Books and Internet Resources for Teaching About Owls and Raptors
I have divided this booklist into fiction, nonfiction, and professional resources.
Adopted by an Owl: The True Story of Jackson the Owl by Robbyn Smith van Frankenhuyzen
Classroom Tip: Read aloud over several days.
Eyewitness Juniors: Amazing Birds of Prey
Classroom Tip: Students use book to find answers to their report questions about raptors.
One Wing’s Gift: Rescuing Alaska’s Wild Birds by John Harris
Classroom Tip: Short stories so I skip around and select the raptor stories. Helps students understand about becoming stewards of the environment.
Owl Puke: The Book by Jane Hammerslough
Classroom Tip: Good book to use at beginning of unit. Includes recipe for edible, candy "owl pellets." I made them at home and wrapped them in aluminum foil so they resembled real pellets. Includes a funny owl puke card which we made as a gift for parents.
All About Owls by Jim Arnosky
Classroom Tip: An age-appropriate, informative book that can be read by a second grade reading group if you have multiple copies.
The Barn Owls by Tony Johnston and Deborah Kogan Ray
Classroom Tip: When I read this book aloud I combine it with another, Billywise, by Judith Nicholls. Both books can be read during independent reading.
Frightful’s Daughter by Jean Craighead George
Classroom Tip: This is an opportunity for me to introduce my students to Jean Craighead George, an author I hope they will read as they develop as readers. There are two other books of nonfiction short stories by George that I also use: There’s a Tarantula in My Purse and There’s an Owl in the Shower.
Guardians of Ga’hoole: Book One: The Capture by Kathryn Lasky
Classroom Tip: I recommend this book for gifted 2nd graders.
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
Classroom Tip: I use this book for writing workshop mini-lessons about word choice, poetic language, and voice.
Poppy by Avi
Classroom Tip: I use this as my read-aloud chapter book while we study owls. I copy the map in the front of the book for my students and make a map transparency for the overhead. We refer to the maps every day while I read and they help students’ comprehension. After I read Poppy, some students read the rest of the series themselves.
Classroom Tips: I work with students gathered around me at the computer. I show them how to listen to owl calls and gather information for reports.
Classroom Tips: I use this site as I do owling.com.