Crinkleroot’s 25 Birds Every Child Should Know by Jim Arnosky. Bradbury Press, 1993.
Naturalist Jim Arnosky begins with a two pages of general facts about birds and then adds 25 portraits of common birds, highlighting their most significant features.
What’s In That Egg? A Book About Life Cycles by Becky Bains. National Geographic, 2009
See eggs of all sizes and shapes. The author uses clear photographs show a variety of creatures that hatch from eggs, beginning with a single cell.
Baby Bird by Joyce Dunbar. Candlewick Press, 1996.
Whimsical illustrations and repetitive rhyme tell the story of a baby bird just learning to fly.
Are You My Mother by P.D. Eastman. Random House, 1966.
Classic story of a confused baby bird that has fallen from his nest and sets out to find his mother. Also look for The Best Nest by the same author.
Feathers for Lunch by Lois Ehlert. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1990.
An escaped house cat encounters twelve common backyard birds but captures only feathers for lunch.
Bird Songs by Betsy Franco. Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2007.
Count backwards from 10 to 1 as with your children as they learn the songs of 10 neighborhood birds, from the coo of a mourning dove to the dee-dee-dee of a chickadee.
The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett. Simon & Schuster, 2009.
Duck is feeling left out – all the other birds have laid an egg except him! When he finds an enormous green-spotted egg, he claims it as his own while all the other birds laugh at him – until it hatches!
Birds by Kevin Henkes. Greenwillow Books, 2008.
A little girl describes birds in detail – their sizes, shapes, colors, the way they move and how they are most like her.
Hooray for Spring! by Kazuo Iwamura, NorthSouth, 2009.
Mick, Mack and Molly, three young squirrels, are anxiously searching for food for a hungry baby bird. Acorns, raspberries, pine cones are just some of their choices before they find the answer – which young readers will already know.
Vulture View by April Pulley Sayre. Henry Holt, 2007.
This Theodor Seuss Geisel honor book presents the life of a turkey vulture.
Great book to teach the letter “V”.
A Place for Birds by Melissa Stewart. Peachtree, 2009.
Simple text and and informative illustrations show a wide variety of places where birds live. The author briefly tells how people’s choices have an impact on habitats, with an emphasis on conservation.
Whose Chick Are You? by Nancy Tafuri. Greenwillow Books, 2007.
Neither Goose, Duck, Hen nor Bird knows where a newly hatched chick belongs.
Observant readers will often spy the hatchlings’ parents nearby.
A Year of Birds by Ashley Wolff. Dodd, Mead, 1984
Vibrant linoleum block prints depict the different birds that arrive in Ellie’s back yard during each month of the year.