Kids of all ages are fascinated with birds. You can learn all about our feathered friends with these children's books about birds!
Head outside and chances are you will hear or see at least one bird. Learning more about these amazing animals is a great activity for kids.
Whether you are planning a unit study about birds. Or just looking for some educational books about birds, you are in the right spot!
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I like to give my readers ideas for how they can use these books with their kids. To skip to the booklist, simply click on the first title from the list below.
- Age Range
- Science Topics
- How to Find a Bird
- Backpack Explorer: Bird Watch
- Eyewitness Bird
- Nature All Around: Birds
- Nests, Eggs, and Birds: An Illustrated Aviary
- Mama Built a Little Nest
- The Big Book of Birds
- Birds, Nests, & Eggs
- First Field Guide: Birds
- Backyard Birds Field Guide
- The Little Book of Backyard Bird Songs
- The Little Book of Woodland Bird Songs
- Have You Heard the Nesting Bird
- Free Printable Bookmarks
I have a background in elementary education and science. Each one of the books on the list was reviewed by me. Only high quality bird books for kids made the list.
Don't forget to download you free printable bird bookmarks to use while reading about birds at the bottom of this post!
- Upper Elementary
One of the best things about books is that you can use them with a wide range of ages. Young children can learn from the images. While older kids will enjoy reading the text.
Reading out loud with your kids is a great way for them to be excited about books. All of the books on this list can be used as part of a bird unit study if you are homeschooling. Or as part of your nature study curriculum.
- Different Species of Birds
- Nests and Eggs
- Bird Identification
- Life Cycles
Adding books to a unit about birds is a great way to explore a wide range of species of birds. Kids can learn about the differences between species of birds and even their habitats.
If you are looking to learn about birds that are not found in your area, books are a great resource! This list contains books that talk about birds that are specific to North America along with different locations around the world.
You can use these books when conducting a nature study or keeping nature journals with your kids. As a homeschooling mom, I love having a wide variety of high quality books to pick from when exploring different topics!
Let's dive into the books!
How to Find a Bird
A great read a loud book, How to Find a Bird is filled with beautiful illustrations. Big, bold, and filled with contrast, you and your children will love the imagery within this children's book.
Follow along with two children as they hunt for different birds. You can learn about different species of birds, their calls, and where you can find them. Young bird enthusiasts will appreciate the labels that go along with each bird throughout the book.
If you've checked out our spring picture books for kids booklist, then you have heard me mention Nesting before. Robins are one of my favorite birds and you can find them in many backyards across North America. Your kids can follow along with a pair of robins as they build their nest and raise their young.
The illustrations in this book are beautiful. All done in black and white along with a vivid robin's egg blue. A perfect book to get kids excited about birds and their families.
Backpack Explorer: Bird Watch
Bright and colorful, you will love how this book looks and feels. Beautiful illustrations, fun project ideas, and facts about birds. There is even a cute little magnifying lense for your little ones to use.
If you are looking for an interactive book, this is it. There are prompts for your kids to following including pointing to different birds they have seen. Along with counting pages and even stickers. This book makes a great gift for kids in pre-K through elementary.
An excellent nonfiction book that is all about birds. If you are learning about these animals with your kids I highly recommend this book. Filled with real life photographs and information, chances are you will learn something new from this resource.
Not just for older kids, young children in preschool and kindergarten also enjoying looking through the Eyewitness series of books. Instead of reading it through cover to cover, you can skip around to different sections with your kids.
Nature All Around: Birds
A relatively new release from 2020, Nature All Around: Birds is a beautiful book. Each double page spread has a different theme including- birds in summer, all about eggs, and birds up close.
Stunning illustrations will captivate readers young and old. Perfect for a unit study about birds. Instead of reading it straight through like a traditional storybook, you can take time to focus on one section at a time.
At the end of the book, you can lean how to make a bird feeder with your kids using basic supplies. There is a table of contents and a glossary included in this information text.
Nests, Eggs, and Birds: An Illustrated Aviary
Beautifully illustrated informational text. Within this book you can information about the nests, eggs, and birds from around the world. I love that this book is divided into sections and has a table on contents and a glossary.
Even very young children can learn by looking at the illustrations. If you are doing a bird unit study with your kids, they can dive deeper into different types of nests, etc when reading this book.
Mama Built a Little Nest
If you are looking for a read aloud for young children this is a cute book. Repeated text from page to page along with bright and colorful artwork. Your kids can learn about the different types of nests that birds make.
To go along with each page is a short description about each type of nest. I love that there is a wide range of birds, many that you may have heard of before. A great book to read when studying bird nests with your kids.
The Big Book of Birds
Large and colorful, this book lives up to it's name! The size of this book makes it fun to read with your kids along with the colorful illustrations. Each double page spread features a different bird.
This would be a fun book to leave out at a nature table or reading nook. As your kids flip through the pages they can learn some facts about each of the birds. I like that the text is not overwhelming in this book. Read through it together, or let older kids flip through it themselves.
Birds, Nests, & Eggs
I love these take along guides for kids in preschool through elementary. Presented in a kid friendly format, this book is a wonderful resource. You can bring this book outside when heading out to observe birds.
Your kids can also look at individual pages when learning about a specific type of bird. This book explores 15 different birds. You will have fun learning about their eggs and where they build nests.
First Field Guide: Birds
National Audobon Society's first field guide on birds is a great resource if you are doing nature study with your kids. Small enough to fit into a backpack while heading outside for a nature scavenger hunt.
Similar to other field guides, there is a photograph to go along with each species of bird. Adjectives that describe each bird along with their habitat and habitat range.
I like that look-alikes and similar birds are shown to help kids properly ID ones they see outside. This guide is around 160 pages.
Amazon | Bookshop
Backyard Birds Field Guide
Another great field guide for kids. You can use this Peterson's field guide with kids as young as preschool. Real life photographs along with information about each type of bird. If you watch the birds out the window, this is a great resource!
You can also take the guide outside when hiking or exploring to help you identify common birds. It has just under 50 pages, so it is not too overwhelming. This guide as real life images along with illustrations. A great educational guide for young bird watchers.
Amazon | Bookshop
The Little Book of Backyard Bird Songs
Now, not everyone wants a book that sings, but I wanted to include this book on the list. Young children love hearing different bird calls and this book lets them do that with a push of a button.
Twelve common backyard birds are explored in this book including: Blue Jay, House Finch, and Northern Cardinal. Within the text, you can learn about each bird's habitat, eggs, nests, and calls.
The Little Book of Woodland Bird Songs
Similar to the backyard bird song book, the woodland edition also plays twelve different bird songs. Your kids can learn about Black-Cap Chickadees, the Common Loon, and even a Wild Turkey!
Being a New Englander, I like that the author included a wide range of woodland birds.
Within the text you can learn about each bird's diet, nesting, and habitat. Kids love interactive books, so I can see little ones really enjoying this book. A fun book to get your kids excited about birding.
Have You Heard the Nesting Bird
If you are learning about birds during the spring months, this book is a wonderful pick. Sitting quietly on her nest, the robin makes no sounds. A great read aloud book. Together you can learn about different backyard birds and the sounds they make.
Young kids love practicing different bird calls as you read through the story. At the end of the book there is even a Q and A with the nesting bird which is fun to read with your kids.
Free Printable Bookmarks
Perfect bookmarks to go along with any of the bird books above! Black and white designs that your kids can color. You can even print them off onto cardstock for a sturdier card.
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Exploring birds with your kids? These free printable backyard bird coloring pages are great additions to a bird unit study!