Birds have long captured the imaginations of young and old alike, with their vibrant colors, enchanting songs, and the inspiring freedom they exhibit through flight. As children explore the world around them, they are often instinctively drawn to the beauty, grace, singular personalities, and uniqueness of our feathered friends.
Recognizing the boundless potential for learning and fascination that birds provide, numerous authors and illustrators have created captivating bird-themed picture books for kids. These books not only showcase the vast diversity of the avian world but also inspire a sense of wonder, environmental awareness, and a love for reading.
We’ve organized our collection by theme, so you can use the links below to jump straight to a specific topic of interest in this article…
Follow along as we take flight on a journey to discover the best bird-themed picture books for kids, carefully curated to engage and delight young readers. These books introduce children to the fascinating world of birds, touching upon their unique characteristics, habitats, and behaviors while simultaneously weaving in captivating stories and valuable life lessons.
Whether it’s through whimsical adventures, heartwarming tales of friendship, or educational explorations, these picture books are sure to leave a lasting impression on the minds and hearts of children and parents alike. So, let your little ones spread their wings and soar into the world of literature, one beautiful bird at a time.
Delightful Bird Tales for All Ages
Dive into this enchanting collection of bird-themed kids’ books, where vibrant illustrations and captivating stories take young readers on a delightful journey into the fascinating world of our feathered friends.
- Birds by Carme Lemniscates
- Bluebird by Lindsey Yankey
- I Am A Bird by Hope Lim
- Little bird Takes a Bath by Marisabina Russo
- Too Many Birds by Cindy Derby
- Ivy Bird by Tania McCartney
- Little Bird by Germano Zullo
- The Day I Became a Bird by Ingrid Chabbert
- Wakey Birds by Maddie Frost
- Little Bird’s Bad Word by Jacob Grant
- Apple and Robins by Lucie Felix
- The King of the Birds by Helen Ward
- Chickadee: Criminal Mastermind by Monica Silvie
- Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
- Little Loon Finds his Voice by Yvonne Pearson
- The Song of Spring by Hendrik Jones
- Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
- Little Owl’s Night by Divya Srinivasan
- Little Home Bird by Jo Empson
- Fly! by Mark Teague
- Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle
- Telephone by Mac Barnett
- Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
- Feathers for Lunch by Lois Ehlert
- Just Ducks by Nicola Davies
- Pardon me by Daniel Miyares
- Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins
- Baby Wren and the Great Gift by Sally Lloyd-Jones
- Bird Watch by Christie Matheson
Bird Books about Friendship
Discover the magic of friendship in this heartwarming collection of bird kids’ books, where endearing avian characters come together to create unforgettable stories that celebrate the power of connection and camaraderie.
- Sylvia and Bird by Catherine Rayner
- Bill and Pete by Tomie DePaola
- Birdsong by Julie Flett
- Love Birds by Jane Yolen
- Bluebird by Bob Staake
- Baby Bird by Andrew Gibbs
- A Home for a Bird by Philip C. Stead
- The Lion and the Bird by Marianne Dubac
- Yak and Dove by Kyo Maclear
- Can Cat and Bird Be Friends by Coll Muir
- Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
- Hello, My Name is Ruby by Philip C. Stead
Bird Picture Books Celebrating Individuality and Diversity
Embark on a journey of self-discovery with this inspiring collection of bird-themed kids’ books, where diverse and unique avian characters come to life, teaching valuable lessons about embracing individuality and the beauty of our differences.
- Birds of a Feather by Sita Singh
- Bird Hugs by Ged Adamson
- Oddbird by Derek Desierto
- A House for Every Bird by Megan Maynor
- Bird Boy by Matthew Burgess
Bird-Themed Books to Help Kids Overcome Hardships or Navigate Loss
Explore resilience and healing in this poignant collection of bird-themed kids’ books, where courageous avian protagonists overcome adversity or navigate the complexities of loss, offering young readers a gentle introduction to life’s challenges and the power of perseverance.
- Bird House by Bianca Gómez
- The Dead Bird by Margaret Wise Brown
- Sonya’s Chickens by Phoebe Wahl
- Bravo, Little Bird by Annie Silvestro
- Pablo and Birdy by Alison McGhee
- Calvin Can’t Fly: The Story of a Bookwork Birdie by Jennifer Berne
- The Dreamer by Il Sung Na
- Ka-ha-si and the Loon: An Eskimo Legend by Terri Cohlene
- Migrations: Open Hearts, Open Borders: The Power of Human Migration and the Way That Walls and Bans Are No Match for Bravery and Hope By ICPBS
Picture Books about Bird Nests
Delve into the cozy world of bird nests with this charming collection of picture books for an up-close look at the intricate art of nest-building and the nurturing environment that our feathered friends create for their families.
- Bird Builds a Nest by Martin Jenkins
- My Happy Year by Paul Meisel
- Nests by Pepe Marquez
- The Nest that Wren Built by Randy Sonenshine.
- Mama Built a Little Nest by Jennifer Ward
- A Nest is Noisy by Diana Hutts Aston
- Nesting by Henry Cole
- The Perfect Nest by Catherine Friend
Bird Picture Books That Encourage Environmental Stewardship
Ignite a passion for nature with this engaging collection of bird-themed kids’ books, seamlessly intertwining themes of ecology and environmental stewardship, as young readers embark on captivating adventures that highlight the importance of protecting our feathered friends and their habitats.
- Michael Bird-Boy by Tomie DePaola
- Sparrow Girl by Sara Pennypacker
- Counting Birds: The Idea That Helped Save Our Feathered Friends by Heidi E.Y. Stemple
- The Last Rainbow Bird by Nora Brech
Kids Books for Budding Birdwatchers
Inspire budding bird enthusiasts with this delightful collection of bird-themed kids’ books, expertly crafted to captivate the hearts and minds of young birdwatchers as they embark on fascinating journeys to discover the wondrous world of our feathered friends.
- How to Find a Bird by Jennifer Ward
- Backpack Explorer: Bird Watch: What Will You Find? by Storey Publishing
- I Love Birds!: 52 Ways to Wonder, Wander, and Explore Birds with Kids by Jennifer Ward
- Birds to Spot by Sam Smith
- Ruby’s Birds by Mya Thompson
- The Birdwatchers by Simon James
- Otto Blotter, Bird Spotter by Graham Carter
- Finding a Dove for Gramps by Lisa J. Amstutz
Kids’ Books that Explore the Variety of Bird Species
Expand your child’s knowledge of the avian world with this informative collection of kids’ books, each dedicated to exploring different species of birds, their unique characteristics, habitats, and behaviors, all brought to life through vivid illustrations.
- The Big Book of Birds by Yuval Zommer
- The Atlas of Amazing Birds by Matt Sewel
- My Book of Birds by Geraldo Valério
- Sounds of Nature: World of Birds by Robert Frank Hunter
- The Beak Book by Robin Page
- All the Birds in the World by David Opie
- Snow Birds by Kristen Hall
- Crazy for Birds by Misha Maynerick Blaise
- Bird Show by Susan Stockdale
- Beautiful Birds by Emmanuelle Walker
Bird-Themed Board Books for Toddlers
Introduce your little ones to the enchanting worlds of both books and birds with this delightful collection of bird-themed board books for toddlers, featuring charming illustrations, simple narratives, and sturdy pages, perfect for tiny hands eager to explore the wonders of our feathered friends.
- Fly! by Xaivier Deneaux
- Charley Harper’s Count the Birds by Zoe Burke
- Ten Little Birds/Diez Pajaritos by Andrés Salguero
- Hooray for Birds by Lucy Cousins
- Black Bird, Yellow Sun by Steve Light
- Birds of a Color by elo
- Bird by Olivia Cosneau
- Every Little Thing Based on the Song ‘Three Little Birds’ by Bob Marley and Cedella Marley
- Flight School by Lita Judge
- Up and Down by Oliver Jeffers
- Little Penguins by Cynthia Rylant
- Penguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon
- Early Bird by Toni Yuly
- The Sky Guys by Madeleine Rogers
- Bird Alphabet by Mrs. Peanuckle
- Egg by Kevin Henkes
- Nest by Jorey Hurley
As you continue to foster your child’s love for birds, don’t forget to check out our delightful collection of kids’ bird crafts – perfect bird-themed children’s projects to pair with a book!
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