Storytime: Owls

by | Oct 10, 2023 | Blog, Kid's Corner, Story Time | 0 comments

​Did you know that owls can turn their heads as far as 270 degrees, that their vision is long-sighted so they can’t see things clearly up-close, and that baby owls are called, “owlets?” Take some time, with your child, to learn about these beautiful birds of prey who have a unique and varied role in children’s books, both factual and fiction.

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Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play


Be sure to read factual books with your children. Follow their interests, whether a particular animal, in how things work , in trains, or anything that piques their curiosity. The information in nonfiction books introduces new vocabulary words, and we learn right along with our children. Supporting their curiosity goes a long way in encouraging a love of learning. Many children who are less interested in stories are interested in particular topics, trains, dinosaurs… or OWLS!


Select five factual books from the library on a variety of topics and describe each book to your child in one sentence. Let your child pick one and then read it together. Then find a storybook based on the topic and expand the learning by pointing out things learned from the factual book.

Books Presented

Owls and Owlets (An Animal Family) by Gustavo Strigiformes

Owls and Owlets (An Animal Family) by Gustavo Strigiformes

Owls are amazing animals in their own right, but baby owlets are unbelievably cute! These bright-eyed creatures are great nocturnal hunters, stalking prey with their incredible eyesight. This charming book explores how they live their lives and survive in the trees. With vibrant full-color photographs and accessible text, this book brings young readers into the wild world of these feathered creatures, exploring how owlets become owls in an engaging introduction to the concept of life cycles.

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

Three owl babies whose mother has gone out in the night try to stay calm while she is gone.
Knight Owl by Christopher Denise

Knight Owl by Christopher Denise

After achieving his dream of becoming a knight, a small owl protects the castle from a hungry dragon.

Who is it, Whoodini? by Roman Yasiejko

Who is it, Whoodini? by Roman Yasiejko

Who is the big bird that crashed into a tree? Join two owls, Cahoots and Whoodini, as they fly down to their barnyard friends to investigate.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Owl Hokey Poke

 Tune: Hokey Pokey
Put you right wing in
Put your right wing out
Put your right wing in
and you flap it all about
You do the owl pokey
and you fly yourself around,
That’s what it’s all about!

…Left wing, right claw, left claw, beak ,whole-feathered self!

Credit: Westbank Library Kids Room Fall Songs – Owls

Five Little Hoot Owls

Five little hoot owls sitting in a tree
One flew away! How many do you see?
Four little hoot owls sitting in a tree
One flew away! How many do you see?
Three little hoot owls sitting in a tree
One flew away! How many do you see?
Two little hoot owls sitting in a tree
One flew away! How many do you see?
One little hoot owl sitting in a tree.
She flew away! Now there are no more to see.

Credit: Westbank Library Kids Rooms Fall Songs – Owls

Wide Eyed Owl

There’s a wide eyed owl (circles over eyes)
With a pointed nose (triangle nose)
2 pointed ears (use fingers for ears)
and claws for toes (wiggle fingers like toes)
he lives way up in the tree (point up to tree top)
and when he looks at you (point at kids)
he flaps his wings (use arms for wings, and flap)
and says whooo whooo (continue flapping wings)

Credit: Westbank Library Kids Room Fall Songs – Owls

Owl In The Tree

Owl, owl, where do you hide? 
Are you in the (color) tree? Let’s peek inside!

Crafts and Activities

Coloring page with the letter o and an owl.

O is for Owl

Baby owl craft for kids.

Owlet Craft

Make an easy owlet craft.

Additional Books

Owls by Gail Gibbons

Owls by Gail Gibbons

From the smallest, the elf owl, to the largest, the great gray owl, here is information about the 21 types that are believed to be living in North America. From egg to owlet to fierce bird of prey, here is an insightful look at these impressive creatures of the night.

I'm Not Scared! by Jonathan Allen

I'm Not Scared! by Jonathan Allen

When Baby Owl takes his stuffed Owly out for a walk in the moonlit woods, he insists that he is not afraid of the other animals that keep popping up and making them jump.
Bear's New Friend by Karma Wilson

Bear's New Friend by Karma Wilson

Bear and his friends persuade a bashful owl to play with them.
Little Owl's Love by Divya Srinivasan

Little Owl's Love by Divya Srinivasan

Little Owl glides along on a quiet night looking for things that make him happy, like shimmering stars, winking fireflies and, most of all, spending time with his good friends.

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