Listed at the top of this page are books and internet resources for teaching about owls and raptors compiled by Ruth Manna. She provides some wonderful classroom tips as well! At the bottom you’ll find more books and internet links we’ve compiled from other sources.
- The Barn Owls by Tony Johnston and Deborah Kogan Ray
Simple story with little text and lovely illustrations which is worthwhile, though easy.
Classroom Tip: When I read this book aloud I combine it with another, Billywise, by Judith Nicholls. Both books can be read during independent reading.
- Frightful’s Daughter by Jean Craighead George
Fabulous story that’s connected to the chapter book, My Side of the Mountain by the same, famous author of science and nature books.
Classroom Tip: This is an opportunity for me to introduce my students to Jean Craighead George, an author I hope they will read as they develop as readers. There are two other books of nonfiction short stories by George that I also use: There’s a Tarantula in My Purse and There’s an Owl in the Shower.
- Guardians of Ga’hoole: Book One: The Capture by Kathryn Lasky
This is the first in a series of seven fantasy books written for older students.
Classroom Tip: I recommend this book for gifted 2nd graders.
- Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
Beautiful, poetic language fills this picture book about a father and child’s midwinter, late-night search for an owl.
Classroom Tip: I use this book for writing workshop mini-lessons about word choice, poetic language, and voice.
- Poppy by Avi
An exciting and sometimes scary adventure story starring animals that live in fictitious Dimwood Forest. This the second in a series of four books sold as a boxed set. The other three books are Ragweed, Poppy and Rye, and Ereth’s Birthday.
Classroom Tip: I use this as my read-aloud chapter book while we study owls. I copy the map in the front of the book for my students and make a map transparency for the overhead. We refer to the maps every day while I read and they help students’ comprehension. After I read Poppy, some students read the rest of the series themselves.
- Adopted by an Owl: The True Story of Jackson the Owl by Robbyn Smith van Frankenhuyzen
This true story recounts the relationship a family had with an owl they knew over a period of years.
Classroom Tip: Read aloud over several days.
- Eyewitness Juniors: Amazing Birds of Prey
One of the Eyewitness series for 3rd and 4th graders.
Classroom Tip: Students use book to find answers to their report questions about raptors.
- One Wing’s Gift: Rescuing Alaska’s Wild Birds by John Harris
A book of short stories about wild birds that have passed through Bird Treatment and Learning Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Stories of hope about dedicated volunteers who work for birds’ survival.
Classroom Tip: Short stories so I skip around and select the raptor stories. Helps students understand about becoming stewards of the environment.
- Owl Puke: The Book by Jane Hammerslough
A humorous look at owls that is full of fun activities and loads of facts. It comes packaged with an owl pellet and directions for dissection.
Classroom Tip: Good book to use at beginning of unit. Includes recipe for edible, candy “owl pellets.” I made them at home and wrapped them in aluminum foil so they resembled real pellets. Includes a funny owl puke card which we made as a gift for parents.
- All About Owls by Jim Arnosky
Well-illustrated book by a noted science and nature author.
Classroom Tip: An age-appropriate, informative book that can be read by a second grade reading group if you have multiple copies.
Owl calls, photos, and information about a wide variety of owls.
Classroom Tip: I work with students gathered around me at the computer. I show them how to listen to owl calls and gather information for reports.
- The Owl Pages
Photos and information about North American owls. Students can listen to owl calls.
Classroom Tip: I use this site as I do owling.com.
- Short video: http://www.learninggamesforkids.com/animal_and_nature_games/bird-games/bald-eagle-games/video-birds-of-prey.html
RED TAILED HAWK
- University of Minnesota: http://www.raptor.cvm.umn.edu/prod/groups/cvm/@pub/@cvm/@raptor/documents/asset/cvm_asset_475143.pdf
- National Geographic (but you will need to sign in): http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birding/american-kestrel/
- National Geographic (but you will need to sign in): http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/peregrine-falcon.html
- Peregrine watch at Travelers Tower: http://falconcam.travelers.com/activities.html
- The Un-Common Raven: One Smart Bird by Diane Phelps Budden. For 6th grade and up, this book describes the physical characteristics and habits of ravens, as well as their sociability and problem solving skills.
- Shade: A Story About a Very Smart Raven by Diane Phelps Budden. Inspired by a true story, this tale demonstrates the beauty, intelligence and sociability of ravens.
- Birds of Prey (Peterson Field Guides: Young Naturalists) by Karen Stray Nolting, Jonathan Latimer and Roger Tory Peterson (Illustrator). This text is designed with the beginner in mind, intended to make the field guide accessible and appealing to children. Roger Tory Peterson was the inventor of the modern field guide, and is credited with greatly increasing our awareness of the environment and our natural world.
- Eagle and Birds of Prey, A DK Eyewitness Book A selection from the Eyewitness guides, a series of nonfiction books intended for children and young adults. It includes many photographs, detailed illustrations and informative text.
- Raptor! A Kid’s Guide to Birds of Prey by Chrystyna M. Laubach and Rene Laubach. This book invites children to explore the mysteries of raptors: flight, hunting strategies and behavior. There are more than 100 full-color images by nature photographer Tom Vexo which are accompanied by a lively text and flight silhouettes. Also included are real-life stories and range maps of the different species.
- Raptors (Birds up Close) by Bobbie Kalman, Niki Walker & Jaqueline Langille: Grades 3-5
- Hawk Highway in the Sky: Watching Raptor Migration by Caroline Arnold: Grades 6-8
- Birds of Prey (Watts Library) by Sneed B. Collard III: Grades 6-8
- In Good Hands – Behind the Scenes at a Center by Stephen R. Swinburne Grades 3-5
- Frightful’s Daughter by Jean Craighead George: Grades K – 2
- Raptor! A Kid’s Book to Birds of Prey by Christyna M. Laubach: Grades 4-7
- About Raptors: A guide for Children by Cathryn Sill: Ages 4 and Up
- The Peregrine’s Journey: A Story of Migration by Madeleine Dunfy: Ages 5 and Up
- Raptors: The Eagles, Hawks, Falcons, and Owls of North America by Ann Price: Ages 4 and Up
- Birds of Prey Coloring Book by John Green
FOR TEACHERS AND ADULTS
- Raptors: Birds of Prey by John Hendrickson. This comprehensive volume offers an exciting glimpse into the world of eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, and vultures. It includes their unique adaptations and their remarkable ability to survive despite growing threats to their environment.
- Owls by Gail Gibbons. Gail Gibbons explores the mysterious world of numerous species of owls. She portrays life styles, ideal habitats, growth, and environmental threats to certain species. Her writing is comprehensive, and definitions are included for additional clarity.
- Eagles by Hal H. Wyss
- Owl by Desmond Morris
- Intriguing Owls: Extraordinary Images and Insight by Stan Tekiela
- The Golden Eagle by Jeff Watson
- Golden Eagle: Sovereign of the Skies by Charles R. Preston
- Peregrine Falcons by Candace Savage
- City Peregrines: A Ten-Year Saga of New York City Falcons by Saul Frank
- Sky Spirit: The American Bald Eagle by Michael Furtman
- Raptors of North America: Natural History and Conservation by Noel F.R. Snyder
- Understanding the Bird of Prey: Swain and Other Friends by Nic Fox
- Raptors: Birds of Prey by John Hendrickson
- Eagles’ Plume: The Struggle to Preserve the Life and Haunts of America’s Bald Eagle by Bruce E. Beans
- Eyewitness: Eagles and Birds of Prey by Jemima Parry-Jones
- The Eagle Watchers: Observing and Conserving Raptors Around the World by Ruth E. Tingay and Todd E. Katzner