The 9 Top Children's Board Books About Safaris

Updated Apr. 23, 2019

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.

Safari Animals (My First Slide-&-Play) book
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!

Textures book
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.

Bizzy Bear: Dinosaur Safari book
Bizzy Bear: Dinosaur Safari
Written by Nosy Crow and illustrated by Benji Davies
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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!

Safari book
Written and illustrated by Surya Sajnani
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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.

Safari Babies (Animal Babies) book
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.

Alphaprints: Hungry Hippo and Other Safari Animals book
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.

You Are My Baby: Safari book
You Are My Baby: Safari
Written and illustrated by Lorena Siminovich
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-2

The nestled books show the baby animals matched with their parents as they describe the physical characteristics of the young.

Animal Explorers: Safari Adventure book
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!

Touch and Explore: Safari book
Touch and Explore: Safari
Written by Stephanie Babin and 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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