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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!

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Top 10 Books About Baby Animals

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Little Hoot
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & illustrated by Jen Corace
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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
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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
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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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Bunny Roo, I Love You
Written by Melissa Marr & illustrated by Teagan White
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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
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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
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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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My Backpack!
Written by Scholastic & illustrated by Weldon Swanson
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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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Once I Was a Pollywog
Written by Douglas Florian & illustrated by Barbara Bakos
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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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Little Bitty Friends
Written by Elizabeth McPike & illustrated by Patrice Barton
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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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Spring Is Here!
Written & illustrated by Carles Ballesteros
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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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Books About Baby Animals and Moms

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Bunny Roo, I Love You
Written by Melissa Marr & illustrated by Teagan White
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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's Best Kisses
Written by Margaret Anastas & illustrated by Susan Winter
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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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Mommy, Carry Me Please!
Written by Jane Cabrera
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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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  1. Mommy Hugs - Animal and human mothers hug in different ways, but they all show love.

  2. 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.

  3. 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! <em>I Love You Like No Otter</em> 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!

  4. 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.

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Books About Baby Animals and Birds

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Little Hoot
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & illustrated by Jen Corace
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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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Crack!
Written by Beatriz Giménez de Ory & illustrated by Paloma Valdivia
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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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A New Baby for Birdie
Written by Clever Publishing
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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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  1. Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups - A sweetly hilarious tale of icebergs, chili, and playful surprises that puts its reader at the very center of the story--now in board book format! Perfect for fans of Dragons Love Tacos, Not a Box, and The Monster at the End of This Book.

  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. 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.

  4. Chicks! - When a family brings home chicks from a local farm, they must do everything they can to make sure their feathered friends thrive in their new environment. With the help of their knowledgeable parents, the children provide the baby chicks with food, water, warmth, and proper shelter. Young readers will chirp along happily page after page, learning to read as they watch the fuzzy little chicks grow into downy adult chickens, who will eventually lay eggs of their own!

Books About Baby Animals and Zoology

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Animal Families: Forest
Written by Nosy Crow & illustrated by Jane Ormes
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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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Animal Families: Safari
Written by Nosy Crow & illustrated by Jane Ormes
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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
Written & illustrated by Dorling Kindersley Publishing
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Recommend Ages: 5-9

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.

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  1. The Secret of the Egg - 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.

  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 Easter

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Spring Is Here!
Written & illustrated by Carles Ballesteros
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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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Five Little Chicks
Written & illustrated by Dan Yaccarino
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Recommend Ages: 0-4

The classic nursery rhyme--with a springtime twist! Five little chicks hatch, explore, and play in this adorable board book by acclaimed author-illustrator Dan Yaccarino.

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Egg
Written & illustrated by Kevin Henkes
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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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  1. Peek-a-Boo Little Chick - 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

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Books About Baby Animals and Animal Homes

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My Backpack!
Written by Scholastic & illustrated by Weldon Swanson
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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
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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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The Home Builders
Written by Varsha Bajaj & illustrated by Simona Mulazzani
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

Various woodland creatures make their homes and prepare for their young.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 Farms

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Baby Farm Animals
Written & illustrated by Garth Williams
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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
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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
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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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  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. 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.

  3. Peek-a-Baby: Farm - Baby animals are hiding on the farm! Lift the flaps to help each animal parent find their babies, from noisy chicks to messy baby pigs. Peekaboo fans will delight in revealing every adorable baby animal—and learning what special sound they make! With cleverly layered pages and distinctive limited-palette artwork, this is a board book series to treasure.

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

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Books About Baby Animals and The Environment

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Welcome to Your World
Written by Smriti Prasadam-Halls & illustrated by Jaime Kim
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

Traverse the animal kingdom for a gorgeous celebration of the joys of a new baby – and the pleasure of introducing that baby to the wide world – in the perfect gift for new parents.

Welcome, little baby,
round your mama curled.
Welcome, little baby.
Welcome to your world.

With lyrical language and stunning illustrations, Welcome to Your World takes readers from ice-capped mountains to the depths of the sea. Tender scenes between animals and their babies encourage families to join in the loving bond that connects them to one another and to the wonders of our planet. This beautiful book is ideal for sharing with new babies, new parents, and children just venturing out in the world, as best-selling author Smriti Prasadam-Halls and acclaimed illustrator Jaime Kim provide both a celebration of nature and a gentle reminder to protect it.

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Elliot and the Osprey Nest
Written & illustrated by Ingrid Simunic
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Recommend Ages: 5-8

As book one of the Elliot's Adventures Series, you get to meet our animal-loving hero, Elliot. He notices an osprey nest on the shores of Sag Harbor, and his plans for summer change. Now, Elliot spends his days observing the family of osprey through his brand new binoculars. He is just a secret observer until, one day, he has the chance to help and forms a bond with the tiny family of ospreys.

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Babies in the Wild: First Lift-a-Flap
Written by Ginger Swift & illustrated by Laura Horton
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

Introduce your baby or toddler to wild animals including rhinos, monkeys, alligators, and more in this adorable lift-a-flap board book. Simple sentences reinforce future language structure while grasping and lifting the sturdy flaps helps develop fine motor skills. A perfect first book!

Welcome to the world little one! Come explore Babies In the Wild Lift-a-Flap board book filled with surprises. Perfectly sized for little hands and fingers to open and close the flaps. 6 chunky and sturdy flaps are extra strong so your little one can open and close again and again. Surprise and delight baby with bright artwork and special treats under each flap. Collect all the books in the Babies Love series. From colors and animals, to first words and holidays, the Babies Love Chunky Lift-a-Flap series is a great introduction to reading with cheerful, contemporary and whimsical illustrations and sturdy, easy-to-lift flaps.

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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. 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.

Books About Baby Animals and Feelings And Emotions

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How Are You?/ Cómo Estás
Written & illustrated by Angela Dominguez
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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
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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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Psst! I Love You
Written by Marjorie Blain Parker & illustrated by Sydney Hanson
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Recommend Ages: 1-3

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.

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  1. 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

  2. Misty the Scared Kitten - Kitty always wanted a cat of her very own, even though they make her eyes puffy and her nose tickly. When her best friend's new kitten, Misty, causes Kitty to have a sneezing fit in the middle of their sleepover, something magical happens--Kitty turns into a cat!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

Books About Baby Animals and The Zoo

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Zoo Babies
Written & illustrated by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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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
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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
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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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  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 Sleep

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Sleepyheads
Written by Sandra J. Howatt & illustrated by Joyce Wan
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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
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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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Babies Can Sleep Anywhere
Written by Lisa Wheeler & illustrated by Carolina Búzio
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

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!

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  1. Baby Animals Take a Nap - Some baby animals get rest standing up, and others get sleepy while swimming. Sleepy little humans will be lulled by animal friends getting cozy.

  2. 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.

  3. Bears in a Band - CLANG! CLANG! TOOTLEY-TOOO! The impossibly cute bears are back — and this time they have musical instruments at the ready. The little bears pick up their instruments and play a noisy song. They don’t care if the notes are wrong! But uh-oh, Big Brown Bear is fast asleep. Will their lively music wake him up? A small moment of trepidation segues into a jubilant performance in a story that will be sweet music to little ears.

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Books About Baby Animals and New Experiences

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Special Delivery
Written by Elliott Kruszynski
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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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Fly!
Written & illustrated by Mark Teague
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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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This Is Our Baby, Born Today
Written by Varsha Bajaj & illustrated by Eliza Wheeler
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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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  1. Pouch! - 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.

  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.

Books About Baby Animals and Ducks

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Just a Duck?
Written & illustrated by Carin Bramsen
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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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Lucky Ducklings
Written by Eva Moore & illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
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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
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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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  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. 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. 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.

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Baby Llama: Finger Puppet Book
Written by Chronicle Books & illustrated by Yu-Hsuan Huang
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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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Born in the Wild
Written & illustrated by Lita Judge
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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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How to Be an Elephant
Written & illustrated by Katherine Roy
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Recommend Ages: 7-10

The savanna is not an easy place to live, even for African elephants, the largest land animals on earth. If it's a challenge for these 7,000-pound giants, what's it like for their newborn babies?

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  1. Together - 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.

  2. Babies in the Snow: First Lift-a-Flap - Introduce your baby or toddler to arctic animals including polar bears, whales, caribou, walruses, seals, and more in this adorable lift-a-flap board book. Simple sentences reinforce future language structure while grasping and lifting the sturdy flaps helps develop fine motor skills. A perfect first book! Welcome to the world little one! Come explore Babies in the Snow Lift-a-Flap board book filled with surprises. Perfectly sized for little hands and fingers to open and close the flaps. 6 chunky and sturdy flaps are extra strong so your little one can open and close again and again. Surprise and delight baby with bright artwork and special treats under each flap. Collect all the books in the Babies Love series. From colors and animals, to first words and holidays, the Babies Love Chunky Lift-a-Flap series is a great introduction to reading with cheerful, contemporary, and whimsical illustrations and sturdy, easy-to-lift flaps.

  3. The Seal Garden - 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.

  4. 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.

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Little Monkey
Written by Julie Abery & illustrated by Suzie Mason
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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
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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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Little Panda
Written by Julie Abery & illustrated by Suzie Mason
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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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  1. Bugs Don't Hug - 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.

  2. 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.

  3. I Heart You - 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.

  4. Trunk to Trunklet - A graphically gorgeous book about how different animals live and the lively, loving relationships they have with their babies.

Books About Baby Animals and Babies

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Hatch
Written & illustrated by Heather Brown
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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
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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
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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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  1. Next to You: A Book of Adorableness - 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. Love You Head to Toe - Pairing creative rhyming similes with cut-paper collage art, <i>Love You Head to Toe</i> is an adorable book that compares newborn babies to baby animals on every page. Bright, playful illustrations show a different baby and a different species of animal, both engaged in similar behavior: babies stretch their limbs like sea stars, splash in the water like ducklings, toddle around like bear cubs, and fill their chubby cheeks like chipmunks. <p/> Action verbs on each page give the book energy and movement and reflect the varied activities of a baby’s day, with key elements like mealtime, bath time, and bedtime in chronological order. Babies and caregivers of a wide range of ethnicities are represented in this heartwarming read-aloud designed to show little ones how much they are cherished and loved.

  3. 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.

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Hush, Little Bunny
Written & illustrated by David Ezra Stein
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Hush, Little Bunny is a heartwarming, lyrical love letter from a papa bunny to his little one—from David Ezra Stein, Caldecott Honor-winning creator of Interrupting Chicken and Leaves. Fans of Kevin Henkes and Beatrix Potter will adore this gorgeous book. Come, little bunny, don’t be shy . . . “Hush Little Baby” is a lullaby that parents have sung to their children for generations. Now Caldecott Honor winner David Ezra Stein has reimagined the classic featuring an irresistible papa bunny and his little one. This new classic is the perfect gift for Easter, baby showers, Father’s Day, and all year long.

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The Best Mom in the World!
Written by Clever Publishing
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Recommend Ages: 5-6

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.
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Love
Written & illustrated by Emma Dodd
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

Join a baby rabbit and its parent as they spend a glorious sunny day together in the meadow. The little rabbit finds love everywhere, but knows that a parent’s love is the best love of all!

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  1. 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.

  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!

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Go, Go, Go
Written by Bob Barner
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Recommend Ages: 4-8
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.
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Penny the Puppy
Written by Lily Small
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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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Bentley
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Recommend Ages: 7-9

The Petersons are off to a weekend in the woods. Charles is excited to venture into the outdoors with his puppy, Buddy. When the family arrives at Misty Valley, Charles discovers that a smart Weimaraner named Bentley is lonely and in need of a home. But Charles is only there for the weekend. Can he find Bentley a home in just three days?

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  1. Babies and Doggies Book - When you stop and think about it, babies and doggies do many of the same things. They squirm, sniff, sit, and splash. They play ball and cuddle. Lots of things babies do, doggies do too! This board book explores all of the similar actions shared by baby and baby’s best friend. Illustrated with beautiful, full-color photographs featuring an array of dog breeds and a diverse cast of babies, The Babies and Doggies Book is a visual feast for infants, a fun read-aloud for parents, and treat for baby- and dog-lovers. Look for the companion book: The Babies and Kitties Book

  2. Great Puppy Invasion - What’s a town to do when not one, not two, but hundreds of adorable, wriggling puppies invade? <p/> This is especially a problem in Strictville, where no one has ever seen puppies before. And where there are rules against such things. In fact, cuteness of any kind is considered downright criminal. <p/> But one boy is brave enough to face the adorable doggies, and he just may turn things around for this narrow-minded town. A true treat for the funny bone! <br>

  3. Christmas Puppy - 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.

  4. Slide and Play: Playful Puppy - 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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Little Bitty Friends
Written by Elizabeth McPike & illustrated by Patrice Barton
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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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Peek-a-Boo Little Dinosaur
Written & illustrated by Yu-Hsuan Huang
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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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Baby Tiger: Finger Puppet Book: (finger Puppet Book for Toddlers and Babies, Baby Books for First Year, Animal Finger Puppets)
Written by Chronicle Books & illustrated by Yu-Hsuan Huang
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Recommend Ages: 2-4

How does Baby Tiger play? Follow along with this cute baby animal as it experiences its world, from playtime to bedtime. This simple, comforting story features a permanently attached plush finger puppet and peek-a-boo holes in every page, giving parents and children a fun, interactive way to play and read together.

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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. Baby Dragon: Finger Puppet Book - 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.

  3. 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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The Bear's Medicine / Sus You
Written & illustrated by Clayton Gauthier
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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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Mother Bruce
Written & illustrated by Ryan T. Higgins
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

Bruce the bear likes to keep to himself. That, and eat eggs. But when his hard-boiled goose eggs turn out to be real, live goslings, he starts to lose his appetite. And even worse, the goslings are convinced he’s their mother. Bruce tries to get the geese to go south, but he can’t seem to rid himself of his new companions. What’s a bear to do?

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Babies in the Forest
Written by Ginger Swift & illustrated by Olivia Chin Mueller
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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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  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. Bright Books: Baby Bear's Busy Day - 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!

  3. Baby Bear - The acclaimed tale of a lost little bear searching for home from Caldecott Medalist and Coretta Scott King Award winner Kadir Nelson.

  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.

Books About Baby Animals and Counting And Numbers

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Over in the Meadow
Written by Jane Cabrera
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Recommend Ages: 1-3

From the read-along master comes a bold and bright rendition of a classic counting song.

Animal moms and their babies learn and play together on a beautiful day over in the meadow. But each family is a different size. Can you number them all?

Jane Cabrera’s uniquely textured art and whimsical lyrics will have young readers singing and counting along in both story hours and parent-child settings. This colorful reinvention also includes several spreads at the end that sum up all of the count-able animals in easy-to-read groupings.

Cabrera’s picture books have received worldwide attention and two Oppenheim Toy Portfolio awards. Her colorful twists on traditional nursery rhymes are perfect for both teachers and parents hoping to engage toddlers in the act of reading.

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My Turn To Learn Numbers
Written & illustrated by Natalie Marshall
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Recommend Ages: 1-3

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!

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Pocket Piggies Numbers!
Written & illustrated by Richard Austin
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Recommend Ages: 1-4

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!

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  1. Babies Love Numbers - Introduce your little one to the wonderful world of numbers! Babies will love exploring every lively, rhyming page filled with playful animals and fun surprises under easy-to-lift chunky flaps. Count from 1 to 10 with the help from sweet ducklings, fox pups, cows, piglets, puppies, and cubs! A perfect introduction to early learning concepts such as number recognition, counting, colors, animal sounds, and shapes. A must for your littles library collection!

  2. Bedtime 123 - Lull your little one to sleep while counting the animals also nestling in for the night. Count the stars coming out, fox cubs snuggling, puppies piling and chicks cuddling as baby rocks gently to sleep in this gorgeously illustrated board book from bestselling author Eric Walters and award-winning illustrator Josée Bisaillon.

  3. 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.

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Owl Babies
Written by Martin Waddell & illustrated by Patrick Benson
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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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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Written & illustrated by Jane Cabrera
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Recommend Ages: 0-2

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.

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You Nest Here with Me
Written by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple & illustrated by Melissa Sweet
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

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.

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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. How Do You Go to Sleep? - Discover how different animals go to sleep in this rhyming picture book from a veteran children's author!

  3. 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.

  4. Are You Ready for Bed? - “Aaah, peace and quiet at last,” sighs Mrs. Rabbit, tucking her children into bed. But it doesn’t last for long! Her baby is still a bubbly, hoppity, run-around-the-house bunny. Will Mrs. Rabbit ever get Little Bunny to sleep?

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How to Be a Cat
Written & illustrated by Nikki McClure
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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
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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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The Babies and Kitties Book
Written by John Schindel and Molly Woodward
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Recommend Ages: 1-3

Jam-packed with colorful photos of adorable kittens and sweet babies, this rhyming board book celebrates all of the ways kids and cats are alike. A companion to The Babies and Doggies Book.

When you stop and think about it, babies and kitties do many of the same things: They nap, climb, and hide. They play and cuddle. Lots of things babies do kitties do too! With its brief rhyming text and full-color photographs, The Babies and Kitties Book is engaging for infants, a fun read-aloud for parents, and a treat for baby- and kitty-lovers alike. A companion to The Babies and Doggies Book.

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  1. 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.

  2. Amelia Bedelia & Friends The Cat's Meow - The second book in a new arc in the bestselling Amelia Bedelia chapter book series featuring young Amelia Bedelia and her friends! This chapter book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 6 to 8 who are ready to read independently. It's a fun way to keep your child engaged and as a supplement for activity books for children.

  3. Bad Kitty: Kitten Trouble - There’s terrible news in the neighborhood next to Kitty’s! A conflict there is growing worse and worse. It started as an argument and has now turned into a full-fledged fight. Worst of all: The cat shelter has been destroyed. Kitty’s family decides it’s time to do something to help. They have an idea to foster as many displaced kittens as possible. Kitty won’t mind, right? Well . . . not exactly. Kitty does seem to mind. She minds A LOT. Will our favorite bad-tempered friend learn to share her space, her food, and GASP! her toys? Find out in Kitten Trouble, this hilarious and poignant addition to the Bad Kitty series from bestselling author and illustrator Nick Bruel.

  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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