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Put a Bird On It: Bookish Goods for Bird Lovers

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Kelly Jensen

Editor

Kelly is a former librarian and a long-time blogger at STACKED. She's the editor/author of (DON'T) CALL ME CRAZY: 33 VOICES START THE CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH and the editor/author of HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD. Her next book, BODY TALK, will publish in Fall 2020. Follow her on Instagram @heykellyjensen.

There’s been a recurring meme across social media that at some point, we go from being people who never once thought about the birds outside our home to being able to recognize them by their call and getting excited to say we saw the first titmouse of the season. I have been a life-long bird lover, and I’ve found myself even ranking the kinds of birds I see in order of whether or not crossing their paths means I’m going to have a great day. Among them are my favorite birds in the world: the sandhill cranes, which have the most prehistoric call you can imagine.

In honor of the changing seasons in the northern hemisphere and the return of all kinds of tiny — and not so tiny — dinosaurs, let’s take a look at some fun, funky, and useful bookish goods for bird lovers. Indeed, this roundup includes fun items both for people and for birds.

Whether you’re here for all things cardinals (I love these birds, too, and have had a mating pair take up residence in my cedar tree now for years!) or you love yourself some ferocious raptors (how great is it we call birds of prey after the dinosaurs from which they evolved), let’s celebrate with these bookish goods for bird lovers.

Image of a green birdhouse in the shape of a bird.

Why not customize a birdhouse that comes in the shape of a book? Your flying friends will be in for a real treat. $70, with plenty of options.

Image of a birdhouse decorated with books

This will not only be a roundup of bookish birdhouses, but I did have to also include this rad option for treating your feathered friends to great literature. $46.

Image of a book stamp featuring birds.

Make sure all of the books that fly the coop return home with this customizable ex libris stamp featuring a pair of songbirds. $25 and up.

Image of a mug featuring a bluebird sitting on a book.

This mug features a bluebird on a book and lovely quote: “A home without book is like a tree without birds.” Grab it for $23.

Image of a bronze bookmark featuring a sparrow.

This bronze songbird bookmark will ensure you never lose your place again. $24.

image of metal bookends featuring an owl and a woodpecker.

Keep your books steady with this set of metal bookends featuring an owl and a woodpecker. $60.

Image of a bird on a branch with books and a record.

This magnetic bookmark is everything I love about spring: colors, birds, flowers, and books. $3.50.

Image of a fabric book sleeve featuring kookaburras.

Name your favorite bird and there will likely be a book sleeve option with it. The one above has the kookaburra, which has always been one of my favorites, even if I have never seen one in person. $20 and up with varying sizes.

Image of a book page holder in the shape of a bird. It is yellow and glittery.

You can select from several color options, but I am smitten with this yellow glittered bird book page holder. $11.

Image of a lime margarita scented candle.

The requisite bird book pun candle. It sounds like it would smell damn good, though! $21.

Image of a greeting card which has a cardinal and stack of books.

If you’re looking for the perfect greeting card to send to a book lover, this cardinal option is a good one. And if parting with such a pretty piece of art is too hard, pop this in a frame for yourself! $5.

Image of a colorful metal peacock bookmark.

This metal peacock bookmark is a work of art. $12.

Image of a blue sweatshirt featuring a raven reading a book in white screen print.

Spring is the perfect season for a good sweatshirt, and this reading raven fits the bill. Grab it in any number of colors for $38.

Image of a piece of art featuring a person reading with a bird on their head.

This whimsical folk art would look good on your bookshelf or on the wall in your reading nook. $46 and it is one of a kind!

Image of six coasters with bird puns.

Fun with puns. You are welcome for this delightful set of coasters perfect for holding your tea while you read. Six for $29.

Image of a bookmobile birdhouse.

Last and absolutely not least, let’s go back to a birdhouse, shall we? Does your yard need a neighborhood bookmobile for the birds? You’ve got it! $140, and yes, this is pricey and one of a kind AND amazing.


Now that you’ve got your bookish bird goods in order, why not dig into some books about birding, excellent books featuring birds, or these bird books for kids?