I just posted on the SAT vocabulary words in the wonderful, classic picture book Stellaluna. My first grader and I read this book the other night, and at the beginning of the book, Stellaluna’s mother is trying to escape from an owl. My son quickly ran to his room to get Owl Babies, another favorite picture book of ours. We talked about the connections: perhaps it was the owl babies’ mother that was trying to catch Stellaluna’s mom as food for them?!! The owl babies also fear that a fox might get their mom.
To make for an owl-y evening (should you choose to read these three books at the same time), I added Owl Moon which is a picture book in prose but reads like poetry. It also won a Caldecott.
Finally, my older kids studied owls and took apart owl pellets in 5th grade. I found a virtual version that is almost as fun but not as messy.
I have a few other owl and bat links including some stunning photos by nature photographer Tom Vezo, an animated video song on echolocation, and some information on bats including sponsoring animals including the Eastern Screech Owl. I think I might use this information myself for a kids’ book club. I’ll keep you posted!
Fun and Easy Science of Owls and Bats for Kids
How about you? Do you ever do owl spotting like the family in Owl Moon? It sounds magical…
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
Virtual Owl Pellet
Sponsor Bat and Owl Species for Conservation
In Western society, bats are often characterized as creepy, even evil. Zoologist Emma Teeling encourages us to rethink our attitude toward bats, whose unique and fascinating biology gives us insight into our own genetic makeup.
Ecolocation (a cute YouTube animated video song on bat echolocation)
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