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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, and you can also use our table of contents to jump to particular topics you think your kid will enjoy.

When it comes to children’s stories about animal sounds, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Spot Goes to the Farm to popular sellers like Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? Sound Book to some of our favorite hidden gems like Moo, Baa, La La La.

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.

Top 10 Books About Animal Sounds

Lion's Lullaby book
#1
Lion's Lullaby
Written by Mij Kelly & 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.

Open the Barn Door book
#2
Open the Barn Door
Written by & illustrated by Christopher Santoro
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-3

From the creator of OPEN THE GARAGE DOOR comes the hit lift-the-flap board book all about your favorite farm animals!

Spend a day on the farm and explore all the animal sights and sounds! Featuring 10 lift-the-flaps and a variety of barnyard favorites, including horses, chickens, cows, and pigs, this board book is a fun-filled introduction to life on the farm.

Flip, Flap, Fly! book
#3
Flip, Flap, Fly!
Written by Phyllis Root & illustrated by David Walker
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A baby bird, fish, snake, otter, duck, mouse, and child merrily meet at a pond after being helped by their mamas all morning. On board pages.

Starry Safari book
#4
Starry Safari
Written by Linda Ashman & illustrated by Jeff Mack
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Bedtime becomes a jungle safari until the Big Safari Ranger brings it to a halt.

Goodnight Bear book
#5
Goodnight Bear
Written & 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
#6
Arf! Buzz! Cluck! A Rather Noisy Alphabet
Written by Eric Seltzer & 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
#7
Simon Says Moo Like a Cow
Written & 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
#8
Animal Noises
Written & 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.

Moo, Baa, La La La book
#9
Moo, Baa, La La La
Written & illustrated by Sandra Boynton
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-2

Serious silliness for all ages. Artist Sandra Boynton is back and better than ever with completely redrawn versions of her multi-million selling board books. These whimsical and hilarious books, featuring nontraditional texts and her famous animal characters, have been printed on thick board pages, and are sure to educate and entertain children of all ages.

What's That Noise? Snap! Snap! book
#10
What's That Noise? Snap! Snap!
Written & illustrated by Cocoretto
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

“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.

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Books About Animal Sounds and Infancy

Flip, Flap, Fly!
Written by Phyllis Root & illustrated by David Walker
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A baby bird, fish, snake, otter, duck, mouse, and child merrily meet at a pond after being helped by their mamas all morning. On board pages.

Goodnight Bear
Written & 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)!

Spot Goes to the Farm
Written & illustrated by Eric Hill
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Spot searches for new babies among the farm animals, each of which greets him with its own distinctive noise. Movable flaps conceal portions of the illustrations.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Egg - Egg is a graphic novel for preschoolers about four eggs, one big surprise, and an unlikely friendship, by Caldecott Medalist and New York Times-bestselling author Kevin Henkes. Egg is not only a perfect Easter gift, but also a classic read-alone and read-aloud that will appeal all year long. This masterful and stylistically original picture book introduces young children to four eggs. One is blue, one is pink, one is yellow, and one is green. Three of the eggs hatch, revealing three baby birds who fly away. But the green egg does not hatch. Why not? When the three birds return to investigate, they’re in for a big surprise! What will happen next? With a compelling mix of comic-like panels, wordless pages and spreads, and a short text featuring word repetition, surprise, and suspense, Egg is an ideal book for emergent readers, as well as for sharing in a group. Egg is sure to inspire creativity and storytelling in preschoolers, as they anticipate the page turns and determine their own endings! Kevin Henkes is the bestselling author of Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, Waiting, and Kitten’s First Full Moon, among many other beloved titles.

  2. Hello Lamb - 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)!

  3. This Little Chick - Who says a little chick can’t make big, loud animal noises? Most little chicks barely make a peep, but not this little chick! While his brothers and sisters nestle close to their mother hen, this little chick struts off on his own to make some new friends in the farmyard. And he has a wonderful time of it - sliding off the back of a shiny pink pig, hopping along with frogs, skipping with a flock of frisky sheep, and imitating all the sounds these animals make. Full of playful detail, John Lawrence’s bold, energetic engravings will keep toddlers smiling, long after the oinking, mooing, baaing, and quacking are over.

  4. Kitten and the Night Watchman - 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.

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Books About Animal Sounds and First Concepts

Arf! Buzz! Cluck! A Rather Noisy Alphabet
Written by Eric Seltzer & 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
Written & 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.

Simon Says Roar Like a Lion
Written & illustrated by Sarah Vince
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

“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.

Honorable Mentions
  1. 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!

  2. Crunch! Munch! Bunny - Watch as Baby Bunny meets cute baby animals in this early learning lift the flap sound book. An interactive board book that contains five large and sturdy flaps, with a surprise character and sound hiding underneath each. Read the rhymes aloud before lifting the flaps to find out who is hiding! With adorable photographic toys of favorite baby animals and beautifully illustrated scenes, there is lots for little ones to look at—perfect for reading together.

  3. Let's Feed the Ducks! - 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.

  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.

Books About Animal Sounds and Birds

Elwood Bigfoot
Written by Jill Esbaum
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

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?”

Harold Finds a Voice
Written & illustrated by Courtney Dicmas
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

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.

Can You Say It, Too? Tweet! Tweet!
Written by Nosy Crow & 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.

Honorable Mentions
  1. The Little Ghost Who Lost Her Boo! - Perfect for Halloween! A charming read-aloud about a little ghost who tries to find her lost “boo,” with sound effects that demand reader participation—ideal for fans of Five Little Pumpkins and Room on a Broom! Little Ghost went out in the middle of the night and flew up to someone to give them a fright. She opened her mouth—but her BOO wasn’t there! All that came out was a rush of cold air. “I’ve lost my BOO! I’ve lost my BOO! Where has it gone? What will I do?” Poor Little Ghost has lost her scary BOO, so she sets out on a nighttime hunt to find it. She searches high and low, but it’s nowhere to be found! Will she ever find her lost BOO? With bold and gorgeous art accompanied by bouncy, rhyming text, The Little Ghost Who Lost Her Boo is a charming, not-so-spooky read aloud perfect for Halloween or any time of year!

  2. Belle's Journey - 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.

  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. Chicks! - 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!

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Books About Animal Sounds and Domestic Animals

Open the Barn Door
Written by & illustrated by Christopher Santoro
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-3

From the creator of OPEN THE GARAGE DOOR comes the hit lift-the-flap board book all about your favorite farm animals!

Spend a day on the farm and explore all the animal sights and sounds! Featuring 10 lift-the-flaps and a variety of barnyard favorites, including horses, chickens, cows, and pigs, this board book is a fun-filled introduction to life on the farm.

Ten Red Apples
Written & illustrated by Pat Hutchins
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Ten red apples hanging on a tree. Yippee, fiddle-dee-fee! But they are not there for long. Horse, cow, donkey, pig, hen, and the other farm animals each eat one. “Save one for me,” calls the farmer. But what about the farmer’s wife? Count on Pat Hutchins to solve the problem happily. And count the red apples before they are all gone!

Noisy Farm (My First Touch and Feel Sound Book)
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Touch, feel, and hear the animals on every page of this sturdy board book. Engaging photographs and appealing textures encourage young readers to explore the exciting world of farm animals.

Honorable Mentions
  1. 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!

  2. Good Night! - Illustrations and simple text show parent-and-child animal pairs saying goodnight to each other, as a chick’s “peep peep” is answered by a chicken’s “cluck cluck” and a puppy’s “ruff ruff” is returned by a dog’s “woof woof.”

  3. The Cow Said Meow - 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!

Books About Animal Sounds and Farms

Animal Noises
Written & 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.

If You See a Cow
Written by Richard Powell & illustrated by Ana Martín Larrañaga
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

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.

Old MacDonald had a Dragon
Written by Ken Baker & illustrated by Christopher Santoro
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O! And on that farm he had…a dragon? The animals aren’t happy that there’s a dragon on the farm. But Old MacDonald likes his dragon…until it starts swallowing up the animals! Can Old MacDonald save his farm before it’s too late? Find out in this silly adaptation of the popular song. Christopher Santoro’s brilliant artwork combines with Ken Baker’s fun text for a story sure to tickle kids’ funny bones.

Honorable Mentions
  1. What the Ladybug Heard - Although much quieter than the farm animals that moo, cluck or oink, a gentle ladybug is instrumental in foiling a plan to steal the farm’s prize-winning cow. By the author of The Gruffalo.

  2. Abre La Puerta del Granero... - Disfruta de un d�a en la granja y descubre c�mo son los animales y los sonidos que hacen para comunicarse. Levanta las 12 tapitas de este libro de cat�n y podr�s reconocer muchos de tus animales favoritos, como caballos, pollos, vacas y cerdos. Aprende c�mo es la vida en una granja. Spend a day on the farm and explore all the animal sights and sounds! Featuring 12 lift the flaps and a variety of barnyard favorites, including horses, chickens, cows, and pigs, this board book is a fun-filled introduction to life on the farm.

  3. Peek-a-Baby: Farm - 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.

  4. What the Ladybug Heard Next - Out of jail and up to no good, Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are robbers on a mission. They’ve been stealing eggs from the fat red hen, and now they have their eyes set on the real prize—the fat red hen herself. They think their plan is foolproof, but they haven’t counted on one very tiny, very quiet thing. The ladybug has outsmarted these bandits once—and she’s ready to do it again!

Want to see books about farms?

Books About Animal Sounds and Friendship

Rum Pum Pum
Written by David L. Harrison and Jane Yolen & illustrated by Anjan Sarkar
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

“Rrrrh!” means “Let’s be friends” in tiger talk, but the other animals don’t understand him and run away! Maybe the gentle “rum-pum-pum” of the drum can help him.

Fun animal sounds in a story about friendship, communication, and music. A perfect story time read-aloud!

The lonely tiger finds a drum. He strikes it with his tail—and friends start to follow: a monkey who says “chee-chee-chee” which means “I will come too” in monkey talk, a rhino who says “ouggh” which means “I will come too” in rhino talk, a parrot that says “scree-awk,” a chameleon, an elephant, and eventually a child—who is now reunited with the drum he lost. Because of the drum, the tiger is no longer lonely and friendless.

Information about tiger conservation is included in the back.

The authors are the two most beloved contemporary children’s books author-poets.

Sleepover Duck!
Written & 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.

Animal Friends
Written by Susie Brooks, Emily Ford, and Kay Vincent & illustrated by Dawn Machell
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

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.

Honorable Mentions
  1. My Farm Friends - 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.

  2. Raybot - 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.

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