Best Children's Books About Ducks

49 Children's Books About Ducks

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Just a Duck? book
#1
Just a Duck?
Written and illustrated by Carin Bramsen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

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?

Santa Duck book
#2
Santa Duck
Written and illustrated by David Milgram
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

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.

Ruff!: And the Wonderfully Amazing Busy Day book
#3
Ruff!: And the Wonderfully Amazing Busy Day
Written and 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.

Duck and Goose book
#4
Duck and Goose
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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.

On the Farm book
#5
On the Farm
Written by Kate Riggs and illustrated by Fiammetta Dogi
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

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!

Click, Clack, Surprise! book
#6
Click, Clack, Surprise!
Written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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!

Duck Gets a Job book
#7
Duck Gets a Job
Written and illustrated by Sonny Ross
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A career-minded duck conveys an important message about finding your own way in this funny, quirky story. Duck wants a job. All his friends have jobs in the city, and they never stop talking about them. Duck doesn't think a job in the city sounds very exciting, but he decides to try it -- and it's not long before he discovers that it is not for him! He knows he needs to follow his heart and pursue his dream of being an artist. And when he does, he realizes he's found a job that he truly loves.

Peep and Ducky Rainy Day book
#8
Peep and Ducky Rainy Day
Written by David Martin and illustrated by David Walker
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

When Peep visits Ducky on a rainy day, the little pals have no trouble finding things to do. Perfectly tuned to a toddler sensibility, this exuberant tale is sure to enchant both listener and reader.

Mr. Duck Means Business book
#9
Mr. Duck Means Business
Written by Tammi Sauer and illustrated by Jeff Mack
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

Splish, Splash, Ducky! book
#10
Splish, Splash, Ducky!
Written and illustrated by Lucy Cousins
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

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.

Five Little Ducklings Go to Bed book
#11
Five Little Ducklings Go to Bed
Written by Carol Roth and illustrated by Sean Julian
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

It’s bedtime for the five little ducklings. The first little duckling says, “Okay. It’s been a very busy day.” The second little duckling says, “Come on! Let’s go and put our jammies on.” But when the fifth little duckling says with delight, “I’m not going to bed tonight . . .”—the smooth-running train to bedtime is temporarily derailed. However, a little cooperation from the ducklings and a little love from Mama duck soon set things right for a happy, snuggly night.

Five Little Ducks Go to School book
#12
Five Little Ducks Go to School
Written by Carol Roth and illustrated by Sean Julian
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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!”

Sleepover Duck! book
#13
Sleepover Duck!
Written and illustrated by Carin Bramsen
picture book
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.

Henry Goes West book
#14
Henry Goes West
Written and illustrated by Robert Quackenbush
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Henry the Duck takes a trip out to the Wild West where he finds himself up to his feathers in merry mis-adventure in this fresh and lively picture book from beloved author Robert Quackenbush! Henry the Duck sure gets himself into some sticky situations! When he finally goes out to the wild, wild West to visit his friend Clara, he finds out that he has another surprise waiting for him back home. Children and parents alike will love following disaster-prone Henry through his adventures in travel, cleverly written and illustrated by Robert Quackenbush.

Texas Trail to Calamity: A Miss Mallard Mystery book
#15
Texas Trail to Calamity: A Miss Mallard Mystery
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

World-famous duck-tective Miss Mallard must thwart a thief in this mystery that launches QUIX, a new line of fun-to-read short chapter books that are perfect for emerging readers. A runaway horse and a mysterious ranch in the Texas prairie have the intrepid Miss Millard on the trail of a plot to steal priceless artifacts! Bestselling author Robert Quackenbush’s super-sleuth is on the case to solve the latest mystery!

Dig to Disaster: A Miss Mallard Mystery book
#16
Dig to Disaster: A Miss Mallard Mystery
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

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!

Daisy Duckling's Adventure book
#17
Daisy Duckling's Adventure
Written by and illustrated by Maurice Pledger
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Join Daisy Duckling on a touch-and-feel adventure as she looks for her family along the river, encountering other creatures on the way. It's only natural that you will love this lift-a-flap adventure by Maurice Pledger. Life isn't all it's cracked up to be for Daisy Duckling. When she hatches from her shell, she finds that she's all alone! Where did her family go? The brave little ducking embarks on a journey along the river and finds that she's not the only one who hatched from an egg--including Sammy the Snake, Timmy the Turtle, and Casey the Crocodile. In this age-appropriate adventure for children ages 3 and older, you'll find a surprise on every page and learn a little about the wonders you can expect to encounter along the river. Children will increase vocabulary, discover where animals come from, and get to know how differerent animals can come from a similar place. Daisy Duckling's Adventure lets you feel your way home through the forest to get to know the many different creatures and animals that live there.

Click, Clack, Moo I Love You! book
#18
Click, Clack, Moo I Love You!
Written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Little Duck and all of her friends on the farm celebrate Valentine’s Day by inviting a newcomer to join in the fun in this charming addition to the award-winning Click, Clack series from the New York Times bestselling and Caldecott winning team who brought you Click, Clack, Moo and Click, Clack, Surprise! It’s Valentine’s Day and on the farm that means a Valentine’s party. Little Duck is wildly excited. She hangs balloons, streamers, sparkling lights, and hearts everywhere, and hand-makes a valentine for everyone. On top of a hill, a little fox hears the music from the party and follows Little Duck’s many decorations to the barn…but foxes are not at all welcome on farms. The chickens stop dancing. The sheep stop dancing. The pigs stop dancing. The mice hustle off to hide. Will Little Fox ruin the dance? Or, perhaps, she’s just what the party needs!

The Other Ducks book
#19
The Other Ducks
Written by Ellen Yeomans and illustrated by Chris Sheban
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

This Duck and That Duck were the best of friends. They did everything together but sometimes two ducks just isn't enough. When This Duck declares that he wishes there were Other Ducks around so they could waddle in a line (a very ducky thing to do), That Duck is quite confused. That is until This Duck and That Duck go swimming, look down, and finally meet The Other Ducks. Unfortunately, The Other Ducks never seem to come out of the water! Oh how This Duck and That Duck wish The Other Ducks would waddle outside the big puddle with them. But it's getting colder and their feathers are starting to itch for warmer weather. Will these best friends ever find their companions? Join This Duck and That Duck in this witty and heartfelt tale as they discover the world around them.

Click, Clack, Quack to School! book
#20
Click, Clack, Quack to School!
Written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho! book
#21
Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho!
Written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

The Itsy Bitsy Duckling book
#22
The Itsy Bitsy Duckling
Written by Jeffrey Burton and 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.

I'm a Duck book
#23
I'm a Duck
Written by Eve Bunting and 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!

A Duckling for Daniel book
#24
A Duckling for Daniel
Written by Angela C Santomero and illustrated by Jason Fruchter
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-5

A new generation of children love Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, inspired by the classic series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood! Daniel and his friends wait for a baby duckling to hatch in this shaped board book with foil on the cover based on a popular episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood! It’s springtime in Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and a baby duckling is about to be born! Teacher Harriet says the egg will hatch soon, but it’s so hard to wait. Daniel and his friends are so excited to meet their fluffy new friend! © 2016 The Fred Rogers Company

Baby Duck: Finger Puppet Book book
#25
Baby Duck: Finger Puppet Book
Written by and illustrated by Yu-Hsuan Huang
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

How does Baby Duck dry off after a swim? Follow along with this cute baby animal as it experiences its world, from playtime to bedtime. The simple, comforting stories in this go-to baby gift series have made it a multimillion seller. Featuring a permanently attached plush finger puppet, each volume offers parents and children a fun, interactive way to play and read as they build a lifelong love of books together.

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