PPBF: Owl Babies

Author: Martin Waddell
 Patrick Benson
Publisher: Candlewick, 1992
Themes: owls, siblings, separation anxiety
Opening: Once there were three baby owls: Sarah and Percy and Bill.

Summary: (from my library catalog) Three owl babies whose mother has gone out in the night try to stay calm while she is gone.

I like this book because: it’s a great story to study for picture book writers! Yes, it’s a classic favorite that warms the heart, and its simplicity has so much to offer. The opening line: the sole focus is on the babies, not the mother/family; the names are listed without a comma which shows the reader the mother’s love is equal and unconditional. And the name choices, the older sibs have two syllables, the littlest only one – and it’s a nickname a pun! Already I know Bill will be the one to steal my heart! (Please let me know what else you may see.)

Resources/activities: listen to their calls here: Cornell Lab of Ornithology website. If you are in a classroom setting – even a virtual one – this would be a nice piece to act out, with a chance to discuss how voice and intonation can contribute to the drama of a play.

For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog  HERE. 

Peanut Butter and Jelly Picture Book Pairings

Inspired by this post on the B&N blog: Books Made Better When Read Together, my online writer’s critique group decided to come up with a few of our own – for picture books, which you can see and read about HERE on Marcie Colleen’s blog, The Write Routine.

My contributions:


Big, Bad Bunny written by Fran Billingsley, illustrated by G.Brian Karas, Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books, 2008


and The Black Rabbit, created by Philippa Leathers, Candlewick Press, 2013


And the second pairing:


Owl Babies, written by Martin Waddell, illustrated by Patrick Benson, Candlewick, 1992


and Little Lost Owl, created by Chris Haughton, Candlewick, 2010