Our Favorite 38 Books to Read With Your Kids About Ducks

Updated Apr. 16, 2019

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.

Duck and Goose, 1, 2, 3 book
#1
Duck and Goose, 1, 2, 3
Written and illustrated by Tad Hills
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-2
Thoughts from Mom of Boys

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.

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

Make Way for Ducklings book
#2
Make Way for Ducklings
Written and 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
#3
Chuckling Ducklings and Baby Animal Friends
Written and illustrated by Aaron Zenz
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
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.

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
#4
Hit the Ball Duck
Written and 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.

Just a Duck? book
#5
Just a Duck?
Written and illustrated by Carin Bramsen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Thoughts from Mom of Boys

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!

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?

Giggle, Giggle, Quack book
#6
Giggle, Giggle, Quack
Written by Doreen Cronin and 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
#7
Duck on a Tractor
Written and 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.

Farmer Duck book
#8
Farmer Duck
Written by Martin Waddell and 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.

Hey, Duck! book
#9
Hey, Duck!
Written and illustrated by Carin Bramsen
board book
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.

The Story about Ping book
#10
The Story about Ping
Written by Marjorie Flack and illustrated by Kurt Wiese
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from 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.

A little duck finds adventure on the Yangtze River when he is too late to board his master's houseboat one evening.

Ruff!: And the Wonderfully Amazing Busy Day book
#11
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.

Santa Duck book
#12
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.

Peep and Ducky Rainy Day book
#13
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.

On the Farm book
#14
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!

Bear and Duck book
#15
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.

Love Is book
#16
Love Is
Written by Diane Adams and illustrated by Claire Keane
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

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.

Click, Clack, Surprise! book
#17
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!

Click, Clack, Quack to School! book
#18
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.

Duck and Goose book
#19
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.

Duck for a Day book
#20
Duck for a Day
Written by Meg McKinlay and illustrated by Leila Rudge
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

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.

Just Ducks! book
#21
Just Ducks!
Written by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

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.

Five Little Ducks book
#22
Five Little Ducks
Written by Raffi and illustrated by Ariane Dewey, Jose Aruego
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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

First 100 Animals book
#23
First 100 Animals
Written and illustrated by Patrick N. Peerson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

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.

Lulu and the Duck in the Park book
#24
Lulu and the Duck in the Park
Written by Hilary McKay
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

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...

One Duck Stuck book
#25
One Duck Stuck
Written by Phyllis Root and illustrated by Jane Chapman
board book
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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