Best Bats Books for first grade or kindergarten to learn about bats!
Here are some of my favorite bats books! I provided the links for you to see them directly on Amazon if you want to check them out – some links are affiliate links which means I get commission if you buy from the links, it’s no extra cost for you but I just wanted to let you know! Bats are one of my favorite science topics because kids love learning about them and there are so many misconceptions that kids find the real facts fascinating!
I LOVE Home in the Cave – it’s my favorite bats book! It is an adorable fictional book but it’s packed with great bat vocabulary and information! Baby Bat is afraid to leave his cave. One night his mom goes out to hunt for bugs and he apprehensively learns to fly and ends up meeting a lot of other night animals out exploring. It has great illustrations and the way it teaches you so much about bats with a sweet fictional story kids can relate to is just perfect.
Hello, Bumblebee Bat is a fantastic book for introducing kids to bats. It has simple text where each page asks the little bumblebee bat a question like what he eats or where he lives and he answers with great information about bats. It’s laid out in a way that makes it a great read aloud or even a book they can try to read themselves. Bumblebee bats are the smallest bats in the world so kids think they’re adorable as well!
Bat Jamboree is a really cute counting book about performing bats! Even though it’s a counting book, it’s definitely a book first graders and even second graders would still love to hear read aloud.
Bats on Parade is by the same author and so much fun! This book also has a math component but the counting is by 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, 6s, 7s, 8s, 9s, and 10s so it’d be a really great introduction to arrays and multiplication but you could completely skip the concept and just have it be a really fun read aloud for little ones. The illustrations are great and it’s fun to see all the ways the bats participate in the parade!
Fly Guy Presents: Bats is a book kids love that combines fiction and nonfiction. Fly Guy is a classroom favorite so I love seeing them making these books to teach science concepts. Buzz and Fly Guy go to a bat cave at the zoo and learn all about bats. It has great kid-friendly text, fun illustrations, and real photos.
If you’re looking for great nonfiction for bats, definitely check out Zipping, Zapping, Zooming Bats! I think it’s really well written with interesting facts about bats. It’s a little more text heavy than a typical read aloud but the way it is written and the content keeps it engaging!
Bats by Gail Gibbons is another interesting nonfiction book about bats that you most likely have already. I love the way it labels the bats in the book. It’s a great read aloud to teach kids about bats.
Stellaluna is a classroom classic. It’s a cute story about a baby bat who ends up in a bird nest with baby birds. You can find so many learning activities to go along with this book since it’s a classroom favorite of many teachers.
If you love the baby bat theme, Nightsong is precious. It’s about a baby bat who goes out flying by himself and his mom tells him to use his “good sense” and has beautiful illustrations to show how the little bat learns how to use echolocation from his point of view.
Little Bat is also about a baby bat who is going to venture out into the night by himself. All of the animals encourage him each with a piece of advice, typically 1 sentence for the 2 pages. The illustrations are fantastic – I love how they span across both pages and are really engaging.
What Is A Bat? is a great nonfiction book with a lot of information about bats.
National Geographic Readers: Bats is also a great nonfiction book for kids to read about bats. Kids love the real pictures and it’s filled with information.
Bats: Biggest! Littlest! is another great informational book on bats with engaging real photographs and fun facts laid out in an interesting way. It’s written in a way that gives a lot of information but in a way that kids can easily understand so it’s a great addition to your library, especially for kids to pick up and peruse themselves.
Bats (Nocturnal Animals) is another book with engaging real photographs to have in your library for kids to pick up and learn about bats.
Bats – Creatures of the Night has illustrations rather than real photographs but is another nice reader for your 1st or 2nd grade students to read and learn about bats themselves.
Biggety Bat: Hot Diggety, It’s Biggety! is a really cute fictional Level 1 Reader that has really cute pictures and a fun rhyme and repetition so kids will enjoy reading it themselves. It’s about an adorable bat named Biggety who sees that all the other animals have friends and he wants friends too.
Bats Around the Clock is another fun rhyming book starring dancing bats that also incorporates time to the hour. You could easily ignore the math concept and just use it as a fun read aloud OR use it to introduce telling time to the hour. It’d be an easy and fun way to incorporate math into your science and reading.
Bats at the Library is one of several books in a series by Brian Lies that shows bats having a lot of fun in different places! They’re great read alouds! I love the illustrations and the rhyming makes them so much fun to read aloud. The bats go into the library in the middle of the night and have a lot of fun reading books and playing games in the library.
He also has Bats at the Beach which features great illustrations and rhyming text This is the one I like the most in the series! I love that the bats use moon-tan lotion and roast bug-mallows. It shows all the games and activities the bats play at the beach – they even surf! I just love this one for reading aloud.
In Bats in the Band, the bats all play instruments and play a concert.
In Bats at the Ballgame, the bats all go to see their favorite bat baseball players play a game.
Magic School Bus Going Batty is one of my favorites because I love using Magic School Bus videos and books for teaching science topics. Kids love the adventures of Ms. Frizzle and her class. In this one, the bus grows bat wings, the class turns into bats, and Ralphie is convinced Ms. Frizzle is a vampire. This book throws in a ton of learning about bats so it’s a great book to read to teach about bats while enjoying an exciting fictional story. Kids love this one!
Another kid favorite is There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat! I absolutely love reading the books in this series aloud to kids – they just love the things the old lady swallows and the repetitive rhymes. There are books like this for so many different holidays and kids just eat them up. This one has a Halloween theme with some of the other things she swallows so it is also on my giant list of Best Halloween Books for October Read Alouds!
Ms. Bitsy Bat’s Kindergarten is about a class of animal kids who love their teacher Mr. Fox but find out they’re getting a new teacher. The kids start to worry about all the things their new teacher might not do but Ms. Bitsy Bat becomes their teacher and does all the things they worried she wouldn’t. It’s a sweet story and kids can easily relate to the fears of what your new teacher would be like. It’d actually be a great back to school read aloud! Make sure you check out my Favorite Back to School Books list and Back to School Books for Kindergarten list if you want more back to school book ideas. I also have a list of books BY behavior that are great reads for back to school or any time of the year to address specific behavior issues like tattling, worrying, interrupting, etc.
Baby Bat’s Lullaby is a sweet book with beautiful illustrations for a younger crowd. It’d be a sweet bedtime story for younger kids (preschool age) who love bats. The mom lovingly describes her baby bat as she lulls him to sleep. I just adore the pictures in this one so I had to include it.
I really hope you’ve enjoyed this list of my favorite books about bats! Hopefully you have found some new ones to add to your collection. I love children’s books and making lists so I have a lot more book lists coming! Follow me on Facebook and Instagram to keep up as well as check back here. 🙂
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Best Books by Behavior (great for teaching specific behaviors like tattling, sharing, etc.!)
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