Safari: Books For Kids

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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.

Starry Safari book
#1
Starry Safari
Written by Linda Ashman and illustrated by Jeff Mack
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
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.

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

Safari, So Good! book
#2
Safari, So Good!
Written by Bonnie Worth and illustrated by Joe Mathieu and Aristides Ruiz
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.

Safari Animals (My First Slide-&-Play) book
#3
Safari Animals (My First Slide-&-Play)
Written and 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!

Flip Flap Safari book
#4
Flip Flap Safari
Written by Nosy Crow and 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.

Textures book
#5
Textures
Written by Flowerpot Press and illustrated by Katie Wilson
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
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.

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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. Slide-N-Seek Safari - 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.

Over in the Grasslands book
#10
Over in the Grasslands
Written by Marianne Berkes and 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.

Let's Explore... Safari book
#11
Let's Explore... Safari
Written and illustrated by Lonely Planet Kids
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

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!

National Geographic Readers: Safari book
#12
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.

Safari Adventure book
#13
Safari Adventure
Written and 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
#14
The Ugly Five
Written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Touch and Explore: Safari - 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.

Safari Babies (Animal Babies) book
#19
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.

Turn Left at the Zebra: Excitement and Danger on a Magical African Safari book
#20
Turn Left at the Zebra: Excitement and Danger on a Magical African Safari
Written and illustrated by Colin Phillip Hayvice
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-12

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.

Animal Explorers: Safari Adventure book
#21
Animal Explorers: Safari Adventure
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!

Alphaprints: Hungry Hippo and Other Safari Animals book
#22
Alphaprints: Hungry Hippo and Other Safari Animals
Written and 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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