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Safari: Books For Kids

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

Whether heading deep into the jungle or across the African savanna, a safari can be the ultimate adventure. There are animals to spot, tracks to identify, and maybe even some dangers to avoid! Below are some of our favorite children’s books that make the excitement of a safari available to the adventurous reader anywhere, anytime.

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Safari, So Good!
Written by Bonnie Worth & illustrated by Aristides Ruiz and Joe Mathieu
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Visiting Africa with the Cat in the Hat, Nick and Sally meet an amazing variety of animals including giant cats, elephants and giraffes while learning an array of interesting facts. TV tie-in.

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Starry Safari
Written by Linda Ashman & illustrated by Jeff Mack
Thoughts from Mom of Boys
We really enjoyed this book. It has great rhymes. It isn't a usual story that tells you what you will see on a safari, but takes you on an adventure in this little boys jeep as he drives through his adventure.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Bedtime becomes a jungle safari until the Big Safari Ranger brings it to a halt.

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Safari Animals (My First Slide-&-Play)
Written & illustrated by Xavier Deneux
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Eight slide-&-play pages feature puzzle pieces that never fall out and are safe for children of all ages. Toddlers will delight in discovering different animals and creating endless new designs. Go on safari with this slide-&-play book for toddlers!

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Textures
Written & illustrated by Katie Wilson
Thoughts from The Goodfather
I am a big fan of Katie Wilson's illustration style and enjoy it in this playful book that allows young readers to explore the textures of an African safari.
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Soft. Rough. Bumpy. Smooth. Textures are all around us and all through this innovative board book. Latest in the Montessori inspired Discovery Concepts series, Textures takes us on an African safari where we also learn about safari animals in this cross-concept enhanced board book. Caregivers will enjoy the tactile teaching and all children will love the discovery in Textures.

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Flip Flap Safari
Written by Nosy Crow & illustrated by Alex Scheffler
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

What do you get if you cross an elephant with a lion? Why, an elephon. And a zebra with a crocodile? A zebodile, of course! A very silly but absolutely compelling book that will charm the whole family. What do you get if you cross an elephant with a lion? Why, an elephon. And a zebra with a crocodile? A zebodile, of course! A very silly but absolutely compelling book that will charm the whole family.

We All Went on Safari book
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You Are My Baby: Safari book
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Bizzy Bear: Dinosaur Safari book
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Let's Explore... Safari book
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  • We All Went on Safari - The Goodfather -

    This unique counting book introduces young readers to African safari animals, plants, and landscape in Tanzania. As the group of friends wanders the grasslands counting animals, the text also teaches readers how to count to ten in Swahili. As a bonus, facts about the featured animals, a pronunciation guide, and information about Tanzania and the Maasai people is included at the end.

  • You Are My Baby: Safari - The nestled books show the baby animals matched with their parents as they describe the physical characteristics of the young.

  • Bizzy Bear: Dinosaur Safari - On a visit to the Dinosaur Wildlife Park, Bizzy Bear discovers some interesting footprints. Where do they lead and to which dinosaur do they belong? Another exciting adventure for the world’s most intrepid bear!

  • Let's Explore... Safari - In Let’s Explore Safari, things are about to get really wild! Join your guides on a jeep safari in Africa, and keep your eyes peeled for some incredible animals. Spot the big five, discover who’s drinking at the waterhole, find out about some true animal superheroes and loads more. An African adventure awaits. Let’s explore!

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Over in the Grasslands
Written by Marianne Berkes & illustrated by Jill Dubin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

The African grasslands teem with classic animals. Children will “stalk” like lions, “squirt” like elephants, and “slurp” like giraffes! Plus they will count to ten and sing along to the classic tune of “Over in the Meadow” while learning about the animals of the African grasslands.

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Alphaprints: Hungry Hippo and Other Safari Animals
Written & illustrated by Roger Priddy
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Children will love this entertaining Alphaprints board book, with kooky characters to meet, fun rhymes to read, and novelty googly eyes to jiggle. With funny illustrations on every page, these friendly safari critters are sure to make toddlers giggle! The raised embossing on each illustration adds an engaging touch-and-feel element to each page—great for little hands to explore. Alphaprints is a bestselling series of books featuring images made from fingerprints and photographs of everyday things. Other titles in the series: Happy Dog and other furry friends, Quirky Bird and other feathered friends, Silly Squid and other fishy friends, Curious Cat and other fluffy friends, and Rocky Raccoon and other safari friends.

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Slide-N-Seek Safari
Written & illustrated by David Miles
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Explore a new and exciting way to learn about safari animals with this Slide-N-Reveal book. You’ll see colorful images appear before your very eyes with the turn of a wheel. Learn fun facts about each animal and discover hidden images throughout each page. Kids will love this fun and interactive format and learn about safari animals along the way.

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National Geographic Readers: Safari
Written by Gail Tuchman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Young readers are invited along on an African safari where they can see elephants spraying, lions playing, and hippos soaking.

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Safari Adventure
Written & illustrated by Willard Price
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Hal and Roger Hunt have a problem: big game poachers threaten to wipe out the inhabitants of the world’s largest national park. Although they capture a band of poachers red-handed, they have no idea who the leader, the elusive ‘Blackbeard’ is. Time is running out - they must find a way to stop him before the park is destroyed. . .

The Ugly Five book
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Here Is the African Savanna book
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Way Far Away on a Wild Safari book
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  • The Ugly Five - A charming new picture book from the bestselling creators of The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom! Who’s that singing on the savannah? It’s the top-five ugly animals in Africa! The wildebeest warthog vulture hyena and marabou stork swagger proudly across the savannah rejoicing in their ugliness - and delighting their babies who think they’re perfect just the way they are. Inspired by the real-life Ugly Five safari animals Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s brand-new picture book is a jubilant celebration of animals who are often rather unloved. The funny heart-warming rhyme is a joy to read aloud while bold comical illustrations bring the savannah spectacularly to life.

  • Here Is the African Savanna - Cumulative text describes the interdependence among the plants and animals of an African savanna.

  • Way Far Away on a Wild Safari - Grab your binoculars and follow me. Let’s travel far away on a wild safari. There are lots of fun trails! Many sights to see! As we hike, hike, hike, on this wild safari.

  • Safari - Little fingers can easily learn how to move the sliders to reveal four favorite safari animals and their names in this interactive board book. Wee Gallery range This stunning new range of books for pre-schoolers marries fresh design with engaging educational content. The result of a partnership between Wee Gallery and QEB Publishing, the beautiful illustrations, high contrast black and white bold lines, whimsical animals, and repeating patterns are designed to stimulate visual development in young infants. Family-run Wee Gallery have over 10 years experience in graphic design and education, and so these books are guaranteed to excite and engage little minds. QEB is pleased to announce that this visually stimulating series will be available from Spring 2016.

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Touch and Explore: Safari
Written by Stephanie Babin & illustrated by Xavier Deneux
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

The newest in this series created to encourage hands-on play and learning, Touch and Explore™ Safari will keep young children busy learning through touch. They will enjoy the textures on every colorful spread, and lift the flaps to find out more about their favorite safari animals.

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Safari Babies (Animal Babies)
Written by Kristen McCurry
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

This board book uses photographic images to show these darling animal babies in their natural habitat.

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She Leads: The Elephant Matriarch
Written by June Smalls & illustrated by Yumi Shimokawara
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

She is the Queen. The matriarch.

She leads her daughters and their daughters.

Inspiring text and striking illustrations follow the empowering journey of an elephant matriarch as she leads her family through the wilds of Africa. With facts about African elephants on every spread and a message that will encourage young girls to be the trailblazers of their generation, She Leads offers an incredible story and an unforgettable tribute to the strength of a true leader.

Open your eyes, princess. One day you will lead.

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Animal Families: Safari
Written by Nosy Crow & illustrated by Jane Ormes
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Find out the different names for mother and father animals while on safari — and then lift the flap to find the babies and learn what they are called. There is even a gatefold ending that includes the group names of the animals. This striking, satisfying introduction to animal families features screen-printed artwork and bold neon ink to capture the attention and imagination of babies and toddlers.

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Draw!
Written & illustrated by Raúl Colón
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Based on his own childhood, beloved and award-winning artist Raúl Colón’s wordless book is about the limitless nature of creativity and imagination.

A boy alone in his room. Pencils. Sketchbook in hand. What would it be like to go on safari? Imagine. Draw…

A boy named Leonardo begins to imagine and then to draw a world afar—first a rhinoceros, and then he meets some monkeys, and he always has a friendly elephant at his side. Soon he finds himself in the jungle and carried away by the sheer power of his imagination, seeing the world through his own eyes and making friends along the way.

Odd Animal Abc's book
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The Spider Sapphire Mystery book
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Jack and the Wild Life book
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Turn Left at the Zebra: Excitement and Danger on a Magical African Safari book
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  • Odd Animal Abc's - A is for Alligator, B is for Bear, and so on, right? Not in this book. The odd animals are taking over! It’s time to meet Aye-Aye, Fossa, Numbat, Xenops and more curious, yet real animals that are ready for their spotlight. Laugh along as they introduce the letters of the alphabet in their own odd way!

  • The Spider Sapphire Mystery - Thrilling, dangerous adventures confront Nancy Drew while on a safari in East Africa with a group of American college students. Excitement runs high as the teen-age detective delves into the theft of a fabulous sapphire formed by nature millions of years ago. The mystery starts in Nancy’s home town. Her lawyer father’s client, Floyd Ramsay, who fashions beautiful and unusual synthetic gems, is accused of stealing the magnificent spider sapphire and exhibiting it as his own creation. Mr. Ramsay’s enemies blackmail him and by their vicious acts try to deter Nancy from going on the safari. Readers will join Nancy as she uncovers a nefarious scheme and solves the strange disappearance of an injured jungle guide.

  • Jack and the Wild Life - After a wild plan by his parents left Jack stranded in the Caribbean, the Berenson family decided to lay out some rules. Jack’s mom and dad agreed they wouldn’t take so many risks. Jack agreed he’d try to live life without worrying quite so much. Then Jack’s parents thought up another get-rich-quick scheme. Now the family’s driving around Kenya. An animal attack is about to send Jack up a tree—alone, with limited supplies. As Jack attempts to outsmart a ferocious honey badger and keep away from an angry elephant, he’ll have plenty of time to wonder if the Berenson Family Decision-Making Rules did enough to keep him out of trouble.

  • Turn Left at the Zebra: Excitement and Danger on a Magical African Safari - Travel alongside the author and share in in these exciting, magical and sometimes dangerous experiences. Whether it’s being eye-to-eye with a 4-ton elephant, a confrontation with a fourteen foot crocodile, or a wild cheetah close enough to pat. Or maybe it’s a close call with an angry rhino. Join the author as he embarks on his first African safari where all of the above (and more) occurs.

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Animal Explorers: Safari Adventure
Written by Dorothea DePrisco
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

This book takes you through the Savannah and shows you many of the animals that live there. It includes pop out animals to play with and a playmat to have your own adventure!

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