17 Creepy Kids' Books About Bats

Bats at the Ballgame

A lyrical book with captivating pictures about a team of bats who gear up for a baseball game after the sun sets. Readers' imaginations are pushed to the boundaries as they become engrossed in this story about bat athletes.During the pitch black night, spectator bats emerge from the rafters to cheer on their favorite players.


Picture Books Featuring Bats

There are a lot of reasons why bats elicit a sense of fear in kids. These creepy critters are often associated with Halloween when people hang decorations from porch awnings and tree branches. Perhaps it is their beady eyes and pointy, chiseled teeth that make them look threatening. These nocturnal mammals, prefer to avoid humans just like raccoons, and  often live in caves, a place that is closely associated with the underworld and death. The fact that they sleep upside down with their wings crossed in front seems to draw a close association with vampires. The only real danger to humans, however, is if a bat is rabid. For this reason, if a person every comes in physical contact with a bat, immediate medical attention is necessary. Picture books about bats usually portray these animals as friendly, winged creatures just trying to overcome everyday obstacles. While these critters are not exactly categorized as friendly, their portrayal as helpful and non-threatening is probably closer to the truth than most kids realize.


never touch a grumpy bat 

An interactive board book for toddlers with lots of silicon elements for them to explore. A variety of Halloween characters, like a grumpy bat, a skeleton, and a pumpkin, dare little readers to reach out and touch them. Little readers will laugh doing exactly what they are told not to- never touch a grumpy bat!




A stunning picture book about a baby fruit bat who is raised alongside some baby birds. The little bat is adopted by the mother bird and treated exactly as one of her own. Over time, the bat begins to mimic the birds' behaviors in this most unusual and heartwarming story. Gorgeous illustrations portray the emotional journey of an adopted bat and her longing to understand more about her past. The back of the book is packed with information about bats for kids who want to learn more about these flying mammals.



Bo the Bat

Poor Bo just wants to make some friends on Halloween. But when he approaches all the little trick or treaters, they run away in fear. Bo is friendly and swears he will not hurt them, but the kids do not seem to understand much about bats. Refusing to give up, Bo decides he needs to teach them a thing or two about bats. In this bouncy, rhyming story, readers will learn all kinds of interesting facts about the way bats benefit people.



There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat!

The zany woman from the best-selling There Was an Old Lady book series is back in this funny Halloween book. The preposterous story begins with her swallowing a bat. And, in predictable fashion, she continues to consume a variety of objects for no particular reason, except that she seems to have an uncanny ability to swallow big things. An owl, a cat, a goblin, a ghost, and more critters are gobbled up by an old lady who seems to have a loose screw. Funny rhymes and hilarious pictures contribute to the popularity of this story.



;Why Do We Need Bats?

Kids will love the pouring over the detailed photographs of bats throughout this non-fiction book. Although bats may cause some people to feel frightened, readers will learn all the valuable contributions they make to the environment. From eating harmful bugs to pollinating plants, bats play a crucial role in the planet's food supply. Reader will learn how they use echolocation to navigate at night, and about the dark places where they prefer to sleep during daytime hours. An excellent book for kids who are interested in factual information about bats.



    Good Night, Bat! Good Morning, Squirrel!

A bat takes up residence in a home that is already inhabited by a squirrel. Since the critters have different schedules, Bat is quite happy with the situation. But Squirrel does not want to share his spot no matter what. The two animals begin exchanging letters about this arrangement, each expressing how he feels about the living arrangements. In a case of epic misunderstanding, this funny book exposes the downfalls of written communication that does not always convey the intent. 




An incredibly illustrated graphic novel about an undersized bat who is determined to prove his strength. When the colony migrates to the south, a strong wind separates Shade from the others. He faces enormous challenges and overcomes obstacles to eventually reunite with his family. Kids will appreciate the artwork and learn some valuable lessons from a resilient little bat.




This is the story of a little bat who ventures out for the first time without his mother. Feeling a wave of emotions, from excitement to fear, the young offspring wonders if he is capable of navigating the night skies alone. His nurturing mother encourages him to follow his song, or echolocation as it is called in bats. When he returns after a successful night of exploration, the bat is exhilarated by his newfound courage and independence. 



 Bitsy Bat, School Star

A charming book about a little bat who just wants to fit in and make friends. Bitsy Bat is excited to start school. But on the very first day, her struggles are apparent. The cute bat can't sit upright in her chair, the bright classroom lights bother her eyes, and the noise is difficult to tolerate. When Bitsy uses her toes instead of her fingers to do work, the other kids are quick to point out she is doing it all wrong. Eventually she finds a clever way to celebrate everyone's differences, including her own. A valuable book about self-acceptance and inclusion, especially helpful for kids who don't always fit the mold.



 Little Bat Up All Day

Little Bat wants to pull an "all-dayer" to see what life is like when the sun shines. With a trusted squirrel by his side, the two friends explore a hot, busy, action-packed day full of noise and commotion. This world is much different than the one Little Bat experiences when dark falls and everyone else is sleeping. Adorable pictures capture the thrill of a new experience through the eyes of a curious nighttime critter.



 Fiona the Fruit Bat

The time has come for a baby fruit bat to spread her wings and embark on a solo flight throughout the night sky. Like many little ones afraid of new milestones, Fiona is not sure she is ready. The little bat wonders how she is expected to fly at night when she can't in the darkness. When her mother implores her to listen, Fiona discovers a hidden gift that will allow her to safely navigate without her vision. Written by a scientist who specializes in bats, lots of kid-friendly, factual information is woven throughout the story.



Baxter is Missing

Eva, star of the Owl Diaries book series, accidentally leaves her window open one night. When her pet bat, Baxter, flies away, she is so upset that she cannot complete a writing assignment for school. She searches all over town for her beloved bat with the assistance of her friends. After a long day, Eva finally finds Baxter and comes up with the perfect theme for her story. Her writing is so heartfelt that she may even win the contest. A great easy chapter book about bats for beginners.




A leveled reader filled with amazing, close-up photographs of a variety of species. Kids will enjoy reading all where they like to spend the daytime hours, tucked in deep, dark hidden places. From remote caves to attics, they can find a place to hang upside down and sleep just about anywhere. Lots of other fascinating facts throughout this book will entertain kids who want to learn more.



 Bat Loves the Night

This story follows the routine of a bat after the sun sets and the sky turns dark. When the rest of the world falls asleep, the mother bat begins her nighttime adventure. Packed with scientific information about bats, kids will enjoy reading about how bats use sound to move safely through the sky, swooping down in search of food for her baby. As soon as the daylight appears, she retreats to her roost to rest until darkness falls once more. 



 Bats at the Beach

Kid are whisked away to an enchanting night at the beach with a group of energetic bats. Buckets, shovels, blankets, and snacks are spread out across the cool dark sand. Readers will enjoy the poetic words that describe a mystical nighttime adventure with bats that dig holes, build sandcastles, fly kites, and relax around a bonfire.



  Bats at the Library

An award-winning book about a group of bats that swoosh through the library aisles late at night. Each one explores the shelves in search of the perfect book. They cause a little mischief and break some of the library rules during this magical night flying among the books. Haunting illustrations and lyrical prose work well to set a mysterious tone in this captivating book.

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Everything Children Want to Know About Bats

Bats are incredibly interesting and important animals that help the environment in a lot of way. Lots of kids probably know some basic things about these mammals, like the fact that they are nocturnal and sleep upside down. There is something that seems spooky about these critters, especially when they are flying low at night. Maybe it's because they are associated with blood-sucking vampires and appear around Halloween as spooky decorations. While there are three bat species that drink the blood of livestock, there are no documented cases of human blood consumption. The best children's books share valuable information about bats and set the record straight about these misunderstood animals.




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