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Owl Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers

When it comes to children’s books, there are so many great books about owls. This list of books is perfect for your little ones to start learning about these nighttime birds and even why they only come out at night. These owl books are perfect for learning about nocturnal animals and even a bird unit! Since most of your little ones might not get to see an owl because the majority of them are nocturnal, these books can be the perfect way to help them learn! Here are some of our favourite owl books for toddlers and preschoolers to teach your kids about these nocturnal birds of the night and why they’re so awesome.

A collage of some of the fantastic owl books for toddlers and preschoolers including owl babies and owl moon

Owl Books for Kids

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These selection of picture books are great for young readers. Whether you read aloud or add them to your book box for little ones will pick them up and learn about owls as they read through them. We’ve included a selection of our favourites storybooks, board books and non-fiction as well as some owl activities at the end that are perfect for doing as your kids discover more about these wonderful creatures.

Owl Babies

If you only pick one owl book to share with your toddlers and preschoolers make it this one. Our favourite by far is Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and about a family of baby owls who awake to discover that their mother isn’t there. This is a fantastic tale which many children will relate to and was a personal favourite of mine and my kids.

Owl Moon

Another book like Owl Babies that featured at many bedtimes Owl Moon by Jane Yolen is a gentle, poetic story that follows a father and daughter as they call out, hoping to find owls

Oliver the Curious Owl

Oliver, the curious owl, questions everything about him, and this story follows Oliver as he tries to find the answers to some of his most curious questions.

Little Owl’s Day

What happens when a little owl wakes up when he is supposed to be asleep? Little Owl’s Day is a fun book that tells the story of a small owl who is too curious to go back to sleep.

Little Owl’s Night

By the same author as above Little Owl’s Night puts a fun spin on the classic bedtime stories as this little owl talks about all the curiosities of the night

Check out these Owl Activities and Crafts for Kids for some great ideas to do whilst you read these books.

Little Hoot

Little Hoot is such a fun story, it features a little owl who wants to be like his friends and not a night owl like his parents want him to be. Both my kids loved it and the role reversal in the story.

The Barn Owls

The Barn Owls tells the story of a group of owls who call an abandoned barn their home and how they survive and thrive there.


Our favourite non-fiction picture book author Gail Gibbons has a beautifully illustrated book all about owls. Perfect for you to share with your toddlers and preschoolers and learn a bit more about these fantastic creatures.

National Geographic Readers: Owls

Your little ones will have a fabulous time learning about the feathery world of owls as they follow them into their wooded habitats in this National Geography Readers book about Owls.

Owl Activities for Kids

Printable baby owls to use in this hands-on shape activity for preschoolers. Working on colour recognition, 2D Shapes and sorting.
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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.

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