Animal Homes: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about animal homes?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to animal homes. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about animal homes.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about animal homes, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like My Very First Book of Animal Homes to popular sellers like A Stone Sat Still to some of our favorite hidden gems like Mad about Monkeys.

We hope this list of kids books about animal homes can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book! As you explore the list, please comment below to let us know what books you would add.

My Backpack! book
#1
My Backpack!
Written by Scholastic and illustrated by Weldon Swanson
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A lift-the-flap board book featuring the lovable characters from Skip Hop’s Zoo backpacks!

What’s inside your backpack? Join Bee, Dog, Elephant, Ladybug, and Penguin in this delightful interactive story based on the beloved Zoo backpack line from Skip Hop.

Lift the flaps to find out what each animal likes to pack in their backpack, which looks exactly like the real thing! With adorable animal illustrations and a surprise on each spread, this story is sure to get little ones excited about school!

Crazy about Cats book
#2
Crazy about Cats
Written and illustrated by Owen Davey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

Did you know that the fishing cat has partially webbed paws for catching fish? Or that pumas can leap up over 5 metres into trees? There are roughly 38 species of cats today, each one superbly adapted to their environment – whether that be in the rainforest or the desert!

This captivating and stunningly illustrated guide will teach you everything you need to know about our feline friends.

Lion's Lullaby book
#3
Lion's Lullaby
Written by Mij Kelly and illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

With the help of hugs and lullabies, a young girl tucks her stuffed animals into bed, one by one, in this cuddly good-night read. Holly Clifton-Brown’s soft palette and adorable illustrations paired with Mij Kelly’s comforting rhyming text set the perfect tone for bedtime.

Mad about Monkeys book
#4
Mad about Monkeys
Written and illustrated by Owen Davey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

Ever wonder what monkeys are and what makes them so special?

With over 250 species inhabiting our planet, this book explores the many different types of monkeys from the smallest Pygmy Marmoset to the largest Mandrill as well as providing all the facts you wanted to know and more. Discover where monkeys come from, how they swing from tree to tree and why they fight and play with each other. After reading this beautifully illustrated book by Owen Davey, you’ll soon you’ll be raving mad about monkeys!

Bonkers about Beetles book
#5
Bonkers about Beetles
Written and illustrated by Owen Davey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

Owen Davey’s dynamic art and witty informational tidbits shine a light on the toughest bugs in the insect world: those brawny beetles! Did you know that there are roughly 400,000 different species of beetles? These incredible creatures make up about 25% of all animals on our planet! Beetles are superbly adapted to life in various climates across the world, wherever trees and flowers are found. From the mighty Goliath beetle to the beautiful iridescent scarab beetle, this captivating and stunningly illustrated guide will teach you everything you need to know about these fascinating insects.

  1. Animal Homes - Introduce little ones to all sorts of different homes for animals! In Animal Homes, little ones will be asked which homes belong to which animals. The pages of this book are filled with familiar, kid-friendly animals such as cats, fish, dogs, birds, and more, rendered in soft colors that make this an even more enjoyable experience for babies. Each page includes an embossed animal home, creating a tactile experience for tiny hands. And on the last spread, all the animals appear with their correct homes!

  2. Mama Dug a Little Den - There are so many different kinds of dens that mother animals make for their babies, from desert burrows to snow caves to elaborate underground tunnels. Jennifer Ward introduces young readers to all sorts of animals and the cozy burrows they call home in this bouncy, rhyming picture book, illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Steve Jenkins.

  3. Where's the Zebra? - Five stylishly illustrated spreads show a series of friendly safari animals hiding behind bright felt flaps. A mirror on the final spread makes for a satisfying ending to the book’s search-and-find inquiries. (Where are you? There you are!) A perfect book to share with very little ones.

  4. Through the Forest in Fall - Winter is almost here—and it’s time for all the animals in the forest to get ready for the cold. Squirrel gathers nuts, furry Fox makes sure his den is nice and cozy for the family, and all the birds line their nests with feathers and moss. The clever see-through element will delight readers as they spy sweet details in Anne Passchier’s charming illustrations.

Born in the Wild book
#10
Born in the Wild
Written and illustrated by Lita Judge
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

What do grizzly bear cubs eat? Where do baby raccoons sleep? And how does a baby otter learn to swim? Every baby mammal, from a tiny harvest mouse “pinky” to a fierce lion cub, needs food, shelter, love, and a family. Filled with illustrations of some of the most adorable babies in the kingdom, this awww-inspiring book looks at the traits that all baby mammals share and proves that, even though they’re born in the wild, they’re not so very different from us, after all!

You Are Home book
#11
You Are Home
Written and illustrated by Evan Turk
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Award-winning author and illustrator Evan Turk showcases the beauty and importance of the National Parks in this gorgeous picture book that takes readers on an amazing tour across the United States. Beneath the soaring doorways of stone, and peaks that pierce the ceiling of clouds, from every river, star, and stone comes the eternal refrain: you are home. In simple, soaring language and breathtaking art, acclaimed author-illustrator Evan Turk has created a stirring ode to nature and nation. From the rugged coast of Maine to the fiery volcanoes of Hawaii, You Are Home reminds us that every animal, plant, and person helps make this land a brilliant, beautiful sanctuary of life.

Babies of the Great Bear Rainforest book
#12
Babies of the Great Bear Rainforest
Written by and illustrated by Ian McAllister
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

In this photographic board book, readers are introduced to the baby animals born each spring in the Great Bear Rainforest.

5 Wild Numbers book
#13
5 Wild Numbers
Written and illustrated by Bella Gomez
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Learn the numbers 1-5 whilst discovering the world of animals and their habitats with this innovative, tactile board book. With unique sliding circular discs on each page, children can count the animals and trace their fingers over the numbers. Clever paper engineering combined with stylish repeating patterns make this a fun interactive reading experience and the perfect first introduction to numbers and animals.

A Stone Sat Still book
#14
A Stone Sat Still
Written and illustrated by Brendan Wenzel
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

In this moving companion to the Caldecott Honor–winning They All Saw a Cat, Brendan Wenzel tells the story of a seemingly ordinary stone. But it isn’t just a stone—to the animals that use it, it’s a resting place, a kitchen, a safe haven…even an entire world. With stunning illustrations in cut paper, pencil, collage, and paint, and soothing rhythms that invite reading aloud, A Stone Sat Still is a gorgeous exploration of perspective, perception, sensory experience, color, size, function, and time, with an underlying environmental message that is timely and poignant. Once again Wenzel shows himself to be a master of the picture book form.

  1. Amazing Animals - Discover the incredible diversity of the natural world through Peter David Scott’s stunning illustrations of animals in their native habitats. Peter David Scott’s richly detailed and colorful artwork brings the beauty of the natural world into your hands in this collection of amazing animals from around the world. From the western gorilla of the African rain forests to the colossal squid that resides deep beneath the sea, animals from every habitat are featured on these pages. A field guide—complete with pencil sketches of each animal—presents the reader with more facts about these creatures.

  2. Amy on Park Patrol - Learning that a nearby park is about to be turned into a shopping center, Amy races against time to save the recreation center and the animal friends who live there.

  3. In the Jungle - FIRST EXPLORERS: With cool things to push, pull, and slide on the cover and every spread for interactive fun, this chunky board book gives children their first enticing taste of nonfiction! Travel deep into the jungle and what will you see? Exciting creatures in all shapes and sizes, from fluttering butterflies and chameleons to tigers, leopards, and elephants! With scenes to push and pull, bright illustrations that convey fun facts, and an invitation to spot animals on every page, this is a magical introduction to the natural world.

  4. Homes in the Wild - As informative as it is lovely, Homes in the Wild is an adorable nonfiction picture book from author/illustrator Lita Judge that shows that wild creatures—from beavers to bobcats, and sloths to squirrels—aren’t so different from us after all. Just like us, every baby animal has a home. Some live in complex burrows deep underground, others in simple nests high in the treetops. But all homes, regardless of where they are or how they’re built, serve the same purpose: providing shelter where a baby can eat, sleep, learn, and stay safe while growing up. Animal lovers will delight in this gorgeously illustrated peek inside the homes—from burrows deep underground to nests high in the trees—where baby animals live and grow.

Peek-a-Baby: Ocean book
#19
Peek-a-Baby: Ocean
Written and illustrated by Mike Orodan
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Baby animals are hiding in the ocean! Lift the flaps to help each animal parent find their babies, from playful dolphin pups to a shy whale calf. Peekaboo fans will delight in revealing every adorable baby animal—and learning what special sound they make! With cleverly layered pages and distinctive limited-palette artwork, this is a board book series to treasure.

Look Who's There book
#20
Look Who's There
Written and illustrated by Martine Perrin
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Children will discover nature’s creatures hidden in graphic environments.

Rainforest book
#21
Rainforest
Written and illustrated by Julia Groves
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Exotic and beautiful creatures of the rainforest, selected for the extraordinary noises they make. Delicate, colourful and distinctive, Julia Groves’ illustrations introduce us to the animals that live in this precious and endangered habitat.

Where Does Pig Live? book
#22
Where Does Pig Live?
Written by Roger Priddy
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Where Does Pig Live? is a novelty board book for toddlers that takes them around the farm to look for Big Pig’s home, and to meet lots of farm characters on the way. Slide the doors open, and lift up the flaps to discover who lives where, until, finally, Big Pig comes to a place that looks familiar, and smells like home! With its repetitive text that encourages participation, its satisfying sliders and flaps, and its characterful illustrations, this chunky board book is sure to become a hit with little ones aged 18 months to three years old.

Welcome Home: Where Nature's Most Creative Creatures Dwell book
#23
Welcome Home: Where Nature's Most Creative Creatures Dwell
Written and illustrated by Lisa Mundorff
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Young readers will delight in the realistic and literal interpretations of where some of our most favorite animals live. Humans love to put their feet up at home after a long day—whether they’re in a house, apartment, or cabin. Well, even animals have their own particular homes. Otters kick it on a couch, lions retreat to their dens, and pigeons (the city dwellers that they are) call lofts their home. Where we live is a part of us.

  1. Under the Snow - A cozy look at the amazing ways animals behave and interact with their environments on a snowy day. When snow falls, we go home where it is warm and safe. What about all those animals out there in the forests and fields? What do they do when snow blankets the ground? Award-winning science writer Melissa Stewart offers a lyrical tour of a variety of habitats, providing young readers with vivid glimpses of animals as they live out the winter beneath the snow and ice. Constance R. Bergum’s glowing watercolors perfectly capture the wonder and magic that can happen under the snow.

  2. Birds Make Nests - Birds make many kinds of nests in many kinds of places—to keep their eggs safe and to keep chicks safe. In this exquisitely illustrated picture book, created with both traditional woodcut and digital tools, acclaimed artist Michael Garland celebrates animals that are both beautiful and resourceful.

  3. About Habitats: Forests - This beginner’s guide explores the major attributes of the forest biome and showcases its striking beauty and remarkable diversity using examples from around the globe. In this addition to the About Habitats series, award-winning author Cathryn Sill uses simple, easy-to-understand language to teach children what forests are how various species of animals and plants have adapted to life in these habitats. John Sill’s detailed, full-color illustrations show the characteristics of different types of forests – from the cold boreal forests of the northern hemisphere to the warm tropical forests near the equator A glossary and afterword provide further fascinating details about forests to inspire readers to learn more.

  4. How Many Trees? - How many trees make a forest? Each animals thinks they know the answer, but they just can’t agree. Could a tiny, quiet voice have the answer? Simple yet humorous, this charming story is told in Barroux’s inimitable style and features a host of woodland creatures who children will love. The story encourages children’s to ask questions about nature and the environment and is a great way to open up discussion on a range of topics.

Who's Hiding? In the Wild book
#28
Who's Hiding? In the Wild
Written by Kaitlyn DiPerna and illustrated by Giusi Capizzi
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Lift the flap to see who’s hiding! Who’s hiding in the water? Who’s hiding in the colorful rainforest? In Who’s Hiding? In the Wild youngsters will be entertained as they guess which adorable animal is hiding in its habitat. By opening or turning the oversized flap, the entire animal is revealed. From a hippo to a zebra, this board book encourages young readers use the clues to guess which animal is hiding.

My Very First Book of Animal Homes book
#29
My Very First Book of Animal Homes
Written and illustrated by Eric Carle
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Here are two new split-page board books in the popular series from Eric Carle. In the brilliantly colorful My Very First Book of Animal Homes, children can match each animal with the home it lives in. Where do the bees live? Where does the bird live? In My Very First Book of Animal Sounds, children can match each animal with the sound it makes. Which animal barks? Which animal roars? Only you can match them. Full of vibrant animals, these books are loads of fun for young children.

A Father's Love book
#30
A Father's Love
Written by Hannah Holt and illustrated by Yee Von Chan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

This heartwarming book celebrates the love that fathers and children share in the animal kingdom, while also teaching young readers about colors. Perfect for new babies, new fathers, baby shower gifts, Father’s Day gifts, and for kids who love their dads on any old day. Throughout the animal kingdom, in every part of the world, fathers love and care for their babies. This book takes readers around the globe and across the animal kingdom, showcasing the many ways fathers have of demonstrating their love. Whether it’s a penguin papa snuggling with his baby in the frosty white snow, a lion dad playing with his cub in a yellow field, or a seahorse father protecting his young inside his pouch in the deep blue ocean, we see that a father’s love comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors. With beautiful art that brings all of the dads and babies, and the love between them, to vivid, colorful life, this book is a celebration of the special bond that a father shares with his children.

Animal Babies in the River! book
#31
Animal Babies in the River!
Written and illustrated by Julia Groves
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

What’s a baby otter called? Or a baby duck? In this collection of river creatures and their young, Julia Groves’ distinctive art style captures each animal’s unique beauty.

Possum and the Summer Storm book
#32
Possum and the Summer Storm
Written and illustrated by Anne Hunter
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Possum looked out one summer afternoon. “Time to come in!” he called to his baby possums. “It looks like we’re in for some weather!” Possum calls his children out of the summer storm—but what can he do when their home is swept away by rising water? The possum family must rely on their friends to construct a new house. At first it seems that no other animal’s home is suited for a possum, but they come up with something spectacular! Beloved character Possum is back, along with an array of friends who make for a broad, ranging ensemble, giving children a tantalizing peek at how different animals build their homes.

  1. Animal Babies on the Mountain! - What’s a baby goat called? Or a baby panda? In this collection of mountain creatures and their young, Julia Groves’ distinctive art style captures each animal’s unique beauty.

  2. Ocean Motions - Adorable ocean creatures sway, jiggle and play, glide, flip, and dive in this beautiful board book from indie collage artist Kate Endle and children’s music star Caspar Babypants. Toddlers will love this colorful board book about ocean creatures, featuring beautiful and playful collage art by indie artist Kate Endle and the clever word play of Seattle songwriter Caspar Babypants. Walruses warmly wave! Sea turtles tip and flip. River otters race through the ripples. Belugas blow bubbles.

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