Animal Sounds: Board 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. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. 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 My Very First Book of Animal Sounds to popular sellers like Oliver’s Tree to some of our favorite hidden gems like Arf! Buzz! Cluck! A Rather Noisy Alphabet.

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.

Goodnight Bear book
#1
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)!

Simon Says Moo Like a Cow book
#2
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.

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!

What's That Noise? Snap! Snap! book
#4
What's That Noise? Snap! Snap!
Written and 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.

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. 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!

  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. 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!

  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.

If You See a Cow book
#10
If You See a Cow
Written by Richard Powell and 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.

My First Book of Wild Animals book
#11
My First Book of Wild Animals
Written and illustrated by National Wildlife Federation
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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.

Animal Friends book
#12
Animal Friends
Written by Kay Vincent, Emily Ford, and 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.

Let's Feed the Ducks! book
#13
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.

Peek-a-Baby: Farm book
#14
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.

  1. Can You Say It, Too? Cheep! Cheep! - 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.

  2. Do Crocs Kiss? - 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!

  3. 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.”

  4. 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!

My Very First Book of Animal Sounds book
#19
My Very First Book of Animal Sounds
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.

My Farm Friends book
#20
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.

Animals with Tiny Cat book
#21
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?

Can You Say It, Too? Hoot! Hoot! book
#22
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.

Can You Say It, Too? Growl! Growl! book
#23
Can You Say It, Too? Growl! Growl!
Written by Nosy Crow and illustrated by Sebastien Braun
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Invites young readers to discover what animals are hidden beneath flaps and imitate their sounds, including those made by bears, monkeys and tigers.

  1. 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.

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

  3. Shapes - 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!

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