Randall Museum's Bird Books for Kids

February is Backyard Bird month and people all over the world are helping to count birds! The Randall Museum in San Francisco is counting birds too. We’ll tell you how to participate and what to look for, plus we have some online activities for you to do at home. See randallmuseum.org for details!



Backyard Birds (Peterson Field Guides: Young Naturalists) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780395922767
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - April 26th, 1999

This new series is designed with the beginner in mind. Featuring the original art of celebrated naturalist Roger Tory Peterson; incorporating the Peterson Identification System, the most effective method for bird identification; and using a straightforward design. This series makes field guides accessible and appealing to children. Roger Tory Peterson was the inventor of the modern field guide.

Counting Birds: The Idea That Helped Save Our Feathered Friends Cover Image
By Heidi E.Y. Stemple, Clover Robin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781633226043
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Published: Seagrass Press - October 2nd, 2018

Look Up!: Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763693008
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Published: Candlewick - January 29th, 2019

A 2014 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book

You don’t have to own binoculars and know a bunch of fancy Latin names to watch birds! No matter where you live, they’re in your neighborhood — just look up.

DK Eyewitness Books: Bird: Discover the Fascinating World of Birds their Natural History, Behavior, 9780756637682 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780756637682
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Published: DK Children - May 5th, 2008

Discover the fascinating world of birds—their natural history, behavior, and secret lives. Be an eyewitness to the breathtaking moment when a chick hatches from its egg, the growth of young birds in their nest, and how birds camouflage themselves, fly, hunt, and feed.

Ruby's Birds Cover Image
By Mya Thompson, Claudia Dávila (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781943645336
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Published: Cornell Lab Publishing Group - March 27th, 2019

Meet Ruby, a plucky young girl who uncovers the wild side of her city neighborhood with the help of a grown-up friend. When Ruby realizes there are amazing birds right in her neighborhood, her imagination takes flight. Birders have a name for the moment they get hooked--they call it their spark moment. This is the story of Ruby's spark moment, in her very own words.

Audubon Birding Adventures for Kids: Activities and Ideas for Watching, Feeding, and Housing Our Feathered Friends Cover Image
ISBN: 9780760366080
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Published: Cool Springs Press - February 4th, 2020

* 2021 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books in Hands-On Science Longlist
* 2021 NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book 

Produced in association with the National Audubon Society, Audubon Birding Adventures for Kids introduces you and your children to the love of all things birding.

The Beak Book Cover Image
By Robin Page, Robin Page (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781534460416
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Published: Beach Lane Books - January 5th, 2021

From Caldecott Honor illustrator Robin Page comes this striking nonfiction STEM picture book exploring the fascinating and surprising ways different kinds of birds use their unique beaks.

Birds around the world have so many amazing kinds of beaks! There are short beaks and long beaks, straight beaks and curved beaks, flat beaks and even spoon-shaped beaks.

The Bird Atlas Cover Image
By Barbara Taylor, Richard Orr (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780744027358
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Published: DK Children - January 19th, 2021

Take a peek inside the beautiful and absorbing world of birds with this lavishly illustrated children’s bird atlas.

From the Amazon Rainforest to the Rocky Mountains, this fully-fledged children’s bird guide will take you on a guided tour, continent by continent, to meet some of the most spectacular birds in the world! 

Fly High, Fly Low (50th Anniversary ed.) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142408179
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Published: Puffin Books - August 2nd, 2007

A Caldecott Honor book from the highly acclaimed author and illustrator of Corduroy!

How to Find a Bird Cover Image
By Jennifer Ward, Diana Sudyka (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481467056
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Published: Beach Lane Books - August 4th, 2020

A joyful and informative guide to birdwatching for budding young birders from an award-winning author-illustrator duo.

How do you find a bird? There are so many ways! Begin by watching. And listening. And staying quiet, so quiet you can hear your own heartbeat.

The Big Sticker Book of Birds (The Big Book Series) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780500652008
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Published: Thames & Hudson - September 17th, 2019

This book has over two hundred stickers and is filled with fun facts and activities centered around birds.

Little Naturalists: John James Audubon Cover Image
By Kate Coombs, Seth Lucas (Artist)
ISBN: 9781423651512
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Published: Gibbs Smith - March 19th, 2019

Introduce your baby to the stunning artwork of famous naturalist John James Audubon.

Science Comics: Crows: Genius Birds Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626728028
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Published: First Second - March 24th, 2020

That's something to crow about! Learn all about these genius birds in Kyla Vanderklugt's Science Comics: Crows, the latest volume in First Second’s action-packed nonfiction graphic novel series for middle-grade readers!

Baby's First Book of Birds & Colors Cover Image
ISBN: 9781580897426
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Published: Charlesbridge - May 2nd, 2017

The colorful world of birds! Birds come in all different shapes, sizes, and yes, colors, too!

Mrs. Peanuckle's Bird Alphabet (Mrs. Peanuckle's Alphabet #3) Cover Image
By Mrs. Peanuckle, Jessie Ford (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781623369378
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Published: Rodale Kids - May 8th, 2018

From the albatross to the zebra finch, Mrs. Peanuckle pulls out her binoculars and introduces toddlers to 26 species of birds from all around the world. Described by a single interesting fact or defining characteristic, each bird proves to be as unique and surprising as the one before. Ever wonder why flamingoes are pink? It’s all those shrimp they eat.

Who's Hiding in the Woods? Cover Image
By Nosy Crow, Katharine McEwen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781536208207
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Published: Nosy Crow - December 9th, 2019

There are lots of creatures in the woods. Where are they hiding and what are they doing? Innovative lift-the-flap pages are packed with adorable animals for little ones to find and name.

Birds of the World: My Nature Sticker Activity Book (Science Activity and Learning Book for Kids, Coloring, Stickers and Quiz) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616895662
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press - March 7th, 2017

With their colorful feathers, beautiful songs, power of flight, and dinosaur ancestry, birds are truly astonishing creatures. But did you know that the huge variety of known species includes daring acrobats, inconsiderate noisemakers, ruthless hunters, wonderful swimmers, and blazing runners? Or that the tiniest bird in the world measures just two inches long?

Tiny Bird: A Hummingbird's Amazing Journey Cover Image
By Robert Burleigh, Wendell Minor (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781627793698
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - April 14th, 2020

Robert Burleigh's narrative nonfiction picture book follows a hummingbird’s migration south for the winter, with stunning art by Wendell Minor.

When the last summer flowers open their petals to the sun, it’s time for a tiny ruby-throated hummingbird to dip its beak into the heart of each bloom, extracting as much nectar as possible before the hard trip ahead.

National Geographic Kids Bird Guide of North America, Second Edition Cover Image
ISBN: 9781426330735
Availability: Backordered - No Estimated Arrival Date
Published: National Geographic Kids - March 6th, 2018

Spit Nests, Puke Power, and Other Brilliant Bird Adaptations (Picture Book Science) Cover Image
By Laura Perdew, Katie Mazeika (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781619309494
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Published: Nomad Press (VT) - August 13th, 2020

A nonfiction picture book that explores the amazing adaptations that keep certain species of bird alive and soaring

Not all birds build nests with sticks and have good manners. Some construct nests with their own saliva, while others use vomit as a defense

About Birds: A Guide for Children Cover Image
By Cathryn Sill, John Sill (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781561456994
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Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - April 1st, 2013

An award-winning, educator-approved first book on birds. From Cathryn and John Sill, creators of the celebrated About... and About Habitats series.

★ "Exceptionally detailed and uniformly accurate...the Sills succeed admirably." ―School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

Feathers: Not Just for Flying Cover Image
By Melissa Stewart, Sarah S. Brannen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781580894319
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Published: Charlesbridge - February 25th, 2014

Young naturalists explore sixteen birds in this elegant introduction to the many, remarkable uses of feathers. A concise main text highlights how feathers are not just for flying.

Sounds of Nature: World of Birds Cover Image
ISBN: 9781786030832
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Published: Wide Eyed Editions - June 28th, 2018

A 2019 Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students: K–12 (National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council).

Travel the world with the Sounds of Nature series – press the note in each of the 10 habitats to hear vivid recordings of over 60 different bird sounds.
The Sounds of Nature series brings the natura

A Nest Full of Eggs (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062381934
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Published: HarperCollins - August 4th, 2015

Named a Best Children's Science Book of the Year by Science Books & Films, this classic picture book follows a full year of growth and change for robins: how the birds develop inside their eggs during the spring; how they mature into fledglings in the summer; how they learn to fly in the fall; and how they leave for warmer climates in winter—only to return when spring comes ar

An Egg Is Quiet: (Picture Book, Kids Book about Eggs) Cover Image
By Dianna Hutts Aston, Sylvia Long (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781452131481
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 4th, 2014

This stunningly beautiful and wonderfully informative book from award-winning artist Sylvia Long and author Dianna Hutts Aston makes for a fascinating introduction to the vast and amazing world of eggs. Featuring poetic text and an elegant design, this acclaimed book teaches children countless interesting facts about eggs.

National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Birds (National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781426324321
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Published: National Geographic Kids - July 12th, 2016

Birds and Their Feathers Cover Image
ISBN: 9783791373355
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Published: Prestel Junior - June 5th, 2018

The creator of The Egg returns to her avian explorations with this wondrous, charming, and informative examination of feathers.

The Big Book of Birds (The Big Book Series) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780500651513
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Published: Thames & Hudson - June 4th, 2019

The next Big Book in the series introduces young children to some of the most colorful, magnificent, silly, and surprising feathered creatures from around the world.

The Little Book of Backyard Bird Songs Cover Image
ISBN: 9781770857445
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Published: Firefly Books - August 2nd, 2016

"It's the sort of book which children have to plead with the adults to let them have a look at. Everything about it is superb. Highly recommended." -- The Bookbag.co.uk

A Nest Is Noisy Cover Image
By Dianna Hutts Aston, Sylvia Long (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781452161358
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 14th, 2017

"Fans will rejoice at the first sight of A Nest Is Noisy," promises School Library Journal, and they're right.