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Cheetahs: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about cheetahs?

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

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.

When it comes to children’s stories about cheetahs, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Keeping Up with Cheetah to popular sellers like Cheetah Can’t Lose to some of our favorite hidden gems like Arf! Buzz! Cluck! A Rather Noisy Alphabet.

We hope this list of kids books about cheetahs can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book! As you explore the list, please comment below to let us know what books you would add.

Cheetah Can't Lose book
Cheetah Can't Lose
Written and illustrated by Bob Shea
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from The Goodfather

When it comes to humor and wit, Cheetah Can’t Lose takes the prize! The story takes an early, unexpected turn and develops a very funny storyline as Cheetah’s need to be the best at everything becomes his own biggest obstacle to winning the year’s big race. Some humor is so subtle it might be lost on a young reader (“Don’t be silly. Your head is plenty big!”), but it is to sure make you smile.

An overly confident cheetah challenges a pack of clever kittens to a race.

Arf! Buzz! Cluck! A Rather Noisy Alphabet book
Arf! Buzz! Cluck! A Rather Noisy Alphabet
Written by Eric Seltzer and illustrated by David Creighton-Pester
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

This clever take on an alphabet book (using their noises rather than the animals themselves!) has great cadence and vibrant illustrations. I love how the variety of habitats shown and how each page seamlessly combines different animals and their sounds.

Moo! Neigh! Oink! Peep! This silly and inventive alphabet board book teaches little ones the ABCs with animal sounds!

We Arf We Buzz We Baaah We Coo

We Chirp and Cluck and cock-a-Doodle-Doo!

An African Alphabet book
An African Alphabet
Written by Eric Walters and illustrated by Sue Todd
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Thoughts from Mom of Boys

This book has darling illustrations! It is very fun to read through and see the different animals from Africa.

An African Alphabet is a vibrant ABC book that introduces babies and toddlers to the unique variety of animals found in Africa. An alphabet for all ages, the stunning linocut artwork brings an uncommon selection of critters to life in this lively concept book.

From aardvark to zebra and all that’s in between, little ones will love learning their alphabet with these colorful creatures.

The Cheetah Who Ran Too Fast book
The Cheetah Who Ran Too Fast
Written and illustrated by Trudi Franke
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Presents a collection of short stories featuring African animals that teach young readers values such as sharing, forgiveness, and accepting differences.

Chewbaaka book
Written by Dr. Laurie Marker and illustrated by Jessie Jordan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Dr. Marker and Illustrator Jessie Jordan brought their knowledge and talent together to create Chewbaaka, a beautiful illustrated kids’ book about the life and legacy of CCF’s most famous cheetah ambassador.

  1. I... Am... Cheetah! - Buy A Book - Save A Cheetah! A portion of the net proceeds from the sales of the book will be donated to the Cheetah Conservation Fund on behalf of The Wild Animal Kids Club. It’s Friday at Safari Park. It’s Park Day! It doesn’t get much better than that. At least until the park bully shows up. She thinks all animal lovers are just a bunch of geeks and nerds, but five kids don’t agree. Together, they decide to create THE WILD ANIMAL KIDS CLUB to learn about endangered animals. But wait! This club is special. This club has a secret and no one can ever…ever find out what they are hiding. But you can! Come join The Wild Animal Kids as they discover a magical secret that will teach them about endangered animals in a way they could have never dreamed of. It’s a secret powered by their imagination and the belief that anything is possible. But will the Wild Animal Kids stand up for what they believe in? Will they finally find the courage to stand up to the park bully? Only…if they believe! Only…if they can find the magic within themselves! Park Day just got a little more interesting! Do your kids love animals? If they do, they are in for a treat. I…AM…CHEETAH! ~The Gift~ is the first book in THE WILD ANIMAL KIDS CLUB series. It’s a series filled with friendship, humor, challenges, a bit of fantasy, and of course, the beauty of some our planet’s most endangered wild creatures. It’s a wonderful chapter book for ages 8-11 and a great story to share with younger readers. Review from Scribendi Editor:”…I loved this! It’s a really strong piece of work that ticks all the boxes: it’s got fantasy, adventure, it’s got a clear moral, it’s got jeopardy and excitement, it’s got overcoming adversity… and all done with an innocent and non-violent tale. Not to mention it educates the audience about animals. It’s clear, it’s fun, and it holds the interest all the way through. Super! What’s not to love here? The characters are strong and individual, the prose is nicely and simply constructed, the narrative is neatly divided into digestible chapters with great cliffhanger endings, and it’s all just a lot of fun!”

  2. Freeda the Cheetah - Freeda the Cheetah of Mozambique was the world’s best player of hide-and-go-seek. No one knows where she hides, but they know where she doesn’t. Because the places they looked were the places she wasn’t.

  3. Face to Face With Cheetahs (Face to Face with Animals) - Chris Johns, Editor-in-Chief of National Geographic magazine, brings you face to face with a family of cheetahs. The story begins in Okavango Delta in Botswana—as the cheetah mother hunts her prey and the photographer tracks the elusive cat. After watching the family for four months, he is rewarded when a cheetah cub comes up and actually licks his hand—one of the most profound moments of his life. But the encounter brings a responsibility: to help save these endangered creatures and protect their habitat from one of their biggest threats, man. As Africa’s most endangered cat, the cheetah is in a race for survival. But the book gives us hope, too, detailing practical ways we can all help to protect them and ensure they have a future in the wild. Stunning photographs, action-packed stories, and thorough research complete the picture of these cagey cats.

  4. Cheetahs - Presents the life of cheetahs, including where they live, what they eat, and how they care for their young.

How it Was With Dooms book
How it Was With Dooms
Written by Xan Hopcraft and illustrated by Carol Cawthra Hopcraft
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Ten-year-old Xan tells about the life of Dooms, the cheetah which became his pet and lived with his family in Kenya, Africa.

What's Faster Than a Speeding Cheetah? book
What's Faster Than a Speeding Cheetah?
Written and illustrated by Robert E. Wells
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Compares the speed of various animals, from humans to cheetahs to peregrine falcons, with even faster things like rockets, meteroids, and light.

Chasing Cheetahs: The Race to Save Africa's Fastest Cat  book
Chasing Cheetahs: The Race to Save Africa's Fastest Cat
Written by Sy Montgomery and illustrated by Nic Bishop and Sy Montgomery
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-12

Since the year 1900, cheetah footprints quickly dwindled in African dirt as the species plummeted from more than 100,000 to fewer than 10,000. At the Cheetah Conservation Fund’s (CCF) African headquarters in Namibia, Laurie Marker and her team save these stunning, swift, and slender creatures from extinction. Since the organization’s start in 1990, they’ve rescued more than 900 cheetahs, most of whom have been returned to the wild.

But this arduous challenge continues. For most African livestock farmers, cheetahs are the last thing they want to see on their properties. In the 1980s, as many as 19 cheetahs per farmer died each year. Cheetahs were considered vermin—but, in learning more about this magnificent species, we know this is far from true.

Today, CCF acts as a liaison between the farmers and the cheetahs, in order to promote cohabitation in an ecosystem that cannot thrive without the existence of the precious and predatory cheetah. On a wild ride through the African wilderness—sometimes sniffing out scents left in the dirt—Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop join CCF in studying the cheetah’s ecological, genetic, and behavioral patterns in order to chase down the fastest animal on land and save the species—before it is too late.

Cheetah Cubs book
Cheetah Cubs
Written by Ginjer L. Clarke and illustrated by Lucia Washburn
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

Follows a pack of cheetah cubs as they grow from babies to adult cheetahs, describing their physical characteristics and behaviors.

Amazing Animals: Cheetahs book
Amazing Animals: Cheetahs
Written and illustrated by Kate Riggs
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

From fleet-footed cheetahs to howling wolves, and from playful dolphins to earth-shaking elephants, the world of animals is wonderfully diverse. This popular and newly expanded series continues traveling the planet to study these and other fascinating animals. Beautiful photos are paired with accessible text to examine the featured animal’s appearance, behaviors, and life cycle. Each book also presents a folk story that helps explain a defining feature or behavior.

  1. The Cheetah's Tale - A heart wrenching children’s story. A little girl comes across a malnourished cheetah cub caged at the back of a small shop in an Arab souq. Her mother agrees to buy the animal to save its life, and the little girl rears the cub at their house until it grows into a fine young cheetah. The cheetah and the girl are inseparable friends, but they know one day he will need to return to Africa where he can roam free… Beautifully illustrations flow throughout the narrative and bring this enchanting tale to life.

  2. Cheetahs - When confronted by other predators, cheetahs opt for flight over fight. You would, too, if you could run up to 70 miles per hour. Cheetahs make a chase look easy, but hunting can be hard work. Find out how these speed demons of the savannah execute attacks and teach their young how to do the same.

  3. Keeping Up with Cheetah - Cheetah appreciates his friendship with Hippopotamus more when he learns there are more important qualities in a friend than being able to run fast.

  4. Cheetah Dreams - “Cheetahs are the most rapidly vanishing cat in Africa. The lyrical text shares dreams of a bright future for cheetahs while engaging sidebars provide a wealth of natural history information. From cleat-like feet to tear-marked faces, these majestic cats are highly adapted to life on the African plains. The fierce predators sprint after their prey at high-speed, an exhausting dash that leaves them ready for a nap! This rhythmic text will lull readers into cheetah dreams of their own”—

Cheetahs (Focus Readers: Animals of Africa: Beacon Level) book
Cheetahs (Focus Readers: Animals of Africa: Beacon Level)
Written and illustrated by Mary Meinking
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

Introduces readers to the life, diet, habitat, behavior, and physical description of cheetahs. Colorful spreads, fun facts, diagrams, a range map, and a special reading feature make this an exciting read for animal lovers and report writers alike.

How Cheetah Got His Tears book
How Cheetah Got His Tears
Written by Avril van der Merwe and illustrated by Heidi-Kate Greeff
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Cheetah boasts that, because he can run faster than any other animal, he is the real king of the beasts. Wining a race against the other animals only reinforces his posturing. He boasts that he can even run faster than the wind. The wind takes up the challenge, leading to an outcome that keeps cheetah’s tears running down his cheeks as a permanent reminder of his place in the natural world. How Cheetah Got His Tears is a story that warns of the perils of boasting, yet shows that the capacity to accept defeat with grace and humility can lead to reconciliation and acceptance.

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