Looking for some good duck books to help get spring underway at your house? Start with a reading (or re-reading) of the classic Make Way for Ducklings by author and illustrator Robert McCloskey, awarded the 1941 Caldecott Medal for “the most distinguished American picture book for children.” This delightful tale of a family of ducks navigating the streets of Boston to find a home in the Public Garden is a great adventure for all ages and is based on a true story.
From there make your way to a newly published book by Eva Moore, with illustrations by Nancy Carpenter, entitled Lucky Ducklings. This book about a mother duck and her ducklings is also based on a true story. Read about Pippin, Bippin, Tippin, Dippin and Little Joe and their mother in Montauk, New York and find out who helps them out of a predicament.
Now for some especially silly duck books! Try Duck at the Door by Jackie Urbanovic and get to know Max, a duck who brings some excitement to one family one winter. Then check out what your eyes and brain tell you when you see and read Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld. You may start to find ducks everywhere!
Finish your duck fest with a reading of Judy Dunn’s The Little Duck, a picture book illustrated with beautiful photographs to accompany a heart warming story.
Celebrate all these new ducks in your life by watching the skies and listening for ducks flying over Kansas on their way north.