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Panda Bears: Books For Kids

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

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

Our list includes board books and picture 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. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about panda bears, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Square Eyes to popular sellers like Please, Mr. Panda (A Board Book) to some of our favorite hidden gems like Xander’s Panda Party.

We hope this list of kids books about panda bears can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book! As you explore the list, please comment below to let us know what books you would add.

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The Perfect Sofa
Written & illustrated by Fifi Kuo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Penguin and Panda decide it's time for a new sofa--but they are overwhelmed by the options. Will they find what they're looking for? When Penguin and Panda decide their tired sofa is in need of replacement, they set out to find the perfect one. But none of the options are quite right and no sofa can seem to match the comfort of the one they already have. Is what they're looking for closer than they think?
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Xander's Panda Party
Written by Linda Sue Park & illustrated by Matt Phelan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Xander's plan to host a panda party falls through, since he is the only panda at the zoo, but when he extends the invitation to all the bears, complications ensue. Includes an author's note about the international effort to save pandas from extinction. 40,000 first printing.
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Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas
Written by Natasha Yim & illustrated by Grace Zong
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
In this Chinese American retelling of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” a careless Goldy Luck wreaks havoc on the home of a family of panda bears. She eats up the littlest panda’s rice porridge, breaks his rocking chair, and rumples all the blankets on his futon. When Goldy takes responsibility for her actions, she makes a new friend (and a whole plate of turnip cakes!) just in time for Chinese New Year.
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Pom Pom Panda Gets the Grumps
Written & illustrated by Sophy Henn
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
An adorable story about a grumpy panda who wakes up on the wrong side of the bed–now available as a board book! One morning, Pom Pom Panda wakes up on the wrong side of the bed . . . and then nothing goes right. He can’t find his blanky, Timmington. And to make matters worse, his baby brother, Boo Boo, is playing with his favorite toy. Harrumph! By the time he arrives at school, Pom Pom is in a terrible mood. When his friends ask if he wants to play, that terrible mood comes pouring out: “LEAVE ME ALONE!” And that’s exactly what happens, much to Pom Pom’s surprise. From the creator of Where Bear? comes an adorable story that’ll be sure to cheer up any child (or parent) who woke up with a case of the grumps.
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That's Not How You Do It!
Written & illustrated by Ariane Hofmann-Maniyar
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Lucy knows how to do everything. All her friends ask her for help if they need to know the right way to do something. When Toshi arrives, Lucy thinks he can't do anything properly at all. She can barely hide her frustration. When she finally tries to teach Toshi the right way to do things, she learns a very important lesson herself.
When I Draw a Panda book
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Two Shy Pandas book
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Please, Mr. Panda (A Board Book) book
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The Panda Problem book
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  • When I Draw a Panda - From the acclaimed author and illustrator of The Big Umbrella comes a delightful celebration of creativity and gumption about a girl and her panda that’s Calvin and Hobbes meets If You Give a Mouse a Cookie! Sometimes when they say to draw a perfect circle, mine turn out a little wonky.
    I can draw a perfect fluffy cloud, a perfect scoop of ice cream, and a perfect flat tire.
    So when I draw a panda, I keep drawing more and more not-perfect circles until I see a panda.
    Then I step back and think, Does it need something else? He probably needs a hat, and then he is my panda.
    When a girl draws a panda, it comes to life and helps her embrace her own creativity and unique way of seeing the world.

  • Two Shy Pandas - Panda and Pandora live next to each other but never speak or play together because they are much too shy.

  • Please, Mr. Panda (A Board Book) - What is the proper way to ask Mr. Panda for doughnuts? Patiently and politely, Mr. Panda asks the animals he comes across if they would like a doughnut. A penguin, a skunk, and a whale all say yes, but they do not remember to say “please” and “thank you.” Is anyone worthy of Mr. Panda’s doughnuts? Steve Antony has captured a cute panda, delightful animals hungry for doughnuts, and a manners lesson. With adorable black-and-white animals and brightly colored doughnuts, Antony’s art is bold, striking, and engaging — and now available in a hands-on board book version that’s just-right for curious little ones.

  • The Panda Problem - The critically adored, New York Times bestselling Deborah Underwood delights with a hilariously meta celebration of storytelling out of control. Every story needs a problem. But Panda doesn’t have a problem. Unless . . . Panda is the problem. The New York Times bestselling author of Here Comes the Easter Cat and The Quiet Book loses control of the narrative in the funniest, most exuberant, most kid-delighting way in this adventurous ode to what makes a story—and what makes a story great.

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Noodle Loves to Cuddle
Written by Nosy Crow & illustrated by Marion Billet
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-3
Noodle the panda loves to play with his fluffy duck, cozy blanket, and bumpy ball, but his favorite thing is a cuddle with his mother.
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Pandamonia
Written by Chris Owen & illustrated by Chris Nixon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Join in the fantastic fun as one grumpy panda sets off a frenzy of wild partying. There’s grunting and growling and prancing and prowling, skipping and scowling and squealing and yowling, squeaking and squawking, snarling and snorting, hysterical howling and chaotic cavorting—all because of one grumpy panda.
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Little Panda
Written & illustrated by Julie Abery
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Little Panda goes on an adventure in the jungle, but mama is always close by her cub. Short rhyming lines in this illustrated board book tell a sweet story of youthful adventure and motherly love.
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Dinner at the Panda Palace
Written by Stephanie Calmenson & illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Dinner at the Panda Palace! In this charming counting book, perfect for back to school, children will learn the importance of inclusion. Join one hungry elephant, two carsick lions, three pigs running from a wolf, and dozens of other playful yet famished animals as they swing, bound, and bounce into the Panda Palace for a hearty meal. But when the restaurant is totally full, will Panda make room for one more guest?
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Our Love Grows
Written & illustrated by Anna Pignataro
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
In the deep green forest, Pip asked, "Mama, when will I be big?" Pip is an adorable, roly-poly little panda who sees the world changing and growing. But Pip is feeling a bit left behind. Luckily Mama is there to show playful and curious Pip that, like the trees in the forest and the stars in the sky, he's growing and changing too. And no matter how much Pip grows, the one thing that will never change is how much Mama loves him!
Chu's Day at the Beach book
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Square Eyes book
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Pip and the Bamboo Path book
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The Discovery of Fireworks and Gunpowder book
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  • Chu's Day at the Beach - A new adventure for everyone’s favorite sneezing panda, from New York Times bestselling team Neil Gaiman and Adam Rex. Now available as a board book for Neil Gaiman’s youngest fans! Chu and his family are going to the beach! Chu is excited. He will get to play in the sand and wade in the water. But what will happen if Chu sneezes at the beach? And what will happen if he doesn’t? A perfect read-aloud story about a summertime adventure!

  • Square Eyes -

  • Pip and the Bamboo Path - The cute Red Panda Pip must set off on her own to find her family and friends when they get separated in the Himalayan mountains.

  • The Discovery of Fireworks and Gunpowder - Accompany kids back in time to learn how fireworks and gunpowder were created; sequel in a series on cool inventions from Asia.

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Bamboo for Me, Bamboo for You!
Written by Fran Manushkin & illustrated by Purificacion Hernandez
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Panda twins, Miranda and Amanda, frolic, fight, and fuss over their favorite treat—bamboo—in this playful, vibrant picture book. Panda twins Miranda and Amanda love bamboo so much it’s the only treat they want to eat! But in between bamboo breakfast, bamboo lunch, and bamboo dinner, the sisters play hide and seek; watch the other silly zoo animals; argue and make up; and compete for their mother's love, before they turn in for the night—dreaming, of course, of bamboo!
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Chee-Kee: A Panda in Bearland
Written & illustrated by Sujean Rim
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
Will Chee-Kee ever fit in? The Loo family has traveled very far to start a new life. For little Chee-Kee Loo, everything is strange--he looks and feels so different. But when some bears find themselves in a jam, Chee-Kee might be just the right panda to save the day. In this heartfelt and lovable story, meet Chee-Kee the panda, a one-of-a-kind in all the best ways.
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I'll Wait, Mr. Panda
Written & illustrated by Steve Antony
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Mr. Panda from Steve Antony's bestselling, funny manners book Please, Mr. Panda is back! This time, Mr. Panda's black-and-white animal friends are curious what he's making, but only one has the patience to stick around. An alpaca, an aardvark, rabbits, and a bird all wind up missing out. It's the penguin who declares, "I'll wait, Mr. Panda." The penguin is rewarded with a big SURPRISE: a giant doughnut! I'll Wait, Mr. Panda is a graphic, kid-friendly way of teaching the value of patience and the importance of saying "thank you."
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Flo
Written by Kyo Maclear & illustrated by Jay Fleck
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
A witty picture book, starring an adorable panda, that celebrates relaxing, stopping to smell the roses, and being yourself! Meet Flo! Flo is the littlest panda. She likes to explore, relax, and enjoy everything around her. She is never in a hurry. But . . . sometimes she takes too much time, and the other pandas get impatient. One day they find themselves in trouble. Can Flo’s floppy ways save the day? With Kyo Maclear’s sweet, spare text and Jay Fleck’s bold, bright illustrations, Flo is sure to be a favorite for even the busiest little pandas!
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Chu's First Day of School
Written by Neil Gaiman & illustrated by Adam Rex
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
A picture book school story featuring the New York Times bestselling panda named Chu from Newbery Medal-winning author Neil Gaiman and acclaimed illustrator Adam Rex! This board book edition is perfect for the youngest Neil Gaiman fans. Chu, the adorable panda with a great big sneeze, is heading off for his first day of school, and he's nervous. He hopes the other boys and girls will be nice. Will they like him? What will happen at school? And will Chu do what he does best? Chu's First Day of School is a perfect read-aloud story about the universal experience of starting school.
Wild About Bears book
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Are You My Bottom? book
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Thank You, Mr. Panda book
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Amanda Panda and the Bigger, Better Birthday book
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  • Wild About Bears - This comprehensive look at the world’s eight bear species focuses first on common physical traits and behaviors before profiling each bear. Discover the habits and habitats of the polar bear, brown bear, American black bear, spectacled bear, Asiatic black bear, sloth bear, sun bear, and giant panda and marvel at the adaptations each has developed to survive in a challenging world.

  • Are You My Bottom? - Small Panda has lost his bottom. It was there when he went to sleep but now it has disappeared. He searches high and low, and finds stripy bums, pink butts, and feathery derrieres. “Are you my bottom?” he asks, but none of these bottoms are his. Finally, he spots a furry bum which just has to be his— but the answer is surprising! A cheeky story for anyone who has ever left something behind.

  • Thank You, Mr. Panda - Generous Mr. Panda is giving away presents to all his animal friends, including a mouse, an octopus, an elephant, and a lemur, but they aren’t being very grateful about the gifts they receive. It may be because the presents aren’t quite right. Mouse receives a sweater that’s too big, and Octopus gets six colorful socks even though he has eight legs. Fortunately, thoughtful little Lemur knows that even if the present isn’t perfect, it’s the thought that counts most of all. Just as Mr. Panda introduced good manners in Please, Mr. Panda and the importance of being patient in I’ll Wait, Mr. Panda, Thank You, Mr. Panda is a graphic, kid-friendly way of teaching little ones the importance of saying “thank you” and recognizing that it’s the thought that counts most of all behind every gift.

  • Amanda Panda and the Bigger, Better Birthday - Amanda Panda’s birthday is tomorrow. She’ll be the first kid in her class to turn six! But when she gets to the bus stop, her best friend/worst enemy Bitsy announces that today is HER birthday! And her party is planned for Saturday, the same day as Amanda’s! Birthday dreams ruined, Amanda’s can’t keep her temper in check at school. By recess, it looks like Amanda’s birthday plans—and her friendship with Bitsy—is over. But when the girls stop arguing long enough to listen to each other, they come up wtih a birthday plan that is TWICE the fun. Young children will learn about sharing, compromise, and conflict resolution, all the while laughing along with Amanda and Bitsy in this adorable, school-based story from a new favorite character.

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