There is no denying that we are a bit owl obsessed around our house these days. Our oldest daughter fell in love with them about a year ago and there was no turning back. We were hooked. Along the way, we discovered some really fun awesome tales of these creatures of night. But, it had been a while since we’d gone out seeking some owlish gems. Then, it was time for an owl birthday and thanks to friends we discovered two new books that will be well loved in our house for a long time.
The first is Lights Out, Night’s Out by William Boniface, illustrated by Milena Kirkova. This fun book, perfect for kids ages 4-7, tells the story of the night time world as we head off to sleep. The illustrations are super fun and not particularly spooky. Plus, it glows in the dark, which is awesome in the kid universe. The story is light and sweet, with a nice rhythm that makes it a perfect bedtime story. Admittedly, it was the glow in the dark that sold our daughter on it. But, the owl was the initial catch.
The second is Owl Babies by Martin Waddell, illustrated by Patrick Benson. I personally LOVE the illustrations in this book as it is a bit old skool and creates a realistic peek at baby owls while keeping everything magical. If the book had no words at all, it would be lovely and worth picking up. Paired with a simple story of three owlets a little nervous about their missing mom who is on her way back from a night flight, it makes for a gentle tale perfect for preschoolers and owl lovers everywhere.
Plus, it comes with a CD that tells the story and then has lovely pictures of owls for the kids to enjoy.
Stories about night life are really fun in our house. They make for a great way to wind down right before bed and bring sweet dreams for sure. I recommend both books for kids ages 3-7.
You can pick up either of these books or order them online through your local, independent book seller.
Book covers courtesy of Accord Publishing and Candelwick Press.