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Otters: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about otters?

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

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.

When it comes to children’s stories about otters, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Taggerung to popular sellers like Do Unto Otters to some of our favorite hidden gems like Milton & Odie and the Bigger-than- Bigmouth Bass.

We hope this list of kids books about otters can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Milton & Odie and the Bigger-than- Bigmouth Bass
Written & illustrated by Mary Ann Fraser
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When faced with a challenge—or a super cold morning—Milton grumbles and Odie sees the bright side. Whiling away the hours at their respective fishing holes, neither Milton nor Odie get even the tiniest nibble . . . until Milton snags Odie’s pole. But does that mean fishing is over? On facing pages, Milton and Odie approach life with contrasting attitudes. Milton’s sure there isn’t a fish for miles, but Odie embraces the joy of anticipation, imagining that a bigmouth bass will be along any minute. Sweetly simple illustrations reveal the ups and downs of patience and expectation in this fish story about the one that didn’t get away.

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Martha Doesn't Share
Written by Samantha Berger & illustrated by Bruce Whatley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Martha has officially mastered apologizing. Unfortunately, she still has a lot to work on when it comes to sharing. And while she doesn’t learn to love it, she does discover that having her toys to herself means having to play with them all by herself, too. Not so fun! This hilarious follow-up to Martha doesn’t say sorry! shows readers that sharing isn’t all that bad when you take it one (small) toy at a time—like Martha does. It gets easier every day. Well, almost every day.

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The Eel Question
Written by Nicola Davies & illustrated by Beth Holland
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-11

Bound to serve a cruel master, Nant’s curiosity never fails to get her into trouble. Some questions she had learned it was best not to ask, but every autumn the silver eels return, and so do her questions. Where do they come from? And where do they go? Be ready to feel a little bit of magic, and perhaps a few shivers down the spine.

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Otter: I Love Books!
Written & illustrated by Sam Garton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

On her next adventure, Otter—the irrepressible character sure to be adored by fans of Llama Llama—discovers a love for books and reading.

Otter: I Love Books! is a My First I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for shared reading with a child.

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Written & illustrated by Emma Dodd
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

This little sea otter loves spending time with its parent — learning new things, playing together, or even just holding hands. Every day is special when they are together.

On a un Problème Avec Lilou la Loutre book
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Night Night, Mommy book
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Do Unto Otters book
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  • On a un Problème Avec Lilou la Loutre - Lilou la loutre est mignonne, agile et enjouée. Le problème, c’est qu’elle aime un peu trop glisser… La seule et unique mission de cet album ? Faire rire ! Argumentaire • Un album résolument drôle, où la folie prend le dessus. • Une histoire racontée d’abord et avant tout par les illustrations, où chaque mot est choisi. • Orbie, une illustratrice aimée et reconnue, qui fait ici ses premiers pas comme auteure.

  • Taggerung - Years ago, the vermin clan of Sawney Rath kidnapped one of Redwall’s own-a baby otter, destined to become their “Taggerung,” a warrior hero of ancient legend. But as young Tagg grows, he rebels against his destiny. The young otter journeys in search of his birthplace, a member of Sawney’s clan always near, out to destroy the deserter. With the feisty mouse Nimbalo, Tagg fends off the avenging vermin, but can he find his way back to the Redwall family from whom he was separated so long ago? Here is all of the excitement and adventure a Redwall fan could wish for!

  • Night Night, Mommy - After enjoying a day with its mother, a small otter settles in for the night with a bath, a story, and a prayer.

  • Do Unto Otters - Mr. Rabbit wonders if he will be able to get along with his new neighbors, who are otters, until he is reminded of the golden rule.

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