Best Kids Books About Animal homes

18 Kids Books About Animal homes

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Lion's Lullaby book
#1
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.

Through the Forest in Fall book
#2
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
#3
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!

Crazy about Cats book
#4
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
#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.

Mama Dug a Little Den book
#6
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.

The Moon's Almost Here book
#7
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
#8
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.

Possum and the Summer Storm book
#9
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.

Great Polar Bear book
#10
Great Polar Bear
Written and illustrated by Carolyn Lesser
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

“Great crystal bear How do you survive on the thick ice Covering the deep Arctic sea?" Journey into the magnificent and mysterious world of the far north in Great Polar Bear, Carolyn Lesser’s poetic and scientifically accurate story about a year in the life of a polar bear. Learn how this impressive animal thrives in one of the harshest -- and imperiled -- environments in the world. Carolyn Lesser also makes her illustrative debut in Great Polar Bear, using collage to capture the bear hunting, swimming, and playing in the far north. Great Polar Bear is a stunning one-on-one reading and sharing title. Originally published in 1996 as The Great Crystal Bear, this stunning edition features all-new artwork from the author. Praise for the previous edition (The Great Crystal Bear): “Lyrical in tone and accurate in zoological detail, the narrative is ideal for one-on-one sharing.”—School Library Journal “In a rolling, poetic text, Lesser wonders about the life of a polar bear....She weaves her gentle musings with solid scientific information, as the bear searches for food, traps and eats a seal, and play fights with younger bears to teach them how to battle for a mate.....for primary-graders, this would make an evocative addition to a unit on the Arctic.”—Booklist “Lesser weaves a surprising number of facts into a lyrical narrative about a year in the life of a polar bear. Readers learn how the bear's hollow white hairs gather sunlight while its black skin absorbs the heat, how it kills and eats and leaves behind meat for other, less able, animals.”—Kirkus Reviews “Great Crystal Bear is exciting, neat and fun to read. It’s a book about a polar bear and how he mates and that he eats seals.....I would recommend this to about anyone who is interested in polar bears.—Taryn Butler, 10, Gold Hill Elementary, Tega Cay, SC, GRP”—The American Scientist, The Scientific Research Society “Great Crystal Bear is a children’s book that will also appeal to adults, providing a lyrical, impressionistic, and yet factual look at the great white bears....the book is sure to become a favorite during storytime in your house.”—San Diego Zoo member newsletter “This is a book children will enjoy hearing and reading over and over which will inform them of the life of one solitary animal in the world of large mammals.”—The Open Book

A Place to Start a Family book
#11
A Place to Start a Family
Written by David L. Harrison and illustrated by Giles Laroche
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

A poetry collection introducing animal architects that build remarkable structures in order to attract a mate and have babies. Many animals build something—a nest, tunnel, or web—in order to pair up, lay eggs, give birth, and otherwise perpetuate their species. Organized based on where creatures live—underground, in the water, on land, or in the air—twelve poems bring fish, insects, reptiles, mammals, and birds to life. Giles Laroche's intricate cut-paper illustrations are so life-like, readers will feel like they've stepped right into the homes of some of nature's best builders. Back matter includes more information about each animal.

Homes in the Wild book
#12
Homes in the Wild
Written and illustrated by Lita Judge
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

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.

Welcome Home: Where Nature's Most Creative Creatures Dwell book
#13
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.

A Father's Love book
#14
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.

How Many Trees? book
#15
How Many Trees?
Written and illustrated by Barroux
picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-5

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.

Animals Extreme Facts book
#16
Animals Extreme Facts
Written and illustrated by Steffi Cavell-Clarke
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-11

With this series, you will be able to impress your friends with extreme facts on all things science. Discover mind-blowing statistics and hair-raising truths that will leave your friends and family gob-smacked!

Rainforest book
#17
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.

Birds Make Nests book
#18
Birds Make Nests
Written and illustrated by Michael Garland
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

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