learn to identify specific types of birds and their eggs.

Following Featherbottom by MarbleSpark

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This book is personalized to your child and features one of our all-time favorite feathered friends, Felix Featherbottom.

Follow Felix and his sidekick, Pierre du Pond, as they race around the globe finding the letters for your child’s name. From Antarctica to Zimbabwe, Felix and Pierre run into adventures that grow along with the child. Babies love the vibrant illustrations and rhyme. Toddlers learn to recognize and spell their name.

“Felix Featherbottom knows places world ’round.
Countries and islands and cities and towns.
Each has a letter and sound not the same.
He’ll find the right letters and build you a name.”

Older kids get a geography lesson and love the hidden “I Spy” in each illustration. Each book is personalized with the child’s birthday, nickname, dedication, and custom hardcover with your child’s name on it.

You can select different destinations and even choose among three different hardcover background colors. Perfect for all kids ages 0 to 8.

The Best Nest by P.D. Eastman

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By the author of the classic book “Go Dog Go,” this is the story of Mr. and Mrs. Bird and their quest to find a new home.

Their search for “the best nest” leads them to some funny spots. The sing-song rhyming in the book makes it perfect for reading aloud.

“I love my house.
I love my nest.
In all the world,
My nest is best.”

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

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There’s just something about a pigeon who has the emotions of a toddler.

Popular cartoonist Mo Willems perfectly captures a preschooler’s temper tantrum, as the pigeon pleads and begs to take the wheel of the bus when the bus driver takes a break.

If you haven’t had enough of the pigeon after this book, the series includes other fun titles such as “The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog” and “The Pigeon Wants a Puppy.”

Fine Feathered Friends: All About Birds by Tish Rabe

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Looking to fill the gap between books written for preschoolers and non-fiction books for fluent readers, this book from The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library is fun to read and also informative.

“Now, birds have some habits
we may think are strange,
but these habits are things
that they can’t even change.

Like the Emperor penguins
Who live in the snow,
Where there’s nothing to build
A warm nest with, and so…
…when a mom lays an egg,
It goes up on Dad’s feet,
And until it is hatched,
He can’t move and can’t eat.”

Birds, Nests and Eggs: A Take-Along Guide by Mel Boring

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This is a really cute, informational starting non-fiction bird book for kids.

Kids can spend hours trying to identify the birds that they see right outside the window.

It’s also the perfect book to bring along on your summer road trip.

Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss

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Ok, this one is more about the elephant, but our list didn’t seem complete without it. My kids love this rhyming book about a kindly pachyderm and a not-so-thoughtful bird. Parents will love the lessons of integrity and perseverance that will stick with your kiddos for years to come.

“I meant what I said, and I said what I meant…
An elephant’s faithful, one hundred per cent!”

Take Flight with Bird Books for Kids

Watch your child’s imagination take flight with these feathered friends featured in some of our favorite bird books for kids.

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