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Baby Animals: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best kids books about baby animals?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to baby animals. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about baby animals.

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 baby animals, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Hatch to popular sellers like Owl Babies to some of our favorite hidden gems like Little Hoot.

We hope this list of kids books about baby animals 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 Baby Animals

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Little Hoot
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & illustrated by Jen Corace
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
It's not fair! All Little Owl wants is to go to bed at a reasonable hour, like his friends do. But Mama and Papa say little owls have to stay up late and play. So Little Owl spends all night jumping on his bed, playing on the jungle gym, and doing tricks on his skateboard—but he's hooting mad about it! Children who have a hard time going to bed will love this fun twist on the universal dilemma.
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Little Oink
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & illustrated by Jen Corace
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Little Oink is a neat little fellow. Clean, clean, clean, that's all he wants to do. But Mama and Papa won't have it! They say in order to be a proper pig he has to learn to make a proper mess. What's a little pig to do? Now available as a board book, Little Oink shows Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace applying their traditionally wry humor to the issue of cleaning up, in a laugh-out-loud romp that is sure to make readers giggle with recognition.
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Smart about Sharks
Written & illustrated by Owen Davey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9
Did you know that sharks can detect electrical currents from other creatures? Or that some are covered in little tassels? Sharks are pretty incredible – some can even walk out of the water! In this beautiful book from talented illustrator Owen Davey, you are sure to learn new and fascinating facts about these wonderful fish!
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My Backpack!
Written by Scholastic & illustrated by Weldon Swanson
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
A lift-the-flap board book featuring the lovable characters from Skip Hop's Zoo backpacks! What's inside your backpack? Join Bee, Dog, Elephant, Ladybug, and Penguin in this delightful interactive story based on the beloved Zoo backpack line from Skip Hop. Lift the flaps to find out what each animal likes to pack in their backpack, which looks exactly like the real thing! With adorable animal illustrations and a surprise on each spread, this story is sure to get little ones excited about school!
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Bunny Roo, I Love You
Written by Melissa Marr & illustrated by Teagan White
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2
A warm and tender welcome to the world! In a gorgeous picture book that’s playfully sweet and visually captivating, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr and talented new illustrator Teagan White celebrate the many ways parents make their new babies feel at home. The world can seem like a big, bewildering place for new babies—fortunately, their mamas know just how to soothe and comfort them. Through enchanting scenes portraying all kinds of mama animals looking out for their little ones, the mother in this story reassures her baby, and young children everywhere, that their caretakers will always love them and keep them safe. This beautiful picture book has the feel of a classic and its heartwarming premise should make it a family favorite.
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Little Friends: Big and Small
Written & illustrated by Amy A. Oliver, Barbi Sido, Natalie Munday, and Roger Priddy
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
Invites young readers to match the sentences on each page with similar sentences featuring opposing terms that appear in a corner of the book that has pages that move independently.
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I Heart You
Written by Meg Fleming & illustrated by Sarah Jane Wright
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-8
This tender, rhyming picture book is a lively celebration of love. Little ones adore being independent and trying new things. But they also need Mom and Dad’s reassurance and snuggles. With her spare, lyrical text, debut author Meg Fleming captures the exuberance, the affection, and the tender push-and-pull of life with a child. And illustrator Sarah Jane Wright’s evocative illustrations infuse the story with generous helpings of warmth and love.
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Hatch
Written & illustrated by Heather Brown
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4
Can you guess what each egg will hatch? Read the rhyming clues and let your child guess before they “hatch” each egg by lifting the flap to find out who is inside. This lift-a-flap book has a smart but simple design that will entertain and educate about egg-dwelling baby animals.
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Once I Was a Pollywog
Written by Douglas Florian & illustrated by Barbara Bakos
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
Discover what these baby animals become when they grow up in this sweet board book by award-winning author Douglas Florian. Once I was a pollywog, but now I am a frog. Once I was a piglet, but now I am a hog. In this fun, rhyming story by award-winning author Douglas Florian, meet different baby animals and discover what they become when they grow up! The baby/adult pairs include: pollywog/frog; piglet/hog; cub/bear; leveret/hare; gosling/goose; calf/moose. And at the end, meet a little boy who will always be his mama's bundle of joy!
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Appleblossom the Possum
Written by & illustrated by Holly Goldberg Sloan
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Mama has trained up her baby possums in the ways of their breed, and now it’s time for all of them—even little Appleblossom—to make their way in the world. Appleblossom knows the rules: she must never be seen during the day, and she must avoid cars, humans, and the dreaded hairies (sometimes known as dogs). Even so, Appleblossom decides to spy on a human family—and accidentally falls down their chimney! The curious Appleblossom, her faithful brothers—who launch a hilarious rescue mission—and even the little girl in the house have no idea how fascinating the big world can be. But they’re about to find out! With dynamic illustrations, a tight-knit family, and a glimpse at the world from a charming little marsupial’s point of view, this cozy animal story is a perfect read-aloud and a classic in the making.
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Books About Baby Animals and Animal Homes

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My Backpack!
Written by Scholastic & illustrated by Weldon Swanson
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
A lift-the-flap board book featuring the lovable characters from Skip Hop's Zoo backpacks! What's inside your backpack? Join Bee, Dog, Elephant, Ladybug, and Penguin in this delightful interactive story based on the beloved Zoo backpack line from Skip Hop. Lift the flaps to find out what each animal likes to pack in their backpack, which looks exactly like the real thing! With adorable animal illustrations and a surprise on each spread, this story is sure to get little ones excited about school!
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Babies of the Great Bear Rainforest
Written by & illustrated by Ian McAllister
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2
In this photographic board book, readers are introduced to the baby animals born each spring in the Great Bear Rainforest.
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Born in the Wild
Written & illustrated by Lita Judge
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
What do grizzly bear cubs eat? Where do baby raccoons sleep? And how does a baby otter learn to swim? Every baby mammal, from a tiny harvest mouse "pinky" to a fierce lion cub, needs food, shelter, love, and a family. Filled with illustrations of some of the most adorable babies in the kingdom, this awww-inspiring book looks at the traits that all baby mammals share and proves that, even though they're born in the wild, they're not so very different from us, after all!
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The Home Builders book
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Little Tigers book
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Peek-a-Baby: Ocean book
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Homes in the Wild book
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  1. The Home Builders - Various woodland creatures make their homes and prepare for their young.

  2. Little Tigers - Journey with a family of tigers as they search for a new home in the jungle. As hunters approach their home in the jungle, Mother Tiger and her cubs, Puli and Sera, must venture to find a new home away from danger. Together, they explore different homes, but the ones they find aren’t suited for tigers. Some are too wet, some are too dry, and some are just downright unwelcoming. But with their mother’s help, they may be able to find one that’s just right. With gentle text and stunning monochromatic illustrations, Jo Weaver reveals the wonder of nature, the excitement of discovery, and the strength of familial bonds.

  3. Peek-a-Baby: Ocean - Baby animals are hiding in the ocean! Lift the flaps to help each animal parent find their babies, from playful dolphin pups to a shy whale calf. 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. Homes in the Wild - As informative as it is lovely, Homes in the Wild is an adorable nonfiction picture book from author/illustrator Lita Judge that shows that wild creatures—from beavers to bobcats, and sloths to squirrels—aren’t so different from us after all. Just like us, every baby animal has a home. Some live in complex burrows deep underground, others in simple nests high in the treetops. But all homes, regardless of where they are or how they’re built, serve the same purpose: providing shelter where a baby can eat, sleep, learn, and stay safe while growing up. Animal lovers will delight in this gorgeously illustrated peek inside the homes—from burrows deep underground to nests high in the trees—where baby animals live and grow.

Books About Baby Animals and Zoology

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Animal Families: Forest
Written by Nosy Crow & illustrated by Jane Ormes
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Find out the different names for mother and father animals that live in the forest -- and then lift the flap to find the babies and learn what they are called. There's even a gatefold ending that includes the group names of the animals. This striking, satisfying introduction to animal families features screen-printed artwork and bold neon ink to capture the attention and imagination of babies and toddlers.
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The Secret of the Egg
Written by Nicola Davies & illustrated by Abbie Cameron
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7
Discover the delights of nature with zoologist, poet, and top children's book author, Nicola Davies. Follow the young adventurer as she explores eggs of all shapes and sizes, where they may be hiding and what secrets could be held within. The easy rhymes encourage children to join in. With zoologically accurate, bright, and exciting illustrations by Abbie Cameron, this book explores the huge variety of animal and insect eggs and is one in a series of rhyming picture books which entertain and educate on a wide range of animals.
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Animal Families: Safari
Written by Nosy Crow & illustrated by Jane Ormes
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Find out the different names for mother and father animals while on safari -- and then lift the flap to find the babies and learn what they are called. There is even a gatefold ending that includes the group names of the animals. This striking, satisfying introduction to animal families features screen-printed artwork and bold neon ink to capture the attention and imagination of babies and toddlers.
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The Everything Book of Horses and Ponies book
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Play in the Wild: How Baby Animals Like to Have Fun book
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Baby Animals Take a Bath book
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Baby Penguin's First Waddles book
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  1. The Everything Book of Horses and Ponies - A must-have for every animal-loving child, this is the cutest introduction to everything kids want to know about horses and ponies. Do you dream about riding a horse and want to really get to know them? Would you like to learn how to take care of a horse, what equipment to use, or enter the world of equestrian sports? Discover the secrets of gorgeous horses and ponies in this fun, lively book. Packed with colorful photos, fur-tastic facts, and bite-sized information, The Everything Book of Horses and Ponies takes you into their fascinating world. Find out about favorite breeds from Shire horse to Shetland pony. Learn about horses and ponies from around the globe, and be amazed by their beautiful colorings and patterns. Young equine enthusiasts will be champing at the bit to read this wonderful treasury of horses and ponies.

  2. Play in the Wild: How Baby Animals Like to Have Fun - Why do animals play? With thoughtful text and sweetly realistic watercolor art, author and illustrator Lita Judge explores the importance of play in the animal kingdom. She shows how play teaches animals to defend themselves and survive in the wild. More adorably, Judge highlights how animals make friends―and also forgive. Grounded in detailed research, Play in the Wild is sure to captivate young readers while giving them an informative peek into the world around them.

  3. Baby Animals Take a Bath - Sometimes bath time means a roll in the mud, and sometimes it’s a plunge in the snow. Little ones learn how baby animals friends clean up.

  4. Baby Penguin's First Waddles - What happens after a baby penguin emerges from her egg? Follow her journey and find out! Meet a penguin chick and see how she grows. Developed in tandem with the American Museum of Natural History, and featuring stunning photography in the penguin’s Antarctic home, this nonfiction picture book captures the first few months of a baby penguin’s life and her transformation into adulthood. With fun and engaging text, Baby Penguin’s First Waddles is sure to delight animal-loving kids.

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Books About Baby Animals and Feelings And Emotions

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How Are You?/ Cómo Estás
Written & 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.
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I Heart You
Written by Meg Fleming & illustrated by Sarah Jane Wright
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-8
This tender, rhyming picture book is a lively celebration of love. Little ones adore being independent and trying new things. But they also need Mom and Dad’s reassurance and snuggles. With her spare, lyrical text, debut author Meg Fleming captures the exuberance, the affection, and the tender push-and-pull of life with a child. And illustrator Sarah Jane Wright’s evocative illustrations infuse the story with generous helpings of warmth and love.
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Mommy's Best Kisses
Written by Margaret Anastas & illustrated by Susan Winter
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Every mother knows that the sweetest way to say "I love you" is with a kiss. This loving book shows that animals know all about a mother's love, too.
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I Love You Like No Otter book
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Psst! I Love You book
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Welcome Little One book
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Warts and All book
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  1. I Love You Like No Otter - Give hedgehugs and kisses to your little squeakheart with this pun-tastic book!There's no better way to say "I love you" than with a sweet and heartfelt animal pun! I Love You Like No Otter combines a warm message of love with beautifully illustrated animals families will love to read and share together. Purrfect for anyone you love beary much!The best book gift for:

  2. Babies and toddlers ages 0-3. Made just for their little hands!
  3. Valentine's Day
  4. Baby showers
  5. Birthdays
  6. Holiday stocking stuffer
  7. Easter basket
  8. and more!
  9. I love you like no otter,
    You truly are the best.
    My special little squeakheart,
    A step above the rest.

  10. Psst! I Love You - Celebrates the love between parents and children of every species. In lilting rhyme, the book introduces toddlers to an array of super-adorable animal parents and babies—including cows, horses, sheep, cats, owls, ducks, roosters, and, of course humans. What do they all say to each other? I LOVE YOU! This is the perfect read-aloud and goodnight story.

  11. Welcome Little One - Welcome Your Little One to the World! On the day you were born, it was love at first sight. We welcomed you, little one, and held you so tight. For parents, the arrival of a newborn child is an event that offers the promise of never-ending love. Filled with lively illustrations and heartfelt rhyming text, Welcome Little One allows parents and children to celebrate and cherish their bond

  12. Warts and All - Love isn’t just for the cute, the sweet, and the cuddly. Whether you’re awkward as a baby ostrich, prickly as a tiny hedgehog, or drool like a puppy pug, someone loves you no matter what! This new story from the team that created Next To You features an irresistible array of adorably stinky, grouchy, burpy, and warty animals to drive the point home.

Books About Baby Animals and Bedtime And Dreams

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Sleepyheads
Written by Sandra J. Howatt & illustrated by Joyce Wan
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Get ready for bed with this soothing sleepy story—now available as a Classic Board Book! The sun has set, and sleepyheads all across the land are tucked into their cozy beds. Rabbit is snoozing in the weeds, and Duck is snuggled in the reeds. Bear is nestled in his cave, and Otter is rocking on a wave. But there’s one little sleepyhead who’s not in his bed. Where, oh where, could he be? This sweet and snuggly bedtime book with irresistible illustrations by Joyce Wan is the perfect read-aloud story to prepare little ones for a cozy night’s sleep.
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If I Were a Kangaroo
Written by Mylisa Larsen & illustrated by Anna Raff
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
If I were a kangaroo, I’d pick you up and carry you In my pocket, sleepyhead, And hop you gently off to bed. It’s time for sleep, and this fun-to-read rhyming tale envisions the bedtime rituals of animals from whales to otters, squirrels to gorillas. So curl up, imagine your favorite animal, and…zzzzzzzzzzz.
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Owl Babies
Written by Martin Waddell & illustrated by Patrick Benson
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2
When three baby owls awake one night to find their mother gone, they can't help but wonder where she is. Stunning illustrations capture the owls as they worry about their mother: What is she doing? When will she be back? Not surprisingly, a joyous flapping and dancing and bouncing greets her return, lending a celebratory tone to the ending of this comforting tale. Never has the plight of young ones who miss their mother been so simply told or so beautifully rendered.
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Click, Clack, Peep! book
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Babies Can Sleep Anywhere book
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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star book
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You Nest Here with Me book
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  1. Click, Clack, Peep! - New York Times bestselling duo Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin’s beloved story about a noisy duckling is now available as a Level 2 Ready-to-Read! There’s more trouble on the farm, but Duck has nothing to do with it, for once. This time the trouble is a four-ounce puff of fluff who just won’t go to sleep, and whose play-with-me “peeps” are keeping the whole barnyard awake with him. Peep! Peep! Peep! How do you get a baby duck to hit the hay? Poor Farmer Brown will find out—and Duck might just find himself in trouble after all…

  2. Babies Can Sleep Anywhere - What better way to encourage a little one to sleep than with a soothing rhyme and image after image of sleeping animals! This gentle picture book introduces the sleeping habits of many animals—from puppies to whales—and compares them to the sometimes-unusual habits of human babies. In backpacks, on knees, in cradles or trees, sweet babies can sleep anywhere!

  3. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star - All around the world, from the dry desert to the wet jungle, from the sleeping city to the icy pole, baby animals and their parents are sharing the wonder of a twinkling star. This enchanting version of a favorite lullaby is a celebration of love.

  4. You Nest Here with Me - Now available in a board book edition, this lyrical bedtime book is an ode to baby birds everywhere and to sleepy children, safe in their beds. As a mother describes how different species of birds nest, secure and cozy with their mama birds, she tucks her own child into bed with the soothing refrain — “you nest here with me” — easing her little one and readers alike to slumber. Accompanied by beautiful artwork by award-winning illustrator Melissa Sweet, mother and daughter Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple have combined their poetry writing and love of birding in this board book that is sure to become a bedtime classic.

Books About Baby Animals and Farms

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Baby Farm Animals
Written & illustrated by Garth Williams
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
This deluxe Little Golden Book–sized board book will be a favorite for springtime gift-giving! More than 60 years ago, Garth Williams, illustrator of Charlotte’s Web and the Little House books, wrote and illustrated what became an instant classic, featuring the cutest, fuzziest farm animals. Generations of children have loved Baby Farm Animals ever since.
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Picken
Written & illustrated by Mary Murphy
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Mix and match the front and back of farm animals to create funny new species! If you could cross a calf with a chicken, would that be a cacken? How on earth do you make a chiglet? Would a kippy satisfy folks who love kittens and puppies? With this inventive book, children are invited to flip the pages to make outlandish creatures with silly hybrid names. Featuring boldly colored, simply shaped animals ready to be mixed up again and again, these sturdy board-book pages open to the left and the right for easy manipulation by little hands.
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Who's Hiding on the Farm?
Written by Nosy Crow & illustrated by Katharine McEwen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
There are lots of animals on the farm. Where are they hiding and what are they doing? In this innovative lift-the-flap book, little ones can pore over the beautiful collaged pages and explore behind bushes, hay bales, and barn doors to discover lots of interesting facts about farmyard animals. With spreads that take readers through all four seasons, this is the perfect introduction to the outdoors.
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On the Farm book
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Peek-a-Baby: Farm book
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Baby Piglet: Finger Puppet Book book
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Baby Animal Farm book
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  1. On the Farm - Quacking ducklings. Bleating lambs. Cheeping chicks. On the Farm offers up a fun, foundational introduction to the sounds of six barnyard animals that are sure to fascinate every preschool learner. Simple, rhythmical text introduces the baby and adult forms of each creature by describing the sounds they make to communicate with one another. Detailed illustrations, meanwhile, provide a colorful backdrop of the developing farm scene. Set within a durable board book format, this is a title all young readers will talk about!

  2. 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.

  3. Baby Piglet: Finger Puppet Book - Meet Baby Piglet! Where does Baby Piglet live? How does Baby Piglet say hello? Follow along as she experiences her world, from playtime to bedtime. The comforting stories in this go-to baby gift series have made it a multimillion seller. Featuring a permanently attached plush finger puppet, each volume offers parents and children a fun, interactive way to play and read as they build a lifelong love of books together.

  4. Baby Animal Farm - Five babies spend the day at a baby animal farm.

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Books About Baby Animals and Ducks

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Chuckling Ducklings and Baby Animal Friends
Written & illustrated by Aaron Zenz
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
Here's a puppy, there's a kitten . . . a yawning fawn and chuckling ducklings The perfect introduction to animal names and animal groups, Chuckling Ducklings features baby animals of every variety. The bouncing text and adorable illustrations will become a favorite with kids as they learn the special baby names that match all the grown-up animals they know and love.
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Lucky Ducklings
Written by Eva Moore & illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7
While following their mother through town, five little ducklings fall into a storm drain.
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A Book of Babies
Written & illustrated by Il Sung Na
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
When the flowers begin to bloom and the world starts turning green, animals everywhere are born . . . including the noisy ducklings! From the creator of A Book of Sleep and Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit comes a beautiful book of baby animals. Travel with the curious duck and visit babies around the world on their very first day of life. The Boston Globe calls Il Sung Na’s art “so joyous, so jubilantly colorful, it feels celebratory and poetic even when the story is simple and spare.”
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Go, Go, Go book
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Love Is book
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A Duckling for Daniel book
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Baby Duck: Finger Puppet Book book
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  1. Go, Go, Go - A dalmatian driving a fire truck, a corgi riding a bike! Join a pack of dogs as they zoom around in this fast-paced level C reader for kids. Cars go. Buses go. Trucks go. But when a flock of ducklings need to cross? Stop! The pups must brake and let their feathered friends cross. Bob Barner has created a delightful world complete with tie-dye boats, floral cars, and long, tandem bicycles for happy dogs to ride together. Developing readers will love zipping around with the various pooches and parents will appreciate the message of situational awareness. The award-winning I Like to Read(R) series focuses on guided reading levels A through G, based upon Fountas and Pinnell standards. Acclaimed author-illustrators—including winners of Caldecott, Theodor Seuss Geisel, and Coretta Scott King honors—create original, high quality illustrations that support comprehension of simple text and are fun for kids to read with parents, teachers, or on their own! Level C books are suitable for mid-to-late kindergarten readers who have mastered basic sight words are ready for more. When Level C is mastered, follow up with Level D. This book has been officially leveled by using the F&P Text Level Gradient(TM) Leveling System.

  2. Love Is - Perfect for Valentine’s Day—or any tender moment—this story of a girl and a duckling who share a touching year together will melt hearts old and young. In this tenderly funny book, girl and duckling grow in their understanding of what it is to care for each other, discovering that love is as much about letting go as it is about holding tight. Children and parents together will adore this fond exploration of growing up while learning about the joys of love offered and love returned.

  3. A Duckling for Daniel - A new generation of children love Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, inspired by the classic series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood! Daniel and his friends wait for a baby duckling to hatch in this shaped board book with foil on the cover based on a popular episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood! It’s springtime in Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and a baby duckling is about to be born! Teacher Harriet says the egg will hatch soon, but it’s so hard to wait. Daniel and his friends are so excited to meet their fluffy new friend! © 2016 The Fred Rogers Company

  4. Baby Duck: Finger Puppet Book - How does Baby Duck dry off after a swim? Follow along with this cute baby animal as it experiences its world, from playtime to bedtime. The simple, comforting stories in this go-to baby gift series have made it a multimillion seller. Featuring a permanently attached plush finger puppet, each volume offers parents and children a fun, interactive way to play and read as they build a lifelong love of books together.

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Books About Baby Animals and Easter

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Spring Is Here!
Written & illustrated by Carles Ballesteros
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
When spring arrives, baby animals come out to play with the turn of a page! Spring is here, and it’s time for bunnies to run, chicks to sing, lambs to munch clover, and ducklings to swim. Readers will delight in seeing animals’ faces appear and then change when the page is turned, thanks to the magical venetian blind element. This sweet novelty book is great fun to read aloud and the perfect addition to our Changing Faces series.
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Egg
Written & illustrated by Kevin Henkes
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
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.
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Peek-a-Boo Little Chick
Written & illustrated by Yu-Hsuan Huang
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
A little chick looks for mama in this adorable, springtime peek-a-boo book that has soft, felt touch-and-feel flaps throughout! A little chick is looking for mama! This sweet peek-a-boo book with felt flaps throughout will have young readers looking under the soft, easy-to-lift flaps to help the little chick find mama!
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Little Blue Truck's Springtime book
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Can You Say It, Too? Cheep! Cheep! book
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Can You Say It, Too? Stomp! Stomp! book
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  1. Little Blue Truck's Springtime - Little Blue Truck and his friend Toad take a scenic drive on a spring day and see such new sights as a sheep and her lambs, a duck and her ducklings, and a cow and her calf in a story complemented by interactive lift-flaps.

  2. 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.

  3. Can You Say It, Too? Stomp! Stomp! - Picture book. BOARD BOOK. PLEASE NOTE : lift-the-flap book. Featuring dinosaur noises, this is the next book in a stunning series of casebound, lift-the-flap board books for babies and toddlers. 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. 1+

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Books About Baby Animals and Moms

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Bunny Roo, I Love You
Written by Melissa Marr & illustrated by Teagan White
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2
A warm and tender welcome to the world! In a gorgeous picture book that’s playfully sweet and visually captivating, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr and talented new illustrator Teagan White celebrate the many ways parents make their new babies feel at home. The world can seem like a big, bewildering place for new babies—fortunately, their mamas know just how to soothe and comfort them. Through enchanting scenes portraying all kinds of mama animals looking out for their little ones, the mother in this story reassures her baby, and young children everywhere, that their caretakers will always love them and keep them safe. This beautiful picture book has the feel of a classic and its heartwarming premise should make it a family favorite.
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Mommy, Carry Me Please!
Written by Jane Cabrera
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
****From tiny 'roos to penguin chicks - and humans too! - babies love to be picked up.**** Animal mothers of all kinds carry their babies in different ways. Mommy Hippo's baby is on her back. Mommy Lemur's baby is on her tummy. Mommy Monkey's baby is on her tail. And Human Mommy's baby is in her arms. With vibrantly-colored illustrations, this simple tale is a warm celebration of motherhood in its many forms. Jane Cabrera's picture books have received worldwide attention and two Oppenheim Toy Portfolio awards. Her unique style has made her books a must-have for parents, teachers, and librarians for over a decade.
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Mommy Hugs
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
Animal and human mothers hug in different ways, but they all show love.
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Baby Penguins Everywhere! book
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Pup and Bear book
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The Best Mom in the World! book
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  1. Baby Penguins Everywhere! - Can there be such a thing as too many adorable penguins? One day a penguin sees a most unusual sight: a hat floating in the icy water. Even more unusual? Out of the hat pops a baby penguin. But not just one baby penguin . . . or even two. But a third, and a fourth, and on and on! At first the mama penguin is happy for the company. Until she realizes that taking care of a family is very hard, very tiring work, and what she could really use is just a moment alone. Yet as newcomer Melissa Guion reminds us in her adorable debut picture book, alone time is all well and good, but, it’s family time that’s best of all. Perfect for any mama penguin with a family, or classroom, full of mischievous little ones. And perfect for toddlers who will smile over all the little penguins and the silliness that ensues.

  2. Pup and Bear - This deeply emotional read-aloud about a lost wolf pup who is raised by a loving polar bear is sure to resonate with families - particularly non-traditional ones. You are not my mother, said the wolf pup. I am not your mother, said the polar bear, but I can cuddle you and keep you safe. Here is a picture book that celebrates differences and promotes kindness, sure to resonate with the many fans of the beloved classic, Mama Do You Love Me? During the ice melt that follows an Arctic winter, a wolf cub finds himself spinning out to sea on a sheet of ice. He awakes lost and alone to an unfamiliar smell: a polar bear. And while the polar bear is not the wolf’s mother, she takes him on her back to her den, where she feeds him, keeps him warm, and does everything a mother would do. Time passes, the cub grows into a wolf, and soon it’s time for him to venture out into the wide world alone. Years later, the now grown wolf comes upon a tiny lost polar bear cub—and the cycle begins again. With poetic prose this beautiful picture book about the love and kindness of a stranger is sure to touch a deep chord, particularly with parents and children who have found each other in unexpected ways.

  3. The Best Mom in the World! - Mama Mouse gathered her things in her backpack. And, Little Mouse grabbed his favorite straw hat. The day promised to be wonderful! As they traveled on their journey, Mama reminded her little one that he was sweetest, softest, and most loved. When they returned home - now cozy and warm - the sweet, soft, and loved little mouse curled up on his mama’s lap. She was surely the best mom in the world! Celebrate mothers every day with this sweet story featuring adorable illustrations that perfectly capture the nurturing relationship between a mother and her child!

    • Perfect for Mother’s Day - a delightful present or simply a read-aloud for this special occasion.
    • Tiny hands can grasp the small, portable format and take it with them anywhere they go.
    • Beautifully illustrated, the story of Mama and Little Mouse will tug on your heartstrings while making you smile… and inspire an extra cuddle with your little one.

  4. Little Hippo - Little Hippo grazes on African plains, falling behind his herd, when a flock of oxpecker birds won’t leave him alone. Mama helps him and all becomes right again. A sweet story of youthful adventure and motherly love, told with short rhyming lines and warm illustrations.

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Books About Baby Animals and First Concepts

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Little Friends: Big and Small
Written & illustrated by Amy A. Oliver, Barbi Sido, Natalie Munday, and Roger Priddy
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
Invites young readers to match the sentences on each page with similar sentences featuring opposing terms that appear in a corner of the book that has pages that move independently.
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My Turn To Learn Colors
Written & illustrated by Natalie Marshall
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-6
Each durable book in the My Turn To Learn series is specially made for small hands! Explore the exciting world of numbers, brought to life through this irresistibly adorable tabbed board book. My Turn To Learn Color suses simple, colorful images and bold, lively scenes to teach early counting concepts. The tabbed edges and thick, strong pages make it easy for young readers to flip through the book by themselves, revealing fun, colorful answers on every spread. Featuring a unique format and bright, bold art and design, these books offer an interactive reading and learning experience that can withstand even the most "hands-on" readers!
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Big Chickie, Little Chickie: A Book of Opposites
Written & illustrated by Janee Trasler
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4
In the newest addition to the hilarious series, the Chickies say cheese, while young readers learn their opposites. With rhyming words and great illustrations, the Chickies help babies and toddlers have fun while learning the fundamentals in this padded paper-over-board perfect for little hands. Chickies up. Chickies down. Chickies smile. Chickies frown. Clickety-CLICK! Chickies pose for a pic!
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Pocket Piggies Numbers! book
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Pocket Piggies Opposites! book
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Baby Touch and Feel: Baby Dinosaur book
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Pocket Piggies Colors! book
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  1. Pocket Piggies Numbers! - Could there be a cuter way to learn colors and numbers? Announcing a new line of board books featuring the irresistible Teacup Pigs of Pennywell Farm. Small enough to hold in the palm of your hand, the Pennywell pigs are an adorable lot. They’re also naturals in front of the camera—especially the camera belonging to Richard Austin who, as their exclusive photographer, knows just how to capture their big personalities. The Pocket Piggies board books marry the inherent appeal of Teacup Pigs to the sweetness of the board book format. The photographs are full-color, full-page, and up-close. The subjects are classics: Pocket Piggies Numbers! celebrates an ever-growing crowd of piggies, from one to ten, through a rhyming text that’s sweet and charming, to read again and again: 1 Pocket Piggy in a boat, 2 Pocket Piggies in a cup, 3 Pocket Piggies in a basket, 4 Pocket Piggies with a pup!

  2. Pocket Piggies Opposites! - The Pocket Piggies are back in their third irresistible board book for babies and toddlers, this time illustrating the concept of opposites. The star residents of Pennywell Farm in Devon, England, pocket pigs are tiny enough to fit in the palm of a hand, and they love posing for the camera as much as the camera loves them. The chunky, made-for-little-hands board book format is the perfect platform for these friendly and photogenic ambassadors of cute. With bright, colorful photographs and simple text, Pocket Piggies Opposites! is a delightful way for young children to learn about opposites. There’s “Messy” (piggy splattered with paint) and “Clean” (piggy taking a bubble bath). “Cold” (piggy playing in the snow) and “Hot” (piggy building a sand castle on the beach). And more, all lovingly photographed by Richard Austin, Pennywell’s exclusive animal photographer.

  3. Baby Touch and Feel: Baby Dinosaur - With touch and feel patches and sparkly areas to explore, this baby dinosaur board book encourages early learning and is just right for sharing with your little one. Inside, on 12 sturdy pages, you meet engaging baby dinosaurs hatching, hiding, playing, and sleeping, from long-necked Diplodocus with leathery skin to baby T. rex with twinkly teeth, and bumpy, plated baby Stegosaurus. The delightful baby dinosaurs are unique, full of character, entertaining, and immediately appealing, and every page of the book has tantalizing texture or an eye-catching shiny area to expand a baby’s senses. Easy for very young children to follow, there’s one main picture per page to focus on that’s clear and lifelike, which help a young child’s identification skills. The short, fun text is great for reading aloud and building language. All the dinosaurs are also labeled, with helpful pronunciation guides for their names. Part of DK’s popular Baby Touch and Feel series, this exciting preschool dinosaur book with its super sparkly jacket makes an ideal baby gift.

  4. Pocket Piggies Colors! - Could there be a cuter way to learn colors and numbers? Announcing a new line of board books featuring the irresistible Teacup Pigs of Pennywell Farm. Small enough to hold in the palm of your hand, the Pennywell pigs are an adorable lot. They’re also naturals in front of the camera—especially the camera belonging to Richard Austin who, as their exclusive photographer, knows just how to capture their big personalities. The Pocket Piggies board books marry the inherent appeal of Teacup Pigs to the sweetness of the board book format. The photographs are full-color, full-page, and up-close. The subjects are classics: On each spread of Pocket Piggies Colors!, one of the beloved piggy models is paired with an object or animal of a different color—like a little piggy holding a red guitar or checking out a yellow chick.

Books About Baby Animals and The Zoo

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Zoo Babies
Written & illustrated by Andrews McMeel Publishing
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Learning about the zoo has never been more fun for parents and kids with this board book, which shows baby lions, elephants, and giraffes in action. Get ready to visit the best part of every zoo with Zoo Babies, a book introducing early readers to the pint-sized versions of their favorite exotic animals. This itty-bitty zoo-on-the-go takes adorable baby animals, stirs in some fun illustrations, and adds easy descriptive sentences---a recipe for a guaranteed good time. Baby elephants spraying water, lion cubs at play, and tiny giraffes learning to stand will easily capture the hearts of kids and parents alike in Zoo Babies.
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And Tango Makes Three
Written by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell & illustrated by Henry Cole
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
The heartwarming true story of two penguins who create a nontraditional family is now available in a sturdy board book edition. At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same. And with the help of a kindly zookeeper, Roy and Silo got the chance to welcome a baby penguin of their very own.
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At The Zoo
Written by Clever Publishing & illustrated by Svetlana Shendrik
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
With panoramic illustrations on each spread and appealing recurring characters, our classic _Look & Find_ format is now available to the youngest readers. These imaginative books welcome curious toddlers to experience adventures in familiar places - the park, the zoo, and the city. Short texts with stimulating questions are expertly designed for young readers, making this series a great introduction to animals, objects, situations, and everyday events. The colorful illustrations are large enough for a curious toddler to find. Kids will find 4 hidden objects on each spread and learn many new words. The format is the perfect size for toddlers!
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Ninita's Big World book
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Snuggle Up, ZooBorns! book
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  1. Ninita's Big World - “The heart-tugging true story of how YouTube star Ninita—a deaf, orphaned pygmy marmoset (the smallest type of monkey)—found family, friendship, and a forever home! Illustrated in full color. Ninita is the only known deaf pygmy marmoset in the world, but that doesn’t stop her from making friends and chasing her next adventure! Abandoned by her parents and rescued by the RSCF, this tiny, curious monkey loves exploring her habitat. And when she meets Mr. Big—another pygmy marmoset—she has finally found a friend who likes to eat, climb, and play as much as she does. A YouTube celebrity, Ninita’s videos have been viewed nearly 2 million times! “

  2. Snuggle Up, ZooBorns! - Cozy up with this cuddly Level 1 Ready-to-Read about baby zoo animals that’s perfect for emerging readers! What do koala bears, panda bears, sea otters, snow leopards, and people have in common? They all love to snuggle! Nestle up with your little ones and the ZooBorn babies in this sweet Level 1 Ready-to-Read that’s perfect for even the youngest animal lover!

  3. ZigZag ZooBorns! - Get to know a whole new herd of zoo babies in this darling picture book about colors and patterns from the creators of ZooBorns.com. Calling all animal enthusiasts! It’s time to learn about colors and patterns with a crew of irresistible zoo babies. Featuring adorable animal photos, zippy text, and a fact-filled glossary, this just might be the cutest concept book ever to hit the shelves!

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Books About Baby Animals and Bedtime

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Little Hoot
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & illustrated by Jen Corace
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
It's not fair! All Little Owl wants is to go to bed at a reasonable hour, like his friends do. But Mama and Papa say little owls have to stay up late and play. So Little Owl spends all night jumping on his bed, playing on the jungle gym, and doing tricks on his skateboard—but he's hooting mad about it! Children who have a hard time going to bed will love this fun twist on the universal dilemma.
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Bugs Don't Hug
Written by Heather L. Montgomery & illustrated by Stephen Stone
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Meet the mamas and papas of the insect world in this fresh and funny nonfiction look at how bugs are like us from popular science author and teacher Heather Montgomery. Most insects don't take care of their young, but some do--in surprising ways. Some bugs clean up after their messy little ones, cater to their picky eaters, and yes--hug their baby bugs. A fun and clever look at parenting in the insect world, perfect for backyard scientists and their own moms and dads.
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Bright Books: Baby Bear's Busy Day
Written by Megan Roth & illustrated by Emiri Hayashi
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2
It's a busy day for baby bear. Come along as he and his mother explore the wonders of the forest! Join a young bear and his mother for their very busy day in the forest with Bright Books: Baby Bear's Busy Day. This visually stunning board book features bright neon elements, soft touch-and-feel bears, and shiny foil that will capture baby's full attention and imagination. With sweet, soothing text and gentle illustrations, this engaging book will become a bedtime favorite. Follow along as baby bear has a day full of fun!
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Good Night Baby Dragons book
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Bedtime in the Jungle book
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  1. Good Night Baby Dragons - Good Night Baby Dragons features mountain dragons, coastal dragons, underwater dragons, cave dragons, Chinese dragons, fire-breathing dragons, giant dragons, tiny dragons, chameleon dragons, hatchlings, family dragons, sleepy dragons, and more. Young readers will be dazzled by this fantasy board book as they explore the land of these mythical beasts and go an adventure of lifetime.

  2. Bedtime in the Jungle - Enjoy this gorgeous bedtime counting story from acclaimed author-illustrator John Butler. As nighttime approaches, mother animals and their babies are settling down. A monkey makes a bed for her two babies, and a leopard tucks in her three little ones. By the time readers arrive at the stunning gatefold illustration at the end of the story, a herd of ten elephant babies is nodding off, and silence finally settles over the jungle. Written in the style of the familiar children’s song “Over in the Meadow,” John Butler’s richly illustrated rhyming story will satisfy and comfort readers of all ages.

  3. Baby Animals Day and Night - Sleepy babies and wide-awake babies day and night. A companion to Pyllis Limbacher Tildes’s Baby Animals Black and White and Baby Animals Spots and Stripes, Baby Animals Day and Night introduces diurnal and nocturnal animals in pretty black and white images, perfect for developing eyes. Sweet and simple, introducing the love of books to even the very youngest babies is fun and easy with this adorable board book.

  4. Goodnight Everyone - From the creator of Shh! We Have a Plan comes a mesmerizing bedtime tale of a forest settling into slumber and one little bear trying to stay awake. The sun is setting, and everyone in the forest is getting sleepy. The mice, rabbits, and deer all give great big yawns as they snuggle up with their families for the night. But someone isn’t sleepy just yet. Little Bear thinks he can stay awake a bit longer. Can he do it? Chris Haughton’s bold and vibrant illustrations will captivate little ones eager to stay up just a teeny bit longer, while sweet depictions of animals cozying up in their beds for the night will soon have them yawning off to a dreamland of their own.

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Books About Baby Animals and Babies

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Hatch
Written & illustrated by Heather Brown
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4
Can you guess what each egg will hatch? Read the rhyming clues and let your child guess before they “hatch” each egg by lifting the flap to find out who is inside. This lift-a-flap book has a smart but simple design that will entertain and educate about egg-dwelling baby animals.
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Little Frog's Tadpole Trouble
Written & illustrated by Tatyana Feeney
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Little Frog lives with his mommy and daddy. It’s just the three of them, and Little Frog likes it that way. But one day, his parents tell him he is going to be a big brother—to NINE tadpoles! Little Frog is not impressed with his baby siblings. They can’t jump. They can’t play drums. They can’t do anything! All they do is keep Mommy and Daddy busy—too busy for Little Frog. But with a little time, big brother realizes that tadpoles grow into little frogs, just like him. And having nine new playmates makes his family better than ever.
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Indestructibles: Mama and Baby!
Written by Amy Pixton & 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. Mama and Baby! is about mothers and babies of different species. 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.
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Next to You book
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Where Is Baby's Home? book
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  1. Next to You - When it comes to new babies, friends, or other loved ones, we should remind them of just how darling they are. But are they cuter than a piglet in a sweater? A basket of baby chicks? An elephant calf taking a bath? Of course! Sweet, funny, irreverent, but above all, cute, this keepsake-size book is perfect for both gift-giving and cuddly story times.

  2. Where Is Baby's Home? - There’s no place like home in this warm and cozy lift-the-flap board book from bestselling author Karen Katz! The day is ending and everyone in the neighborhood is taking a good night walk. But where is baby bird’s home? And where is baby deer’s home? In this interactive book from Karen Katz, little ones can lift the sturdy, easy-to-lift flaps on each page to look for each baby’s perfect home—a place full of warmth and love. Filled with bright, striking art, and adorable baby animals, this sweet book proves that there’s no place like home.

Books About Baby Animals and Friendship

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Paige the Pony
Written & illustrated by Lily Small
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
Penelope is excited about the Pony Gala and her first chance to compete in the Prettiest Pony Competition, but is distracted by friends who need help. Includes activities.
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Scary Stories for Young Foxes
Written by Christian McKay Heidicker & illustrated by Junyi Wu
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12
Christian McKay Heidicker draws inspiration from Bram Stoker, H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe for his debut middle-grade novel, a thrilling portrait of survival and an unforgettable tale of friendship. The haunted season has arrived in the Antler Wood. No fox kit is safe. When Mia and Uly are separated from their litters, they discover a dangerous world full of monsters. In order to find a den to call home, they must venture through field and forest, facing unspeakable things that dwell in the darkness: a zombie who hungers for their flesh, a witch who tries to steal their skins, a ghost who hunts them through the snow . . . and other things too scary to mention. Featuring eight interconnected stories and sixteen hauntingly beautiful illustrations, Scary Stories for Young Foxes contains the kinds of adventures and thrills you love to listen to beside a campfire in the dark of night. Fans of Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Auxier, and R. L. Stine have found their next favorite book.
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Art Barn (Noah's Park)
Written & illustrated by Sam Williams
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Welcome to Noah’s Park! From celebrated author and illustrator Sam Williams comes a brand-new board book series for preschoolers about a group of cute, cuddly critters who meet each day for a new adventure. In this first book, it’s time to paint at the Art Barn! A sweet board book series with irresistible art, this book is perfect for preschoolers looking to see their own first experiences mirrored with these new friends.
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My New Friend book
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  1. My New Friend - Can a kitten and a parrot be friends? Meet some cute—and unlikely—animal pals! Friends come in all diferent shapes, sizes, and colors, and these animals are learning to befriend creatures that don’t quite look like them. With adorable photographs and clever, humorous text, this book helps children learn to embrace diversity.

  2. Daisy Duckling's Adventure - Join Daisy Duckling on a touch-and-feel adventure as she looks for her family along the river, encountering other creatures on the way. It’s only natural that you will love this lift-a-flap adventure by Maurice Pledger. Life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be for Daisy Duckling. When she hatches from her shell, she finds that she’s all alone! Where did her family go? The brave little ducking embarks on a journey along the river and finds that she’s not the only one who hatched from an egg—including Sammy the Snake, Timmy the Turtle, and Casey the Crocodile. In this age-appropriate adventure for children ages 3 and older, you’ll find a surprise on every page and learn a little about the wonders you can expect to encounter along the river. Children will increase vocabulary, discover where animals come from, and get to know how differerent animals can come from a similar place. Daisy Duckling’s Adventure lets you feel your way home through the forest to get to know the many different creatures and animals that live there.

Books About Baby Animals and Social Themes

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Special Delivery
Written by Elliott Kruszynski
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
Today is a very special day. Little Duck is expecting the arrival of her new baby brother! But Delivery Dude keeps bringing the wrong babies. First a baby mouse, then a dog, a cat, a walrus, a giraffe and finally a baby elephant. 'These babies are NOT my brother!' shouts Little Duck - but Delivery Dude insists that he never makes mistakes. Little Duck's house is filling up to the rafters when the doorbell rings again. 'NO MORE!' shouts Little Duck, but thankfully this time Delivery Dude is followed by his Stork boss, a load of very cross parents who have come to collect their babies, Little Duck's Mom and Dad... and one last very special delivery... .
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Pouch!
Written & illustrated by David Ezra Stein
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Caldecott Honor winner David Ezra Stein’s delightful tale of a baby kangaroo’s first hops toward independence is perfect for board book audiences. Joey wants to go exploring, but at first he isn’t sure he’s ready to leave Mama’s safe, warm pouch. Touching on a universal childhood experience, this sweet tale celebrates trying new things.
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This Is Our Baby, Born Today
Written by Varsha Bajaj & illustrated by Eliza Wheeler
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
A baby is born and the world rejoices! With a loving mama, a trumpeting herd, curious cousins, and even some dancing peacocks heralding this little one’s arrival, it is apparent that the joy and wonder a new baby brings is shared by all! Varsha Bajaj’s lilting prose and Eliza Wheeler’s enchanting scenes of a wide-eyed baby elephant and its smitten family celebrate the importance of family and community in every child’s life. Set in the lush wilds of India, this is an endearing, beautifully illustrated tribute to little ones getting their first warm welcome to the world.
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All the Love in the World book
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Hug You, Kiss You, Love You book
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  1. All the Love in the World - All around the world, babies are loved! The sweet, colorful scenes in this book reinforce the message of unconditional love.

  2. Hug You, Kiss You, Love You - From the creator of the deliciously adorable YOU ARE MY CUPCAKE comes a new ode to the best emotion in the world—LOVE! With a glittery cover and bold illustrations throughout, Joyce Wan celebrates the small joys and big wonders of parental love with a cast of endearing mommy and baby animals. I hug you, tickle you, sing to you softly, carry you, bathe you, kiss you always. Baby, this sweet board book is the perfect way to say I LOVE YOU!

Books About Baby Animals and Birds

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Crack!
Written by Beatriz Giménez de Ory & illustrated by Paloma Valdivia
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Introduce budding scientists to a fun STEM topic -- eggs! This interactive board book features riddles about the different eggs of the animal kingdom, and images that transform as you turn the page to reveal the answer. Includes fact-packed educational notes about eggs and what we can learn from them.
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Fly!
Written & illustrated by Mark Teague
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-8
It’s a big day up in the tree that Mama bird shares with her baby. Mama bird thinks Baby bird is finally ready to leave the nest and learn to fly so he can migrate south with the rest of their flock. But Baby bird isn’t so sure. Can’t his mother keep bringing him worms in their nest? Can’t he migrate in a hot air balloon instead? Or perhaps a car? This silly wordless picture book will keep young readers giggling as Baby bird figures out that he must flap his wings and learn to fly—whether he likes it or not!
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A New Baby for Birdie
Written by Clever Publishing
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-6
Birdie is learning to fly! Soon, he is flapping his wings high above the forest. He's not a baby anymore... and when Birdie returns to the nest, he discovers a surprise - Mama has laid an egg. Birdie is going to be a **big brother**! Join our little feathered friend as he explores the delightful expectations and bashful apprehensions of **adding a sibling to the family**. * Perfect way to introduce a new sibling! * **Sweet storytelling** and **beautiful illustrations** are enjoyable and accessible for all family members. * **Portable, sturdy format** is just right for the little hands of kids on the go.
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My Little Chick book
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  1. My Little Chick - A fresh combination of story and pictures weaves a great deal of information about eggs and chicks into this charming tale Lena liked to sit in her mother’s garden and watch the chickens. But something is missing in this happy group of hens . . . A sweet little chick! How fortunate that plump little Alma had just laid an egg. But to Lena’s surprise Alma does not seem interested in hatching it. Lena makes a snap decision and attempts to surprise everyone by hatching the chick herself. However, hatching an egg is more difficult than Lena thinks, and the journey from egg to chick is a long one. This is a sweet book about the challenges and joys of being a parent.

  2. Hello, I'm Here! - A poetic text and wonderfully intimate photographs follow a newborn sandhill crane as it takes its first steps into the world. Will my legs hold me? What if I fall? Peek in as a sandhill crane hatchling makes its first wobbly stand and takes its first steps alongside its brother. With their parents close by, they flap their wings and dance before enjoying a buggy treat. Someday they will fly with the majestic cranes overhead, but for now, Mama’s soft feathers beckon. With a lyrical narrative and lovely photo illustrations, this latest venture from an acclaimed creative team makes a perfect new baby gift — and will appeal to bird lovers, too.

  3. 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!

Books About Baby Animals and Parental Behavior

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Little Monkey
Written by Julie Abery & illustrated by Suzie Mason
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Little Monkey swings through the jungle until—Oops!—he falls out of a tree. Mama catches him and comforts him and all becomes right again. A sweet story of youthful adventure and motherly love, told with short rhyming lines and warm illustrations.
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Little Tiger
Written by Julie Abery & illustrated by Suzie Mason
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Little Tiger goes on an adventure in the jungle, but mama is always close by her cub. Short rhyming lines in this illustrated board book tell a sweet story of youthful adventure and motherly love.
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I Heart You
Written by Meg Fleming & illustrated by Sarah Jane Wright
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-8
Little ones adore being independent and trying new things. But they also need Mom and Dad’s reassurance and snuggles. With her spare, lyrical text, Meg Fleming captures the exuberance, the affection, and the tender push-and-pull of life with a child. And illustrator Sarah Jane Wright’s evocative illustrations infuse the story with generous helpings of warmth and love.
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Trunk to Trunklet book
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A Father's Love book
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  1. Trunk to Trunklet - A graphically gorgeous book about how different animals live and the lively, loving relationships they have with their babies.

  2. A Father's Love - This heartwarming book celebrates the love that fathers and children share in the animal kingdom, while also teaching young readers about colors. Perfect for new babies, new fathers, baby shower gifts, Father’s Day gifts, and for kids who love their dads on any old day. Throughout the animal kingdom, in every part of the world, fathers love and care for their babies. This book takes readers around the globe and across the animal kingdom, showcasing the many ways fathers have of demonstrating their love. Whether it’s a penguin papa snuggling with his baby in the frosty white snow, a lion dad playing with his cub in a yellow field, or a seahorse father protecting his young inside his pouch in the deep blue ocean, we see that a father’s love comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors. With beautiful art that brings all of the dads and babies, and the love between them, to vivid, colorful life, this book is a celebration of the special bond that a father shares with his children.

Books About Baby Animals and Mammals

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Baby Llama: Finger Puppet Book
Written by Chronicle Books & illustrated by Yu-Hsuan Huang
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Meet Baby Llama! What is Baby Llama's favorite snack? What does Baby Llama do for fun? Follow along as she experiences her world, from playtime to bedtime. An adorable finger puppet, warm illustrations, and a comforting story about the rhythms of a baby llama's day make this perfect for the very youngest readers.
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Together
Written & illustrated by Emma Dodd
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
This little sea otter loves spending time with its parent — learning new things, playing together, or even just holding hands. Every day is special when they are together.
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The Seal Garden
Written by Ian McAllister & illustrated by Nicholas Read
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
When storms roar and orcas are on the prowl, it’s the seal gardens of the Great Bear Sea that provide safety and shelter to sea lions, otters, a variety of seals and other sea mammals. Ian McAllister’s glorious photographs reveal the beauty and mystery of this rarely seen place of refuge. This is the third book in the My Great Bear Rainforest series, following Wolf Island and A Bear’s Life.
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Pip and the Bamboo Path book
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You Make Me Happy book
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Baby Orca: Finger Puppet Book book
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  1. Pip and the Bamboo Path - The cute Red Panda Pip must set off on her own to find her family and friends when they get separated in the Himalayan mountains.

  2. You Make Me Happy - A new beautifully illustrated celebration of love and friendship from the bestselling creators behind I’ll Never Let You Go and I Love You Night and Day. In this delightfully optimistic and uplifting observance of that special someone who makes you happy, Fox and Porcupine discover that when they’re together, life is ever so much brighter. Gorgeous, fun, and full of heart, this is the perfect gift for that sweet ray of light in your life. You make me happy, you make me new; Together there’s NOTHING that we cannot do. You make me happy and hopeful and strong, And right by your side is where I belong.

  3. Baby Orca: Finger Puppet Book - Meet Baby Orca! Where does Baby Orca swim? How does Baby Orca like to play? Follow along as he experiences his world, from playtime to bedtime. The simple, comforting stories in this go-to baby gift series have made it a multimillion seller. Featuring a permanently attached plush finger puppet, each volume offers parents and children a fun, interactive way to play and read as they build a lifelong love of books together.

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Books About Baby Animals and Bears

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The Bear's Medicine / Sus You
Written & illustrated by Clayton Gauthier
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-8
A mother bear shares with her cubs how to be grateful for all they have in the natural world. The Bear’s Medicine shows the interconnectedness of all things in the world they live in and how each season brings changes and blessings for the bears. It is a story of a mother’s love for her children as she teaches them how to survive.
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Little Panda
Written & illustrated by Julie Abery
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Little Panda goes on an adventure in the jungle, but mama is always close by her cub. Short rhyming lines in this illustrated board book tell a sweet story of youthful adventure and motherly love.
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Babies in the Forest
Written by Ginger Swift & illustrated by Olivia Chin Mueller
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-5
Meet forest animals with Rusty and Ruby! This sturdy board book has especially thick flaps for baby to lift and grasp.Illustrations include lots of details to hold baby’s attention.
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You're Snug With Me book
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My Turn To Learn Numbers book
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Polar Bear's Story book
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Baby Bear's Book of Tiny Tales book
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  1. You're Snug With Me - At the start of winter, two bear cubs are born, deep in their den in the frozen north. “Mama, what lies beyond here?” they ask. “‘Above us is a land of ice and snow.” “What lies beyond the ice and snow?” they ask. “The ocean, full of ice from long ago.” And as they learn the secrets of the earth and their place in it, Mama Bear whispers, “You’re snug with me.”

  2. My Turn To Learn Numbers - Each durable book in the My Turn To Learn series is specially made for small hands! Explore the exciting world of numbers, brought to life through this irresistibly adorable tabbed board book. My Turn To Learn Numbers uses simple, colorful images and bold, lively scenes to teach early counting concepts. The tabbed edges and thick, strong pages make it easy for young readers to flip through the book by themselves, revealing fun, colorful answers on every spread. Featuring a unique format and bright, bold art and design, these books offer an interactive reading and learning experience that can withstand even the most “hands-on” readers!

  3. Polar Bear's Story - In the frigid Arctic, a polar bear is born, with thick white fur to protect her from the cold. This engaging nonfiction picture book accompanies her as she plays, learns to hunt, grows up, and goes off on her own. Through beautiful art and a poetic, fact-filled story, younger children will learn about how these beautiful animals live, and the challenges they face because of climate change.

  4. Baby Bear's Book of Tiny Tales - Great for fans of the Little Bear series, this collection of four sweet stories of friendship and discovery makes a perfect new baby gift. This collection of simple, short, and irresistibly sweet stories about Baby Bear finding things—and figuring out what to do with them—includes “Baby Bear Finds a Book,” “Baby Bear Finds a Flower,” “Baby Bear Finds a Baby Bird,” and “Baby Bear Finds a Friend.” Charmingly written and illustrated by celebrated artist David McPhail, the impeccably classic feel of the text and art will take readers back to Sendak’s Little Bear and Lobel’s Frog and Toad books.

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Books About Baby Animals and Cats

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Just a Duck?
Written & illustrated by Carin Bramsen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Now that Cat has learned to play games that Duck enjoys, it’s Duck’s turn to try things that Cat likes. However, climbing trees and swatting at leaves prove to be a bit tricky for flat-footed Duck. What’s an unlikely pair of friends to do?
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How to Be a Cat
Written & illustrated by Nikki McClure
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
In this tender board book, a kitten practices the basics of feline behavior over the course of a day. A single word of text per spread teaches readers "how to be a cat"--how to stretch, clean, pounce, feast--while the striking paper cuts illustrate the kitten's attempts to imitate an adult cat's mastery of each skill. At times, the kitten triumphantly succeeds, and at other times the kitten struggles, in vignettes that range from whimsical to profound. A celebration of all things feline, How to Be a Cat also tells a universal story of mastering life skills, and of the loving relationship between parent and child.
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Kitten Lady's Big Book of Little Kittens
Written by Hannah Shaw
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Did you know that kittens are born with their eyes closed, and they are so small that they can fit in the palm of your hand? Or that being groomed with a toothbrush reminds orphan kittens of their mothers’ tongues, and helps them feel comfy and safe? Learn these facts and more in Kitten Lady’s first picture book! Hannah uses her engaging, fun voice to show how she helps orphan kittens grow up, get adopted, and become healthy, happy cats. Featuring irresistible photographs and playful doodles, Kitten Lady’s Big Book of Little Kittens shows what you can do to help the tiniest felines in our big, big world.
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Hop Little Bunnies book
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Baby Touch and Feel: Kittens book
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Owls are Good at Keeping Secrets: An Unusual Alphabet book
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Kylie the Kitten book
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  1. Hop Little Bunnies - From the illustrator of We’re Going on an Egg Hunt comes another book featuring lift-the-flaps, perfect for Easter and springtime! See the little bunnies sleeping till it’s noon Shall we go and wake them with a merry tune? Wake up, animals! Join four adorable bunnies as they rouse their sleepy animal friends. Because there are times to be quiet—and times to be loud! Beneath lift-the-flaps on almost every page, readers will hop with bunnies, cheep with chicks, baa with lambs, and meow with kittens. This interactive book, with a perfect read-aloud text inspired by a classic nursery rhyme, features sixteen lift-the-flaps and a fun story about quiet time and loud time. And with adorable art featuring lots of springtime animals, this is the perfect Easter gift!

  2. Baby Touch and Feel: Kittens - Pet cuddly and soft kittens in Baby Touch and Feel: Kittens. Filled with real-life photographs of all kinds of kittens with touch and feel textures that babies can stroke, tickle, and touch, this is the perfect book to encourage tiny fingers to explore and to help develop fine motor skills while building an early learning foundation with clearly labeled pictures. With padded covers, simple images, and an amazing range of novelty textures, Baby Touch and Feel books capture the attention of the very youngest children and create an experience they’ll want to repeat again and again. Baby Touch and Feel books are the perfect series for the very youngest readers. These small, padded books excite babies and toddlers with their foil and touch-and-feel covers. Each book in this affordable series contains twelve vibrant interior pages with bold, engaging images. Containing large word labels, each page has foil or glitter to behold or a tantalizing texture to touch. These safe novelty textures immediately intrigue babies and are perfect for little fingers to feel. The Baby Touch and Feel series encourages sensory development, language skills, and early reading skills while teaching colors, shapes, patterns, and opposites.

  3. Owls are Good at Keeping Secrets: An Unusual Alphabet - A delightful book of curious, little-known “facts” about animals—one for each letter of the alphabet! Did you know that chipmunks love to stay up past their bedtime? Or that dragons cry at happy endings? I bet you’d never have guessed that iguanas sometimes get homesick at sleepovers. Sara O’Leary pulls back the curtain on the animal world and gives us an absolutely charming little one-line “fact” about one animal for each letter of the alphabet. Kids will love to see their own quirks reflected in these adorably rendered creatures, and perhaps will be comforted to know that—just like them—narwhals can be perfectly happy all on their own and quail also get tired of being told to be quiet. This is more than just an alphabet book. It’s a charming, hilarious, and touching look at the diversity of personalities in the world—worth many, many rereads.

  4. Kylie the Kitten - Kylie’s excitement over going to summer camp with her friends is threatened by her fear of the water. Includes activities.

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Books About Baby Animals and Dogs

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Penny the Puppy
Written by Lily Small
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
Penny the Pollen Puppy is trying to learn how to count in school, but she keeps getting distracted. How is a puppy supposed to concentrate on her numbers when Misty Wood is so beautiful and interesting? Includes activities. Illustrations.
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Slide and Play: Playful Puppy
Written by A. J. Wood & illustrated by Maurice Pledger
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Let’s play with Puppy! In Slide and Play: Playful Puppy, kids will discover the colorful outdoors as they follow Puppy as he explores. With sliding motions on every page, kids can slide to reveal a playful companion for Puppy. With brilliantly colorful illustrations and an adorable Puppy character, Slide and Play: Playful Puppy is an interactive learning adventure.
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Christmas Puppy
Written & illustrated by Salina Yoon
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4
Christmas Puppy has a Christmas present under the tree...but which one is it? Help Puppy wag his tail whenever he helps open a new present! With a sturdy pull-tab that wags Puppy’s plush tail, this interactive novelty book is perfect for Christmas stockings.
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P is for Puppy book
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A Farm for Maisie book
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  1. P is for Puppy - With bright photographs of adorable puppies and soft, furry textures to feel, P is for Puppy is the perfect first book to share with your baby. Each cuddly puppy is accompanied with gentle, rhyming text which will engage your little one as you share the book together. Every page also features a soft, furry, touch-and-feel texture for baby to explore—great for stimulating your little one’s senses and developing early motor skills.

  2. A Farm for Maisie - Meet adorable sheepdog Maisie in this follow-up to the picture book phenomenon The SheepOver! When Maisie Grace the puppy arrives at Moonrise Farm, she’s excited about her new home but overwhelmed by all the bustling activity around her. She learns about each animal’s job: the chickens lay eggs, the pony pulls a cart for Farmer John, and the sheep make lots of soft wool for blankets and warm clothes. But what will Maisie’s job be? With the help of older dog Laddie and her new friends, Maisie realizes how she can help—she’s going to be a sheepdog! This charming story by John and Jennifer Churchman, featuring their photo-illustrations of the real animals on their bustling Vermont farm including fan favorites Sweet Pea from The Sheepover and Finn from Brave Little Finn, celebrates the joy of finding just where you belong.

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Books About Baby Animals and Nature

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Animal Babies
Written & illustrated by Charles Fuge
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
With simple, rhyming text and lavish illustrations by Charles Fuge, this vibrant board book explores the lives of the cutest critters in the land: baby animals! From baby bears who feel safest up a tree and baby penguins who nest on their daddy's feet to baby koalas who hitch a ride on their mama's back, each spread features unlikely pairs of baby animals playing and interacting. Ducks, chimps, elephants, rhinos, meerkats, whales, and even sea horses all make an appearance to bring delight children of all ages.
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Prickly Hedgehogs!
Written & illustrated by Jane McGuinness
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
When the sun has set, Hedgehog’s day has only just begun. She’s out and about, snuffling through layers of leaves and twigs as she searches for bugs and other things to eat. Young animal lovers will enjoy following Hedgehog and her little hoglets through towns and gardens, parks and woodland, as they sniff-sniff-sniff for food. The facts threaded throughout this inviting story augment the charming illustrations and will satisfy the most inquisitive of readers.
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Zoe and the Fawn
Written by Catherine Jameson & illustrated by Julie Flett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Zoe and her father are delighted to come across a fawn in the forest. But the fawn is alone—where is its mother? Join Zoe on her quest for the deer, as she encounters animals and learns their syilx (Okanagan) names along the way. Repetition of phrased questions will enhance success for beginning readers while creating a playful rhythm for young listeners.
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How Things Grow book
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Animal Babies Do the Strangest Things book
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Animal Babies in the River! book
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Animal Babies on the Mountain! book
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  1. How Things Grow - A brand-new title in this bestselling series from Eric Carle! A tadpole becomes a frog, an acorn becomes an oak tree, and a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. By lifting the big, sturdy flaps, young readers will discover the world around them and how things grow through Eric Carle’s bright, beautiful images. A perfect companion title for Eric Carle’s ABC, Opposites, and All Around Us.

  2. Animal Babies Do the Strangest Things - Meet a menagerie of the animal kingdom’s most adorable and beloved creatures - babies! Award-winning illustrator Charles Fuge pairs unlikely baby animal friends-big, small, slimy, and furry-to show what makes our favorite stars of the natural world unique. Along with vibrant illustrations, Fuge presents silly, funny, laugh-out-loud rhymes to stir a child’s fascination with animals. Learn what makes each amazing animal baby unique and what they all have in common. This enchanting picture book is guaranteed to delight children of all ages.

  3. Animal Babies in the River! - What’s a baby otter called? Or a baby duck? In this collection of river creatures and their young, Julia Groves’ distinctive art style captures each animal’s unique beauty.

  4. Animal Babies on the Mountain! - What’s a baby goat called? Or a baby panda? In this collection of mountain creatures and their young, Julia Groves’ distinctive art style captures each animal’s unique beauty.

Books About Baby Animals and Imagination And Play

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Peek-a-Boo Little Dinosaur
Written & illustrated by Yu-Hsuan Huang
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4
A little dinosaur makes a new friend in this adorable peek-a-boo book that has soft, felt touch-and-feel flaps throughout! A little dinosaur has found a new friend and now they are going on an adventure! This sweet peek-a-boo book has felt flaps throughout. Young readers will love looking under the soft, easy-to-lift flaps to discover what the little dinosaur and his friend are doing!
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Little Bitty Friends
Written by Elizabeth McPike & illustrated by Patrice Barton
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
"A cuter-than-puppies companion to Little Sleepyhead. Little bitty chipmunks, chattering all the day, Little bitty ladybug always comes to play. Marching with ants, snuggling with baby rabbits, reaching for the sun with happy buttercups-young children form special bonds with nature's little creations. Lyrical verse and charming scenes capture an enchanted world of little bitty friends."
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Baby Dragon: Finger Puppet Book
Written by & illustrated by Victoria Ying
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Meet Baby Dragon! Where does Baby Dragon live? Is he finally ready to fly? Follow along as he explores his world and discovers his special powers! The simple, comforting stories in this go-to baby gift series have made it a multimillion seller. Featuring a permanently attached plush finger puppet, each volume offers parents and children a fun, interactive way to play and read as they build a lifelong love of books together.
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Baby Penguin: Finger Puppet Book book
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Pete the Kitty: I Love Pete the Kitty book
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  1. Baby Penguin: Finger Puppet Book - Meet Baby Penguin! How does Baby Penguin stay cozy and warm? Where does Baby Penguin play? Follow along as she experiences her world, from playtime to bedtime. The simple, comforting stories in this go-to baby gift series have made it a multimillion seller. Featuring a permanently attached plush finger puppet, each volume offers parents and children a fun, interactive way to play and read as they build a lifelong love of books together.

  2. Pete the Kitty: I Love Pete the Kitty - The fun new Pete the Kitty series from New York Times bestselling author-illustrator James Dean introduces young readers to Pete the Cat before he was Pete the Cat…when he was little Pete the Kitty! Pete the Kitty loves so many wonderful things in life—like birthday cake, ice cream, his guitar, and more. But what does this groovy kitty love the most? Find out in this all-new board book!

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