Best Kids Books About Baby animals

28 Kids Books About Baby animals

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Just a Duck? book
#1
Just a Duck?
Written and 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?

This Is Our Baby, Born Today book
#2
This Is Our Baby, Born Today
Written by Varsha Bajaj and 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.

Wake Up, Sleepy Head! book
#3
Wake Up, Sleepy Head!
Written by Mandy Ross and illustrated by Dubravka Kolanovic
picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-5

A collection of short poems that capture the thoughts and feelings of young animals as their mothers try to wake them up.

Bath Time! book
#4
Bath Time!
Written and illustrated by Sterling Childrens
picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

A photographic book for when your little one says: I don't want to take a bath! Entice your reluctant bather to the tub with this irresistible book of adorable animal photographs! Each one of these cute creatures--from a muddy piglet ("I'm not that dirty, am I?") to a resistant raccoon--says no to bathing. But there's no way around it; they must get squeaky clean. By the end, everyone concludes that baths aren't so bad after all!

My New Friend book
#5
My New Friend
Written and illustrated by Sterling Childrens
picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

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.

Psst! I Love You book
#6
Psst! I Love You
Written by Marjorie Blain Parker and illustrated by Sydney Hanson
picture book
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.

Mister Seahorse book
#7
Mister Seahorse
Written and illustrated by Eric Carle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

When Mrs. Seahorse lays her eggs, she does it on Mr. Seahorse’s belly! She knows he will take good care of them. While he swims waiting for the eggs to hatch, he meets other underwater fathers caring for their babies. Now Eric Carle’s heart-warming New York Times bestseller is finally available in a board book edition, complete with the clear “peek-a-boo” pages that made the original such a hit. Brimming with bright, colorful sea life, this new board book will be irresistable to young children everywhere.

Baby Bear's Book of Tiny Tales book
#8
Baby Bear's Book of Tiny Tales
Written and illustrated by David McPhail
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

ZigZag ZooBorns! book
#9
ZigZag ZooBorns!
Written by Andrew Bleiman, Chris Eastland and illustrated by Chris Eastland
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-8

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!

Snuggle Up, ZooBorns! book
#10
Snuggle Up, ZooBorns!
Written and illustrated by Chris Eastland, Andrew Bleiman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

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!

Heartbeat book
#11
Heartbeat
Written and illustrated by Evan Turk
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

This cinematic picture book from critically acclaimed author and illustrator Evan Turk follows the life of a baby whale from birth, to song, to silence, to a new song of compassion and hope for a brighter future. Two hearts, one song. A young whale and her mother sing together. Heartbeat. Then the mother is gone. One heart, one song. The young whale swims, alone and lonely, for days and years and decades... until one day a little girl hears her and joins her song. Together, they sing of hope for a brighter future. One world, one song, one heartbeat.

Animal Babies Do the Strangest Things book
#12
Animal Babies Do the Strangest Things
Written and illustrated by Charles Fuge
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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.

Warts and All book
#13
Warts and All
Written by Lori Haskins Houran and illustrated by Sydney Hanson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

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.

Next to You book
#14
Next to You
Written by Lori Haskins Houran and illustrated by Sydney Hanson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

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.

Ninita's Big World book
#15
Ninita's Big World
Written by Sarah Glenn Marsh and illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

"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! "

Bugs Don't Hug book
#16
Bugs Don't Hug
Written by Heather L. Montgomery and 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.

Chicks! book
#17
Chicks!
Written by Sandra Horning and illustrated by Jon Goodell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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

Muddle & Mo book
#18
Muddle & Mo
Written and illustrated by Nikki Slade Robinson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Muddle is a little confused - is best friend Mo, a duck or a goat? Is Muddle a duck or a goat? Fortunately Mo helps him work everything out. A gentle book about friendship and accepting differences.

Muddle & Mo's Rainy Day book
#19
Muddle & Mo's Rainy Day
Written and illustrated by Nikki Slade Robinson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Beloved Muddle & Mo are back! It is a day for ducks, a lovely wet rainy day. But Mo hates the rain... or does he? Muddle shows Mo that sometimes it can be fun to try something new.

Muddle & Mo's Worm Surprise book
#20
Muddle & Mo's Worm Surprise
Written and illustrated by Nikki Slade Robinson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Muddle is planning an extra-special picnic for best friend Mo. Muddle loves worms. Mo does not. Will Mo like Muddle's worm surprise picnic?

Hello, I'm Here! book
#21
Hello, I'm Here!
Written by Helen Frost and illustrated by Rick Lieder
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

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.

Wings book
#22
Wings
Written by Cheryl B. Klein and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Debut picture book author Cheryl B. Klein and Caldecott Honor winner Tomie dePaola sweetly capture a baby bird’s journey to first flight. Wings! Clings. Flings… With a cleverly simple rhyme and playful, vibrant artwork, Cheryl B. Klein and Tomie dePaola lovingly paint the picture of a baby bird’s first flight—overcoming stings and dings along the way to soar triumphantly.

Click, Clack, Peep! book
#23
Click, Clack, Peep!
Written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

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…

Homes in the Wild book
#24
Homes in the Wild
Written and illustrated by Lita Judge
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

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.

Now What? a Math Tale book
#25
Now What? a Math Tale
Written by Robie H. Harris and illustrated by Chris Chatterton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Solve a problem with Puppy and a bag full of blocks! Robie H. Harris and Chris Chatterton team up for another gentle introduction to early math concepts. Puppy wants to build a bed out of blocks, one that is wide enough and long enough for a snooze. But there aren't enough rectangles, squares, and triangles. NOW WHAT? Build, measure, count, compare! Follow along as Puppy tries again and again and again and finally figures out how blocks of different shapes and sizes can fit together to build a bed that's just the right size for a nap.

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