I’m thrilled to have author Maria Gianferrai guest post for me today on her newest picture book Whoo-ku Haiku: A Great Horned Owl Story and a book list of owl books for kids. We are also giving away a copy of her book. To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom.
To celebrate all things owl, as well as the release of my latest book, Whoo-ku Haiku: A Great Horned Owl Story, with gorgeous illustrations by Jonathan Voss, I’ll be sharing my owl-time my favorite owl books.
Whoo-ku Haiku: A Great Horned Owl Story by Maria Gianferrai, illustrated by Jonathan Voss
The story of a Great Horned owl family is told through haiku poems in this engaging and beautifully illustrated picture book. Maria’s use of poetry heightens the drama of the owl family as they nest, lay eggs, and raise a young owlet family. I especially love the endnote with interesting owl facts. This book to perfect combine April poetry month with owl STEM, particularly for classrooms who dissect an owl pellet, like my kids did in 5th grade (and again in high school). [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Time to take flight!
Favorite Owl Children’s Books
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, illustrated by John Schoenherr
A timeless classic and lyrical lullaby of a father-daughter night-time owl prowl, and the Great horned owl that answers their call. I didn’t learn until many years later that the girl in the story was modeled on Jane’s daughter and occasional writing partner, kidlit author, Heidi Stemple, just as the father was based her late husband and birder, David Stemple. The Yolen-Stemples are a bird-loving family. [picture book, ages 3 and up]
Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls by Paul Bannick
Bannick is an award-winning wildlife photographer and conservationist, and this book is full of stunning and dynamic owl photos and is a tribute to owls of all kinds whose range is in North America. I saw him speak a few years ago at an event sponsored by my local wildlife group, Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and learned so many things I hadn’t known about owls. [adult nonfiction]
The Barn Owls by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Deborah Kogan Ray
A poetic story of a hundred-year-old barn in a field of wheat, and the barn owls who have lived there, dozing in the scent of wheat, and whose eggs have hatched “one by one/white and warm,” and who have hunted there, “one hundred years at least.” [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Owling: Enter the World of the Mysterious Birds of the Night by Mark Wilson
If you love owls and want to learn more about them and how to identify them by sound and sight, this should be your go-to resource. It’s chock full of all kinds of fascinating information on owl anatomy, as well as their nesting and hunting habits. [middle grade non fiction, ages 8 and up]
Snowy Owl Invasion by Sandra Markle
I loved this book and learning about a scientific phenomenon known as an irruption, when snowy owls, which usually reside in the Arctic and prey on lemmings, suddenly starting showing up as far south as Florida! I live in the northern Virginia area, and I remember them turning up in DC back in 2014. They also sometimes end up at airports, since the wide open spaces, scientists suspect, may seem similar to the Arctic tundra. [middle grade non fiction, ages 9 and up]
Owl Sees Owl by Laura Godwin, illustrated by Rob Dunlavey
This is the perfect cozy bedtime story for the youngest readers and listeners. Cleverly written as a reverso poem with spare and poetic text, an owlet leaves the nest: “Home/Mama/Brother/Sister,” is startled by its own reflection in a pond, “Owl/Sees/Owl,” and returns to the nest: “Sister/Brother/Mama/Home.” [picture book, ages 3 and up]
So, now you’ve heard owl about it. I hope these books will be flying off the library and bookstore shelves, and into your homes and hearts!
And I hope you will enjoy Whoo-Ku Haiku, exquisitely illustrated by Jonathan Voss, as you can see in this gorgeous illustration. The story is about a family of Great horned owls as they nest, hunt, protect and raise their owlets, written in a series of haiku poems. GP Putnam’s Sons have graciously offered to supply a giveaway book (US residents only).
Thanks for letting me rave about owls, Mia!
Whoo-ku Haiku: A Great Horned Owl Story GIVEAWAY!
Whoo-ku Haiku: A Great Horned Owl Story giveaway. To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter below. We can only mail to U.S. and AFO addresses.
WHOO’s Maria Gianferrari? She’s a self-proclaimed bird nerd with a special fondness for raptors. Her love affair with birds began in 7th grade science class when her teacher, Mr. Lefebvre, initiated a bird count. While walking in her neighborhood, Maria’s always on the look-out for all kinds of birds, and she loves searching winter treetops for nests in her northern Virginia neighborhood where she lives with her German-scientist husband and German-speaking daughter. This is her first book with GP Putnam’s Sons.
She’s also the author of another bird book, Hawk Rising. To learn more about Maria, please visit her website: mariagianferrari.com.
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