Here are ten preschooler-approved bat books! We rarely see bats where we live, so when we do, it is pretty exciting! Twice over the last couple months, I saw a bat outside of the library where I work 🙂 So of course, I had to pull out my copy of Bats at the Library! Check your library these great bat stories.
1.Stellaluna by Jane Cannon–
Stellaluna is a preschool classic! Kids love this young fruit bat. In the story, Stellaluna is separated from her mother and ends up being adopted by a bird family. My son loves watching Stellaluna try to bird things Stellaluna realizes that she needs to be true to her batself and not try to be something she’s not. This sweet, loving story about family ends on a happy note!
2.Good Night, Bat! Good Morning, Squirrel! by Paul Meisel–
Bat thinks he has found the perfect home! However, it turns out that this is squirrel’s home. Since they sleep at opposite times, they don’t have a chance to communicate in person. Squirrel doesn’t want to share her home so she leaves Bat notes trying to get him to leave. Bat misinterprets the notes and thinks they are friends now. Kids will giggle at the misunderstandings and love the happy ending.
3. Bats at the Beach by Brian Lies–
Brian Lies makes great bat books! This is one of several “Bats at . . .” series. The bats also go to the library, the ballgame, and join the band! In this beach themed one, the bats enjoy a fun evening at the beach. Lies’ rhyming text and beautiful illustrations will make this a bedtime favorite.
4. Little Bat: finger puppet book by Paragon Publishing–
The finger puppet book is so cute! It has very few words, but my son and the library’s storytime kids just love it. The gently, rhyming story and the fun puppet make this book a preschool favorite 🙂
5. Superbat by Matt Carr–
This book cleverly disguises bat facts into the storyline! A little bat thinks he’s a superhero because of all of his amazing bat abilities. The other bats tell him that those abilities don’t make him a superhero, just a regular bat. However, when a family of mice need rescuing, Superbat swoops in and saves the day using his bat abilities!
6. Hedgehugs: Autumn Hide and Squeak by Steve Wilson–
Get ready for cuteness overload in this story! Best friends, Horace and Hattie, are two adorable little hedgehogs who love to play together. One fall day, Hattie becomes sad that the leaves are falling off of the tree. Fortunately a distraction in the form of a new squeaky friend comes at just the right time. The squeaky young bat joins the hedgehogs in a game of hide and seek until it’s time for the bat to go home. Horace asks the bat for a favor and the new friend is happy to help. The little bat tells its colony Horace’s request and they pull off the most spectacular surprise for Hattie 🙂
7. Littlebat’s Halloween Story by Diane Mayr–
Littlebat badly wants to go to the library’s storytime and listen to stories with the kids. Mama bat explains that it is too dangerous for a little bat to go into the library when people are there, with the exception of one special day. Littlebat can’t wait for the special library day. Mama tells him to be patient and watch for changes. Soon the seasons change from summer to fall. The library starts decorating for Halloween, and finally, the day comes when Littlebat gets to storytime! He blends in with the Halloween decorations and gets to hang out with the kids and listen to stories 🙂
8. Bats Around the Clock by Kathi Appelt–
These cute bats just want to dance! This book incorporates great bat illustrations, humor, a variety of dances, and learning to tell time all rolled into one. Readers will want to dance along with these grooving bats.
9. Bats at the Library by Brian Lies–
I know I’m little biased since I work at a library, but this truly is a fantastic bat book! It’s rhyming story tells about all of the fun things a bat (or kid) can do at the library! Brian Lies’ illustrations and attention to detail are fantastic.
10. Bat Jamboree by Kathi Appelt–
Bats and counting, oh what fun! The bats put on a fantastic theatrical performance in this cute book. Count along at the bats take the stage. You won’t want to miss the bats’ grand finale!
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More Bat Fun:
Bat I Spy: count how many of each type of bat you can spy!
Bat Counting: color in the number of bats as shown.
Coffee Filter Bat Craft: make awesome coffee filter bats!