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Ducks, Geese, Etc.: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best kids books about ducks, geese, etc.?

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

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, and you can also use our table of contents to jump to particular topics you think your kid will enjoy.

When it comes to children’s stories about ducks, geese, etc., there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Make Way for Ducklings to popular sellers like Giggle, Giggle, Quack to some of our favorite hidden gems like Blue Chicken.

We hope this list of kids books about ducks, geese, etc. 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.

Top 10 Books About Ducks, Geese, Etc.

Make Way for Ducklings book
#1
Make Way for Ducklings
Written & illustrated by Robert McCloskey
picture book
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.

Chuckling Ducklings and Baby Animal Friends book
#2
Chuckling Ducklings and Baby Animal Friends
Written & illustrated by Aaron Zenz
Thoughts from The Fun Uncle

What a fun way to learn a LOT of new words! I loved the illustrations that helped the words seem more fun to learn. I wish there was more of a story, or at least more material besides names of baby animals, but it is still a really fun book to read.

board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Here’s a puppy, there’s a kitten . . . a yawning fawn and chuckling ducklings

The perfect introduction to animal names and animal groups, Chuckling Ducklings features baby animals of every variety. The bouncing text and adorable illustrations will become a favorite with kids as they learn the special baby names that match all the grown-up animals they know and love.

Hit the Ball Duck book
#3
Hit the Ball Duck
Written & illustrated by Jez Alborough
picture book
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.

I Wish that I Had Duck Feet book
#4
I Wish that I Had Duck Feet
Written by Theo LeSieg and Dr. Seuss & illustrated by B. Tobey
picture book
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.

Giggle, Giggle, Quack book
#5
Giggle, Giggle, Quack
Written by Doreen Cronin & illustrated by Betsy Lewin
board book
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!

Duck on a Tractor book
#6
Duck on a Tractor
Written & illustrated by David Shannon
picture book
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.

Duck for President book
#7
Duck for President
Written by Doreen Cronin & illustrated by Betsy Lewin
picture book
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.

Duck in the Fridge book
#8
Duck in the Fridge
Written & illustrated by Jeff Mack
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

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.

The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck book
#9
The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck
Written & illustrated by Beatrix Potter
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Searching for a convenient nesting-place, befuddled Jemima Puddle-Duck chooses a fox’s den. On board pages.

Duck in the Truck book
#10
Duck in the Truck
Written & illustrated by Kane/Miller Book Publishers
picture book
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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Books About Ducks, Geese, Etc. and Ducks

Make Way for Ducklings
Written & illustrated by Robert McCloskey
picture book
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.

Chuckling Ducklings and Baby Animal Friends
Written & illustrated by Aaron Zenz
Thoughts from The Fun Uncle

What a fun way to learn a LOT of new words! I loved the illustrations that helped the words seem more fun to learn. I wish there was more of a story, or at least more material besides names of baby animals, but it is still a really fun book to read.

board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Here’s a puppy, there’s a kitten . . . a yawning fawn and chuckling ducklings

The perfect introduction to animal names and animal groups, Chuckling Ducklings features baby animals of every variety. The bouncing text and adorable illustrations will become a favorite with kids as they learn the special baby names that match all the grown-up animals they know and love.

Hit the Ball Duck
Written & illustrated by Jez Alborough
picture book
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.

Honorable Mentions
  1. I Wish that I Had Duck Feet - 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.

  2. Giggle, Giggle, Quack - 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!

  3. Duck on a Tractor - 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.

  4. Duck for President - 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.

Books About Ducks, Geese, Etc. and Infancy

Gus
Written & illustrated by Olivier Dunrea
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Gus loves to be by himself. He explores the whole barnyard, taking in the world around him all on his own. Until he finds three small eggs. His perfect companions might be inside! How long will they take to hatch?

The latest character to join Olivier Dunrea’s growing gaggle of adorable goslings has a self-assured independence that preschoolers are sure to identify with!

Daddy Honk Honk!
Written & illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

An arctic fox adopts a baby goose in this heartwarming read-aloud perfect for dads and their little ones

When Aput the fox finds an abandoned goose egg, he has no idea what’s in store for him. He doesn’t know anything about babies and he certainly doesn’t know what to do when the gosling hatches and mistakes him for its daddy. So he decides to find the gosling a home. But with each page turn, Aput learns more about caring for a baby and, with a little help from his friends, he discovers what a baby needs most is love.

A Book of Babies
Written & illustrated by Il Sung Na
board book
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.”

Honorable Mentions
  1. Just a Duck? - 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?

  2. Lucky Ducklings - While following their mother through town, five little ducklings fall into a storm drain.

  3. Mother Bruce - Bruce the bear likes to keep to himself. That, and eat eggs. But when his hard-boiled goose eggs turn out to be real, live goslings, he starts to lose his appetite. And even worse, the goslings are convinced he’s their mother. Bruce tries to get the geese to go south, but he can’t seem to rid himself of his new companions. What’s a bear to do?

  4. 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.

Want to see books about infancy?

Books About Ducks, Geese, Etc. and Friendship

The Little Green Hen
Written & illustrated by Alison Murray
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A timely retelling plays off “The Little Red Hen” with an environmental slant. On top of a hill, inside an old and very fruitful apple tree, lives Little Green Hen. She prunes the tree’s branches, rids it of pests, and sows its seeds so that more trees will grow. But soon the work proves too much, and Little Green Hen seeks some help. Dog (who loves sticks), Sparrow (who loves bugs), and Squirrel (who loves burying things) are glad to pitch in. But Peacock, Fox, and Cat have far more important things to do — until the storms roll in, the rain comes down, and the waters rise. . . . With contemporary flair, Alison Murray offers another engaging adaptation of a traditional children’s tale.

Peep and Ducky Rainy Day
Written by David Martin & illustrated by David Walker
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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.

Duck and Goose, a Gift for Goose
Written & illustrated by Tad Hills
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Duck and Goose, the stars of #1 “New York Times”-bestselling Hills’ beloved picture book series, return in an all-new, easy-to-read book. Duck has a very nice gift for Goose, and the perfect box to put it in…maybe too perfect! Full color.

Honorable Mentions
  1. The Adventures of Lucky Duck - 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.

  2. Truck, Truck, Goose! - Truck . . .Truck . . . Truck . . . Goose will never get to have his picnic if he can’t cross the street! Bright colors and hilarious antics makes Truck, Truck Goose perfect for toddlers at bedtime, story time, or anytime. With a clever play on the beloved game of Duck, Duck, Goose, it tells the sweet, sometimes chaotic story of a goose who just wants to cross the road in front of his cottage. And everything is going fine . . . until he drops his piano! With bold and bright illustrations from Zoe Waring and minimal text from Tammi Sauer, Truck, Truck, Goose is great fun.

  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. Ollie's Halloween - Goslings are on the prowl in this holiday board book from the popular Gossie&Friends series! While Gossie, Gertie, Peedie, and BooBoo are tricking and treating, Ollie is thinking about how sharing is better than scaring. With shiny foil on the cover, a gentle Halloween story, and Olivier Dunrea’s signature adorable artwork, this book is the perfect one to share with the littlest trick-or-treaters this October!

Books About Ducks, Geese, Etc. and Feelings And Emotions

Chicken Lily
Written by Lori Mortensen & illustrated by Nina Victor Crittenden
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Chicken Lily may be a lot of things—a careful colorer, a patient puzzler, and a quiet hide-and-seeker (she never made a peep!)—but brave has never been one of them. That’s why, when a school-wide poetry jam is announced in class, Lily is terrified. Will she sound like a bird brain?

Although Lily’s friends Baabette and Pigsley try to encourage her, Lily feels like a rotten egg. Finally, Lily realizes that she must put her best claw forward and prove that even chickens aren’t chicken all the time.

Ruff!: And the Wonderfully Amazing Busy Day
Written & illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church
picture book
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.

I'm a Duck
Written by Eve Bunting & illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

I cannot swim, and that is bad. A landlocked duck is very sad. One day, an egg rolled out of a nest and right into a deep pond. Now that egg is a little duck, and the water is still very scary. Jumping into the pond at all seems impossible, never mind swimming in a line with all his brothers. “You’re a duck, and ducks don’t sink,” Big Frog points out. Practicing in a puddle helps a little, while backrubs and snacks from his mother help a little more. Big Frog offers to hold his friend’s wing and dive in together, but our little duck knows that some challenges need to be faced alone. Even when they are very scary!

Honorable Mentions
  1. Peep! - PEEP! A duckling breaks through its shell and immediately attaches itself to the first thing it sees―a warmhearted young boy.
    The newly hatched duck follows the boy home and soon the two are inseparable. But the duckling is growing up. One day…QUACK! When a flock of ducks flies by the boy realizes with a great pang of sorrow that his friend will have to return to live among its own kind.
    Kevin Luthardt’s deceptively simple story poignantly and humorously dramatizes the special tale of friendship and demonstrates the importance of learning to let go of something you love.

  2. Daredevil Duck - Meet Daredevil Duck He is afraid of everything. But that doesn’t stop him from DREAMING of being brave. Then one day he is given the biggest challenge of all . . . Can Daredevil Duck prove that he is the bravest duck in the whole wide world?

Books About Ducks, Geese, Etc. and Social Themes

Rechenka's Eggs
Written by Patricia Polacco
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Old Babushka, known throughout all of Moskva for her beautifully painted eggs, is preparing her eggs for the Easter Festival when she takes in an injured goose. She names the goose Rechenka, and they live happily together until one day when Rechenka accidentally overturns a basket, breaking all of Babushka’s lovingly crafted eggs.

But the next morning Babushka has a surprise awaiting her in the basket. She cries: “A miracle!” It is one of many in this charmingly told tale of friendship and caring.

With vibrant illustrations, Patricia Polacco has joyously re-created the flavor of Old Moscow and its festivals. The eggs, stunningly colored and intricately designed, are authentic reproductions of eggs painted in the Ukrainian style. Rechenka’s Eggs is a timeless story of classic beauty.

How Rude!
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Join Dot and Duck in a simple, yet hilarious, story about kindness, manners, and friendship that gets more and more chaotic with every turn of the page! 

Dot invites Duck to a tea party, but from the moment Duck enters the house, the tea party descends into chaos; from licking sandwich fillings to spitting tea, Duck gets ruder…and ruder…and ruder. Just how will Dot react to such outrageous behavior?  

Simple, funny, and ultimately touching, this book will appeal to any child who is learning what it is not to be rude and, more importantly, what it is to be a true friend.

The Ugly Duckling
Written by DK Publishing & illustrated by Giuseppe Di Lernia
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

This favorite fairy tale is perfect for parents looking for children’s classics to read with their little one.

Teased by his siblings for his different looks, the brave cygnet journeys into the world, looking for friendship and kindness.

Adapted from Hans Christian Andersen’s original story, this is the story of how one little duckling overcomes obstacles and challenges, and with patience and determination, finally finds the companionship for which he has been searching.

The charming illustrations by Giuseppe di Lernia in this picture book are sure to capture the imaginations of little ones, and the large format of this book is ideal for sharing with children aged 3 to 5 and reading together at bedtime.

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

  2. The Little Duckling Who Wouldn't Get Wet - 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!

  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. Borka - Odd appearances don’t get in the way of adventure in a jubilant new edition of John Burningham’s very first picture book, back by popular demand. Mr. and Mrs. Plumpster are delighted when their six eggs hatch into adorable baby goslings. But one has them worried: Borka, who was born without feathers. The doctor encourages Mrs. Plumpster to knit Borka a fuzzy sweater, but while it helps keep out the cold, it doesn’t keep all the other young geese from teasing Borka — until, come migration day, her siblings fly off without her. What is the tearful goose to do? In a brand-new edition of his debut book for children —awarded a prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 1963 — the incomparable John Burningham turns a sad beginning into a whimsical tale of pluck and serendipity, kindness and kindred spirits, as he celebrates the rare birds among us.

Books About Ducks, Geese, Etc. and Farms

Blue Chicken
Written & illustrated by Deborah Freedman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

An enterprising chicken attempts to help an artist paint the barnyard and accidentally turns the whole picture blue.

Farmer Duck
Written by Martin Waddell & illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
picture book
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.

Duck!
Written by Meg McKinlay & illustrated by Nathaniel Eckstrom
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

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!”

Honorable Mentions
  1. Sleepover Duck! - 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.

  2. 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.

Want to see books about farms?

Books About Ducks, Geese, Etc. and Spring

Pig and Goose and the First Day of Spring
Written & illustrated by Rebecca Bond
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In this early reader with five short chapters, emerging readers meet Pig and Goose. Pig is happy. She loves to dance. She loves to eat. But she cannot fly. And she cannot swim. Goose can fly like a bird. Goose can glide across the water beautifully. But he cannot tell stories or host a party like Pig can. Pig and Goose are very different. But what they do have in common is that they like each other. And they love springtime.

Simple text and charming illustrations guide beginning readers throughout the story and encourage independent reading.

Gideon
Written & illustrated by Olivier Dunrea
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-3

Gideon is a small gosling who likes to play so much that he will not stop to take a nap.

The Itsy Bitsy Duckling
Written by Jeffrey Burton & illustrated by Sanja Rescek
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

A fun and playful springtime twist on the popular nursery rhyme “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”! The itsy bitsy duckling swam in the waterway. Down came the rain and chased the snow away. Out came the sun as birds began to sing. The cold winter was over. At long last it was spring! The itsy bitsy duckling is ready for springtime as the other animals wake up from their long winter naps.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Gossie - Meet Gossie, a small yellow gosling who loves to wear bright red boots—every day. One morning Gossie can’t find her beloved boots. She looks everywhere for them: under the bed, over the wall, even in the barn. Preschoolers will enjoy helping Gossie find her red boots and delight in where Gossie finally finds them.

  2. Gideon & Otto - Otto the toy octopus goes everywhere with Gideon, a small gosling, but while Gideon is playing with some rabbits Otto falls off the wall on which he was left and makes a new acquaintance.

  3. Gemma and Gus - Meet Gemma and Gus, a sister and brother team from Olivier Dunrea’s world of Gossie & Friends! Gemma is the big sister. Gus is the little brother. Gus is always following Gemma around, but one day Gus sets out on his own. Now just who is following whom? In this sturdy board book, Olivier Dunrea explores a close, patient, sometimes competitive but always relatable sibling relationship, with the perfectly pitched storytelling and endearing illustration style that Gossie & Friends fans have come to cherish.

  4. An Egg for Bunny - A new springtime board book all about the joys of unexpected friendships. A perfect addition to any Easter basket! Hop along with a curious bunny as it meets a brand-new friend that just happens to be . . . an egg! Full of heart and humor, this endearing story celebrates the one-of-a-kind curiosity of childhood and the realization that a new friendship can “hatch” at any moment.

Want to see books about spring?

Books About Ducks, Geese, Etc. and Family

Ducks!
Written by Deborah Underwood & illustrated by T. L. McBeth
picture book
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.

Follow Me, Flo!
Written & illustrated by Jarvis
picture book
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.

Let's Feed the Ducks!
Written & illustrated by Rachel Benge
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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.

Honorable Mentions
  1. The Goose Egg - From the author of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record pick Quackers comes the story of Henrietta the Elephant, whose life goes from calm to chaotic when a baby goose comes to stay.

  2. Henry Babysits - Henry the Duck discovers that babysitting isn’t all fun and games in this latest picture book about his merry mis-adventures from beloved author Robert Quackenbush! Henry the Duck is a very good neighbor. Even though he has never babysat, when his friend Clara asks him to watch her nephew he says yes. How hard can it be? But then, one neighbor after another asks Henry to babysit and before he knows it, he’s in the middle of five crying, crawling, out-of-control babies! Children and parents alike will love following disaster-prone Henry through his adventures in childcare, cleverly written and illustrated by Robert Quackenbush.

Want to see books about family?

Books About Ducks, Geese, Etc. and Bears

Bear and Duck
Written by Katy Hudson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

The Wild Robot
Written by Peter Brown
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. Why is she there? Where did she come from? And, most important, how will she survive in her harsh surroundings? Roz’s only hope is to learn from the island’s hostile animal inhabitants. When she tries to care for an orphaned gosling, the other animals finally decide to help, and the island starts to feel like home. Until one day, the robot’s mysterious past comes back to haunt her…. Heartwarming and full of action, Peter Brown’s middle-grade debut raises thought-provoking questions about the environment, the role technology plays in our world, and what it means to be alive.

A Splendid Friend, Indeed
Written & illustrated by Suzanne Bloom
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Bear wants to read and write and think. Goose wants to talk and talk and talk. Can Bear and Goose be friends? Suzanne Bloom’s picture book says volumes about friendship with a few select words and charming illustrations in this Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Come Home Already! - An Amazon Best Book of the Month for Kids * A Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year From the creators of Goodnight Already! and I Love You Already!, the third hysterical picture book about Duck and Bear, unlikely pals. An excited Duck wants to hang out with Bear. But Bear’s gone fishing for a whole week and is happy to finally get a second alone. What will Duck do while Bear is gone? How will he survive without his best pal?!

  2. I Love You Already - Bear can’t wait to spend a pleasant day by himself. But his persistent next-door neighbor, Duck, wants to take a morning stroll . . . with Bear. He just wants Bear to like him already. . . Jory John, author of Penguin Problems and The Bad Seed, and Benji Davies, creator of The Storm Whale, join together again to bring us this standout hilarious story of unrequited admiration that will leave children laughing at every page. Perfect for Valentine’s Day or any story time!

  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.

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