Best Children's Books About Animals

84+ Children's Books About Animals

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Quiet As a Mouse: And Other Animal Idioms book
#101
Quiet As a Mouse: And Other Animal Idioms
Written and illustrated by Chiêu Anh Urban
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Are you hungry as a bear? Sly as a fox? Stubborn as a mule? Introducing ANIMAL IDIOMS! This entertaining die-cut board book, featuring colorful, adorable art, introduces children to some fun animal idioms. Like a guessing game, each image shows just a part of the creature, with an accompanying rhyme that hints at its identity. Kids turn the page . . . and see which friendly animal fits the bill.

The Sheep Who Hatched an Egg book
#102
The Sheep Who Hatched an Egg
Written and illustrated by Gemma Merino
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Lola is proud of her amazing wool. After all, everyone on the farm tells her how beautiful she looks. She spends hours brushing her wool to keep it shiny and silky. Until one day when the weather gets hot, and all the sheep have to get haircuts—including Lola! She’s so upset without her wool that she runs away and hides by herself. And when her wool finally grows back, it’s tangled, messy…HORRIBLE! But hiding in Lola’s wool is a wonderful surprise, one that will help her realize that she doesn't have to be pretty or perfect in order to be a friend…or to be extraordinary!

Pet Peekaboo Who? book
#103
Pet Peekaboo Who?
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Discover a host of exciting pets in this peekaboo book, which contains flaps on every spread

Bear's New Friend book
#104
Bear's New Friend
Written by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Jane Chapman
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Eager to play in the fall leaves, Bear heads out to find his friend, Mouse, but is startled by clatter in a tree. Determined to find out who is making all the noise, Bear goes on a short journey, picking up all of his friends on the way, until he discovers a quite bashful owl whom he declares their NEW FRIEND!

What's Following Us? book
#105
What's Following Us?
Written by Brandy Cooke and illustrated by John Reasoner, Charles Reasoner
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Something scary and strange is following Scaredy Snake and his pals through the jungle. What could it be? As the "SWISH"-ing and "SWOOSH"-ing draws closer, Scaredy and his animal friends realize that what's been chasing them may not be as scary as they originally feared.

Froggy Goes to the Library book
#106
Froggy Goes to the Library
Written by Jonathan London and illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Froggy loves the library! When Froggy and Mom and Pollywogilina set out for the library, Froggy brings a wheelbarrow to hold all the books he plans to borrow. There are so many to choose from: Dinosaur books! Books about Space Frog! Froggy is so excited that he forgets to use his indoor voice. Readers enjoy Froggy’s antics, and so does Miss Otterbottom, the librarian. “Come again soon, Froggy,” she says.

Colors book
#107
Colors
Written and illustrated by John J Reiss
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-5

Explore all the colors of the rainbow in this stunning and graphic first concept board book. From red lobsters, yellow baby chicks, to brown puppy-dog tails, this book is filled with bright pops of color that jump off the page. An engaging way to introduce first colors, this highly designed board book is perfect for little ones to read with their parents.

How Many Hugs? book
#108
How Many Hugs?
Written by Heather Swain and illustrated by Steven Henry
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A charming board book that explores all the ways that animals and multi-legged insects give hugs, How Many Hugs? is perfect as a counting picture book and for reading aloud at bedtime! Centipedes, those crawliest bugs have 300 legs for giving out hugs. That's 150 on one side to grasp and 150 on the other to clasp. Hugs abound in this celebration of multi-legged animals and insects and their babies! And at the end of the day, human parents can give their little ones as many hugs as they want—with two arms. Charming art and rhyming text make this a perfect companion to All Kinds of Kisses, also by Heather Swain.

The Perfect Hug book
#109
The Perfect Hug
Written by Joanna Walsh and illustrated by Judi Abbot, Joanna Walsh
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

There’s a special hug for everyone in this warm and cozy follow-up to The Biggest Kiss that’s now available as a Classic Board Book! There are hugs for wrigglers, and hugs for gigglers. Hugs that are tickly, and hugs that are prickly… But none is exactly the right hug for me! I’m out to find the perfect kind. This fabulous feel-good picture book is bursting with the cuddliest, snuggliest, most perfect hugs. With darling animals on every page, even the youngest readers won’t be able to resist this new Classic Board Book that’s just the right size for little hands!

Wordy Birdy book
#110
Wordy Birdy
Written by Tammi Sauer and illustrated by David Mottram
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Wordy Birdy LOVES to talk. “Hello, sunrise. Hello, pink sky. Hello, orange sky!” But does she love to listen? NOPE. One day, while she’s walking through the forest, her gift of the gab gets her into hot water: “That’s a pretty tree and that’s a pretty tree and that’s a pretty danger sign and that’s a pretty tree… .” Will this inattentive bird walk right into danger? Will her faraway thoughts lead her along a path of doom? It’s up to her long-suffering, heard-it-all-before pals Squirrel, Raccoon, and Rabbit to save their distracted friend. Author Tammi Sauer will have kids and their parents in stitches with this funny, fast-paced, lovable caper about the importance of paying attention—and the importance of standing by your friends through thick and thin.

The Animals of Chinese New Year book
#111
The Animals of Chinese New Year
Written by Jen Sookfong Lee
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Drawing on the myth of the Chinese zodiac, The Animals of Chinese New Year follows twelve animals as they speed across a river, competing to represent the imminent new year in a race held by the Jade Emperor,the most powerful Chinese god. Each animal competes in its own unique way.The ox works hard, the tiger is brave, the dog smiles kindly, but who will win? Bright photographs of babies demonstrating the same traits as the animals in the text, complemented by traditional Chinese graphic elements, accompany Sookfong Lee’s lively text. Orca Book Publishers is pleased to offer this book as a dual-language (English/Simplified Chinese) edition.

My First Shapes Book book
#112
My First Shapes Book
Written and illustrated by Flowerpot Press
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-6

Introduces readers to shapes, including circles, rectangles, and octagons.

Who Can? book
#113
Who Can?
Written by Charles Ghigna and illustrated by Vlasta van Kampen
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Tongue-twisty teasers lead the reader through a miscellany of animals in this brilliantly illustrated hint-and-reveal book. Careful clues invite the child to guess what's coming next, and rhythm and repetition invite early readers to try out this little riddle book on their own. From toucan to centipede, all will delight in Vlasta van Kampen's colorful art and Charles Ghigna's whimsical words.

How Are You?/ Cómo Estás book
#114
How Are You?/ Cómo Estás
Written and illustrated by Angela Dominguez
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

When two giraffe friends find a baby ostrich, they have some questions. Is baby ostrich hungry? Shy? Tired? Ostrich saysno! So how does she feel? Friendship awaits in this book about feelings, expressed both in English and in Spanish.

Rabbityness book
#115
Rabbityness
Written and illustrated by Jo Empson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Tells the story of a rabbit whose love of music and art inspires other rabbits even after he disappears.

Moby-Dick book
#116
Moby-Dick
Written by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Little Master Melville teaches little ones the language of the sea in Moby-Dick: An Ocean Primer. From ships and sailors to squawking gulls and moody good captains, Alison Oliver’s brilliant illustrations and Jennifer Adams’ clever, simple text will make a sea dog out of any young shipmate.

One Big Pair of Underwear book
#117
One Big Pair of Underwear
Written by Laura Gehl and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Count and share with…underwear! Come along on a zany adventure with hilarious pictures from the New York Times bestselling illustrator of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. What’s one thing that two bears, three yaks, four goats, and six cats have in common? They hate to share. But look out—here comes a pack of twenty pigs ready to prove that sharing makes everything twice as fun!

The Jungle Book book
#118
The Jungle Book
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Venture deep into the jungle on an animal-naming safari in The Jungle Book: A BabyLit® Animals Primer. Spy a sneaky snake, a lazy bear, and a proud panther before roaring like a tiger into the night. Jennifer Adam’s carefully curated quotations provide the best of Rudyard Kipling’s descriptions of Kaa, Baloo, Bagheera, Shere Khan and more while teaching little ones the characteristics of these colorful jungle animals.

Hamsters Don't Fight Fires! book
#119
Hamsters Don't Fight Fires!
Written by Andrew Root and illustrated by Jessica Olien
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Meet Hugo, a tiny hamster with huge personality, who dreams of becoming a firefighter! Andrew Root’s debut is a sweet, funny tale for the youngest readers, who know that being little can be the biggest advantage of all. With fun-filled illustrations from Jessica Olien, author/artist of The Blobfish Book, Shark Detective!, and Adrift, Hugo proves once and for all that great things come in small packages. For Hugo isn’t just a hamster. He’s also a great cook, a fast runner, a slow eater, and a fantastic dancer. However, what Hugo wants most of all is to be a firefighter. And even though Hugo worries that he’s too small to fight fires, he learns that just because something is difficult, it doesn’t mean he won’t try his hardest to achieve his dream. Perfect for fans of Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri and Dream Big Little Pig by Kristi Yamaguchi and Tim Bowers.

Crunch! book
#120
Crunch!
Written and illustrated by Carolina Rabei
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Crunch the guinea pig loves his food, so it’s just as well there’s plenty of it, especially when a hungry little mouse wants a share.So why does Crunch refuse?Later, Crunch can’t settle to his feast for worrying about the mouse. Although he’s never stepped outside his hutch before, Crunch sets off to look for him. Will he find the little mouse, and if so, what else might he discover?

Good Night Sea Shore book
#121
Good Night Sea Shore
Written and illustrated by Mark Jasper, Adam Gamble
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Good Night Seashore features beaches, the ocean, crabs, shorebirds, marshes, dunes, starfish, sea turtles, seaweed, urchins, seashells, clams, lobster boats, plants, jellyfish, minnows, seaglass, fishermen, dune buggies, surfers, swimmers, sand castles, and more. Grab your bathing suit and towel--it's time to explore the fabulous seashore. This book is part of the bestselling Good Night Our World series, which includes hundreds of titles exploring iconic locations and exciting themes. This adorable board book takes young readers on an exciting and educational tour of one of America's greatest treasures.

Elwood Bigfoot book
#122
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?"

The Turnip book
#123
The Turnip
Written and illustrated by Jan Brett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

In a rollicking, cumulative tale, a badger family and their friends–Hedgie, Mr. Ram and Vanya, the horse–struggle to pull up a giant turnip. A cocky rooster steps in and pulls, sending him into the air, holding onto the turnip. No one knows that a mother bear in her underground den has kicked the turnip up through the soil to give the family room to sleep through the winter. Once again Jan Brett brings an original twist to a favorite folktale. Snow covers the farm in rural Russia as badgers and friends in old-fashioned clothes, and bears marching through bright-colored borders, send young readers laughing from page to page.

The Gruffalo book
#124
The Gruffalo
Written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A mouse is taking a stroll through the deep, dark wood when along comes a hungry fox, then an owl, and then a snake. The mouse is good enough to eat but smart enough to know this, so he invents . . . the gruffalo! As Mouse explains, the gruffalo is a creature with terrible claws, and terrible tusks in its terrible jaws, and knobbly knees and turned-out toes, and a poisonous wart at the end of its nose. But Mouse has no worry to show. After all, there’s no such thing as a gruffalo. . . .

Teeny Tiny Toady book
#125
Teeny Tiny Toady
Written by Jill Esbaum and illustrated by Keika Yamaguchi, Jill Esbaum
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

When a giant hand scoops up her mama, Teeny the tiny toad hops like lightning to her big brothers: "Mama s stuck inside a bucket! Help! Don t you worry, kid. "We ll "save her! the boys promise. But as the brothers bumble and stumble to the rescue, it becomes clear: brawn can't always beat brains, and the smallest girl may be the smartest of all."

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