Birds can be a fun theme for storytime, because even “city kids” see birds on a regular basis. Here in the Bay Area most preschoolers have seen sea gulls and pigeons, and suburban kids have seen hummingbirds, crows, and many others. Owls are also popular with kids. An easy “Owl” paperbag puppet can also teach kids about basic shapes. Cut out circles for eyes, a triangle for the beak, and rectangles for the wings, and glue to a paper lunch bag.
Kent, Jack. ROUND ROBIN. Robin is so fat he has to hop South for the winter, instead of flying. A funny book on migration.
Waddell, Martin. OWL BABIES. With repetition that will get the audience participating, this sweet story focuses on Sarah and Percy and Bill, owl babies who are waiting for their mother to return with food.
Baker, Keith. LITTLE GREEN. A young boy paints a picture of the hummingbird outside his window.
Hutchins, Pat. GOOD NIGHT, OWL! Lots of bird sounds for the audience to chant in this funny story about an owl trying to sleep.
Freschet, Berniece. OWL IN THE GARDEN. Kids will make the bird sounds along with this story about a blue jay.
Ehlert, Lois. FEATHERS FOR LUNCH. Will the cat catch the birds to have for his dinner?
Dunbar, Joyce. BABY BIRD. A bird learning to fly meets several other animals.