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Children’s literature has a long history of stories about animals or with animal characters. Whether you look back to ancient tales like Aesop’s Fables, to modern classics, or to current bestsellers, you’ll find stories of animals. In this list we’ve collected the best kids books about animals or with animal characters.

The books on the list cover a variety of topics. Because so many books are about animals or include animal characters, we’ve included a table of content feature you can use to jump to specific topics. For example, there are animal books about friendship, animal books about adventure, rhyming animal books, and bedtime animal stories. There are also fact filled, nonfiction animal books with information about animals and their habitats, their environments, and endangered animals.

We include three types of books on the list: board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books contain many great animal stories and animal characters and are best for babies and toddlers. Picture books are fun to read aloud with preschool age toddlers and for young, elementary school age readers. Chapter books are great for young elementary and middle school age readers learning to read on their own. You can see the whole list or filter it by book type.

We hope this is a helpful resource for parents, kids, and teachers. Let us know what you would add to the list!

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Brian Wildsmith's Animal Gallery
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Discover a troop of kangaroos, an ambush of tigers, a rafter of turkeys, and a flotilla of swordfish in this glorious introduction to the animal kingdom from internationally acclaimed artist Brian Wildsmith. A lion yawns lazily in the grass. Curious giraffes crane their long necks. Step into this rich world of animals from an extraordinary illustrator whose work influenced generations of younger artists. Each animal’s essence is strikingly captured, from the playfulness of otters to a noisy gathering of parrots, while panoramic pictures give a real sense of the animals’ habitats. Collective nouns – some familiar, others wonderfully surprising – are used to describe each group of animals. Brian Wildsmith’s stunning illustrations will inspire a love of nature and a respect for animals from the earliest age.

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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Written by Bill Martin Jr & illustrated by Eric Carle
Thoughts from Readerly Mom
This book is a perennial favorite for a reason: its call-and-response pattern makes it easy for even very young children to engage with the book. It lends itself particularly well to incorporating elements of rhythm--clapping, snapping, etc. Eric Carle's classic illustrative style is bold and bright, and the animals stand out well on their plain white backgrounds. This book is great for reading to babies, and can be enjoyed for years.
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A big happy frog, a plump purple cat, a handsome blue horse, and a soft yellow duck– all parade across the pages of this delightful classic children’s book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Children will immediately respond to Eric Carle’s flat, boldly colored collages. Combined with Bill Martin’s singsong text, they create unforgettable images of these endearing animals.

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My Heart Is Like a Zoo
Written & illustrated by Michael Hall
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

The New York Times bestseller My Heart Is Like a Zoo features bright colors, simple sentences, playful animals, and more than 300 hearts for children to count and enjoy. Caldecott Medalist Brian Selznick says, “Starting with one simple shape, Michael Hall shows us a nearly infinite number of ways to make a menagerie of love.”

This board book edition of the award-winning picture book is perfect for little hands and the very youngest readers, who will learn that a heart can be hopeful, silly, happy, rugged, snappy, or lonely. A heart holds every different feeling, and author-artist Michael Hall captures each one with his bold, graphic artwork. An ideal springboard for conversations about emotions, and for introducing concepts, math, and art projects in the classroom and at home. School Library Journal called it an “outstanding choice for one-on-one sharing.”

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Can't Sleep Without Sheep
Written by Susanna Leonard Hill & illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
After you read this adorable bedtime book, you definitely will not take counting sheep for granted! Super cute premise, adorable illustrations and a great lesson to be appreciative of those helping you, be they real or imaginary. This book also gets points from me for having a diverse main character .
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Whenever Ava can’t sleep, she counts sheep. But Ava takes so long to fall asleep, it’s the sheep that are growing tired-until finally, they quit! When the sheep promise to find a replacement that Ava can count on, chaos ensues as chickens, cows, pigs, hippos, and more try their hand at jumping over Ava’s fence. Finding the perfectly peaceful replacement for sheep might not be so easy after all.

With irresistibly adorable art, this delightful take on a familiar sleep tactic is sure to become a bedtime favorite.

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Hello, Elephant!
Written & illustrated by Sam Boughton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Say hello to all your favorite savanna animals in this bright and friendly nonfiction novelty title. Little ones will love meeting a whole host of friendly savanna creatures in this delightful lift-the-flap book. Sam Boughton’s vibrant animal illustrations bring facts to life with deft humor and memorable explanations. With plenty of flaps to lift and a fantastic double gatefold on the final spread, this book is sure to please young wildlife lovers!

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  • If Animals Kissed Good Night - Grammy -

    I could read this book night after night. The text rhymes along cleverly describing how each animal pair would kiss goodnight if they kissed as we do. The illustrations are delightful and the layout of the text on the page, as well as the emphasis of strategic words, complement the animals' creativity. Really, it is a pleasure to read.

  • Animal Families: Forest - Find out the different names for mother and father animals that live in the forest – and then lift the flap to find the babies and learn what they are called. There’s even a gatefold ending that includes the group names of the animals. This striking, satisfying introduction to animal families features screen-printed artwork and bold neon ink to capture the attention and imagination of babies and toddlers.

  • Animals Go Vroom! - With a nod to Richard Scarry, this inventive picture book surprises readers with every turn of the page! Hiss! Screech! Roar! It’s a noisy day in Bumperville! But are the sounds what you think they are? That Honk! must surely be a goose. But turn the page and it’s the taxi that a goose is driving! Using cleverly placed die-cuts, this inventive book hints at what is making the sound, but with each turn of the page, it’s an eye-opening surprise and part of an unfolding story that is part guessing game and part giggle-inducing caper. Abi Cushman is the master of surprise and silliness in this absolutely delightful picture book.

  • Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez - In this magical middle-grade debut novel from Adrianna Cuevas, The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez, a Cuban American boy must use his secret ability to communicate with animals to save the inhabitants of his town when they are threatened by a tule vieja, a witch that transforms into animals. All Nestor Lopez wants is to live in one place for more than a few months and have dinner with his dad. When he and his mother move to a new town to live with his grandmother after his dad’s latest deployment, Nestor plans to lay low. He definitely doesn’t want to anyone find out his deepest secret: that he can talk to animals. But when the animals in his new town start disappearing, Nestor’s grandmother becomes the prime suspect after she is spotted in the woods where they were last seen. As Nestor investigates the source of the disappearances, he learns that they are being seized by a tule vieja–a witch who can absorb an animal’s powers by biting it during a solar eclipse. And the next eclipse is just around the corner… Now it’s up to Nestor’s extraordinary ability and his new friends to catch the tule vieja–and save a place he might just call home.

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Hello Hello
Written & illustrated by Brendan Wenzel
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A new picture book from Brendan Wenzel, the New York Times bestselling and Caldecott Honor-winning author of They All Saw a Cat! Hello, Hello! Beginning with two cats, one black and one white, a chain of animals appears before the reader, linked together by at least one common trait. From simple colors and shapes to more complex and abstract associations, each unexpected encounter celebrates the magnificent diversity of our world—and ultimately paints a story of connection. Brendan Wenzel’s joyous, rhythmic text and exuberant art encourage readers to delight in nature’s infinite differences and to look for—and marvel at—its gorgeous similarities. It all starts with a simple “Hello.” The book includes: • An afterword from author Brendan Wenzel about the importance of conservation and protecting the wildlife on our planet. • A glossary of the animals featured in the book and a notation on their status (Near Threatened, Vulnerable, Endangered, or Critically Endangered).

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How to Heal a Broken Wing
Written & illustrated by Bob Graham
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

“Such a visual piece . . . readers young and old will return to the story to look more deeply; they won’t be disappointed.” – Booklist (starred review) In a city full of hurried people, only young Will notices the bird lying hurt on the ground. With the help of his sympathetic mother, he gently wraps the injured bird and takes it home. Wistful and uplifting in true Bob Graham fashion, here is a tale of possibility – and of the souls who never doubt its power.

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Here We Are: Book of Animals
Written by Oliver Jeffers
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

From Oliver Jeffers, world-renowned picture book creator of the #1 New York Times bestseller Here We Are, comes a charming board book companion all about the animals we share our planet with, from A to Z! We share our planet with animals. They come in many shapes, sizes and colors. Inspired by the bestselling picture book, Here We Are, comes this irresistible alphabet book to welcome babies and toddlers to our planet. Praise for Here We Are: -Moments of human intimacy jostle with scenes that inspire cosmic awe, and the broad diversity of Jeffers’s candy-colored humans…underscores the twin messages that ‘You’re never alone on Earth’ and that we’re all in this together.–Publisher’s Weekly (starred review) -A sweet and tender distillation of what every Earthling needs to know and might well spend a lifetime striving to achieve. A must-purchase for new parent shelves. –School Library Journal -From the skies to the animal kingdom to the people of the world and lots of other beautifully rendered examples of life on Earth, Here We Are carries a simple message: Be kind. –NPR -A true work of art.–Buzzfeed -A must-have book for parents.–Gambit -A celebration of people all shapes and sizes, and of the beauty and mystery of our Earth.–Booklist -Something of a user’s guide to being alive and to life on Earth, Jeffers brilliantly uses pen and paintbrush to explore profound and puzzling questions, establishing straight off that the wisdom imparted here is wisdom for us all.–Chicago Tribune

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Animal Families: Safari
Written by Nosy Crow & illustrated by Jane Ormes
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Find out the different names for mother and father animals while on safari – and then lift the flap to find the babies and learn what they are called. There is even a gatefold ending that includes the group names of the animals. This striking, satisfying introduction to animal families features screen-printed artwork and bold neon ink to capture the attention and imagination of babies and toddlers.

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Animals Brag about Their Bottoms
Written & illustrated by Maki Saito
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Fans of Taro Gomi’s Everyone Poops and Matthew Van Fleet’s Tails will be over the moon for this adorable book about beautiful animal bottoms.All bottoms are wonderful! Don’t you agree? Each animal in this adorable book has a different reason for loving their behind–from cute and round to fashionable and striped. Maki Saito makes readers laugh out loud with playful illustrations of the backsides of hippos, zebras, pandas, mandrills, and more. Her traditional Japanese art techniques add a sophisticated, beautiful feel. Charming and whimsical, this book encourages self-love and body positivity, as well as a whole lot of laughter and fun.

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  • Can a Cat Do That? - Butterflies can fly. Can a cat do that? Find out in this Ready-to-Go! Ready-to-Read filled with Eric Carle’s iconic art style. Perfect for kids at the beginning of their reading journeys, Can a Cat Do That? was written for children who have learned the alphabet and are ready to start reading! And what better way to get kids excited than with a fun story with words they can actually read by the one and only Eric Carle? Each Ready-to-Go! Ready-to-Read includes a note to parents explaining what their child can expect, a guide at the beginning for readers to become familiar with the words they will encounter in the story, and reading comprehension questions at the end. Each Ready-to-Go! story contains about 100 words and features sight words, rhyming words, and repetition to help children reinforce their new reading skills. In this book, readers will learn twelve sight words and four words from two word families.

  • Animals of Australia - Explore the Australian Outback to find koalas, kangaroos, crocodiles, and more! Did you know kangaroos can jump 10 feet high? And they can travel up to speeds of 40 miles per hour! Learn more fun facts about some of Australia’s favorite animals! In connection with the publication of Animals of Australia, Penguin Random House will donate a portion of the proceeds to support efforts to provide Australian bushfire relief.

  • Count the Monkeys - Kids will giggle as they count all the animals that have frightened the monkeys off the pages. Full of fun reader interactions and keeps readers guessing until the very last page! Matching Mac Barnett’s brilliant wit are Kevin Cornell’s luminous illustrations, which will have young readers begging to count the monkeys all over again.

  • The Three Pigs - This picture book begins placidly (and familiarly) enough, with three pigs collecting materials and going off to build houses of straw, sticks, and bricks. But the wolf’s huffing and puffing blows the first pig right out of the story . . . and into the realm of pure imagination. The transition signals the start of a freewheeling adventure with characteristic David Wiesner effects—cinematic flow, astonishing shifts of perspective, and sly humor, as well as episodes of flight. Satisfying both as a story and as an exploration of the nature of story, The Three Pigs takes visual narrative to a new level. Dialogue balloons, text excerpts, and a wide variety of illustration styles guide the reader through a dazzling fantasy universe to the surprising and happy ending. Fans of Tuesday’s frogs and Sector 7’s clouds will be captivated by old friends—the Three Pigs of nursery fame and their companions—in a new guise.

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I Am the Jungle: A Yoga Adventure
Written by Melissa Hurt & illustrated by Katy Tanis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

I Am the Jungle: A Yoga Adventure takes kids through a yoga flow of poses inspired by the natural world, including Mountain, River, Elephant, and Python. Told through a fun adventure story that focuses on imagination, the book offers young readers the benefits of yoga, including movement, joy, and focus.
In addition to learning basic yoga poses, children will learn to identify different emotions while practicing those poses. Butterfly Pose helps you feel calm and centered, Tree Pose brings feelings of being grounded and well balanced, and Turaco Pose lets you get your playful on!
The back of the book includes a parents’ and teachers’ guide with Sanskrit names and physical benefits of each yoga pose.

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I Am the Wind
Written by Michael Karg & illustrated by Sophie Diao
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Join the wind as it swings, swirls, and soars on its remarkable journey around the globe. I whoosh over tundra, yodel over Everest, skim westward on whitecaps! With dynamic text and atmospheric illustrations, this book invites you to celebrates the world all around us through the unique perspective of the wind. Journey through the frozen forests and bayou bogs, wonder at the northern lights, and meet unique animals like wolverines and olinguitos along the way. I am the wind and I am everywhere!

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Night and Day
Written by Teresa Porcella & illustrated by Sophie Fatus
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

In alternating spreads of night and day, lift the flaps to discover the many ways this cute crew of animals helps one another. Rhythmic, patterned text reinforces the concepts of day and night, while the helpful animals encourage social-emotional skills. With interactive flaps and text that prompts readers to guess what comes next, caregivers and young children will love sharing this board book together. Illustrations by celebrated artist Sophie Fatus bring this kind and comedic story to life.

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Please Don't Tell Cooper He's a Dog
Written by Michelle Lander Feinberg & illustrated by Anna Mosca
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-8

Fetch, sit, stay, and roll over are not the words that Cooper the Dog wants to hear. A dog-about-town, he prefers steak sauce on his kibble, attending the ballet, and driving the family car! Cooper has a nose for travel and adventure but is truly happy as the head of the household. Get to know Cooper, and how well-loved dogs are more than just pets. They are important members of the family! Michelle Lander Feinberg’s hilarious, delightful dog adventure for children ages 2-8 and their families.

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Little But Fierce
Written by Joan Emerson
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

These adorable little animals – as seen in The Dodo’s viral videos – have the BIGGEST personalities!Just because these animals are small, that doesn’t mean they’re not strong! Each mini story in this Level 2 reader tells the true tale of a tiny fighter featured on The Dodo’s Little but Fierce series, including a French bulldog, an alpaca, and a squirrel. These animals pushed beyond their size to prove just how big their hearts could be! From runts of the litter and animals with disabilities, these tough creatures showed the world that size doesn’t matter. Full-color photos of these adorable animals and simple nonfiction facts are featured on every page.The Dodo is one of social media’s most popular animal brands, with over 33 million followers! Their inspiring stories are the perfect example of just how far an animal can go when they have the love of a supportive human by their side.

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  • The House That Jack Built - This classic children’s rhyme gathers pace and complexity as it tumbles across the pages. Children will delight in repeating the rhymes and following antics of animals and characters of every size and shape.

  • Toro - “A charming and engaging fantasy with characters readers will love and a strong positive message.” -Kirkus ReviewsTORO - A story that evokes beloved films such as ‘Babe’ and ‘Ratatouille’Alicía Catalina Cortés is a fast and fiery Spanish cow who desperately wants to run with the bulls in Pamplona–but since she’s a cow, tradition forbids her to partake in the fiesta of San Fermín. Through her journey, Alicía learns that to be noble and brave, she must follow her dream and her heart, even if it means defying tradition.Toro is set in the colorful backdrop of Pamplona, Spain during the fiesta of San Fermín and the running of the bulls, famed as one of the most exhilarating, dangerous, and spectacular events around the world.

  • Animal Olympics: Creatures Great and Small Competing in Incredible, Impressive, and Extraordinary Events! - Are you ready to meet some of the most incredible Olympians in the world? These animal athletes are at the top of their game, and they’re ready to go for gold! This fascinating book for readers aged 5+ examines the incredible abilities of animals from all around the globe with a captivating and original conceit - in Animal Olympics, the creatures are competing, and the reader has a front row seat to the action. In each event, animals are awarded bronze, silver or gold for their skills. Events featured in the book include diving, wrestling, rock climbing and gymnastics. Readers will discover all kinds of astounding animals, from the bar-headed goose, which flies at heights of up to 6,300 metres, to the flic-flac spider, which cartwheels across the Moroccan desert. Fun vignettes show the animals in their heat, and are accompanied by absorbing, fact-packed captions. On your marks, get set, and off we go to the Animal Olympics!

  • Who: Peek-A-Flap - Introduces animals & habitats Supports comprehension & vocabulary growth Entertains with exploration & surprise Peek and explore in the forest! You’ll meet all sorts of animal friends. Each scene features a pair of lift-a-flaps with peek-a-boo surprises. Inside the flaps, you’ll find fun facts about the animals in the artwork.

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Big Chomp!
Written by Heather Brown
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Big Chomp pairs richly detailed illustrations with simple, toddler-friendly text, letting little readers learn about different things animals do with their mouths like yawning, smiling and growling. In Big Chomp, richly drawn illustrations of wild animals pair with simple text to introduce toddlers to all the different things they (and their favorite critters) can do with their mouths. From yawns to roars and everything in between, all of these tot-friendly, toothy grins are sure to appeal to your favorite preschooler.

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I Love Classical Music: My First Sound Book
Written by & illustrated by Marion Billet
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Introduce your little one to six of the most iconic musical pieces in the western classical music canon in I Love Classical Music!Readers of every age will be enchanted by this charming board book with exceptional quality musical sounds that bring every charming picture to life. I Love Classical Music has a button on every spread, which triggers one of six captivating sounds that introduces a memorable piece from some of the most beloved compositions of western classical music. An incredibly simple but utterly fascinating interactive book with sounds bound to enchant young readers and ignite an early love of classical music! A delightful and compelling book in the My First Sound Book series that everyone in the family will enjoy reading – and listening to – again and again. Includes pieces from: - Mozart- Vivaldi- Strauss- Schubert- Tchaikovsky- Paganini

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Whose Eyes Are These?
Written by Virginie Gobert-Martin & illustrated by Madeline Peirsman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-9

Whose eyes are these? Each spread in this magnificently illustrated book starts with a pair of mysterious eyes and a fun response to the question, and then children are off to discover just who is hiding–in its natural setting. Children can plunge into the colorful ocean and find the jellyfish, fly among beautiful flowers to catch the dizzy hummingbird, and delve into the woods after a prickly hedgehog. With beautiful full color illustrations, highlighted with bright neon orange, this gloriously designed book is eye-catching and engaging for readers of all ages.

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Eyes
Written by Michael E. Smith
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
This was my son's favorite book for about a year and when this book accidentally got left in the rental car (since we NEEDED to take it on vacation!) we replaced it. It's a wonderfully unique take on the classic animal book just looking at an animals eyes. The typography is gorgeous and the illustrations wonderfully modern and stylized. I'm not sure if it would capture the attention of a toddler as much just reading the animal name, but when my son and I read this together we make each animal sound (including chest pounding for the gorilla page) and it makes it a wonderfully interactive reading experience.
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A children’s book about animal eyes. Have you ever noticed the uniqueness of animal eyes. The range and beauty is astounding. This book features 10 close ups of animal faces, honing in on their eyes. Use it as a tool to teach animal sounds and expose your little ones to the beauty in the world around us.

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A Boy Called Bat
Written by Elana K. Arnold & illustrated by Charles Santoso
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
I absolutely adore this book. Bat is a wonderful, developed character that can really help children reading understand and have empathy for those on the Autism spectrum. You get to learn a lot about skunks as Bat takes a particular interest in one, and he has a mother who is a veterinarian!
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

The first book in a funny, heartfelt, and irresistible young middle grade series starring an unforgettable young boy on the autism spectrum, from acclaimed author Elana K. Arnold and with illustrations by Charles Santoso. For Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life tends to be full of surprises—some of them good, some not so good. Today, though, is a good-surprise day. Bat’s mom, a veterinarian, has brought home a baby skunk, which she needs to take care of until she can hand him over to a wild-animal shelter. But the minute Bat meets the kit, he knows they belong together. And he’s got one month to show his mom that a baby skunk might just make a pretty terrific pet. “This sweet and thoughtful novel chronicles Bat’s experiences and challenges at school with friends and teachers and at home with his sister and divorced parents. Approachable for younger or reluctant readers while still delivering a powerful and thoughtful story” (from the review by Brightly.com, which named A Boy Called Bat a best book of 2017).

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  • Where the Red Fern Grows - The Fun Uncle -

    I have very fond memories that come flooding back whenever I read this. I love Old Dan and Little Ann (Billy's two hounds)! Rawls tells an incredible story that tugs at the heart of any reader. There are so many gold nuggets that carry great lessons, like Billy's determination to catch his first coon, Billy's diligence throughout the book in caring for his dogs, and the family unity that Billy and his family share. Where the Red Fern Grows is one of the best books there is.

  • Next to You: A Book of Adorableness - When it comes to new babies, friends, or other loved ones, we should remind them of just how darling they are. But are they cuter than a piglet in a sweater? A basket of baby chicks? An elephant calf taking a bath? Of course! Sweet, funny, irreverent, but above all, cute, this keepsake-size book is perfect for both gift-giving and cuddly story times.

  • Hello, Mr. Dodo! - Martha loves birds, so one day when she meets and makes friends with a Dodo, a species supposed to be extinct, in the woods behind her house, she resolves to keep him secret to keep him safe–but sometimes it is hard to keep a big secret.

  • The Grizzly Bear Who Lost His GRRRRR! - The Book Snob Mom -

    This is one of my very favorite recent books. I love the illustrations, I'm an absolute sucker for a great rhyme scheme and the message is phenomenal: friends matter more than winning.

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Animalkind
Written & illustrated by Pablo Salvaje
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Featuring beautifully distinctive prints of the natural world and sensitive text, this book helps children understand the inextricable connections between human and animal life. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that humans are not the only inhabitants of Earth. This visually striking book reminds us that not only do we share an ecosystem with other living things, but that we can also learn much from the behavior and instincts of our animal neighbors. In Pablo Salvaje’s handcrafted, softly colored prints readers encounter a wide range of creatures–from jellyfish and peacocks to polar bears and snakes. With chapters on love, survival, change, habitat, water, and other topics, this book takes readers on a journey across the planet to show how animals, like humans, form bonds, engage in rivalries, adapt their behavior to cope with challenges, and do anything to protect their offspring. A beautiful lesson in compassion, this book carries a universal message that readers young and old will appreciate and return to again and again.

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Fur, Feather, Fin—All of Us Are Kin
Written by Diane Lang & illustrated by Stephanie Laberis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

There are so many wild and wonderful animals in our world. Some have fur, some have feathers, some have fins, but all are connected. This fact-filled rhyming exploration of the diversity of the animal kingdom celebrates mammals, birds, insects, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and more! It’s a perfect match for budding naturalists and animal enthusiasts everywhere.

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Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure
Written by Ann M. Martin and Annie Parnell & illustrated by Ben Hatke
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has gone away unexpectedly and left her niece, Missy Piggle-Wiggle, in charge of the Upside-Down House and the beloved animals who live there: Lester the pig, Wag the dog, and Penelope the parrot, among others. Families in town soon realize that like her great-aunt, Missy Piggle-Wiggle has inventive cures for all sorts of childhood (mis)behavior: The Whatever Cure and the Just-a-Minute Cure, for instance. What is a stressed out parent to do? Why, call Missy Piggle-Wiggle, of course! New York Times-bestselling author Ann Martin brings her signature warmth and comic genius to a new character. And artist Ben Hatke brings it all to life!

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My First 100 Animal Words
Written by Chris Ferrie & illustrated by Lindsay Dale-Scott
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Discover new favorite critters while learning new words with this adorable and educational animal book for kids!From the #1 bestselling science author for kids comes a simple and colorful introduction to the first 100 animal words every baby should know. With 100 colorful illustrations to look at and talk about, this is the perfect learning tool for your little animal lover.Each spread in this adorable primer focuses on 8 to 12 animal words–from axolotl to armadillo, from cassowary to krill, from tardigrade to tadpole and more! This bright and engaging book is the perfect way to introduce the words every budding zoologist needs.

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The Silver Arrow
Written by Lev Grossman
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Magicians comes a must-read, wholly original middle-grade debut perfect for fans of The Chronicles of Narnia and Roald Dahl Dear Uncle Herbert, You’ve never met me, but I’m your niece Kate, and since it is my birthday tomorrow and you are super-rich could you please send me a present? Kate and her younger brother Tom lead dull, uninteresting lives. And if their dull, uninteresting parents are anything to go by, they don’t have much to look forward to. Why can’t Kate have thrilling adventures and save the world the way people do in books? Even her 11th birthday is shaping up to be mundane – that is, until her mysterious and highly irresponsible Uncle Herbert, whom she’s never even met before, surprises her with the most unexpected, exhilarating, inappropriate birthday present of all time: a colossal steam locomotive called the Silver Arrow. Kate and Tom’s parents want to send it right back where it came from. But Kate and Tom have other ideas – and so does the Silver Arrow – and soon they’re off to distant lands along magical rail lines in the company of an assortment of exotic animals who, it turns out, can talk. With only curiosity, excitement, their own resourcefulness and the thrill of the unknown to guide them, Kate and Tom are on the adventure of a lifetime . . . and who knows? They just might end up saving the world after all. This thrilling fantasy adventure will not only entertain young readers but inspire them to see the beautiful, exciting, and precious world around them with new eyes.

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  • Gotta Go, Buffalo - Readerly Mom -

    A clever concept, adorable illustrations, great design, and flaps to lift: what more could you want?! My toddler daughter loves reading this book, and she loves using the silly phrases whenever she's telling someone goodbye. We read this book over and over again, and if we lost our copy, I'd absolutely be ordering a new one ASAP.

  • Stuart Little - A hardcover edition of this treasured story, for which Garth Williams’s original black-and-white line drawings for the jacket of Stuart Little have been colorized by the celebrated illustrator Rosemary Wells. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City with his parents, his older brother George, and Snowbell the cat. Though he’s shy and thoughtful, he’s also a true lover of adventure. Stuart’s greatest adventure comes when his best friend, a beautiful little bird named Margalo, disappears from her nest. Determined to track her down, Stuart ventures away from home for the very first time in his life. He finds adventure aplenty. But will he find his friend?

  • The Nice Book - A perfect introduction to manners and playing nice, by David Ezra Stein—author of Caldecott Honor winner Interrupting Chicken, Pouch! (a Charlotte Zolotow Honor book) and Leaves (recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award). From cuddling koalas to friendly penguins, an array of animals illustrates fun, sweet, and silly examples of “how to be nice,” showing simple ways young children can show they care for those around them. The lyrical text, funny illustrations and upbeat friendship message make this a great gift and a wonderful introduction to manners.

  • Waiting - What are you waiting for? An owl, a puppy, a bear, a rabbit, and a pig—all toys arranged on a child’s windowsill—wait for marvelous things to happen in this irresistible picture book by the New York Times–bestselling and Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes. Five friends sit happily on a windowsill, waiting for something amazing to happen. The owl is waiting for the moon. The pig is waiting for the rain. The bear is waiting for the wind. The puppy is waiting for the snow. And the rabbit is just looking out the window because he likes to wait! What will happen? Will patience win in the end? Or someday will the friends stop waiting and do something unexpected? Waiting is a big part of childhood—waiting in line, waiting to grow up, waiting for something special to happen—but in this book, a child sets the stage and pulls the strings. Timeless, beautiful, and deeply heartfelt, this picture book about imaginative play, the seasons, friendship, and surprises marks a new pinnacle in Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes’s extraordinary career.

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This Little Hamster
Written & illustrated by Kass Reich
Thoughts from Grammy
This Little Hamster is a fun and playful new take on a book about color. The spirited hamsters celebrate their eclectic collections of colorful objects in unexpected combinations in clever, rhyming couplets. The spare, consistent illustrations allow for easy identification of each item, facilitating the assembly of our own colorful objects.
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

This Little Hamster is a spirited playful board book for babies and toddlers. Rhyming couplets and cheerful illustrations will capture the interest of both child and adult readers. This follow-up to Kass Reich’s bestselling debut, Hamsters Holding Hands, is a charming introduction to basic colors that will fascinate little ones.

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Mrs. Peanuckle's Bug Alphabet
Written by Mrs. Peanuckle & illustrated by Jessie Ford
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Mrs. Peanuckle’s Bug Alphabet introduces babies and toddlers to all sorts of interesting bugs. Perfect to read aloud, this creepy, crawly adventure will engage children and parents alike with its vibrant illustrations and fascinating facts about bugs. Learning the ABCs has never been so bitingly fun! Mrs. Peanuckle’s Bug Alphabet is the fourth title in a series of board books celebrating the joy of nature at home and in the backyard, from fresh fruits and vegetables to birds, flowers, and trees.

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Flamingos Fly
Written by Douglas Florian & illustrated by Barbara Bakos
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
I love the illustrations by Barbara Bakos! They are incredibly cute and colorful! This animal board book contains some different animals than the normal ones you'd think of, which I love. There's also a fun rhyme.
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Discover what these animals do in this playful board book by award-winning author Douglas Florian. Flamingos fly. Sailfish swim. Monkeys swing on a jungle gym! Discover what different animals do in this fun, rhyming story by award-winning author Douglas Florian! Animals include flying flamingos, swimming sailfish, swinging monkeys, diving dolphins, soaring swallows, creeping starfish, digging prairie dogs, lunging lizards, plunging pelicans, jumping jaguars, leaping llamas, and sleeping sloths.

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The Nature Girls
Written & illustrated by Aki
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Aki’s The Nature Girls is a picture book starring an adorable troupe of girls exploring different biomes—the ocean, the desert, the tundra, the grasslands, the forest—and meeting all the cute animals that inhabit them.

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The One and Only Ivan
Written by Katherine Applegate & illustrated by Patricia Castelao
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Soon to be a major motion picture! This Harper Classic edition of the Newbery Medal winner and #1 New York Times bestseller includes an author’s note, a letter from the real Ivan’s caretaker at Zoo Atlanta, Ivan’s “signature,” discussion questions, and more. This unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendship. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated book is told from the point of view of Ivan himself. Having spent twenty-seven years behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall, Ivan has grown accustomed to humans watching him. He hardly ever thinks about his life in the jungle. Instead, Ivan occupies himself with television, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to see their home, and his art, through new eyes. In the tradition of timeless classics such as Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little. Katherine Applegate’s novel blends humor and poignancy to create this incredible tale of friendship, art, and hope. The One and Only Ivan was named to multiple state lists, received three starred reviews, and was hailed as a best book of the year by Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Amazon. Plus don’t miss Katherine Applegate’s Endling series!

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