From their beautiful songs to their colorful feathers to their graceful flights, birds are a natural spark for children’s imaginations. We’ve picked some of our favorite picture books featuring avian heroes!

North, South, East, West by Margaret Wise Brown
Vibrant illustrations by Greg Pizzoli tell the story of a little bird who wants to explore but also loves his home.

Are You My Mother? by P. D. Eastman
This charming classic features a baby bird who has fallen from his nest and looks around his world to find his mother.

Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
Join Mr. and Mrs. Mallard as they search for a home in this Caldecott winner.

Froodle by Antoinette Portis
Every kid knows that dogs bark, cats meow, and birds tweet. But what would happen if a little bird tried something new? Find out in this silly read aloud

Some Birds by Matt Spink
The illustrations take center stage in this catalog of birds and their unique traits

Mel Fell by Corey Tabor
Mel leaps out of the nest determined to fly. Follow along on this suspenseful ride as Mel takes the plunge!

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
Three baby owls awake to find their mother gone–what will happen? Beautiful illustrations and a joyous ending make this one perfect for lap readings.

Mama Built a Little Nest by Jennifer Ward
Paper cut illustrations showcase a wide variety of bird homes in this lovely book.

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
The Pigeon series is a perennial favorite with kids and adults alike. These silly stories about a cheeky pigeon are completely endearing