Best Kids Books About Ducks

Our Favorite 25 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.

Make Way for Ducklings book
#1
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.

Hit the Ball Duck book
#2
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
#3
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?

Duck on a Tractor book
#4
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
#5
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.

The Story about Ping book
#6
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
#7
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.

Click, Clack, Surprise! book
#8
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!

Love Is book
#9
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, Quack to School! book
#10
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
#11
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.

I Wish that I Had Duck Feet book
#12
I Wish that I Had Duck Feet
Written by Theo LeSieg, Dr. Seuss and 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.

Duck on a Bike book
#13
Duck on a Bike
Written and illustrated by David Shannon
picture book
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!

Lucky Ducklings book
#14
Lucky Ducklings
Written by Eva Moore and illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

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

Duck for President book
#15
Duck for President
Written by Doreen Cronin and 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.

Just Ducks! book
#16
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.

Duck for a Day book
#17
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.

Duck in the Fridge book
#18
Duck in the Fridge
Written and 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.

First 100 Animals book
#19
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.

Duck in the Truck book
#20
Duck in the Truck
Written and 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.

The Ugly Duckling book
#21
The Ugly Duckling
Written by Hans Christian Andersen and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? book
#22
The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?
Written and illustrated by Mo Willems
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

Pigeon is very angry when the duckling gets a cookie just by asking politely.

Duck! Rabbit! book
#23
Duck! Rabbit!
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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

The Fuzzy Duckling book
#24
The Fuzzy Duckling
Written by Jane Werner Watson and illustrated by Alice Provensen, Martin Provensen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

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.

Duck, Duck, Moose book
#25
Duck, Duck, Moose
Written and illustrated by Joy Heyer
picture book
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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