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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  69,158 ratings  ·  887 reviews
Stellaluna is the tender story of a lost young bat who finally finds her way safely home to her mother and friends. This award-winning book by Janell Cannon has sold over 500,000 copies and was on the bestseller list for more than two years.
Hardcover, 46 pages
Published April 30th 1993 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Adam Silvera
This is my first favorite book ever. My mother bought it for me as a kid and it came with a Stellanuna plush doll. Manly, right? Mom read it to me whenever I asked until I lost Stellaluna in the first grade. (TRAGIC.)

My mother, being the most awesome of mothers, put up Missing Poster signs for Stellaluna. No one ever called with information, no ransom notes were left next to my lunch box, and Stellaluna wasn't hiding inside my hamper or under my bed. Stellaluna was gone. I thought back to the bo

I first saw this book on an episode of “Reading Rainbow” (my favorite TV series when I was little!) and I instantly fell in love with this book! “Stellaluna” is a gorgeous picture book by Janell Cannon and it is about how a baby bat named Stellaluna learns how to live with the birds after she is separated by her mother during an owl attack. “Stellaluna” is truly one of the best books for bat lovers everywhere!

Once there lived a mother fruit bat that gave birth to a baby bat named Stellaluna and
We all loved this book. Apparently I reserved something called a "big book" so when I went to go pick it up, it wouldn't even fit in my bag. It was this big floppy paperback book that was roughly the size of my kitchen countertop. This made it very difficult to read. Trying to hold open the floppy book so that I could read and the kids could see the pictures was very difficult. But it was worth it. The bigger pictures kept my 3 yr old twins engaged while the story kept my 5 yr old interested. An ...more
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My youngest squirt's first-grade book club met to discuss Janell Cannon's Stellaluna, the story about how a bat and birds befriend each other regardless of their differences.

stellalunagroupSince the bat in question is a fruit bat, various fruits were offered for snack such as kiwi, pineapple, and grapes. Once eating was underway, I had each girl lift her plate in order to find a sentence describing either a bird, a fruit bat, or both. After reading her clue, the bookie then told me where to put
May 07, 2012 Meghan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 6 and under, parents for read-aloud
Recommended to Meghan by: A parenting blog
I have read this book to my children 752 times (well maybe that's an exaggeration). And I've cried 751 (that's not.)

It's that moment when the mom says, "You are MY Stellaluna." *sob* My kids weren't weepy, btw. Nope, just me.

This has to be one of my favorite books for the 6 and under crowd- amazingly beautiful pictures I was tempted to frame, a nice (but not annoying) message about acceptance and friendship, makes you laugh and cry.

Thank goodness I have kids or I would have completely missed ou
Loved it so much!
Sweet story about a young bat who loses her mother after they are attacked by an owl and is subsequently adopted by a family of birds. It delightfully demonstrates how diverse creatures can coexist. The illustrations are lovely and luminescent.

From Kirkus:
"With a warm, nicely honed narration, Cannon strikes just the right balance between accurate portrayal of the bats and the fantasy that dramatizes their characteristics. Her illustrations, in luminous acrylics and color pencils, are exquisite.
I had only ever read the first few pages prior to today, and I thought this book would be sad. It isn't, it is freaking hilarious!!! The pictures (and the premise) add a lot to the humor -- the idea of a baby fruit bat being adopted by birds is about as hilarious as the idea of Simba being adopted by Timon and Pumba in The Lion King. My favorite moment would be Stellaluna hanging by her thumbs...just the very idea. Anyway, there is a lot to work with in this book for different character voices, ...more
Alyssa Prater
Stellaluna is a baby bat that is separated from her mother when they are attacked by an owl. Stellaluna finds herself in a bird’s nest, and her adventure of believing she is a bird, learning she is a bat and being reunited with her mother follows. Stellaluna attempts to unite her adopted bird family with her rediscovered bat community. The differences between them prove too difficult to surpass, yet She and her bird ‘siblings’ vow to stay friends.

This book includes themes of differences, friend
Asalyn Holliday
I love this book! I think it would be great in a unit on animals and could lead to a discussion about nocturnal animals and what that means. This book reminded me of another book by Janell Cannon called Verdi that would also be good in an animal unit.
Can you believe Ellen Pompeo named her daughter after a bat?!? Not just any bat either. NO! One who is separated from her mother in a traumatic attempted murder by an owl and subsequently forced to live with birds and eat BUGS?!?!

Stellaluna is an award winning picture book that tells the story of a bat who loses her mother and grows up with a family of birds. Stellaluna begins to see how different she is from her new mother and brothers and sisters when they do weird things like eat worms, sleep right-side up, and sleep at night. Stellaluna finally meets her real mother and all the other bats and realizes why she felt like she didn’t belong with the bird family. She learns that she does in fact sleep upside down
Stellaluna is a sweet story about a young fruit bat who is raised by a family of birds after becoming separated from her mother. As Stellaluna struggles to fit in with the baby birds who eat bugs instead of fruit and who sleep in a nest instead of hanging upside down, she learns an important lesson in friendship and embracing differences.

Adorable illustrations and laugh out loud moments as Stellaluna learns to fly like a bird and clumsily tries to land on a branch. I love the part where she hang
I really like this book.

It's about a bat who gets lost and tries to fit in with a bunch of baby birds.

The story portrays that you should be you and your fine the way you are. :)
This book haunted me even in my dreams.

I was at Mimi's house and all of a sudden a tree grew from the middle of her floor and out the window. My dad and I climbed out on the limb that hung over a highway that looked eerily similar to that frogger game. All of a sudden Stellaluna showed up with a graduation cap on and one of those pretentious pointer things ivy-league professors supposedly use. Then we were lectured about pollution and how highways result in a numerous amount of roadkill.

I woke
Maria Bulfamante
Aww this is such a wonderful book! Bats are not my favorite animal, but it sure is a cute book!
Haley  *Good friends are like stars* #LoveWins
What a lovely story! I first read this (technically, it was read to me) when I was six years old and years later, I still love it. It's about a baby fruit bat named Stellaluna who is separated from her mother at a young age and raised by birds. Eventually, she reunites with her bat family, but remains friends with the birds. I love the moral of this story: that even if you are not like your friends, it is still possible be friends with them. This is a really sweet story, and even though it's a p ...more
Dec 25, 2008 Kazima rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Children and anyone who likes bats
Very cute book about bats and birds. A little simple, but a good children's book. Halfway through the book I thought the author had been lazy and stupid trying to convince us that bats saw with beams of lights shooting out of their eyes... But at the end of the book there is a fact page about bats, and what do you know? I learned something today. Some bats use their ears and clicking sounds to navigate, and the bigger ones shoot lights out of their eyes! It's amazing how just because you're grow ...more
Christina Maksymczuk
I would use the book to teach children the similarities and differences between bats and birds..
Christina Hyde
This book is a fish out of water tale. Through a tragic twist of fate, a baby bat named Stellaluna is separated from her mother and adopted by a mother bird and her babies. The uncommon mix of bird and bat, night and day, create a sweet tale of motherhood and perseverance.

The layout of this book looks like an old fairy tale. On one white page there is the text and at the top a small black and white illustration of the page opposite it. On the other page are beautiful, richly colored full page il
Nicole Shirmer
Stellaluna is a baby bat who gets separated from her mother one night. She ends up in a nest with baby birds. The mother accepts her but wants her to act like a bird and quit teaching her babies bad habits. Her new friends help her to do this. One day, when they are practicing flying, Stellaluna flies to far ahead of them and they can't tell her that they are going back. She runs into a group of bats and is reunited with her mother and completely returns to her bat ways while staying friends wit ...more
Katie Coleman
Summary: Stellaluna is a fruit bat who hangs onto her mom at night as she flies around finding food. But, one night Stellaluna's mom is attacked about an owl and the two are separated. Stellaluna then finds herself in a nest, with 3 baby birds named Pip, Flitter, and Flap. She is so confused and sad, but the three little birds and their mom take her in. Over time, Stellaluna is forced to change her bat ways to bird ways in order stay in the nest. When all 4 of the new friends are old enough they ...more
Tayler Pomeroy
“Stellaluna” is a picture book about a bat who gets away from her mother when they are attacked by an owl. She gets lost and is taken in by birds. She has to live with them. One day, she finds her mom again and re-learns how to be a bat. She stays friends with the birds, regardless of their differences. I think this book is really cute. The bat has lots of silly and outrageous faces in the pictures that would engage readers and make them laugh. They made me laugh! I think this book would be help ...more
Sofia Davis
This book is about a young bat who looses her mother and friends. When she comes upon a group of birds, they tell her they will raise her if she promises not to do any bat activities. She must sleep at night, not hang upside down, and eat only worms and insects. Stellaluna isn't happy about this and wishes that she could find her mother again. Although, she continues to try and prove that she can act like a bird and give up her bat ways. One day, she meets a group of bats and this is where she f ...more
I remember reading Stellaluna when I was young and not enjoying it. Somehow the story of the bat didn’t connect with young me at the time and the whole idea flew far over my head. Now re-approaching the story I was able to better understand and appreciate the story of this young, lost bat.

It all begins when Mother Bat flies with her new baby Stellaluna at night and is attached by an owl. Stellaluna is dropped and fall through the trees ending up near a bird’s nest where is adopted and acculturat
Clara Hamilton
This is a children's book that follows the story of a young bat named Stellaluna. She is separated from her mother when an owl attacks, but she ends up in a birds nest. Young Stellaluna struggles to adapt to the new behavior required of her as she grows up, but can adapt and grow up similarly to the birds, eating bugs, and sleeping upright. It follows her story as she learns that she is different, and comes to accept the differences of her and her bird family.

The theme of the book is the difficu
Lindsay Fischer
Stellaluna is a story of a young bat that gets separated from her mother. She winds up in a bird’s nest and tries to adapt to their ways. Eventually, Stellaluna realizes that she is not a bird, she is a bat and she deserves to live like a bat. Shortly after she left, she bumped into another bat. After chatting she found out that the other bat was her mother!
The story illustrates a home away home narrative structure. In the beginning, Stellaluna is with her mother – warm and nestled to her bos
Rosa Cline
My daughter received this book by my dear friend, my 6th grade teacher when she was 2 1/2 years old that was back in 1996. We read this book together many, many times and now am reading to that same daughter's little girl. My Dear Friend recommended it to remind us that we are always remembered and always loved, just as Stellaluna was.

Stellaluna is a book about a baby fruit bat. Her mother loved her dearly and took wonderful care of her. Until an owl attacks them and Stellaluna gets knocked off
Jordan Brown
Author and Illustrator: Janell Cannon
Reading Level: ages 4-8
Cannon, Janell (1993) Stellaluna Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Stellaluna follows a young fruit bat (named Stellaluna). When forced from her mother by a rampaging owl, the young fruit bat finds herself adopted by a family of birds. From that moment on, she adopts the habits of birds and forsakes the ways of a fruit bat.

Like all of Janell Cannon's books, this story is a gem. The cover depicts a cute bat, thus one cannot help
Jennifer Amichia
Sweet story about fitting in where you "don't belong." Throughout my grade school career, I made friends with a lot of people who were from different states and some were just different. Some of those people ended up becoming some of my closest friends! This book would serve as a good read aloud for students to accept the differences they may have with one another and to realize that their differences serve their individual purposes. I enjoyed this book and will definitely be adding it to my col ...more
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