Owls can be found in just about any country of the world, whether the climate is hot and arid or moist and freezing. Mostly nocturnal and feeding on a variety of rodents, insects, other birds and even fish, owls are a fascinating creature that seem to be on everything these days from t-shirts to backpacks to home decor to jewelry.
Here are 9 books specifically for tween readers that focus on owls. Some of these titles are fictional stories and others take a closer look at those feathered beasts that sleep during the day and hunt at night.
"Owls in the Family" by Farley Mowat (Yearling, 1996) What happens when a house full of furry family members grows with the addition of an owl?
"Owls" by Adrienne Mason and Nancy Gray Ogle (Kids Can Press, 2004) A fact-filled book for those who want to learn more about owls.
"The Owl Service" by Alan Garner (HMH Books for Young Readers, 2006) Fantasy set in Wales features mystery and secrets.
"I Heard the Owl Call My Name" by Margaret Craven (Dell, 1980) Using the Kwakiutl culture of the Pacific Northwest, this story explores the mixing of old ways and the current culture.
"There's an Owl in the Shower" by Jean Craighead George and Christine Herman Merrill (HarperCollins, 1997) Logging, northern California and wildlife are the backdrop for a story about what really matters.
"Poppy" by Avi and Brian Floca (HarperCollins, 2005) A story full of woodland creatures that act surprisingly human.
"The Capture" by Kathryn Lasky (Scholastic, 2003) The first book in the mythological series, Guardians of Ga'hoole.
"Owls: On Silent Wings" by Ann Cooper (Roberts Rinehart, 1994) A non-fiction look at the world of owls.
"Hoot" by Carl Hiaasen (Yearling, 2005) An award-winning book that is well on its way to becoming a classic.