Best Children's Books About Animal homes

40 Children's Books About Animal homes

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
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!

Lion's Lullaby book
#2
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.

Animal Homes book
#3
Animal Homes
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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!

Babies of the Great Bear Rainforest book
#4
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.

Animal Babies in the River! book
#5
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.

Rainforest book
#6
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.

Good Night Sharks book
#7
Good Night Sharks
Written and illustrated by Mark Jasper, Adam Gamble
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Good Night Sharks features great white sharks, whale sharks, spinner sharks, blue sharks, hammerhead sharks, leopard sharks, mako sharks, tiger sharks, bull sharks, thresher sharks, angel sharks, blacktip sharks, cookiecutter sharks, and more. This book is part of the bestselling Good Night Our World series, which includes hundreds of titles exploring iconic locations and exciting themes. Young divers will explore the fascinating world of sharks while learning about different species and their watery environments.

My Very First Book of Animal Homes book
#8
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.

Through the Forest in Fall book
#9
Through the Forest in Fall
Written and illustrated by Anne Passchier
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

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.

Mad about Monkeys book
#10
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!

Good Night Bears book
#11
Good Night Bears
Written and illustrated by Mark Jasper, Adam Gamble
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Good Night Bears highlights black bears, polar bears, grizzly bears, panda bears, sloth bears, sun bears, spectacled bears, bear cubs, bear habitats, bear tracks, catching salmon, and more. This charming and educational board book takes young readers into the fascinating world of bears while exploring bear species and types of bear habitat. A must-read for young wildlife enthusiasts.

Crazy about Cats book
#12
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.

Bonkers about Beetles book
#13
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.

Look Who's There book
#14
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.

Mama Dug a Little Den book
#15
Mama Dug a Little Den
Written by Jennifer Ward and illustrated by Steven Jenkins
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

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.

Ocean Motions book
#16
Ocean Motions
Written by Caspar Babypants and illustrated by Kate Endle
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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.

In the Forest book
#17
In the Forest
Written and illustrated by Natalie Marshall
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Introduce little ones to colorful forest animals in this storytime touch-and-feel! Step into the colorful forest with this early learning touch-and-feel! With soft, bumpy, and fuzzy elements on every page to keep little hands busy and adorable illustrations, young ones are sure to be engaged from beginning to end!

In the Wild book
#18
In the Wild
Written by and illustrated by Natalie Marshall
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Introduce little ones to colorful wild animals in this storytime touch-and-feel! Meet colorful wild animals in this early learning touch-and-feel! With elements on every page to keep little hands busy, and adorable illustrations, young ones will love this interactive furry, bumpy, and fuzzy adventure in the wild!

Amy on Park Patrol book
#19
Amy on Park Patrol
Written by Callie Barkley and illustrated by Tracy Bishop
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

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.

The Moon's Almost Here book
#20
The Moon's Almost Here
Written by Patricia MacLachlan and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Illustrations and rhyming text follow an assortment of creatures as they make their way to a nest, the shore, or a porch while the day comes to an end and the moon begins to rise.

Amazing Animals book
#21
Amazing Animals
Written by and illustrated by Peter David Scott
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

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.

Who's Hiding? In the Wild book
#22
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.

Possum and the Summer Storm book
#23
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.

5 Wild Numbers book
#24
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.

Where Does Pig Live? book
#25
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.

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