Best Kids Books About Ducks

27 Kids 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?

Ruff!: And the Wonderfully Amazing Busy Day book
#2
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
#3
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.

Click, Clack, Surprise! book
#4
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!

Mr. Duck Means Business book
#5
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
#6
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
#7
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
#8
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
#9
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
#10
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.

Click, Clack, Moo I Love You! book
#11
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
#12
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
#13
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
#14
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.

I'm a Duck book
#15
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!

Bear and Duck book
#16
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.

Henry's Awful Mistake book
#17
Henry's Awful Mistake
Written and illustrated by Robert Quackenbush
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

Henry the Duck has invited his good friend Clara to his home for a delicious dinner! But as he starts the preparations, he sees a pesky ant in his kitchen. "The ant must go," says Henry, but as he quickly learns, one tiny little ant turns into huge and hilarious trouble!

Grumpy Duck book
#18
Grumpy Duck
Written by Joyce Dunbar and illustrated by Petr Horacek
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

When Duck's grumpiness becomes contagious, what can possibly turn it around? Duck is in a very grumpy mood. The pond is dry, and she doesn't want to roll in the mud with Pig, sing with Rooster, doze with Tortoise, eat laundry with Goat, or join any of the other animals in their pastimes. To make matters worse, the gray cloud that's following Duck is growing bigger by the minute, and now her friends are feeling gloomy as well. What will it take to cheer them all up? Two prolific picture-book creators look to the skies for a humorous tale of not-fair-weather friendship.

Click, Clack, Peep! book
#19
Click, Clack, Peep!
Written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

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…

Duck! book
#20
Duck!
Written by Meg McKinlay and 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!"

The Duck Princess book
#21
The Duck Princess
Written and illustrated by Zach Wilkinson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-6

“The Duck Princess” is the wonderful story of a duck named Juniper, a monster and a bear wizard. Juniper faces a problem she thinks she can't overcome but finds out the solution was within her the whole time.Written and illustrated by Zach Wilkinson, with photos by Paul Jarvis, this beautiful children's picture book will take kids of all ages on a journey of self discovery and friendship through mountains and streams, forests and fields.

All Right Already! book
#22
All Right Already!
Written by Jory John and illustrated by Benji Davies
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From the New York Times bestselling and award-winning creators of Goodnight Already!, I Love You Already!, and Come Home Already! SNOW DAY! Duck is super excited and can’t wait to play in the snow with his best friend, Bear. Bear isn’t excited about playing with Duck, or going out in the snow. As always, he’d rather stay inside, where it’s warm and cozy. But can Bear resist his persistent friend? If so, who will play in the snow with poor Duck?! Award-winning duo Jory John and Benji Davies deliver yet another outrageously funny story that will, by the end, warm reader’s hearts. Duck and Bear are a pair of pals who prove that best friends come in the most unexpected ways.

Muddle & Mo's Worm Surprise book
#23
Muddle & Mo's Worm Surprise
Written and illustrated by Nikki Slade Robinson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Muddle and Mo are the best of friends. Muddle is a loveable, slightly confused yet enthusiastic little duckling. Mo is a long-suffering, not very adventurous goat with lots of patience. Today, Muddle is preparing a surprise picnic for Mo. Mo doesn't like worms, so will he like what's in the basket?

Love Is book
#24
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.

Make Way for Ducklings book
#25
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.

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