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Looking for a list of the best kids books about ducks?

It seems that ducks are one of the first animals that we want to teach our kids about. What does the duck say? Quack! Quack! A friendly game of Duck, Duck, Goose. Throwing bread into the duck pond. Tons of fun comes from these small friends. Not to mention the whole slew of books about them! Enjoy our favorites below.

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Top 10 Books About Ducks

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Make Way for Ducklings
Written & illustrated by Robert McCloskey
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

Mrs. Mallard was sure that the pond in the Boston Public Gardens would be a perfect place for her and her eight ducklings to live. The problem was how to get them there through the busy streets of Boston. But with a little help from the Boston police, Mrs. Mallard and Jack, Kack, Lack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack arive safely at their new home.

This brilliantly illustrated, amusingly observed tale of Mallards on the move has won the hearts of generations of readers. Awarded the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children in 1941, it has since become a favorite of millions.

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Hit the Ball Duck
Written & illustrated by Jez Alborough
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

When Duck hits the ball into a tree during a friendly game of baseball, he and his animal friends try to work together to get it back.

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Duck and Goose, 1, 2, 3
Written & illustrated by Tad Hills
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I love all of Tad Hills books. His illustrations are particularly enjoyable. Right now my one and a half year old carries this book around and says, "eight eyes." Because he can say it so clearly, when not a lot of his other words are understandable, we all know that he loves this book. It is very cute with a bright and sunshiny feel.
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Recommend Ages: 1-2

Duck and Goose introduce the numbers from one to ten, from one goose to ten butterflies.

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I Wish that I Had Duck Feet
Written by Dr. Seuss and Theo LeSieg & illustrated by B. Tobey
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Recommend Ages: 6-9

A boy imagines what it would be like if he had such things as duck feet, a whale spout, and an elephant’s trunk, but eventually realizes that he is better off just being himself. Reissue.

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Duck! Rabbit!
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

Two unseen characters argue about whether the creature they are looking at is a rabbit or a duck.

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The Adventures of Lucky Duck
Written by Suzan Kayaalp
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Recommend Ages: 8-10

This heartwarming adventure of Lucky Macy, a mallard, is based on a true story of a duckling found in the early spring of 2006. Lucky’s adventures began after her egg was found in front of Macy’s department store near Livingston, New Jersey, by two kind farm girls, Annie and Marie Williams, who welcomed the duckling into their lives and hearts as the newest member of their family. Follow as Annie; Marie; a miniature horse named Lita; Sydney, a self-centered sparrow; and Chippy, an easy-going chipmunk, join in the fun of helping Lucky discover not only what she is but also about the value of family. In time, Lucky will realize that family is made up of the ones who love you regardless of who you are.

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Duck, Duck, Moose
Written & illustrated by Joy Heyer
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Recommend Ages: 0-8

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?

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Giggle, Giggle, Quack
Written by Doreen Cronin & illustrated by Betsy Lewin
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

Farmer Brown is going on vacation. He asks his brother, Bob, to take care of the animals. “But keep an eye on Duck. He’s trouble.” Bob follows the instructions in Farmer Brown’s notes exactly. Is that giggling he hears?

Giggle, giggle, quack, giggle, moo, giggle, oink…

Duck, the cows, the hens and the pigs are back in this Classic Board Book™ edition!

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Duck for President
Written by Doreen Cronin & illustrated by Betsy Lewin
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Recommend Ages: 4-7

It is our pleasure, our honor, our duty as citizens to present to you Duck for President. Here is a duck who began in a humble pond. Who worked his way to farmer. To governor. And now, perhaps, to the highest office in the land.

Some say, if he walks like a duck and talks like a duck, he is a duck.

We say, if he walks like a duck and talks like a duck, he will be the next president of the United States of America.

Thank you for your vote.

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Just a Duck?
Written & illustrated by Carin Bramsen
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Carin Bramsen's illustrations are stunning and beautiful, and her tale is just as impressive. Clever rhymes share a meaningful story about the unique talents of each person (and duck) and how what may seem simple to us can be very helpful to someone else!
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

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Books About Ducks and Friendship

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The Adventures of Lucky Duck
Written by Suzan Kayaalp
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Recommend Ages: 8-10

This heartwarming adventure of Lucky Macy, a mallard, is based on a true story of a duckling found in the early spring of 2006. Lucky’s adventures began after her egg was found in front of Macy’s department store near Livingston, New Jersey, by two kind farm girls, Annie and Marie Williams, who welcomed the duckling into their lives and hearts as the newest member of their family. Follow as Annie; Marie; a miniature horse named Lita; Sydney, a self-centered sparrow; and Chippy, an easy-going chipmunk, join in the fun of helping Lucky discover not only what she is but also about the value of family. In time, Lucky will realize that family is made up of the ones who love you regardless of who you are.

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Duck, Duck, Moose
Written & illustrated by Joy Heyer
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Recommend Ages: 0-8

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?

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Duck in the Truck
Written & illustrated by Kane/Miller Book Publishers
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Recommend Ages: 1-5

Duck’s truck is stuck in the muck. Who will help him out?

First, frog lends a hand. Then sheep helps push, too. But duck’s truck won’t come unstuck! Can anyone help him get out of the muck? Or is duck out of luck?

Find out in this rollicking read-aloud by the inimitable Jez Alborough.

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  1. Duck for a Day - When Abby’s class gets a pet duck named Max, she is eager to take it home overnight, especially since her parents will not let her have a pet.

  2. Ruby & Rufus - In this preschool tale from the world of Gossie & Friends, water-loving goslings Ruby and Rufus play on the pond come rain, sleet, snow, or shine!

  3. Splish, Splash, Ducky! - Oh, goody, hooray! It’s raining today. When I’m feeling happy. I say quack, quack, quack. Ducky Duckling has so much fun in the rain! Readers will be happy to splish, splash, and paddle along with on Ducky’s adventures with a frog and a worm, a bug and a slug, some swans and some fish. But what happens when the rain stops and Ducky feels sad? Can Dad save the day and bring sunshine back into those “quack, quack, quacks”? Revel in the rain with a little duckling and friends in a bright adventure from the creator of Maisy that kids will find just ducky.

  4. Peep and Ducky Rainy Day - What has more play potential than a rainy day? Peep and Ducky return in a splashy story that begs to be read aloud. When Peep visits Ducky on a rainy day, the little pals have no trouble finding things to do. Inside, there is a tent to build and a pillow fight to be had. And outside, with the help of galoshes and umbrella, it’s fun to captain a boat—until a whoosh of wind and a clap of thunder sends them running back in! Perfectly tuned to a toddler sensibility, this exuberant tale will enchant both listener and reader.

Books About Ducks and Farms

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Giggle, Giggle, Quack
Written by Doreen Cronin & illustrated by Betsy Lewin
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

Farmer Brown is going on vacation. He asks his brother, Bob, to take care of the animals. “But keep an eye on Duck. He’s trouble.” Bob follows the instructions in Farmer Brown’s notes exactly. Is that giggling he hears?

Giggle, giggle, quack, giggle, moo, giggle, oink…

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Duck on a Tractor
Written & illustrated by David Shannon
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Pleased with his success in riding a bike, Duck decides to drive the farm tractor, and invites all the other farm animals along for the ride–all the way to town.

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Farmer Duck
Written by Martin Waddell & illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

Tired of having to do all the work for a lazy farmer, Farmer Duck collapses from exhaustion, but the farmyard animals come up with an ingenious rescue scheme designed to teach the slothful farmer a much-needed lesson.

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  1. Click, Clack, Surprise! - Little Duck learns how to celebrate his birthday with a little help from all the other animals on the farm in this charming picture book from the award-winning duo, Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin. Happy first birthday, Little Duck! Everyone wants to look their best for the party. But Little Duck has never had a birthday before—so how better to learn how to prepare than to do what all the other animals do! The sheep trim their wool—so Little Duck trims her feathers. The pigs need a mud bath—so Little Duck quish and quashes, too. All over the barnyard Little Duck snips, slurps, squishes, and shimmy shakes herself ready until…WHOOPS! It’s party picture time—and Little Duck is a big mess. No matter—it’s not something Farmer Brown’s frosted maple cake can’t fix!

  2. A Duckling Called Button - In the second tale in a heartwarming new chapter-book series, aspiring veterinarian Jasmine Green hatches a plan to save a clutch of duck eggs.

  3. Click, Clack, Quack to School! - Farmer Brown has been invited to be a guest at the elementary school’s Farm Day! The animals excitedly practice their best classroom behavior: standing quietly in line, using their inside voices, and learning how to share. But then they find out that farm animals aren’t actually allowed in school (who knew they were considered a health code violation?!). Rules are rules, so Farmer Brown goes to school solo—or so he thinks…for while our favorite barnyard bunch don’t get high marks in rules, they do excel in disguise.

  4. Duck! - In this funny nod to Chicken Little, a quiet afternoon on the farm might be the scene of a barnyard disaster waiting to happen. When Duck runs around the farm shouting “DUCK!” to the other animals, they grow exasperated as they haughtily explain to Duck which animal is which. Unfortunately, something is falling from the sky. But perhaps “DUCK!” isn’t the best warning. Perhaps what Duck should have said is . . . “RUN!”

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Books About Ducks and Counting And Numbers

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Duck and Goose, 1, 2, 3
Written & illustrated by Tad Hills
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I love all of Tad Hills books. His illustrations are particularly enjoyable. Right now my one and a half year old carries this book around and says, "eight eyes." Because he can say it so clearly, when not a lot of his other words are understandable, we all know that he loves this book. It is very cute with a bright and sunshiny feel.
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Duck and Goose introduce the numbers from one to ten, from one goose to ten butterflies.

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Five Little Ducks
Written by Raffi & illustrated by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

When her five little ducks disappear one by one, Mother Duck sets out to find them. On board pages.

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One Duck Stuck
Written by Phyllis Root & illustrated by Jane Chapman
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

Count all of the animals who come splishing, plunking, slooshing to the rescue in this counting board book! (ages 2 months-2years)

Can two fish, tails going swish, help? Will three moose, munching on spruce, be able to pull the unlucky duck out of the muck? Now perfectly sized for small hands, this counting rhyme is a feast of sounds and numbers that will have young listeners scrambling to join the slippy, sloppy fun!

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  1. Quack! - Ducks will be ducks in this silly story that encourages little ones to march to their own beat and be true to themselves. Readers will love to giggle and count along as our little duck friend encounters a growing number of silly animals in this hilarious read that also teaches counting from one to eleven.

  2. Five Little Ducks - All children love this traditional rhyme and singing along will help to develop number skills. Bouncy illustrations, innovative die cutting and popular rhymes make Books with Holes a must for every child. Available in three formats, suitable for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and the nursery or classroom.

  3. Little Quack's Hide and Seek - Little Quack's Mama is counting to ten in a game of hide-and-seek. The ducklings find places to hide...all except Little Quack. Where should he hide? Laugh along with the cutest duck family ever in this new Classic Board Book edition!

Books About Ducks and Baby Animals

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Just a Duck?
Written & illustrated by Carin Bramsen
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

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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. Go, Go, Go - 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.

  2. 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…

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

Books About Ducks and Bears

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Room for Bear
Written & illustrated by Ciara Gavin
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

A huggable picture-book debut about a bear who doesn’t quite fit—perfect for fans of Karma Wilson’s Bear Snores On and Philip C. Snead & Erin Stead’s Bear Has a Story to Tell.

When Bear wakes up one spring, he goes in search of a new home. And he thinks he’s found the perfect place. Unfortunately, things are a bit . . . snug.

Can five little ducks find room for one big bear in their home—and in their hearts? Ciara Gavin’s luminous picture-book debut explores the unconditional love of families in all their colors, shapes, and sizes.

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Bear Is Not Tired
Written & illustrated by Ciara Gavin
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

Bear and his duck family do everything together. That is, until winter arrives. Bear is supposed to hibernate this time of year, but he doesn’t want to miss out on any of the fun. But can Bear really stay awake all winter long? Gentle humor and endearing illustrations bring a delightful twist to a bedtime routine that children and their parents will easily recognize.

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Somewhere Else
Written & illustrated by Gus Gordon
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

George has absolutely no interest in exploring the world. None at all.

He’s far too busy enjoying his home life and baking delicious pastries. Or so he tells all his friends when they invite him along on their wonderful adventures.

But when George’s friend Pascal digs a little deeper, the real reason George refuses to travel away from home is finally revealed . . . From the children’s book author of the acclaimed Herman and Rosie comes Gus Gordon’s Somewhere Else.

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  1. Bear Likes Jam - In their blended family, Mama Duck worries when Bear eats too much jam, but when the ducklings play a game with their vegetables, Bear starts to eat the strange green things on his plate.

  2. Bear and Duck - Debut author-illustrator Katy Hudson brings to life characters Bear and Duck in this hilarious story about a bear who is fed up being a bear and wants to be a duck. Bear is sick and tired of being a bear. Who wants to sleep all winter? His fur feels so hot in the summer. And the bees . . . there are just too many angry bees! Bear is done being a bear. But when he sees a line of happy yellow ducklings, he has a thought. What if he could be a duck? With a few duck lessons from Duck, Bear learns that being a duck is fun; but as it turns out, Bear realizes he makes a really good bear . . . and he makes a really good friend along the way. Young readers will delight in the hilarious relationship between Bear and Duck.

  3. Bearnard's Book - Bearnard’s Book by writer Deborah Underwood and illustrator Misa Saburi is a charming picture book about a bear who discovers that to shine in his own story, he just needs to be himself.

  4. Goodnight Already! - Meet Bear. He’s exhausted. All he wants is to go to sleep. Meet Duck, Bear’s persistent next-door neighbor. All he wants is to hang out . . . with Bear. Jory John, author of Penguin Problems and The Bad Seed, and Benji Davies, creator of The Storm Whale, join together to create this standout hilarious picture book that will make bedtime memorable.

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Books About Ducks and Cats

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Hey, Duck!
Written & illustrated by Carin Bramsen
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

Carin Bramsen’s Duck and Cat make their board book debut! A small little duckling is trying to befriend another duck, but what if that “duck” . . . is actually a cat? Toddlers will love this quack-tastic story about fun and friendship.

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Pumpkin Soup
Written & illustrated by Helen Cooper
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

By the Kate Greenaway Medalist Deep in the woods in an old white cabin, three friends make their pumpkin soup the same way every day. The Cat slices up the pumpkin, the Squirrel stirs in the water, and the Duck tips in just enough salt. But one day the Duck wants to stir instead, and then there is a horrible squabble, and he leaves the cabin in a huff. It isn’t long before the Cat and the Squirrel start to worry about him and begin a search for their friend. Rendered in pictures richly evoking autumn, Helen Cooper’s delightful story will resonate for an child who has known the difficulties that come with friendship. Included at the end is a recipe for delicious pumpkin soup.

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Sleepover Duck!
Written & illustrated by Carin Bramsen
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

It’s Duck’s very first sleepover… and it’s in Cat’s barn! But a “Hooot, Hooot” is keeping Duck from getting any sleep. So Duck and Cat set off to search high and low to find out just who is doing all that hooting. Full of your favorite barnyard animals and their memorable sounds, young readers will love this delightfully funny and endearing story.

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  1. 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.

  2. Splat the Cat and the Duck with No Quack - A duck with no quack? Who has ever heard of that? Certainly not Splat--and he decides to investigate. Beginning readers will love the zany wordplay in this Splat book!

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Books About Ducks and Farm Animals

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Duck on a Bike
Written & illustrated by David Shannon
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

One day down on the farm, Duck got a wild idea. “I bet I could ride a bike,” he thought. He waddled over to where the boy parked his bike, climbed on and began to ride. At first he rode slowly and he wobbled a lot, but it was fun! Duck rode past Cow and waved to her. “Hello, Cow!” said Duck. “Moo,” said Cow. But what she thought was, “A duck on a bike? That’s the silliest thing I’ve ever seen!”

And so Duck rides past sheep, horse, and all the other barnyard animals. Suddenly, a group of kids ride by on their bikes and run into the farmhouse, leaving the bikes outside. Now ALL the animals can ride bikes, just like Duck!

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Mrs. Wishy-Washy's Farm
Written by Joy Cowley & illustrated by Elizabeth Fuller
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

Tired of being washed by Mrs. Wishy-Washy, a cow, pig, and duck leave her farm and head for the city.

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Duck Soup (Max the Duck)
Written & illustrated by Jackie Urbanovic
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Recommend Ages: 3-6

Max the duck is cooking up an amazing soup. But what’s this? A feather floating in the soup! And where’s Max? Brody the dog, Dakota the cat, and Bebe the bird race about in their hilarious search for the missing Max. But remember, sometimes things just aren’t as they appear.

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  1. Mr. Duck Means Business - Mr. Duck enjoys a quiet morning routine on his private pond every day until other animals mistakenly think he has invited them to join him, in a simple tale that illustrates the importance of friendship.

  2. Thump, Quack, Moo: A Whacky Adventure - It’s time for the annual Corn Maze Festival. <p/> The farm is bursting with activity. <p/> Cluck<br> Whack! <p/> The chickens build a fence around the cornfield. <p/> Moo<br> Thwack! <p/> The cows give the barn a fresh coat of paint. <p/> Thump. Quack! <p/> Duck builds the ticket booth for the hot-air balloon ride. <p/> Everyone is excited. Well, Duck is not excited exactly. But he has a plan. As Farmer Brown designs the corn maze for the festival, Duck does some designing of his own. Guess who’s in for a big surprise? <p/> The always-creative, always-hilarious, always-champions-of-corn-mazes pair who brought you <i>Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type</i>; <i>Giggle, Giggle, Quack</i>; and <i>Duck for President</i> have planned a terrific event. Step right up, folks.

  3. Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho! - As Farmer Brown prepares the house for Christmas, Duck tries to play Santa–but he gets stuck in the chimney, along with all the other animals who try to help.

  4. Chicken, Chicken, Duck! - Easy-to-read, rhythmic text about a group of farm animals, led by a tenacious duck, who play a noisy game together.

Books About Ducks and Family

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My Brother the Duck
Written by Pat Zietlow Miller & illustrated by Daniel Wiseman
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

A new sibling book with humor, heart, and a dash of the scientific process sure to delight young readers.

Is Stella’s new baby brother a duck? All the evidence seems to be pointing in that direction, but Stella knows that scientists can’t just wing it. Further research is definitely required.

This sweet and silly book is just ducky for new siblings, fledgling scientists and anyone who loves a good laugh.

• Read-aloud books for children and siblings • New baby gift for siblings • Pat Zietlow Miller has published numerous children’s books, including the critically acclaimed Be Kind.

Picture-book-reading new siblings who enjoyed The New Small Person, Little Miss Big Sis, and Julius Baby of the World will love the sweet and silly humor of My Brother the Duck.

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Ducks!
Written by Deborah Underwood & illustrated by T. L. McBeth
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

A funny, visual story from Bearnard’s Book author Deborah Underwood, about a duck who wanders away from the rest of the flock and must find the way back.

Ducks. Ducks? NO DUCKS!

Duck wanders away from the pond for a moment and returns to find the other ducks gone! Searching high and low, Duck discovers many clues around the city―footprints, feathers, eggs―but no ducks. Will Duck’s feathered friends finally be found?

With spare storytelling and lots of visual jokes, this is a funny and sweet celebration of family.

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Follow Me, Flo!
Written & illustrated by Jarvis
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

Can Flo follow Daddy Duck on their outing, or will she get distracted? A lively read-aloud and visual treat from author-illustrator Jarvis.

When Flo and her daddy go to visit a relative’s new nest, Daddy Duck says Flo must follow him or she’ll get lost. Together, they sing a song with all the directions for the journey – up, down, in, and out. But Flo starts to make up her own words, and soon she gets so carried away that she wanders off. Oh, no – now a fox is following Flo! Where is Daddy Duck? What are the words to his song again? Jarvis’s cheerful illustrations and charming text will have young readers following and singing along with Flo.

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  1. Duck, Duck, Dinosaur and the Noise at Night - Feather, Flap, and Spike are spending their first night in their very own nest. They tell stories and snuggle up to get a good night’s sleep, until . . . GRRORE! What’s that scary-sounding noise? Young readers will find both humor and comfort in this cozy bedtime story, perfect for anybody who’s ever been nervous about a mysterious noise at night.

  2. The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling - Expect something unexpected when a duckling lost at sea adopts a musical friend in a whimsical, heart-lifting story from Timothy Basil Ering.

  3. Let's Feed the Ducks! - When a brother and sister go on a walk to feed the ducks, they come across many different animals with different sounds–but where are the quacking ducks? Young readers will learn to identify and connect different animals and sounds in this delightful and engaging story.

  4. The Odd Egg - Each of the birds has an egg…except for Duck. So when Duck finds a beautiful egg of his own he’s delighted – even though the other birds make fun of it. But everyone’s in for a BIG surprise when his egg finally hatches! The witty text and playful illustrations appear on cleverly designed cut pages that allow the visual jokes to unfold.

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Books About Ducks and Social Themes

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Ruff!: And the Wonderfully Amazing Busy Day
Written & illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Meet Ruff the Dog, star of the picture book Ruff! And the Wonderfully Amazing Busy Day. He’s an adorable new animal character created by bestselling illustrator Caroline Jayne Church. What Ruff wants most is to make some friends. He accidentally digs up the house of a little grey mouse named Hubble. By the time Ruff helps Hubble make a new home, he has a friend. Then he and Hubble decide to help Lottie, a duck who has also lost her home. And soon Ruff has a second friend! Caroline Jayne Chruch’s full-color illustrations bring all the animals in her charming story to life.

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The Little Duckling Who Wouldn't Get Wet
Written by Gek Tessaro
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

Little Duckling will get wet. . . . but only when it’s ready!

All ducks must swim, says the big duck. But the little duckling isn’t ready to swim–not yet. One by one, other animals come to try to convince the little duckling to jump in. They push and shove, but the little duckling is firm: not yet!

With irresistible art and a story that builds and builds as the duckling stands firm, this is a perfect read-aloud that encourages young listeners to think about their own needs and keep healthy boundaries–and to be brave when they are ready to try something new.

From the hilarious pile of animals trying to get little duckling to dive in, to the final view of little duckling swimming along happily, Gek Tessaro’s colorful, cut-paper collage art is lively and reminiscent of classics like Eric Carle’s Very Hungry Caterpillar. With its patterned text and unexpected, hilarious ending, this is a perfect read-aloud, sure to provide an engaging experience.

A Junior Library Guild Selection!

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How to Be a Lion
Written & illustrated by Ed Vere
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

In this timely and charming story about the importance of being true to yourself, mindfulness, and standing by your friends, we meet Leonard, a lion, and his best friend Marianne, a… duck. Leonard and Marianne have a happy life together—talking, playing, writing poems, and making wishes—until one day a pack of bullies questions whether it’s right for a lion and a duck to be pals. Leonard soon learns there are many ways to be a lion, and many ways to be a friend, and that sometimes finding just the right words can change the world…

This sweet, funny, thoughtful, and much-needed story will open up readers’ eyes to the importance of being who they are and not backing down to hurtful criticism. It’s an empowering tale about connecting with others and choosing kindness over bullying, and shows children how angry and provocative words can be overcome by empathy and courage.

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  1. Little Quack's Bedtime - Good night, little ducklings, good night!

  2. The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! - Pigeon learns about sharing when a curious duckling keeps asking questions about the hot dog Pigeon has found.

  3. Five Little Ducks Go to School - It’s time for the five little ducklings to go to school. Four of the little ducklings shout, “YIPPEE! HOORAY! OH BOY! THAT’S COOL!” The fifth little duckling sobs, “BOO-HOO! I won’t go to school! I’m going to miss you!” But when Mama reminds them, “Even though we’ll be apart, we’ll still be in each other’s heart,” the little ducklings go forth and soon discover “School is great!”

  4. Duck and Goose - It’s an unforgettable children’s classic starring two beloved characters, and a must-have for any child’s home library. Meet Duck and Goose, two young birds who mistake a polka-dot ball for an egg and have to master the art of cooperation—and sharing—to take care of it. But friendship is not always easy, as proved in this funny, accessible story. Young readers will instantly recognize themselves in these adorable and eternally optimistic characters. And this beautiful keepsake edition features extra content from the author on how to draw Duck & Goose.

Books About Ducks and First Concepts

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Mail Duck: A Book of Shapes and Surprises
Written & illustrated by Erica Sirotich
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Recommend Ages: 1-3

Come along on Mail Duck’s delivery route for a day full of lift-the-flap surprises!

Mail Duck is delivering differently shaped packages to all his friends on his mail route. (Trudy likes triangles, and Harry likes hearts!) Lift the flaps to peek inside and guess what each friend received. Then head back to the post office for a big surprise: a thank-you celebration for Mail Duck planned by all his pals using the various packages they received throughout the story! Sixteen flaps and a final double-gatefold spread give readers plenty of sweet and silly details to unpack in this charming board book.

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10 Little Rubber Ducks
Written & illustrated by Eric Carle
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Recommend Ages: 2-4

Ahoy! Here We Go Around the World with 10 Little Rubber Ducks “Ducks overboard!” shouts the captain, as a giant wave washes a box of 10 little rubber ducks off his cargo ship and into the sea. The 10 little rubber ducks are swept away in various directions. One drifts west, where a friendly dolphin jumps over it. A whale sings to another. But, as the sun sets, the 10th little rubber duck is left all alone, bobbing helplessly on the big wide sea. Small readers and listeners will empathize with the little duck’s plight – and will rejoice at the heartwarming surprise ending. In this poignant and funny story, illustrated with strikingly designed collages, Eric Carle also takes readers on an exciting voyage of discovery. Following the little ducks as they float to all parts of the globe, young explorers can see for themselves the meanings of directional words, and learn simple math concepts such as counting and the use of cardinal and ordinal numbers. Each creature the ducks meet is seen in its own habitat and behaves in a true-to-life manner, offering a very simple first view of biology and geography. All aboard for a world of learning and fun!

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Duck & Goose, How Are You Feeling?
Written & illustrated by Tad Hills
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Recommend Ages: 1-3

Duck and Goose help toddlers learn about their feelings in this board book that’s perfect for reading 1, 2, 3 times per year and more! Duck and Goose are back in their third board book appearance. All the favorite characters, including Bluebird and Thistle, return–this time to help toddlers learn about their feelings. Following on the heels of the hugely successful What’s Up, Duck? and Duck & Goose 1,2,3, this charming board book uses simple text and colorful illustrations to help preschoolers identify familiar feelings like happy, sad, scared, and proud.

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  1. Have You Seen My Duckling? Board Book - An anxious mother duck leads her brood around the pond as she searches for one missing duckling.

  2. First 100 Animals - Taking your fondness and passion for the animals to another level of greatness with our first 100 Animals Book so that you could sharpen your learning perspectives with ease. With my first animal books, we take pride in providing the most initial publishing regarding animals.

Books About Ducks and Detectives

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Bicycle To Treachery
Written & illustrated by Robert Quackenbush
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Recommend Ages: 5-8

World-famous duck-tective Miss Mallard unravels a dangerous smuggling operation in this engaging Aladdin QUIX mystery.

Miss Mallard runs into danger when she unwittingly uncovers a smuggling operation while on a bicycle trip across Holland.

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Bicycle to Treachery: A Miss Mallard Mystery
Written & illustrated by Robert Quackenbush
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Recommend Ages: 5-8

While on a bicycle trip across Holland, Miss Mallard runs into danger when she unwittingly uncovers a smuggling operation.

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Stairway to Doom: A Miss Mallard Mystery
Written & illustrated by Robert Quackenbush
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Recommend Ages: 6-8

As one of thirteen guests invited to historic Duckinbill Castle to hear the will of her late great-aunt, Miss Mallard finds that other guests have disappeared overnight and it is up to her to solve the mystery.

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  1. Express Train to Trouble: A Miss Mallard Mystery - When troublesome George Ruddy Duck disappears on the express train to Cairo, Miss Mallard applies her detective genius to find out what happened and save the reputation of the train.

  2. Dig to Disaster: A Miss Mallard Mystery - World-famous duck-tective Miss Mallard must discover who is terrorizing an archaeological expedition in this mystery that launches QUIX, a new line of fun-to-read short chapter books that are perfect for emerging readers. A terrifying headless demon threatens an archaeological expedition in the jungles of South America in this Miss Mallard Mystery. Bestselling author Robert Quackenbush’s super-sleuth, Miss Mallard, is on the case to find the true villain!

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Epilogue

9 books that are just too good to leave off of our ducks list.
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  1. The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck - Searching for a convenient nesting-place, befuddled Jemima Puddle-Duck chooses a fox’s den. On board pages.

  2. The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? - Pigeon is very angry when the duckling gets a cookie just by asking politely.

  3. Duck in the Fridge - When his son is curious about their tradition of reading a story at bedtime, a father explains how it all started when he was a young boy and found an unusual visitor in the refrigerator.

  4. The Ugly Duckling - For over one hundred years The Ugly Duckling has been a childhood favorite, and Jerry Pinkney’s spectacular new adaptation brings it triumphantly to new generations of readers. With keen emotion and fresh vision, the acclaimed artist captures the essence of the tale’s timeless appeal: The journey of the awkward little bird – marching bravely through hecklers, hunters, and cruel seasons – is an unforgettable survival story; this blooming into a graceful swan is a reminder of the patience often necessary to discover true happiness. Splendid watercolors set in the lush countryside bring drama to life.

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  1. The Story about Ping - The Fun Uncle -

    This story had some really cool aspects! I loved the aspects of fun culture Ping shows us, and how the boy stayed afloat by tying a barrel to his back. However, there wasn't enough to this book that I would personally buy it for my kiddos. It was a little lackluster, even though there were interesting pieces. The story is predictable and a little boring, and there's no real message for a young reader.

  2. Lulu and the Duck in the Park - When Lulu finds a duck egg that has rolled out of its nest, she takes it to class to keep it safe. Lulu isn’t allowed to bring pets to school. But she’s not really breaking the rules because it’s just an egg. Surely nothing bad will happen…

  3. Just Ducks! - A fact-filled story complemented by cheerful watercolor illustrations features a young city girl who observes ducks that quack, nest and bob for food in the river near her home. Reprint.

  4. The Fuzzy Duckling - In one of the most beloved Little Golden Books of all time, Fuzzy Duckling learns to count and explores a busy farm! Early one morning, a small fuzzy duckling goes for a walk around the farm. Who will he meet along the way? Two frisky colts, three baby calves. . . . Little readers everywhere will love following the duckling and counting his new animal friends. Simple words and adorable, classic illustations from the legendary Alice and Martin Provensen make this book as perfect a gift today as it was when it was first published in 1949.

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  1. Santa Duck - Nicholas Duck loves Christmas, and he is happy to try on the new Santa hat that’s mysteriously delivered to his house. But when his friends see him and immediately launch into their Christmas lists, he doesn’t know what to do . . . until he runs into Santa himself.

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