The list author says: "Birds of all types appear quite frequently as main characters of children’s books. Authors have a lot of fun giving chickens, ducks, pigeons, and other avian creatures very human traits. Here are a few of my daughter's favorite picture books featuring our fine feathered friends."
"Lulu delays going to sleep by asking her Momma about what would happen if scary creatures like bears and alligators were to come in her room. Momma chicken is fierce in her words for those scary creatures while charmingly sweet in her nicknames for her dear little Lulu."
"Bored farm animals go to the library to get something to amuse themselves while the children are at school, but the librarian can’t understand their “neighs” and “moos”. It is only when the chicken comes through the doors that the animals make themselves hear. I love the soft water color illustrations and fun concept."
"Momma Duck encourages her five ducklings (Widdle, Waddle, Piddle, Puddle, and Little Quack) to come for swim in the pond, and one by one they overcome their fears and leap into the water. This book has a high level of repetition, which toddlers really like."
"This is a classic picture book, first published in 1941. Mr. and Mrs. Mallard are looking for a place to live and start a family, but they think the country is too dangerous. They settle in Boston, where they are helped by tourists and a friendly Irish cop named Michael. Beautiful black and white illustrations capture Boston and a time gone by."
"“Down on the farm lived a gaggle of geese. They were shiny and clean. Even their beak gleamed. All the geese that is, except one.” When a fox mercilessly chases all the clean geese, they begin to wonder why he doesn’t bother the lonely little goose with the muddy feathers. This book is a lovely allegory about how it is sometimes best not to follow the crowd."
"The pigeon is about to gobble the hot dog he just found when he is peppered with questions by a curious duckling, questions like “do they taste like chicken?” This book is really fun to read because the pigeon gets pretty exasperated in dealing with the relentless duckling."
"“One day down on the farm, Duck got a wild idea. ‘I bet I could ride a bike! He thought.” With one wild thought, the Duck inspires other farm animals to travel on two wheels. Inspired, funny illustrations make this book a joy. There is a great surprise ending as well."
"When members of Farmer Greenstalk’s family need help, it is his chickens who come to the rescue! Each illustration is filled with funny details of the many ways the intrepid chickens find to help. There is a fun twist at the end too."
"When four chickens see a wolf near their coop, they “pwocked, flocked and rocked” in fear before running away. This story follows the four chickens as they face challenges that test the strength of their chicken hearts. The text is clever and funny, and the end affirms that even the biggest chickens can find their courage in the end."