Animal Sounds: Books For Kids

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

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to animal sounds. 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 sounds.

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 sounds, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like The Very Quiet Cricket to popular sellers like Classic Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault to some of our favorite hidden gems like Oliver’s Tree.

We hope this list of kids books about animal sounds 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.

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.

Goodnight Bear book
#2
Goodnight Bear
Written and illustrated by Jane Cabrera
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Get baby ready to go to sleep and say goodnight to all the different animals in this adorable board book! Goodnight, moon, shining bright, sleepy babies kiss night-night! It’s time for baby to go to sleep! Little ones will love saying goodnight to all the baby animals with their animal sounds in this adorable board book, including a fox (Yap Yap), an owl (Whoo-Whoo), a bat (Flap Flap), a mouse (Squeak Squeak), a kitten (Meow Meow), a bear (Grrr Grr), a hedgehog (Snuffle Snuffle), a wolf (Wooh Wooh), and finally, a baby (Shh Shh)!

Arf! Buzz! Cluck! A Rather Noisy Alphabet book
#3
Arf! Buzz! Cluck! A Rather Noisy Alphabet
Written by Eric Seltzer and illustrated by David Creighton-Pester
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Moo! Neigh! Oink! Peep! This silly and inventive alphabet board book teaches little ones the ABCs with animal sounds!

We Arf We Buzz We Baaah We Coo

We Chirp and Cluck and cock-a-Doodle-Doo!

Simon Says Moo Like a Cow book
#4
Simon Says Moo Like a Cow
Written and illustrated by Sarah Vince
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Invites readers to make various animal sounds, including those made by pigs, cows, and horses. On board pages.

Animal Noises book
#5
Animal Noises
Written and illustrated by Thomas Flintham
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

A brand-new board book that explores animal sounds from morning until night in the bold and vibrantly colorful world of artist Thomas Flintham. The chickens wake from the farm each day, “CLUCK, CLUCK, CLUCK,” the chickens say. At breakfast time, the cows all chew, In the meadow, “MOO, MOO, MOO.” It’s a very noisy day on the farm, until bedtime comes and the farmyard is quiet. With sturdy pages, a simple, engaging story, and graphic bold artwork, this animal sounds book is perfect for little ones.

  1. What's That Noise? Snap! Snap! - “What’s that noise? Lift the flap to find out! Perfect for guessing, prediction and memory skills—and simply joining in!”—Page 4 of cover.

  2. Elwood Bigfoot - Elwood Bigfoot is big, LOUD . . . and lonely. It’s hard for him to make friends especially with the tiny birdies whose chirps and cheerful songs help him feel less alone. But whenever a hopeful Elwood hollers at a birdie to STAY, the scared creature flies away. Will Elwood “ever” find a way to befriend the birdies?”

  3. Oliver's Tree - A board book about three adorable best friends! Oliver, Charlie, and Lulu love to play outside together. Their favorite game is hide-and-seek, but it’s not fun for Oliver when his friends hide in the trees—he can’t reach them! So the friends set off to find a tree that Oliver can play in. But there’s a reason we don’t see elephants in trees, and just when Oliver is ready to give up the search, Charlie and Lulu surprise him with the perfect tree for them all to play in together!

  4. Harold Finds a Voice - Harold is an amazing mimic, and can imitate the sound of everything in his home. Tired of repeating the same old noises, he yearns to find out what other voices there are in the big, wide world. But what happens when he suddenly realises that he doesn’t yet have a voice of his own?This fantastic debut by author/illustrator Courtney Dicmas recounts Harold’s hilarious tale. It’s full of colour, humour and invention, and children will love to join in with Harold as he mimics everyday noises.

Animobiles book
#10
Animobiles
Written and illustrated by Maddie Frost
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Some vehicles go VROOM! Some animals say ROAR! Put them both together and find out what’s in store

Imagine a different kind of hybrid on wheels: animalvehicle! The subway-snake slithers for commuters, the cowcars stop to graze in the field, the bear-bus scoots to the den for hibernation. What could be better than a mash-up of two of the best things: animals and things that go vroom!

Say What? book
#11
Say What?
Written by Angela DiTerlizzi and illustrated by Joey Chou
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

With an interactive text and bright, playful illustrations, explore what baby animals really mean when they make their adorable baby animal sounds. When a lion says ROAR, does he really mean MORE? When a cow says MOO, does she really mean YOU? How do we know what animals say when they say what they say with their sounds everyday? With an interactive text and bright, playful illustrations, Angela DiTerlizzi and Joey Chou explore what baby animals really mean when they make their adorable baby animal sounds.

Can You Say It, Too? Tweet! Tweet! book
#12
Can You Say It, Too? Tweet! Tweet!
Written by Nosy Crow and illustrated by Sebastien Braun
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Lift the flaps to reveal the animal and learn its noise in this fun and interactive series. Children will love spotting the bird, lifting the flap to reveal the complete creature, and then making its noise in this latest book in the Can You Say It, Too? series. Sturdy flaps and simple text combine with friendly artwork to make a fantastic first book that is great for sharing with children who are just starting to talk.

Hello Lamb book
#13
Hello Lamb
Written and illustrated by Jane Cabrera
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Get baby ready to wake up and say hello to all the different animals in this adorable board book! Hello, Sun. Hello, Day. Wake up, babies, Time to play! It’s time for baby to wake up! Little ones will love greeting all the baby animals with their animal sounds in this adorable board book, including a chick (Cheep Cheep), a piglet (Oink Oink), a puppy (Woof Woof), a frog (Croak Croak), a calf (Moo Moo), a bunny (Twitch Twitch), a lamb (Baa Baa), a bee (Buzz Buzz), and finally, a baby (Goo Goo)!

Squeak! book
#14
Squeak!
Written by Laura McGee Kvasnosky and illustrated by Kate Harvey McGee
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Who knew that one little noise could set off a whole cacophony? In this chain-reaction story, the animal world wakes up with a squeak!

Early one morning, a gentle breeze tickles the ear of a small mouse, and he wakes up with a squeak! That squeak wakes up the some chipmunks, who rattle tree branches and knock pinecones into the river. Those pinecones wake the trout, who splash around and wake up an elk on the riverbank.

And so goes the story of Squeak!, a chain-reaction story set in a beautiful, rolling landscape with animals who are all woken up one by one with the rising of the sun. With lush and vivid art, and plenty of fun animal noises on each page, this story is a perfect read-aloud to wake up to–or to read any time of day.

  1. The Loud Book! - From the blare of an alarm clock in the morning to snores and crickets in the evening, simple text explores the many loud noises one might hear during the course of a day.

  2. Jane Foster's Animal Sounds - Introduce little ones to animal noises in this bold and graphic board book by illustrator and textile designer Jane Foster. In this beautiful and sophisticated board book, children will be introduced to bold images of animals and the noises they make, such as hooting owls, mooing cows, buzzing bees, splashing whales, and more!

  3. If You See a Cow - In this interactive novelty board book, little ones discover and react to the animals hidden behind a shaped flap on every spread. What should you do if you see a cow? Moo! Young readers will love following the instructions to make animal sounds and discovering which farm animal is hiding behind the flaps.

  4. Simon Says Roar Like a Lion - “Simon Says” is a series of fun mirror books for little ones. Fold-out mirrors allow children to read the book while they copy all of the funny faces inside. Simple instructions guide parents and children through the book, and encourage them to join in the mirror fun. Fun illustrations will delight children and help them to match the silly faces and noises.

The Very Quiet Cricket book
#19
The Very Quiet Cricket
Written and illustrated by Eric Carle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

One day a tiny cricket is born and meets a big cricket who chirps his welcome. The tiny cricket tries to respond, but there is no sound. The quiet cricket then makes his way into the world, meeting one insect after another, each of whom greets the little cricket with a cheery hello–the hum of a bee, the whirr of a dragonfly, the whisper of a praying mantis. The cricket rubs his wings together each time, but nothing happens, not a sound. Until the day he meets another cricket, a female, and something different happens . . .

As children turn the page on this wonderful moment, they are greeted with a surprise–an actual chirp!

Full of Eric Carle’s gorgeous and lush collage art, a gentle rhythmic text for read-alouds, and a wonder-inducing surprise at the end, The Very Quiet Cricket remains an all-time favorite from one of the true masters of picture-book making.

As children turn the page on this wonderful moment, they are greeted with a surprise–an actual chirp!

Full of Eric Carle’s gorgeous and lush collage art, a gentle rhythmic text for read-alouds, and a wonder-inducing surprise at the end, The Very Quiet Cricket remains an all-time favorite from one of the true masters of picture-book making.

Boom! Bellow! Bleat! book
#20
Boom! Bellow! Bleat!
Written by Georgia Heard and illustrated by Aaron DeWitt
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

This playful collection of poems—peppered with an astounding variety of animal sounds—is meant to be read aloud together. These poems for two or more voices explore the myriad sounds animals make—from a frog’s jug-o-rum to a fish’s boom! to an elephant’s bark. Laced with humor, the poems are a delight to read aloud and cover all major classes of animals: mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, insects, even a crustacean! Readers will learn how to estimate the temperature by counting a cricket’s chirps and see how creatures make sounds at specific pitches and frequencies, so that they can be heard despite other noise around them. Extensive end notes provide more information on the animals and how and why they make the sounds they do. Written by noted children’s poet Georgia Heard, this is an ideal collection for parents and children to share, or for a fun, interactive classroom read-aloud.

I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo! book
#21
I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo!
Written by Jill Esbaum and illustrated by Gus Gordon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A high-stakes adventure and hilarious ode to self-esteem for fans of Oliver Jeffers, Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, and Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken.

Nadine can talk a blue streak, and one day she tells a real whopper: she isn’t afraid of anything—no siree! Then her friends call her bluff, and Nadine must enter. . .The Deep. Dark. Woods. Only the woods aren’t so scary after all, until the sun sets, that is, and Nadine can’t find her friends. What is this boastful bovine to do? Run around in blind terror? Plummet off a cliff? Crash into a stream? Check, check, and check. But is all lost? Doubtful. After all, she is cow, hear her MOOOOOOOOO!

Belle's Journey book
#22
Belle's Journey
Written by Rob Bierregaard and illustrated by Kate Garchinsky
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

For over sixteen years, Dr. Rob Bierregaard (Dr. B. to his students) has tracked osprey migration using small radio transmitters. This is the story of one of Dr. B.’s ospreys, Belle, who each spring flies 4,000 miles from her winter home in Brazil to her spring nest on Martha’s Vineyard to meet her mate and start a new family. Besides the long distance, Belle must find food, weather storms, and face other dangers. Dr. B. and his companions follow Belle’s journey via her transmitter. This mostly true story is based on information garnered through twenty years of research by Dr. B.

Sleepover Duck! book
#23
Sleepover Duck!
Written and illustrated by Carin Bramsen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

It’s Duck’s very first sleepover… and it’s in Cat’s barn! But a “Hooot, Hooot” is keeping Duck from getting any sleep. So Duck and Cat set off to search high and low to find out just who is doing all that hooting. Full of your favorite barnyard animals and their memorable sounds, young readers will love this delightfully funny and endearing story.

  1. 10 Reasons to Love... a Lion - Lions are the only big cat to live in groups, have the loudest roar and the most magnificent manes. Turn the pages of this giftable series to find 10 reasons to love lions, and five ways you can show you care.

  2. My First Book of Wild Animals - A snowy owl flying, a giant panda climbing, a huge gray whale emerging from the waves: See these beautiful animals in the wild, where they belong. These amazing photos from the archives of the National Wildlife Federation showcase a menagerie of marvelous creatures. Children will look wide-eyed at a herd of wildebeests rushing through water; a mama brown bear attending to her adorable cubs; a smiling alligator, its powerful jaws opened wide; adult elephants protectively surrounding their young; and more. While enjoying their close-up look at this wonderful world of wildlife, kids will gain an early and lifelong appreciation for the marvelous creatures who also call Earth home.

  3. Animal Friends - Go on a colorful safari and learn what sounds your favorite animals make! What sounds do the animals make? Go on a safari adventure and find out in this adorable animal board book! Chunky lightweight pages and colorful illustrations capture little ones’ attention while they are introduced to noisy animal friends.

  4. Rainforest - 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.

Peek-a-Baby: Farm book
#28
Peek-a-Baby: Farm
Written and illustrated by Mike Orodan
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Baby animals are hiding on the farm! Lift the flaps to help each animal parent find their babies, from noisy chicks to messy baby pigs. 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.

Do Crocs Kiss? book
#29
Do Crocs Kiss?
Written and illustrated by Salina Yoon
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Do crocs cry? Do crocs clap? All I know is crocs go . . . SNAP! This novelty board book, with fun text and colorful illustrations, features adorable lions, tigers, and bears, as well as the snappy title reptile and other favorite creatures. Kids will happily lift the flap on each big animal “mouth” to discover what sound it makes. For a grand finale, all the animals appear together peering out from behind two gatefolds, so children can sneak a peek and say all the sounds again!

Let's Feed the Ducks! book
#30
Let's Feed the Ducks!
Written and illustrated by Rachel Benge
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

When a brother and sister go on a walk to feed the ducks, they come across many different animals with different sounds—but where are the quacking ducks? Young readers will learn to identify and connect different animals and sounds in this delightful and engaging story.

Can You Say It, Too? Cheep! Cheep! book
#31
Can You Say It, Too? Cheep! Cheep!
Written by Nosy Crow and illustrated by Sebastien Braun
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Five lavishly illustrated spreads, big recessed flaps, and a host of adorable animals to spot, name, and mimic combine in this delightful little board book series for the very young.

Kitten and the Night Watchman book
#32
Kitten and the Night Watchman
Written by John Sullivan and illustrated by Taeeun Yoo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A stray kitten changes the way the watchman sees nighttime in this tender book based on a true story, illustrated by Strictly No Elephants artist Taeeun Yoo. The night watchman hugs his wife and kids and drives to work. All night he is alone. Every hour he makes his rounds. He sees the stars twinkling. He hears the sounds of the night: ki-DEE ki-DEE ki-DEE shhhhheeeeeEEEERRRROOOOooooommmmmm Woof! Woof! Woof! Meeeoooow. When he is joined by a stray kitten, the night suddenly seems different. Has the kitten found a new home? Kitten and the Night Watchman is inspired by the true story of author John Sullivan meeting a stray cat while working as a night watchman. The cat, Beebe, was John’s companion for seventeen years.

  1. Animal Sounds - Presents animal sounds, from the dog’s “arf” and the cat’s “meow” to the goat’s “maa-maa” and the owl’s “whoo-o-o-o-o.”

  2. Can You Say It, Too? Moo! Moo! - Sturdy flaps and simple texts combine with friendly artwork to make this a fantastic first book for children who are just starting to talk. As all parents know, little children just love to be asked to make animal sounds. So a flap book in which they can spot the animal’s tail, lift the flap to reveal the complete creature, and then make its noise is guaranteed to be a winner!

  3. The Song of Spring - In this charming book, children will delight in the sounds animals make as they come together to help a young bird find a friend. It’s spring and everywhere birds are calling out to each other. But one bird has forgotten which sound to make. He tries “Woof,” and meets a dog, who encourages him to try “Oink,” with the expected result. Moo, Hee-Haw, Baa, Meow—each successive call adds another animal friend to the page. Will the young bird find another bird friend? As young readers are introduced to each type of animal and their sounds, Hendrik Jonas’s clever illustrations grow increasingly crowded. The result is a beautiful celebration of friendship that will delight young children everywhere.

  4. My Very First Book of Animal Sounds - 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.

Classic Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault book
#37
Classic Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-18

In 1697, Charles Perrault published The Tales of Mother Goose, which became a staple in every child’s library. This classic collection gathers nine of those beloved stories, accompanied by the bright and colorful illustrations of Francesca Rossi. Her art, like the fresh, modern retelling, bring a touch of modernity to Perrault’s timeless work—including “The Fairies,” “Bluebeard,” “Tom Thumb,” “Donkey Skin,” and “Sleeping Beauty.”

My Farm Friends book
#38
My Farm Friends
Written and illustrated by Wendell Minor
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Here’s a perfect introduction to our farm friends. Is there anything cuter than a little lamb or playful piglet? Farm animals are fascinating, and they are full of surprises, too. Naturally, cows make milk—but did you know they need to drink a bathtub-full of water every day? And of course the turkeys gobble—but sometimes they purr like cats. Wendell Minor’s bright, bold artwork and jaunty verse celebrate the wonders of our farm friends.

Chicks! book
#39
Chicks!
Written by Sandra Horning and illustrated by Jon Goodell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When a family brings home chicks from a local farm, they must do everything they can to make sure their feathered friends thrive in their new environment. With the help of their knowledgeable parents, the children provide the baby chicks with food, water, warmth, and proper shelter. Young readers will chirp along happily page after page, learning to read as they watch the fuzzy little chicks grow into downy adult chickens, who will eventually lay eggs of their own!

Animals with Tiny Cat book
#40
Animals with Tiny Cat
Written and illustrated by Viviane Schwarz
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

With her trademark visual humor, Vivian Schwarz invites little ones to make animal sounds along with a most inventive feline. What do you do when you’re fond of animals and you adore dressing up? For the adorable Tiny Cat, it’s a matter of donning a vacuum hose “trunk,” a party hat “beak,” and other clever appropriations of household items, all with the aim of amusing little readers and leading them in a few animal noises. But what happens when the game becomes a little too believable? Does Tiny Cat have what it takes to harness a fierce inner beast?

A Hippy-Hoppy Toad book
#41
A Hippy-Hoppy Toad
Written by Peggy Archer and illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

It’s hard to be a tiny toad minding your own business on a twig. First a bird pecks at him… . Then a bee buzzes… . Then a dog barks… and so on. And each time the toad is surprised by a buzz or a woof (or the toe of a sneaker!), he hops to a new location farther down the road. With fun sounds, clever rhymes, and an irresistible rhythm, this is the perfect story for sharing one-on-one or in a group.

  1. A Moose That Says Moo - From jump-roping skunks to book-reading sharks, the animals in this girl’s make-believe zoo will do whatever she wants. Messing with nature is fun at first, until we see how hilariously wrong things go. Oinking otters! Picketing ground hogs! Stage-crashing pigs! What could be next? With deadpan text and eye-popping art, this raucous picture book A Moose That Says Moo builds gleefully to a riot of craziness that brings the whole fantasy tumbling down—in a comedic warning against imaginary menageries that kids will find hilarious.

  2. Can You Say It, Too? Woof! Woof! - Demonstrates the different sounds pets make, in a book encouraging readers to lift flaps to identify each animal.

  3. Can You Say It, Too? Growl! Growl! - Invites young readers to discover what animals are hidden beneath flaps and imitate their sounds, including those made by bears, monkeys and tigers.

  4. Can You Say It, Too? Hoot! Hoot! - Five lavishly illustrated spreads, big, recessed flaps, and a host of nighttime animals to spot, name, and mimic combine in this delightful little board book for the very young.

Raybot book
#46
Raybot
Written and illustrated by Adam F. Watkins
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

When an inquisitive robot named Raybot begins to explore Earth, he knows he is supposed to find the thing that goes “bark.” But try as he might, all he can find are things that go “roar” and “oink” and “moo.” Still, Raybot keeps searching, and on the way, he discovers that Earth is full of interesting, friendly creatures. Children will relate to Raybot’s wonder as he discovers new sounds and animals in the world, and adults will appreciate the detail and beauty in the hand-painted illustrations.

Can You Say It, Too? Roar! Roar! book
#47
Can You Say It, Too? Roar! Roar!
Written by Nosy Crow and illustrated by Sebastien Braun
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Demonstrates the different sounds wild animals make, in a book encouraging readers to lift flaps to identify each animal.

Shapes book
#48
Shapes
Written and illustrated by Courtney Dicmas
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Courtney Dicmas introduces babies to basic concepts with her award-winning charm and humour. In Opposites, interactions between animals with drastically different characteristics provides plenty of opportunities to discuss and make comparisons. Colours takes an original approach to the topic by representing popular colours through ocean creatures. Shapes cleverly demonstrates the way that different shapes appear in nature, through the outlines of animals, or through the negative space between them and their family members. How many birds can roost on a wire? Find out in the final book in the series: Numbers!

The Cow Said Meow book
#49
The Cow Said Meow
Written and illustrated by John Himmelman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

No one likes getting caught out in the rain! One drizzly day on the farm, a cow overhears a cat meowing to be let into the house. When the kind old lady inside opens the door, the cow gets an idea—one that spirals out of control!

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