Librarian’s Picks – Books for Owl Lovers

Librarian’s Picks – Books for Owl Lovers
I’ll admit, we’ve been a little obsessed with owls lately.  It started last winter, when I made my son a patchwork owl for Christmas.  Since then, we seem to encounter them everywhere: at the zoo, at the rescue centre, at the craft fair, on the beach!  Something about their giant eyes, their beautiful grace, and their appealing “hoot.”  Perhaps they’ve been marketed well.  For whatever reason, we love owls.  If you’re also intrigued by these magnificent night hunters, here’s a list of our favourite owl books.

This week, we began our first read-aloud chapter book (the kind that takes more than one night to finish!).  The book we chose, Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat.  For those of you who aren’t Canadian, you may not know that Farley Mowat is a Canadian classic novelist.  His best known works include Never Cry Wolf and Lost in the Barrens.  Owls in the family is a childhood memoir that recounts the unusual pets he collected as a child.

My son and I are thoroughly enjoying the book, which is told in an easy and readable voice and conveys the sense of engagement Mowat had with the natural world, even as a child.  It was written in the 60’s, so, sure, it’s dated, but only in the way any classic is.  It tells the tale of Billy, his 2 rescued owl pets (Wol and Weeps) and their adventures growing up together in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  If you’ve ever read Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods, you’ll get the sense that it’s this kind of childhood he is lamenting the loss of.  Owls in the Family could also spark a great discussion on animals in captivity.  But, mostly, it is the perfect tale for a nature, adventure, owl-loving boy (and his mother).

Along the same lines, we borrowed, Adopted by an Owl by Robbin Smith van Frankenhuyzen and Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen, from the library this week.  Another tale of a rescued owl, this one tells the story of the unique friendship between a man and his owl.  It’s told in picture book format, but appeals to the same age group as Owls in the Family (5 & up), as it’s still a longer tale.  The illustrations are beautiful, as is the story of an owl rescued from an unfortunate pet situation.  It makes for a nice afternoon read, and a great animal husbandry conversation starter.



We started our owl journey with a few classic owl picture books, among them, Owl Moon, which I’ve written about here, Snow Moon, by Nicholas Brunelle, and White Owl, Barn Owl by Nicola Davies.  All three are tales of magical owl encouters that capture the magic of a night spent owling in the snow.  Yes, there really is something magical about spotting owls in the snow.  And, as we can attest, snow owls, are just as magical to spot (read about our encounter).



Finally, our very favourite owl books for the littlest people (baby siblings, anyone?), include our all-time favourites: Owl Babies and Peek-a-Who.

Reading over this list, I have to admit that either, we really are owl-crazy, or there really are a lot of wonderful children’s books that feature owls.  Perhaps a bit of both?  I’d love to hear about your favourite owl books.  Any we’ve missed?

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  1. These all look like great books! Thanks for linking :)
    I love the snowy owl picture! We watched a short video by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology about snowy owls earlier this week (
    We have enjoyed the Guardians of Ga’Hoole series by Kathryn Lasky which is all about owls, but it is definitely not for small children…it has some dark themes. We didn’t finish reading the series, but I would like to get back to it sometime.

  2. Ah, this is the second owl post linked up at Read Aloud Thursday this week! :-) I love, love, love Owl Babies, as well as (of course!) Owl Moon. I think we’ve also read Adopted by an Owl. Owls in the Family sounds a bit like Rascal by Sterling North.

    May I recommend Thunder Birds by Jim Arnosky as another excellent birds-of-prey resource? Here’s my review:

    Thanks for linking up to Read Aloud Thursday!

    • Oh – I love Jim Arnosky. I’ll definitely check it out. That’s funny. Owls are popular these days! Glad to have discovered your blog.

  3. Looks like a great collection of books. I have not heard of the majority of them, so it looks like I’ll be heading to the library to check some out.

    This is very timely for us because we’re going to be studying about owls this week as part of our geography unit study (we’re studying about each state in the U.S. and one of the states that we’re looking at has the owl as one of the animals to learn more about since there are lots of owls in that state).

  4. Please check out There’s An Owl in the Shower by Jean Craighead George. This novel is about the spotted owl and the environmental impact the logging has taken on this beautiful owl. It teaches so much about owls and is suitable for grades 3 – 7.

    • Thanks for the recommendation! We love owl stories. I’ll definitely try it with my son in a few years.


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