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Donkeys: Books For Kids

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

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

Our list includes picture books. 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. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about donkeys, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like The Wonky Donkey to popular sellers like Sylvester and the Magic Pebble.

We hope this list of kids books about donkeys can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
Written & illustrated by William Steig
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

On a rainy day, Sylvester finds a magic pebble that can make wishes come true. But when a lion frightens him on his way home, Sylvester makes a wish that brings unexpected results. How Sylvester is eventually reunited with his loving family and restored to his true self makes a story that is beautifully tender and filled with true magic. Illustrated with William Steig’s glowing pictures, this is a modern classic beloved by children everywhere. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble is a winner of the Caldecott Medal.

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The Wonky Donkey
Written by Craig Smith & illustrated by Katz Cowley
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

Kids will love this cumulative and hysterical read-aloud!

“I was walking down the road and I saw . . .
A donkey,
Hee Haw!
And he only had three legs!
He was a wonky donkey.”

Children will be in fits of laughter with this perfect read-aloud tale of an endearing donkey. By the book’s final page, readers end up with a spunky, hanky-panky, cranky, stinky, dinky, lanky, honky-tonky, winky wonky donkey!

Thank you!

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Mary's Little Donkey
Written by Gunhild Sehlin & illustrated by Helene Muller
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

“Muller’s richly detailed illustrations emphasize Mary’s humility and serenity.”-Publisher’s Weekly A long time ago in the Holy Land lived a scruffy little donkey who hated hard work. And then he met gentle, kind Mary, and his world changed forever. When Mary and Joseph have to travel the long journey to Bethlehem, who can they rely on to get them there safely? This is a unique version of the traditional nativity story, told from the child-friendly perspective of the little donkey, who grows in confidence and pride as Mary and Joseph place their trust in him. The story ends with the wonder of the birth of Jesus, and the little donkey’s promise to keep looking after his new family. Adapted for younger children from Gunhild Sehlin’s classic chapter book, this Christmas story is sumptuously illustrated by Hélène Muller, with marvellous details of the Holy Land.

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An Angel Came to Nazareth
Written & illustrated by Maggie Kneen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

As the first Christmas draws near, four travelers must make their way from Nazareth to Bethlehem. An angel asks four animals to choose which traveler they would like to carry. The horse chooses the brave soldier; the camel, the wise king; the ox, the good Samaritan. But the donkey, who chooses the poor woman with child, discovers that his humble-looking passenger is the one carrying the greatest of them all. With its simple rhymes, lavish illustrations and eye-catching foil throughout, this book conveys the very special spirit of the Christmas season.

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Cowie
Written & illustrated by Elizabeth Rose Stanton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Cowie is a donkey who feels like a cow on the inside. Will his friends help him make his dream come true? Find out in this sweetly told story about discovering your true self.

Cowie was born a donkey but he knows he’s meant to be a cow. He wants to be a cow. Cows can graze in the meadow all day long and no one asks them to carry heavy packages. So, he stands with the cows in the barn but nothing happens. Will his dream ever come true, he wonders. Can Mousie and Duckie help Cowie feel happy in his own skin?

Lulu & Pip book
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The Dinky Donkey book
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I Yam a Donkey! book
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The Very Helpful Hedgehog book
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  • Lulu & Pip - Lulu takes her doll Pip on a camping trip, where they make friends with an old donkey, build a tent, eat dessert over a campfire, and fall asleep underneath the stars.

  • The Dinky Donkey - The Wonky Donkey has a daughter in this hilarious sequel to the runaway hit!
    Wonky Donkey had a child,
    it was a little girl.
    Hee Haw!
    The laugh-out-loud follow-up to the viral sensation The Wonky Donkey is finally here! Featuring playful verses by Craig Smith and charming illustrations by Katz Cowley, The Dinky Donkey follows the same formula that made its predecessor a worldwide hit. Readers will love the antics of this stinky punky plinky-plonky winky-tinky pinky funky blinky dinky donkey!

  • I Yam a Donkey! - Even frustrated grammarians will giggle at the who’s-on-first routine that begins with a donkey’s excited announcement, “I yam a donkey!” Unfortunately the donkey’s audience happens to be a yam, and one who is particular about sloppy pronunciation and poor grammar. An escalating series of misunderstandings leaves the yam furious and the clueless donkey bewildered by the yam’s growing (and amusing) frustration. The yam finally gets his point across, but regrettably, he’s made the situation a little bit too clear . . . and the story ends with a dark and outrageously funny twist.

  • The Very Helpful Hedgehog - Isaac is a hedgehog who has only ever been alone – and that is the way he likes it. One day an apple falls from a tree and sticks onto the spines on his back. He wiggles and jiggles, but he cannot get it off. As he struggles to remove the apple, help comes in the unexpected form of a donkey who cannot reach the apples which fall outside of his paddock. Isaac learns that it is better to have a friend and to be helpful than to be on your own all of the time. Approximately 450 words/Age range: 3-6 years.

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