Best Children's Books About Animal sounds

56 Children's Books About Animal sounds

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Kitten and the Night Watchman book
#26
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.

Animal Friends book
#27
Animal Friends
Written by Kay Vincent, Emily Ford, Susie Brooks and 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.

What Will Fat Cat Sit On? book
#28
What Will Fat Cat Sit On?
Written and illustrated by Jan Thomas
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

What will Fat Cat sit on? The pig? (Oink!) The chicken? (Cluck!) How about the dog? (Grrrr.) Everyone in this bumbling animal gang (understandably) hopes the victim will be someone else! Leave it to Mouse to come up with a brilliant solution that satisfies everyone, even Fat Cat himself. Now in an accessible reader-size edition filled with hilarious asides and an interactive question-and-answer format, this irreverent picture book will delight young readers who love a good laugh.

The Cow Said Meow book
#29
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!

10 Reasons to Love... a Lion book
#30
10 Reasons to Love... a Lion
Written by Catherine Barr and illustrated by Hanako Clulow
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

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.

A Moose That Says Moo book
#31
A Moose That Says Moo
Written by Jennifer Hamburg and illustrated by Sue Truesdell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

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.

Animals with Tiny Cat book
#32
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?

Jane Foster's Animal Sounds book
#33
Jane Foster's Animal Sounds
Written by Jane Foster
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

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!

Belle's Journey book
#34
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.

Do Crocs Kiss? book
#35
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!

Chicks! book
#36
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!

Old MacDonald had a Dragon book
#37
Old MacDonald had a Dragon
Written by Ken Baker and 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.

Let's Feed the Ducks! book
#38
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.

The Wind Plays Tricks book
#39
The Wind Plays Tricks
Written by Virginia Howard and illustrated by Charlene Chua
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The wind swirls through the farmyard one dark night. It tears around the farmyard, over the meadows, past the pond. It blows so hard and so long that all the animals howl, too. And, in the sunny morning, the animals learn that the wind has played tricks on them. Pig goes, "Cluck!", Little Chicks go, "Neigh!", Hens go, "Moo!", Horse goes, "Cock-a-Doodle-Dooo!", Cow goes "Quack!", and Rooster—well, Rooster goes, "Cheep!" Can the animals work together to find a solution and get their right voices back?

Can You Say It, Too? Tweet! Tweet! book
#40
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.

Boom! Bellow! Bleat! book
#41
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.

Peek-a-Baby: Farm book
#42
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.

The Song of Spring book
#43
The Song of Spring
Written and illustrated by Hendrik Jonas
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

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.

Frankie Frog and the Throaty Croakers book
#44
Frankie Frog and the Throaty Croakers
Written and illustrated by Freya Hartas
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Every frog dreams of their first croak, but Frankie’s croak never comes! Without it, he’s not sure how he fits into the world of the pond, until one day he hears a mysterious sound from a musical instrument. Is this another way for Frankie to make his voice heard? Frankie Frog and the Throaty Croakers is a celebration of music, determination, and creativity.

Indestructibles: Jungle, Rumble! book
#45
Indestructibles: Jungle, Rumble!
Written by Amy Pixton and illustrated by Kaaren Pixton
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Here is a book babies can really sink their gums into. Built for the way babies read, Indestructibles are printed on an amazing paperlike material that can’t be ripped, torn, or punctured. Indestructibles are 100 percent safe and nontoxic, and if they get too funky, just throw them in the washing machine or dishwasher. They’re made for baby to hold, grab, chew, pull, and bend, and are designed to create an even more special bond between reader and baby. Printed without words, the parent gets to make up the story, or just cuddle with baby while they explore together. Jungle Rumble! is about creatures in the wild. Kaaren Pixton’s art is bright, swirling with color, and reminiscent of Eric Carle, and it attains an almost 3D richness on the special paperlike stock of the book.

Can You Say It, Too? Woof! Woof! book
#46
Can You Say It, Too? Woof! Woof!
Written by Nosy Crow and illustrated by Sebastien Braun
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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

Raybot book
#47
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
#48
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.

Can You Say It, Too? Moo! Moo! book
#49
Can You Say It, Too? Moo! Moo!
Written by Nosy Crow and illustrated by Sebastien Braun
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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!

Can You Say It, Too? Hoot! Hoot! book
#50
Can You Say It, Too? Hoot! Hoot!
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 nighttime animals to spot, name, and mimic combine in this delightful little board book for the very young.

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