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Deer, Moose And Caribou: Books For Kids

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

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 deer, moose and caribou, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like The Wild Christmas Reindeer to popular sellers like If You Give a Moose a Muffin to some of our favorite hidden gems like Olive, the Other Reindeer.

We hope this list of kids books about deer, moose and caribou 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.

Olive, the Other Reindeer
Written by Vivian Walsh & illustrated by J.otto Seibold
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Olive is merrily preparing for Christmas when suddenly she realizes “Olive… the other Reindeer… I thought I was a dog. Hmmm, I must be a Reindeer!” So she quickly hops aboard the polar express and heads to the North Pole. And while Santa and the other reindeer are a bit surprised that a dog wants to join the their team, in the end Olive and her unusual reindeer skills are just what Santa and his veteran reindeer team need. Colorful graphic illustrations accompany this zany dog story from the well-known author and artist team, Vivian and J.otto Seibold. Adorable Olive and her hilarious adventures are sure to make anyone’s Christmas merry.

Dasher
Written & illustrated by Matt Tavares
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From the celebrated creator of Red and Lulu comes the story of a brave little doe who meets Santa and changes Christmas forever. Dasher is an adventurous young reindeer with a wish in her heart. She spends her days with her family under the hot sun in a traveling circus, but she longs for a different life — one where there is snow beneath her hooves and the North Star above her head. One day, when the opportunity arises, Dasher seizes her destiny and takes off in pursuit of the life she wants to live. It’s not long before she meets a nice man in a red suit with a horse-drawn sleigh — a man named Santa. And soon, with the help of a powerful Christmas wish, nothing will be the same.

If You Give a Moose a Muffin
Written by Laura Numeroff & illustrated by Felicia Bond
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

If a big hungry moose comes to visit, you might give him a muffin to make him feel at home. If you give him a muffin, he’ll want some jam to go with it. When he’s eaten all your muffins, he’ll want to go to the store to get some more muffin mix. In this hilarious sequel to If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, the young host is again run ragged by a surprise guest. Young readers will delight in the comic complications that follow when a little boy entertains a gregarious moose.

This Moose Belongs to Me
Written & illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

From the illustrator of the #1 smash hit The Day the Crayons Quit comes the age-old tale of a boy and his moose . . .

Wilfred is a boy with rules. He lives a very orderly life. It’s fortunate, then, that he has a pet who abides by rules, such as not making noise while Wilfred educates him on his record collection. There is, however, one rule that Wilfred’s pet has difficulty following: Going whichever way Wilfred wants to go. Perhaps this is because Wilfred’s pet doesn’t quite realize that he belongs to anyone.

A moose can be obstinate in such ways.

Fortunately, the two manage to work out a compromise. Let’s just say it involves apples.

It's a Moose!
Written by Meg Rosoff & illustrated by David Ercolini
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From award-winning author Meg Rosoff comes this clever, laugh-out-loud picture book about a family’s surprising newest member—a moose!

When he first arrives, everyone is expecting the usual kind of baby. But right away, his family notices there’s something different about this one. Instead of two feet, he has four hooves. Instead of drinking milk, he eats twigs and weeds. Instead of a tiny human, they bring home a moose baby! With his long legs, silky ears, and sturdy antlers, the moose baby is admired everywhere he goes. Everyone wishes they had a moose baby too. But what will happen when he starts to outgrow their little home?

Here’s a delightfully quirky and completely irresistible new sibling picture book about the true meaning of family and the power of love to transcend any difference.

  • The Little Reindeer - “An original and entertaining Christmas story with its own understated charm.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “A quietly magical tale of holiday miracles and nighttime adventure.” —Publishers Weekly “Killen works magic through simplicity in this understated holiday story…A perfect bedtime read; little ones will cozy up to this sweet book and drift off on their own reindeer-fueled flights of fancy.” —Booklist “An elegant book that has a calming effect; a perfect holiday bedtime story.” —School Library Journal A HORN BOOK HOLIDAY HIGH NOTE An enchanting Christmas story about a magical yet unlikely friendship between a little girl and a lost reindeer sure to be a Christmas classic lovingly told and illustrated with red foil highlights and interactive die cuts. When a jingling sound wakes her from her sleep, a little girl’s dreams come true when she meets a lost reindeer in the forest. They set off on a magical adventure and it becomes a Christmas never to forget. Nicola Killen’s evocative illustrations are sure to enchant in this beautiful book with die cut pages, foil, and flashes of festive red.

  • Good Night Moose - Good Night Moose highlights the moose life cycle, moose calves, yearlings, adult moose, bull moose and cows, antlers, fur, moose hooves, a typical moose meal, moose tracks, moose in different habitats, and more! Welcome to the wonderful world of the moose! This book is part of the Good Night Our World Series, which includes hundred of titles exploring iconic locations and exciting themes. Young moose lovers will treasure this educational board book filled with exciting facts and colorful art!

  • The Only Child - Like Shaun Tan’s The Arrival and Raymond Briggs’s The Snowman, this gorgeous and imaginative 100-page graphic picture book is utterly transporting and original. A little girl—lost and alone—follows a mysterious stag deep into the woods, and, like Alice down the rabbit hole, she finds herself in a strange and wondrous world. But . . . home and family are very far away. How will she get back there? In this magnificently illustrated—and wordless—masterpiece, debut artist Guojing brilliantly captures the rich and deeply-felt emotional life of a child, filled with loneliness and longing as well as love and joy.

  • Duck, Duck, Moose - Duck’s best friend Goose is gone for winter and Duck is lonely. The animals try to cheer Duck, but Duck, Duck, Pig is too messy, and Duck, Duck, Moose is too scary. Will Duck be alone until Goose gets back? Or can Duck come up with a game they all can play?

The Reindeer Dance
Written by Christianne C. Jones & illustrated by Emma Randall
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Move those hooves and dance and prance like a reindeer in this interactive holiday board book. Fresh art and rhyming text will inspire both children and adults to get up and move during the cold winter days!

Snow Still
Written & illustrated by Holly Surplice
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A little fawn wakes up to discover that the world outside has changed after a snowfall. As he takes his first faltering steps into this exciting snow-white world, he finds there’s so much to discover and explore. And when it’s time to return to the warmth of home, his parents are waiting right there for him.

When a Tree Grows
Written by Cathy Ballou Mealey & illustrated by Kasia Nowowiejksa
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

When Moose rubs his antlers against the tree where Squirrel built his nest, he sets off a chain of comic catastrophes. The tree falls and wakes Bear, who stumbles into Moose, who causes a truck to swerve. But then Squirrel jumps onto that truck and ends up in the city, all alone. Who will help him get home? A sweet story of friendship, generosity, and how one fun thing leads to another.

Ernest, the Moose Who Doesn't Fit
Written & illustrated by Catherine Rayner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

Ernest is a rather large moose with a rather large problem. He is so big he can’t fit inside his book! Luckily, Ernest is also a very determined moose, and he and his little chipmunk friend aren’t going to give up easily. With some tape, odd bits of paper, and plenty of enthusiasm, the pair constructs an enormous gatefold page by themselves, and everything fits together in the end.

Too Many Moose
Written by Lisa M. Bakos & illustrated by Mark Chambers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Overview Too Many Moose! by Lisa M. Bakos, Mark Chambers When Martha gets an unusual pet, she’s delighted by all of the fun things they do together!

They shared an umbrella, They sipped maple tea. They carved hearts and ‘Ms On a mulberry tree.

If one moose is this marvelous, then more must be better! So, Martha quite merrily orders one more — and one more and one more and one more… until she’s in a major mess!

  • The Itsy Bitsy Reindeer - A merry Christmas twist on the favorite nursery rhyme “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”! The itsy bitsy reindeer worked up in Santa’s shop, helping the elves to do their Christmas job. Building the toys and singing songs of joy, as they wrapped all of the presents for every girl and boy. The itsy bitsy reindeer spreads holiday cheer as he helps Santa’s Workshop get ready for Christmas. Little ones will love this fresh holiday spin on the classic nursery rhyme, “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”!

  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Celebrate Christmas with this Classic Board Book edition of Robert L. May’s famous Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Every year at Christmastime, everyone—young and old alike—has one catchy, joy-inspiring song stuck in their heads: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!” Now fans of the most famous reindeer of all-time will fall in love with the original story, written by Robert L. May in 1939. Rudolph, a youthful reindeer buck who possesses an unusual luminous red nose, is teased and excluded by his peers because of this trait. One particularly stormy Christmas Eve, Rudolph manages to prove himself after Santa Claus catches sight of his nose and asks him to lead his sleigh for the evening. Rudolph agrees, saving Christmas, and is finally treated the way he deserves by his fellow reindeer!

  • The Antlered Ship - An inquisitive fox named Marco and a bored flock of pigeons join the crew of deer Captain Sylvia, setting sail in her antlered ship in search of a wonderful island and finding friendship on the way.

  • Ellie Steps Up to the Plate - When Ellie joins a softball team, she quickly realizes that the sport is harder than it looks! Is she meant only for the stage, not the field? And what happens when Ellie goes in search of a stray ball in the nearby and finds an injured baby deer? Illustrations.

Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too
Written & illustrated by Anna Dewdney
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Drawing.

Reading.

Building.

Painting.

These are things Nelly loves to do…but they’re always better with Daddy Gnu!

With fun-to-read rhyme, a little silliness, and a lot of warmth, Anna Dewdney—the creator of the beloved llama llama books—tells the story of a daughter and her daddy and their wonderful day together.

Babies in the Forest
Written by Ginger Swift & illustrated by Olivia Chin Mueller
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-5

Meet forest animals with Rusty and Ruby! This sturdy board book has especially thick flaps for baby to lift and grasp.Illustrations include lots of details to hold baby’s attention.

A Turkey for Thanksgiving
Written by Eve Bunting & illustrated by Diane DeGroat
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Mr. and Mrs. Moose try to invite a turkey to their Thanksgiving feast.

The Wild Christmas Reindeer
Written by Jan Brett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

After a few false starts, Teeka discovers the best way to get Santa’s reindeer ready for Christmas Eve.

Found
Written & illustrated by Salina Yoon
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

One day, Bear found something in the forest. When Bear finds a lost stuffed toy bunny in the forest, he begins to worry. After all, the stuffed bunny must feel lonely and want to return safely to its owner and home! But as Bear diligently searches for the bunny’s owner, posting notices high and low, he begins to grow attached to his newfound friend. What will happen when the bunny’s owner finally comes forward? Was Bear meant to find Bunny all along? Prolific author/illustrator Salina Yoon’s spare text and bright, energetic illustrations bring to life this endearing story celebrating love and friendship in many forms, reminding us that nothing is lost that is not meant to be found.

  • The Deer in the Wood - With the My First Little House picture book series, the youngest readers can share in the joy of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books in these illustrated adaptations of the beloved series! Laura and her sister Mary miss Pa when he goes into the woods to find food for their family. When he comes home, he tells them a very special story. Renee Graef’s illustrations are based on Garth Williams’ classic artwork.

  • The Littlest Reindeer - Dot may be the littlest reindeer in the North Pole, but she has a big desire to help Santa pull his sleigh! But Dot just can’t seem to fly the right way, no matter how hard she runs, leaps, and kicks. Will Dot learn to fly, or is the littlest reindeer just too little?

  • Rudolph Shines Again - Celebrate the spirit of Christmas with this Classic Board Book edition of Robert L. May’s famous sequel to the holiday classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! Every year at Christmastime, everyone—young and old alike—has one catchy, joy-inspiring song stuck in their heads: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!” Fans of the most famous reindeer of all can travel to the North Pole again in this enchanting and uplifting holiday sequel! It’s another dark, snowy Christmas Eve and Santa needs Rudolph to guide his sleigh. But Rudolph’s nose has lost its bright red glow! Certain there’s no way he’ll be of any use to Santa this Christmas, Rudolph runs away. But on his journey, something magical happens. By helping strangers in need, Rudolph rediscovers his inner light and becomes a hero once more!

  • Zoe and the Fawn - Zoe and her father are delighted to come across a fawn in the forest. But the fawn is alone—where is its mother? Join Zoe on her quest for the deer, as she encounters animals and learns their syilx (Okanagan) names along the way. Repetition of phrased questions will enhance success for beginning readers while creating a playful rhythm for young listeners.

This Little Reindeer
Written by Aly Fronis & illustrated by Luke Flowers
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A fun, Christmas-themed twist on the classic nursery rhyme “This Little Piggy”! This little reindeer went to market. This little reindeer loaded the sleigh. This little reindeer did some stretching. And this little reindeer mapped the way. These little reindeer have a lot of work to do to prepare for Chistmas! One goes to the market, one loads Santa’s sleigh, one stretches, one cooks some treats, and one plays in the snow. Now they’re all ready to deliver presents and wish you a Merry Christmas!

Hat Tricks
Written & illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Meet Hattie the magician―she’s a natural performer, and you’re invited to her magic show.

Abracadabra, katakurico! Oh, goodness! Out pops a cat from Hattie’s magic hat. Can you guess what creature will appear from the magic hat next? Follow along as Hattie conjures up a parade of animals from her magic hat, and don’t miss the grand finale!

From renowned author and illustrator Satoshi Kitamura, this humorous story is a delightful choice for audience participation.

The Great Reindeer Rebellion
Written by Lisa Trumbauer & illustrated by Jannie Ho
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-10

In verse reminiscent of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” tells of the year the reindeer went on strike, forcing Santa to audition a series of other animals to take over their job.

A Moose That Says Moo
Written by Jennifer Hamburg & illustrated by Sue Truesdell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

From jump-roping skunks to book-reading sharks, the animals in this girl’s make-believe zoo will do whatever she wants. Messing with nature is fun at first, until we see how hilariously wrong things go. Oinking otters! Picketing ground hogs! Stage-crashing pigs! What could be next? With deadpan text and eye-popping art, this raucous picture book A Moose That Says Moo builds gleefully to a riot of craziness that brings the whole fantasy tumbling down—in a comedic warning against imaginary menageries that kids will find hilarious.

XO, OX
Written by Adam Rex & illustrated by Scott Campbell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Dear Gazelle,For some time now I have wanted to write a letter to say how much I admire you. You are so graceful and fine. Even when you are running from tigers you are like a ballerina who is running away from tigers.I think that what I’m trying to say is that I love you.XO,OXAnd so begins an epic, if initially unrequited, love affair between a graceful gazelle and a clumsy, hapless ox. Romance will never be the same. Adam Rex’s hilarious, sweet, and at times heartbreaking letters between a hopelessly romantic ox and a conceited, beautiful gazelle is paired perfectly with Scott Campbell’s joyful illustrations to bring you a romance for the ages.

  • Awesome! - Marvin the moose and Woody the beaver are best friends, but after a heroic deed Marvin is too popular to have time for Woody, who sets out to prove that he is awesome, too.

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