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Sounds Or Noises: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best kids books about sounds or noises?

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

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, and you can also use our table of contents to jump to particular topics you think your kid will enjoy.

When it comes to children’s stories about sounds or noises, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Spot Goes to the Farm to popular sellers like Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? Sound Book to some of our favorite hidden gems like Moo, Baa, La La La.

We hope this list of kids books about sounds or noises 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.

Top 10 Books About Sounds Or Noises

Pokko and the Drum book
#1
Pokko and the Drum
Written & illustrated by Matthew Forsythe
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From E.B. White Read Aloud honor artist Matthew Forsythe comes a picture book about a magical drum, an emerald forest, and the little frog who dares to make her own music.

The biggest mistake Pokko’s parents ever made was giving her the drum. When Pokko takes the drum deep into the forest it is so quiet, so very quiet that Pokko decides to play. And before she knows it she is joined by a band of animals —first the raccoon, then the rabbit, then the wolf—and soon the entire forest is following her. Will Pokko hear her father’s voice when he calls her home?

Pokko and the Drum is a story about art, persistence, and a family of frogs living in a mushroom.

Lion's Lullaby book
#2
Lion's Lullaby
Written by Mij Kelly & illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

With the help of hugs and lullabies, a young girl tucks her stuffed animals into bed, one by one, in this cuddly good-night read. Holly Clifton-Brown’s soft palette and adorable illustrations paired with Mij Kelly’s comforting rhyming text set the perfect tone for bedtime.

Open the Barn Door book
#3
Open the Barn Door
Written by & illustrated by Christopher Santoro
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-3

From the creator of OPEN THE GARAGE DOOR comes the hit lift-the-flap board book all about your favorite farm animals!

Spend a day on the farm and explore all the animal sights and sounds! Featuring 10 lift-the-flaps and a variety of barnyard favorites, including horses, chickens, cows, and pigs, this board book is a fun-filled introduction to life on the farm.

If You See a Tiger book
#4
If You See a Tiger
Written by Richard Powell & illustrated by Ana Martín Larrañaga
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

In this interactive novelty board book, little ones discover and react to the animals hidden behind a shaped flap on every spread.

What should you do if you see a sleeping tiger? Whisper “Shhh!” Young readers will love following the instructions for how to react to the jungle animals hidden behind the flaps.

Arf! Buzz! Cluck! A Rather Noisy Alphabet book
#5
Arf! Buzz! Cluck! A Rather Noisy Alphabet
Written by Eric Seltzer & illustrated by David Creighton-Pester
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Moo! Neigh! Oink! Peep! This silly and inventive alphabet board book teaches little ones the ABCs with animal sounds!

We Arf We Buzz We Baaah We Coo

We Chirp and Cluck and cock-a-Doodle-Doo!

We Are Music book
#6
We Are Music
Written by Brandon Stosuy & illustrated by Nick Radford
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

From the author of Music Is… Brandon Stosuy comes a second pitch-perfect board book that’s a kid-friendly music history lesson—perfect for the little record collectors in your life. From music writer and The Creative Independent/Kickstarter Editor in Chief, Brandon Stosuy, comes a new board book called We Are Music that dives into the history of music. It starts with clapping, tapping, and drums, and from there the music moves in many different directions. From classical to blues to jazz to country to rock to punk to rap to hip hop, there is one important thread that weaves through every song that has ever been created: us.

Say Zoop book
#7
Say Zoop
Written & illustrated by Herve Tullet
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-6

Make some noise! Shout “OH!” Whisper “oh!” Say “Zoop”? Yes! “Zoop!” “Zoop!” “Zoop!” The newest book from Hervé Tullet magically responds with bursts of color and moving shapes, empowering children by letting their imaginations liberate and direct each page’s reaction. Tullet’s books define the genre of participatory bookmaking, encouraging readers to explore and interact with the physical book in all its dimensions. The reward is tremendous: a journey of whimsy and sheer fun that extends well beyond the book’s pages. In this worthy and exhilarating companion to the bestselling trio launched with Press Here, Tullet’s beloved dots will have readers literally “”Ooh””-ing and “”Ahh””-ing out loud in a happy collective encore. Say Zoop! is an ideal interactive book for toddlers and young children Helps children learn colors and participation Excellent as a preschool read aloud book

Simon Says Moo Like a Cow book
#8
Simon Says Moo Like a Cow
Written & illustrated by Sarah Vince
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Invites readers to make various animal sounds, including those made by pigs, cows, and horses. On board pages.

Goodnight Bear book
#9
Goodnight Bear
Written & illustrated by Jane Cabrera
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Get baby ready to go to sleep and say goodnight to all the different animals in this adorable board book! Goodnight, moon, shining bright, sleepy babies kiss night-night! It’s time for baby to go to sleep! Little ones will love saying goodnight to all the baby animals with their animal sounds in this adorable board book, including a fox (Yap Yap), an owl (Whoo-Whoo), a bat (Flap Flap), a mouse (Squeak Squeak), a kitten (Meow Meow), a bear (Grrr Grr), a hedgehog (Snuffle Snuffle), a wolf (Wooh Wooh), and finally, a baby (Shh Shh)!

Starry Safari book
#10
Starry Safari
Written by Linda Ashman & illustrated by Jeff Mack
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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Books About Sounds Or Noises and Animal Sounds

Lion's Lullaby
Written by Mij Kelly & illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

With the help of hugs and lullabies, a young girl tucks her stuffed animals into bed, one by one, in this cuddly good-night read. Holly Clifton-Brown’s soft palette and adorable illustrations paired with Mij Kelly’s comforting rhyming text set the perfect tone for bedtime.

Open the Barn Door
Written by & illustrated by Christopher Santoro
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-3

From the creator of OPEN THE GARAGE DOOR comes the hit lift-the-flap board book all about your favorite farm animals!

Spend a day on the farm and explore all the animal sights and sounds! Featuring 10 lift-the-flaps and a variety of barnyard favorites, including horses, chickens, cows, and pigs, this board book is a fun-filled introduction to life on the farm.

Simon Says Moo Like a Cow
Written & illustrated by Sarah Vince
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Invites readers to make various animal sounds, including those made by pigs, cows, and horses. On board pages.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Goodnight Bear - Get baby ready to go to sleep and say goodnight to all the different animals in this adorable board book! Goodnight, moon, shining bright, sleepy babies kiss night-night! It’s time for baby to go to sleep! Little ones will love saying goodnight to all the baby animals with their animal sounds in this adorable board book, including a fox (Yap Yap), an owl (Whoo-Whoo), a bat (Flap Flap), a mouse (Squeak Squeak), a kitten (Meow Meow), a bear (Grrr Grr), a hedgehog (Snuffle Snuffle), a wolf (Wooh Wooh), and finally, a baby (Shh Shh)!

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

  3. Flip, Flap, Fly! - A baby bird, fish, snake, otter, duck, mouse, and child merrily meet at a pond after being helped by their mamas all morning. On board pages.

  4. Moo, Baa, La La La - Serious silliness for all ages. Artist Sandra Boynton is back and better than ever with completely redrawn versions of her multi-million selling board books. These whimsical and hilarious books, featuring nontraditional texts and her famous animal characters, have been printed on thick board pages, and are sure to educate and entertain children of all ages.

Books About Sounds Or Noises and Family

Pokko and the Drum
Written & illustrated by Matthew Forsythe
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From E.B. White Read Aloud honor artist Matthew Forsythe comes a picture book about a magical drum, an emerald forest, and the little frog who dares to make her own music.

The biggest mistake Pokko’s parents ever made was giving her the drum. When Pokko takes the drum deep into the forest it is so quiet, so very quiet that Pokko decides to play. And before she knows it she is joined by a band of animals —first the raccoon, then the rabbit, then the wolf—and soon the entire forest is following her. Will Pokko hear her father’s voice when he calls her home?

Pokko and the Drum is a story about art, persistence, and a family of frogs living in a mushroom.

Nanette's Baguette
Written & illustrated by Mo Willems
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Today is the day Nanette gets to get the baguette! Is she set? YOU BET! Mo Willems’ hilarious new picture book, Nanette’s Baguette, follows our plucky heroine on her first big solo trip to the bakery. But . . . will Nanette get the baguette from baker Juliette? Or will Nanette soon be beset with regret? Set in a meticulously handcrafted-paper-modeled French village, the uniquely vibrant laugh-out-loud world of Nanette’s Baguette may be Mo’s best creation yet. Get set to krack into an irresistible tale you won’t soon forget!

Beep Beep / Piip Piip
Written & illustrated by Petr Horacek
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Two shaped board books from Petr Horácek are now available in dual Spanish-English editions — perfect for little ones who love things that go. When a family piles into a bright yellow car to drive to Grandma’s house, they go broom, broom through the town, vroom, vroom along the highway, and chug, chug over the crosswalk. Getting there is almost as exciting as the welcome that awaits at the end — and bright pictures and playful sound words make this a trip to enjoy.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Is That Your Dad? (a Changing Faces Book) - Who is Froggy’s dad? Froggy knows who his dad is not—he’s not the roaring lion or the squawking parrot or the growling bear. And with the turn of each page, Froggy gets one step closer to finding him!

  2. Quiet - In a gorgeous and contemplative new picture book, legendary author-illustrator Tomie dePaola reminds us that mindfulness—being quiet, still, and present with one another—is a very special thing. Everything is in such a hurry, busy as busy can be. The birds are flying so fast, the dragonfly is zooming over the water—even the trees are waving their leaves. So what if we sit here, you next to me…and we can just be?

  3. Psst! I Love You - Celebrates the love between parents and children of every species. In lilting rhyme, the book introduces toddlers to an array of super-adorable animal parents and babies—including cows, horses, sheep, cats, owls, ducks, roosters, and, of course humans. What do they all say to each other? I LOVE YOU! This is the perfect read-aloud and goodnight story.

  4. Let's Watch the Trucks! - When a brother and sister go on a walk to find the yellow truck, they come across many different colors and styles of trucks, all with different sounds—but where is the yellow truck? Young readers will learn to identify colors, trucks, and sounds in this delightful and engaging story.

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Books About Sounds Or Noises and Animals

If You See a Tiger
Written by Richard Powell & illustrated by Ana Martín Larrañaga
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

In this interactive novelty board book, little ones discover and react to the animals hidden behind a shaped flap on every spread.

What should you do if you see a sleeping tiger? Whisper “Shhh!” Young readers will love following the instructions for how to react to the jungle animals hidden behind the flaps.

What's That Noise? Tap! Tap!
Written & illustrated by Cocoretto
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

“What’s that noise? Lift the flap to find out! Perfect for guessing, prediction and memory skills — and simply joining in!”—Page 4 of cover.

What's That Noise? Snap! Snap!
Written & illustrated by Cocoretto
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

“What’s that noise? Lift the flap to find out! Perfect for guessing, prediction and memory skills—and simply joining in!”—Page 4 of cover.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Can You Say It, Too? Tweet! Tweet! - Lift the flaps to reveal the animal and learn its noise in this fun and interactive series. Children will love spotting the bird, lifting the flap to reveal the complete creature, and then making its noise in this latest book in the Can You Say It, Too? series. Sturdy flaps and simple text combine with friendly artwork to make a fantastic first book that is great for sharing with children who are just starting to talk.

  2. Squeak! - Who knew that one little noise could set off a whole cacophony? In this chain-reaction story, the animal world wakes up with a squeak! Early one morning, a gentle breeze tickles the ear of a small mouse, and he wakes up with a squeak! That squeak wakes up the some chipmunks, who rattle tree branches and knock pinecones into the river. Those pinecones wake the trout, who splash around and wake up an elk on the riverbank. And so goes the story of Squeak!, a chain-reaction story set in a beautiful, rolling landscape with animals who are all woken up one by one with the rising of the sun. With lush and vivid art, and plenty of fun animal noises on each page, this story is a perfect read-aloud to wake up to–or to read any time of day.

  3. The Loud Book! - From the blare of an alarm clock in the morning to snores and crickets in the evening, simple text explores the many loud noises one might hear during the course of a day.

  4. Peek-A-Who Too? - A triangular board book may seem unusual, but Peek-A-Who?, with its cleverly shaped lift-the-flaps, garnered fans from across the children’s book world. This follow-up to the acclaimed original is full of hidden animals, each making different sounds. Can you figure out who each one is? Lift the unique shaped flaps to see who peeks out!

Books About Sounds Or Noises and Musical Instruments

Music Is . . .
Written by Brandon Stosuy & illustrated by Amy Martin
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

From music writer and The Creative Independent/Kickstarter Editor in Chief Brandon Stosuy, comes an entertaining new board book that introduces the many moods, styles, and senses of music to the youngest audiophiles—because music is for everyone, and music is for you. Featuring Amy Martin’s dynamic art style, Music Is… explains music through our eyes and ears so that the sense of hearing is transformed into a visual experience. A pitch-perfect board book that is sure to strike a chord with readers of all ages.

What's That Noise? Toot! Toot!
Written & illustrated by Cocoretto
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

“What’s that noise? Lift the flap to find out! Perfect for guessing, prediction and memory skills—and simply joining in!”—Page 4 of cover.

I Love Music: My First Sound Book
Written & illustrated by Marion Billet
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Readers of every age will be enchanted by this charming board book, which is distinguished by the exceptional quality of the musical sounds that bring every picture to life. I Love Music has a button on every spread, which triggers one of six captivating sounds that introduces a familiar instrument to the reader. An incredibly simple but utterly fascinating interactive book with sounds bound to enchant young readers and ignite an early love of music! A delightful and compelling book in the My First Sound Book series that everyone in the family will enjoy reading again and again.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Lost and Found, What's that Sound? - “An excellent choice for any library.” —School Library Journal It’s a busy day at Rabbit’s Lost and Found. Poor Squirrel has lost his drum, Elephant has lost her piano, and Bat has lost his entire band! Will Rabbit find their lost instruments before show time? With lively rhyming text and colorful illustrations, this sturdy board book from brother-and-sister team Jonathan and Victoria Ying (Not Quite Black and White) is perfect for little hands.

  2. Plinka Plinka Ting Ting - Ting ting, boom boom, pata pata. Maracas shake, cymbals crash, and the kazoo goes WHA WOO. Every page in this music box of a book invites children to pick up an instrument and play a tune. They’ll love joining in and making a joyful noise!

  3. Sounds - Touch, listen, and learn. The latest addition to the Montessori –inspired Discovery Concepts series, joins the band to learn the sounds a variety of instruments make. From the “OOMPAH” of a tuba to the “CLANG! CLANG! CLANG!” of cymbals, little ones will love reciting each sound. Tactile sandpaper musical notes illustrate each instrument’s output while creative words encourage kids to make the sounds for themselves. Innovative back matter includes a QR code on the final spread of the book, which when scanned on a smartphone, features a marching band playing all of the instruments featured in the book.

Books About Sounds Or Noises and First Concepts

Arf! Buzz! Cluck! A Rather Noisy Alphabet
Written by Eric Seltzer & illustrated by David Creighton-Pester
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Moo! Neigh! Oink! Peep! This silly and inventive alphabet board book teaches little ones the ABCs with animal sounds!

We Arf We Buzz We Baaah We Coo

We Chirp and Cluck and cock-a-Doodle-Doo!

Indestructibles: Baby Babble
Written by Amy Pixton & illustrated by Kate Merritt
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Indestructibles are the books built for the way babies read. They are 100 percent baby-proof, chew-proof, rip-proof, and drool-proof. Printed on a unique nontoxic, paperlike material that holds up to anything babies can throw at it—gumming, spilling, dragging across the floor— Indestructibles are the little books that could. They’re indestructible. And if they get dirty, just throw them in the washing machine or dishwasher.

Baby Babble is a first vocabulary book, featuring baby at the table: spoon, banana, cheese. Baby at play: blocks, teddy bear. Inside baby’s house: lamp, socks, crib. Outside baby’s window: cloud!

My First Busy Book
Written & illustrated by Eric Carle
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

From beloved author-illustrator Eric Carle, this brand-new busy book is filled with touch-and-feels, lift-the-flaps, mirrors, and more—sure to endlessly entertain your little ones! This brand-new busy book featuring Eric Carle’s bright, colorful artwork is jam-packed with interactive activities to keep little hands busy. Each page features a different concept, from numbers and shapes, to colors, animals, and sounds! With a mylar mirror that’s visible through the cover, glitter, lift-the-flaps, touch-and-feels, and more, this book is sure to be a hit with babies and parents. It’s a must-have for every Eric Carle collection!

Honorable Mentions
  1. Busy City - Built for the way babies read. Sweet, soothing books, uniquely designed for safety and convenience, Indestructibles are printed on lightweight, nontoxic paper material, easy to clean (even dishwasher safe), and 100% chew, rip, bend, and drool proof. Busy City introduces babies to the bustling city, with lots of sights and sounds to experience on every page. Delightful for babies to page through on their own or with Mom or Dad or an older sibling, this books, with its bright pictures and minimal text, is ideal for expecting parents, baby showers, or as a welcome-home gifts for a newborn.

  2. Boats Float - Zoom! Chug, chug! HONK! Babies and toddlers will delight in repeating the sounds of popular vehicles and animals in our board book series. Well-composed photographs highlight the real things little ones see in their world, providing a beautiful first nonfiction experience.

  3. Crunch! Munch! Bunny - Watch as Baby Bunny meets cute baby animals in this early learning lift the flap sound book. An interactive board book that contains five large and sturdy flaps, with a surprise character and sound hiding underneath each. Read the rhymes aloud before lifting the flaps to find out who is hiding! With adorable photographic toys of favorite baby animals and beautifully illustrated scenes, there is lots for little ones to look at—perfect for reading together.

  4. R Is for Robot - These noisy robots make the alphabet a hilarious adventure! In this noisy alphabet book, Adam F. Watkins’s silly robots are building the alphabet. Featuring hilarious robots making goofy noises, this alphabet book is perfect for young readers.

Books About Sounds Or Noises and Performing Arts

We Are Music
Written by Brandon Stosuy & illustrated by Nick Radford
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

From the author of Music Is… Brandon Stosuy comes a second pitch-perfect board book that’s a kid-friendly music history lesson—perfect for the little record collectors in your life. From music writer and The Creative Independent/Kickstarter Editor in Chief, Brandon Stosuy, comes a new board book called We Are Music that dives into the history of music. It starts with clapping, tapping, and drums, and from there the music moves in many different directions. From classical to blues to jazz to country to rock to punk to rap to hip hop, there is one important thread that weaves through every song that has ever been created: us.

Poppy and Vivaldi
Written & illustrated by Magali Le Huche
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Go on a musical adventure with Poppy the dog and friends in Poppy and Vivaldi. Children and parents will love pressing buttons and hearing the instruments and sounds of Vivaldi on every page! Go on a musical adventure with the adorable dog, Poppy, and learn about Vivaldi as he listens to favorite sounds from the great composer with his friend Enzo. The two friends take an unforgettable trip to the Carnival of Venice, where they hear the sounds of the mandolin, cello, flute, and more. From The Four Seasons to Griselda, Poppy and Enzo explore the opera and take a ride on a gondola, listening to the sounds of Vivaldi and learning a little bit about this great composer at the same time. With 16 buttons to push and hear, kids will love listening to the sounds of Vivaldi and the different instruments as they follow along with the story. With colorful illustrations and a new sound to discover on each page, both kids and parents will be entertained and engaged for hours. Poppy and Vivaldi offers an opportunity to teach kids about classical music and the sounds of some of Vivaldi’s great works. Now that is truly unique!

I Got the Rhythm
Written by Connie Schofield-Morrison & illustrated by Frank Morrison
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

On a simple trip to the park, the joy of music overtakes a mother and daughter. The little girl hears a rhythm coming from the world around her- from butterflies, to street performers, to ice cream sellers everything is musical! She sniffs, snaps, and shakes her way into the heart of the beat, finally busting out in an impromptu dance, which all the kids join in on! Award-winning illustrator Frank Morrison and Connie Schofield-Morrison, capture the beat of the street, to create a rollicking read that will get any kid in the mood to boogie.

Honorable Mentions
  1. The Best Sound in the World - “Simply charming” – The Sun Roy is a lion and a sound catcher. He catches the sounds of the city and makes them into music, trying to avoid the annoying attentions of his neighbor, Jemmy. Feeling like his music isn’t good enough, Roy goes on a journey to find the best sound in the world for inspiration. He hears the pitter-patter of the rain in the forest, the wind whistling through the desert, and the hustle and bustle of the souk at sunrise, but none of it helps—he can’t decide which is the best sound. Just as he’s about to give up, he hears a familiar voice . . . can Jemmy teach him that perhaps there are lots of beautiful sounds, not just one, and that for Jemmy, Roy’s music is the best of all? This gorgeous debut picture book is a heart-warming tribute to the power of friendship.

  2. Happy Birthday to You! - A group of musicians is traveling to a caf� for a surprise celebration. Press the buttons to hear them play their instruments . . . and join in with the whole band at the end to wish one little otter a very happy birthday! With a flute, guitar, violin, and piano, plus a rousing “big band” chorus and a splendid light-up birthday cake, this delightful little book makes the perfect birthday gift.

  3. Melvin the Mouth - Meet young Melvin (the future Mel Blanc of Looney Tunes fame) as he drives everyone a little nuts with the noisy soundtrack to his day-to-day life. Melvin is an imaginative and noisy little boy who grows up to be Mel Blanc, Looney Tunes cartoon character pioneer and the voice behind Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Woody Woodpecker, the Tasmanian Devil, and so many more familiar personalities. Readers are treated to a typical day for young Melvin, when ordinary tasks like getting ready for school, riding the bus, and completing his chores are charged with sound effects and accompanied by his own personal soundtrack. His knack for making funny noises and using the versatility of his voice was like no other–much to the relief of his teachers. Penned by Blanc’s daughter-in-law, this first-person fiction-based-in-reality story is a fun romp and is sure to inspire young readers to turn trouble into triumph!

  4. Bears in a Band - CLANG! CLANG! TOOTLEY-TOOO! The impossibly cute bears are back — and this time they have musical instruments at the ready. The little bears pick up their instruments and play a noisy song. They don’t care if the notes are wrong! But uh-oh, Big Brown Bear is fast asleep. Will their lively music wake him up? A small moment of trepidation segues into a jubilant performance in a story that will be sweet music to little ears.

Books About Sounds Or Noises and Cars And Trucks

Roadwork
Written by Sally Sutton & illustrated by Brian Lovelock
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Big machines and their drivers work together to build a road.

Cars Go
Written & illustrated by Steve Light
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Little ones will enjoy revving up their reading with these eight noisy cars as they honk, clank, vroom, and zoom their way through this lively book! The sturdy pages feature a police car, pick-up truck, sports car, monster truck, and many more, accompanied by a cacophony of sounds sure to charm any young vehicle enthusiast.

Trucks to the Rescue!
Written & illustrated by William Low
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

In this bright and action-packed board book, favorite trucks are here to save the day! Whether it’s a flat tire or a fire, trucks come to the rescue in this board book. Kids will love repeating the refrain “to the rescue!” with each different truck—fire truck, dump truck, tow truck, and more. William Low’s characteristically beautiful art brings these big machines to life.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Digger, Dozer, Dumper - Each truck and big machine in these enticing rhyming poems is different — and little readers are invited to find a vehicle that’s like them. Sixteen boisterous, rhyming poems — each one highlighting the job and personality of a different vehicle, from a backhoe to an ambulance to a snowplow — invite young children to meet their favorite trucks face-to-face. Cheerful illustrations show each one in action, digging (or dozing, or dumping) away. Engaging visual details like an anxious turtle crossing the street just ahead of a steamroller are sure to keep preschoolers poring over the pages as they consider the question, “Trucks as far as eyes can see. . . . Which truck would you like to be?”

  2. Fire Trucks Rescue - Zoom! Chug, chug! HONK! Babies and toddlers will delight in repeating the sounds of popular vehicles and animals in our board book series. Well-composed photographs highlight the real things little ones see in their world, providing a beautiful first nonfiction experience.

  3. Tip Tip Dig Dig - A parade of colorful construction vehicles doing their work means plenty of joyful noise! From the crane that lifts, lifts, lifts to the bulldozer that push, push-pushes, to the steamroller that rolls, rolls, rolls, every machine here makes it own special sound. And the surprise ending, when the great big mess on page one becomes a wonderful playground, is sure to leave kids pleased!

  4. Find It Things That Go: Baby's First Puzzle Book - Discover favorite vehicles—such as trains, trucks, and cars—by pointing to and finding them in every illustrated scene, while touching and feeling the embossed pages.

Books About Sounds Or Noises and Vehicles

What's That Noise? Choo! Choo!
Written & illustrated by Cocoretto
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

What’s that noise? Lift the flap to find out! Perfect for guessing, prediction and memory skills - and simply joining in!

Choo Choo / Chuu chuu
Written & illustrated by Petr Horacek
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

What could be more fun than an old-fashioned train ride? Off go the passengers, past the town, into the woods (shhh, shhh), over the bridge (clack, clack), into the tunnel (toot, toot), and back into the sunshine. Where is this train headed? Turn the shaped pages to find out!

Diggers Go
Written & illustrated by Steve Light
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

The excavator goes, “chumma chumma hufft hufft FALUMP.” The steamroller goes, “CHUG chug CHUG chug moooooosh.” The wrecking ball goes, “BOOOOOM!” Come on down to the construction site and make some noise with eight exciting construction vehicles as they rumble, crunch, chug, and boom their way through this lively book! The oversized format lends itself to the shape of the vehicles and the boisterous text begs to be read aloud.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Boats Go - All aboard! Sail away with 8 noisy boats, as they toot, chug, clang, and splash their way across the water! The sturdy pages feature a fireboat, tugboat, cruise ship, paddleboat, speedboat, sailboat, submarine, and gondola, and encourage young readers to chime in with all the noises each makes—ssshhhh cling-clang FLAP FLAP FLAP goes the sailboat! Here’s a joyful addition to this much-praised series.

  2. Mighty Tug - From early in the morning until time to say, “Good night,” Mighty Tug works in the busy harbor, guiding cargo ships, pulling barges, and helping with rescues.

  3. Vroom, Zoom! Here Comes the Fire Truck! - This book brings alive the sounds of the city - a helicopter, a bicycle, a fire truck, and a taxi - with five different sound chips and adorable illustrations carefully created to help children’s awareness development. Wee Gallery’s range of board, cloth, and activity books for pre-schoolers marries fresh design with engaging educational content. The result of a fantastic partnership between Wee Gallery - which has been family-run for over ten years - and QEB Publishing, this book’s beautiful illustrations, bold lines, whimsical animals, and repeating patterns are designed to stimulate visual development in young infants.

  4. Ciao, Baby! Ready for a Ride - Ciao! A pair of cute and colorful board books from Carole Lexa Schaefer and Lauren Tobia introduce a curious, lovable tot eager to explore the world. Baby and Mamma are going to visit Nonna today. They say good-bye to Papa — Ciao, Papa! — and head out. How will they get there? Roll, roll in the stroller. Beep, beep on the bus. Choo, choo on the train — all the way to Nonna’s. Whee! Ciao, Nonna! Ciao, Baby!

Books About Sounds Or Noises and Farm Animals

Noisy Farm (My First Touch and Feel Sound Book)
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Touch, feel, and hear the animals on every page of this sturdy board book. Engaging photographs and appealing textures encourage young readers to explore the exciting world of farm animals.

Moo, Cluck, Baa! The Farm Animals are Hungry
Written & illustrated by Surya Sajnani
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Whether you and your baby are at home or on the move, these are the ideal first sound books for cot or pram play. Research has indicated that newborn babies love high-contrast images and respond well to them. This adorable new series from Wee Gallery features bold illustrations along with simple words to help babies develop their essential visual and language skills.

Duck on a Tractor
Written & illustrated by David Shannon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Pleased with his success in riding a bike, Duck decides to drive the farm tractor, and invites all the other farm animals along for the ride—all the way to town.

Honorable Mentions
  1. If You See a Cow - In this interactive novelty board book, little ones discover and react to the animals hidden behind a shaped flap on every spread. What should you do if you see a cow? Moo! Young readers will love following the instructions to make animal sounds and discovering which farm animal is hiding behind the flaps.

  2. Abre La Puerta del Granero... - Disfruta de un d�a en la granja y descubre c�mo son los animales y los sonidos que hacen para comunicarse. Levanta las 12 tapitas de este libro de cat�n y podr�s reconocer muchos de tus animales favoritos, como caballos, pollos, vacas y cerdos. Aprende c�mo es la vida en una granja. Spend a day on the farm and explore all the animal sights and sounds! Featuring 12 lift the flaps and a variety of barnyard favorites, including horses, chickens, cows, and pigs, this board book is a fun-filled introduction to life on the farm.

  3. Peek-a-Baby: Farm - Baby animals are hiding on the farm! Lift the flaps to help each animal parent find their babies, from noisy chicks to messy baby pigs. Peekaboo fans will delight in revealing every adorable baby animal—and learning what special sound they make! With cleverly layered pages and distinctive limited-palette artwork, this is a board book series to treasure.

  4. Can You Say It, Too? Moo! Moo! - Sturdy flaps and simple texts combine with friendly artwork to make this a fantastic first book for children who are just starting to talk. As all parents know, little children just love to be asked to make animal sounds. So a flap book in which they can spot the animal’s tail, lift the flap to reveal the complete creature, and then make its noise is guaranteed to be a winner!

Books About Sounds Or Noises and Nature

Listen, Listen
Written by Phillis Gershator & illustrated by Alison Jay
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Introduce young readers to the sights and sounds of the year - from summer’s sizzling sun to winter’s crackling snow. Featuring breathtaking illustrations by internationally renowned illustrator, Alison Jay, this book will open your child’s eyes and ears to the world around them!

The Music of Life
Written & illustrated by Louis Thomas
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Full of joy and discovery, Louis Thomas’ The Music of Life is a simple, melodious picture book about finding big inspiration and beauty in the smallest of details.

At night when everyone else is asleep, one artist sits awake—pencil in hand, stuck. Lenny is a composer, but this evening, no music floats from his head.

Then as night breaks into dawn, Lenny’s cat, Pipo, begins lapping milk. Lick lick lick. Birds yawn awake, singing in the trees. Tweet tweet! A bike bell tings on the street below. Suddenly, Lenny notices a rhythm to the world around him. He pulls on his coat and walks through the city to write down every sound he can find. Lenny listens to a gardener, a jogger, a dogwalker, and more neighborhood characters.

Finally, the morning’s sounds culminate in a sun-dappled symphony that Lenny conducts in the center of the park.

Jane Foster's Animal Sounds
Written by Jane Foster
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Introduce little ones to animal noises in this bold and graphic board book by illustrator and textile designer Jane Foster. In this beautiful and sophisticated board book, children will be introduced to bold images of animals and the noises they make, such as hooting owls, mooing cows, buzzing bees, splashing whales, and more!

Honorable Mentions
  1. Watersong - “A fox’s journey to take shelter from a rainstorm, told entirely in onomatopoeia”—

  2. Bumpety, Dunkety, Thumpety-Thump! - Two toddlers go on a bumpety berry hunt in this darling picture book that’s perfect for preschoolers. Wagon on gravel goes bumpety-bump. Pebbles in the pond fall plunkey-plunk. Toes in the grass dance thumpety-thump. Bumpety-plunkety-thumpety-thump! Join two sweet siblings as they explore their backyard, get deliciously creative in the kitchen, and then spend a cozy evening preparing for bed. Along the way they’ll get muddy and messy and hungry and sleepy—just as all little ones do.

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Books About Sounds Or Noises and Farms

Animal Noises
Written & illustrated by Thomas Flintham
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

A brand-new board book that explores animal sounds from morning until night in the bold and vibrantly colorful world of artist Thomas Flintham. The chickens wake from the farm each day, “CLUCK, CLUCK, CLUCK,” the chickens say. At breakfast time, the cows all chew, In the meadow, “MOO, MOO, MOO.” It’s a very noisy day on the farm, until bedtime comes and the farmyard is quiet. With sturdy pages, a simple, engaging story, and graphic bold artwork, this animal sounds book is perfect for little ones.

Dream Snow
Written & illustrated by Eric Carle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

It’s December 24th, and the old farmer settles down for a winter’s nap, wondering how Christmas can come when there is no snow! It is in his dream that he imagines a snowstorm coming and covering him and his animals—named One, Two, Three, Four and Five—in a snowy blanket.

But when the farmer awakens, he finds that it has really snowed outside, and now he remembers something! Putting on his red suit, he goes outside, puts some gifts under the tree for his animals, and presses a button near a Christmas tree, creating a most surprising musical treat for children everywhere.

Noisy Tractor Sound Book
Written & illustrated by Roger Priddy
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

There is lots of lift-the-flap fun to be had and four flashing sound buttons to press in Noisy Tractor, a brilliant book for tractor-mad kids. Each spread focuses on a different farm vehicle, with “chug-chug-chugging” and other noises to hear on the press of each button. Lift the flaps and read the simple text to learn about the unique features on each vehicle, and there’s a simple matching activity for additional fun. Publishing alongside Noisy Fire Engine.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Look Who's Mooing! - What sounds do a cow, chicken, and more farm animals make? Find out in this interactive storybook with real animal sounds — from Scholastic Early Learners! Look Who’s Mooing! is a multi-button sound book with flaps to link pictures, words, and animal sounds. Each of the 10 sound buttons in the sound bar provides one animal word. Children can look at the picture of the animal, press the button, and hear the sound! The book also features 25 different kinds of animals — from down on the farm to deep in the ocean! Flaps throughout the book also reveal the baby name of each animal for extra learning and interactivity. Scholastic Early Learners: Interactive books for hands-on learning. Perfect for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, and first graders, too!

  2. Old Macdonald Had A... Zoo? - An extended retelling of the classic children’s song “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” by beloved author/illustrator Iza Trapani featuring zoo animals running amok on the farmstead. Iza Trapani is known for her clever twists on classic nursery rhymes. This time she outdoes herself with a vist to longtime favorite Old MacDonald. His busy little farm–with a moo, moo here and a moo, moo there is out of controwhen zoo animals like kangaroos, elephants, and hippos join the menagerie. What’s a farmer to do? Iza Trapani’s hilarious, jam-packed illustrations are full of details animal-loving readers will point at with glee. And the sweet ending will keep them giggling until the next reading.

  3. Barnyard Boogie! - The Barnyard Band is performing today. All the musicians are coming to play! Each animal musician knows what to do, but Cow can only moo! This charming book is a wonderful read-aloud featuring musical sounds and a refrain children will love repeating. Tim McCanna’s playful text will have children laughing at the funny musical sounds, and Allison Black’s energetic illustrations will make children want to get up and move. Barnyard Boogie! is full of rhyming and nonsense sounds that will enrich and delight.

  4. Chicken, Chicken, Duck! - Easy-to-read, rhythmic text about a group of farm animals, led by a tenacious duck, who play a noisy game together.

Books About Sounds Or Noises and Science And Nature

10 Little Rubber Ducks
Written & illustrated by Eric Carle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Ahoy! Here We Go Around the World with 10 Little Rubber Ducks “Ducks overboard!” shouts the captain, as a giant wave washes a box of 10 little rubber ducks off his cargo ship and into the sea. The 10 little rubber ducks are swept away in various directions. One drifts west, where a friendly dolphin jumps over it. A whale sings to another. But, as the sun sets, the 10th little rubber duck is left all alone, bobbing helplessly on the big wide sea. Small readers and listeners will empathize with the little duck’s plight — and will rejoice at the heartwarming surprise ending. In this poignant and funny story, illustrated with strikingly designed collages, Eric Carle also takes readers on an exciting voyage of discovery. Following the little ducks as they float to all parts of the globe, young explorers can see for themselves the meanings of directional words, and learn simple math concepts such as counting and the use of cardinal and ordinal numbers. Each creature the ducks meet is seen in its own habitat and behaves in a true-to-life manner, offering a very simple first view of biology and geography. All aboard for a world of learning and fun!

What's That Noise?
Written & illustrated by Naomi Howarth
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

When Magnus the seal is awakened by a rumbling sound, it may be closer than he thinks in a funny, kid-friendly story that winds up with facts about Arctic creatures.

Rumble, rumble, rumble. . . . What’s that noise?

Magnus the Arctic seal wakes up from a very deep sleep one morning, puzzled by a strange rumbling sound. What’s that noise? Could it be the creaking of the trees? The whistling of the wind? The cracking of the ice? The roaring of the sea? Hare, Owl, and Polar Bear don’t have any idea, but Walrus has a good suggestion: it could be Magnus’s rumbling tummy! After a yummy feast of plump, pink shrimp, the friends all settle down to sleep — but suddenly there’s another rumbling sound. What’s that noise? Readers curious about the creatures can learn more about them and their environment in an informative final spread.

Hello Birds What Do You Say?
Written & illustrated by Loes Botman
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Come and meet the birds and find out what they say.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Dinosong - The Land Before Time meets Eric Carle in this delightful read-aloud featuring “melodious and spare” (USA TODAY) language by master storyteller Tim McCanna. Follow a triceratops, a sauropod, and an ankylosaur on a prehistoric adventure filled with sights and sounds identified by playful onomatopoeia. Chip. Chop. Flip. Flop. Shatter. Scatter. Smack. Vibrant illustrations and crisp, fun language make this the perfect read-aloud, and backmatter about rock types and more inform curious readers about the world dinosaurs lived in.

  2. I Heard a Sound - Learn the science of sound with easy experiments and examples from everyday life. Crickets, clarinets, and vocal chords. All vibrate. All make sound. Here is science learning at its best: kid-friendly text, fun illustrations, and easy hands-on experiments. Readers can: • See how sound can pass through a string • Use four straws to hear high and low sounds • Attach a balloon to a cardboard tube to show how vocal chords work • Use wax paper to see sound vibrate • Learn how SOUND WAVES work And much more! A glossary is included in the back of the book.

  3. Oscar and the bat - A Start with Science book about sound. When Oscar hears a blackbird singing in the meadow, Bat swoops in to talk to him about sound. A sudden thunderstorm and a visiting cow give Oscar lots of opportunities to learn about sounds that are loud or soft, near or far, deep or high.

  4. So Many Sounds - Listen! Do you hear a sound? Noises come from all around. Soft and gentle, loud and clear. Oh so many sounds to hear! SoMany Soundsis a wonderful rhyming read-aloud featuring everyday sounds and a refrain that children will love repeating. The playful text and illustrations are sure to delight little ones while also inviting them to pay more attention to the world around them.

Books About Sounds Or Noises and Social Themes

Quiet Down, Loud Town!
Written by Alastair Heim & illustrated by Matt Hunt
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

In this funny, rhyming read-aloud for very young readers, a grumpy Mr. Elephant just wants some peace and quiet—that is, until he gets it.

Packed with hilarious rhymes, fun-to-shout-out sounds, and the frenetic energy of a happy, busy town, this raucous read-aloud follows an exasperated elephant through the course of his day. From barking dogs to clattering dishes at the coffee shop to a boisterous marching band, the noise is just too much. Mr. Elephant wants nothing more than for his loud town to PLEASE QUIET DOWN!!! But what happens when he ends up getting exactly what he wishes for? 

Snuck into the fun is an important message about seeing things from the perspective of others. Share this story with anyone who loves to make noise and anyone who loves to hate it!

Kitten and the Night Watchman
Written by John Sullivan & illustrated by Taeeun Yoo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A stray kitten changes the way the watchman sees nighttime in this tender book based on a true story, illustrated by Strictly No Elephants artist Taeeun Yoo. The night watchman hugs his wife and kids and drives to work. All night he is alone. Every hour he makes his rounds. He sees the stars twinkling. He hears the sounds of the night: ki-DEE ki-DEE ki-DEE shhhhheeeeeEEEERRRROOOOooooommmmmm Woof! Woof! Woof! Meeeoooow. When he is joined by a stray kitten, the night suddenly seems different. Has the kitten found a new home? Kitten and the Night Watchman is inspired by the true story of author John Sullivan meeting a stray cat while working as a night watchman. The cat, Beebe, was John’s companion for seventeen years.

The Very Clumsy Click Beetle
Written & illustrated by Eric Carle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A VERY classic from Eric Carle, creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

When a little click beetle falls onto his back, he seeks the help of a wise old click beetle. “Look at me,” says the more experienced click beetle, giving a loud CLICK and flipping onto its feet. But try as he might, the clumsy little click beetle just can’t get the hang of it–or can he? In the tradition of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Carle creates a winning story of perseverance and pride in achievement complete with an ingenious fiber-optic microchip that truly gives voice to the valiant little beetle as it CLICKs its way through the colorful pages and somersaults into your heart.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Meow! - “Ying’s expressive, anthropomorphic feline family is utterly endearing, and small humans will easily recognize themselves. A charmer.”—Kirkus Meow? Meow? MEOW! Meow! is a charming, mostly wordless picture book about a feisty young kitten who gets frustrated when her family is too busy to play. Featuring expressive art and sparse text, this fun read-aloud will allow parents and kids to creatively tell the story by expressing just one word in lots of different ways. This sweet and clever picture book is sure to charm readers through to the final purr. Perfect for fans of the New York Times bestselling They All Saw a Cat, Spot, the Cat, and all cat lovers!

  2. Leyla - Leyla is sick of her big, loud, overbearing family. They are always chatting, snuggling, and grooming each other (ew!), and—for Leyla—there’s no escape from their attention. So, she decides to run away until she can’t hear (or smell) her baboon troop anymore. In the middle of her desert habitat, she finds a lizard sunning himself. Unlike her family, the lizard loves to sit alone, be quiet, and do absolutely nothing at all. Leyla joins the lizard, and after soaking up some quiet time, she feels recharged and ready to return home to her large, ever-doting family. Now that she knows where she can always find a little peace, Leyla can embrace the chaos and the kisses with open arms. From the celebrated author-illustrator of I Am a Cat, Leyla shows kids how to appreciate both the wild and the mild.

Books About Sounds Or Noises and Bedtime

At the Stroke of Goodnight
Written & illustrated by Clay Rice
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Reminiscent of Susan Marie Swanson’s The House in the Night, world-renowned paper-cut artist Clay Rice weaves a poetic scene of what happens around a small farmhouse as night falls. A dreaming dog. A purring cat. A bird on a limb. A mouse on a mat. The evening glows in the twilight. And all falls quiet on the stroke of goodnight. A baby coos; a mommy sighs. Little ones tucked in, with dreams in their eyes. A gentle hand turns out the light. And all is quiet on the stroke of goodnight. A perfect bedtime story that gently and beautifully depicts a busy world settling in for a warm night’s sleep.

Sleep Tight, Charlie
Written & illustrated by Michael Escoffier and Kris Di Giacomo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-6

It’s been a busy day, and Charlie, like any tired rabbit, is ready for bed. He arranges his slippers and glass of water, finds his teddy bear, and checks to make sure there are no monsters under the bed. But just as he drifts off to sleep, TAP TAP TAP, a loud noise outside the window, wakes him up. It’s not just the tapping of Bird that keeps him up, Squirrel starts cracking nuts, then Mouse begins playing on the swings. Will Charlie ever get some rest?! This playful and beautifully illustrated picture book is funny and entertaining. Charlie’s humorous expressions, inspired by slapstick comedians like Charlie Chaplin, will make you laugh out loud at every turn.

Can You Say It, Too? Hoot! Hoot!
Written by Nosy Crow & illustrated by Sebastien Braun
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Five lavishly illustrated spreads, big, recessed flaps, and a host of nighttime animals to spot, name, and mimic combine in this delightful little board book for the very young.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Good Night Owl - Owl is ready for bed. But as soon as he settles in, he hears a strange noise. He’ll never get to sleep unless he can figure out what’s going on! He looks everywhere-in his cupboard, underneath the floorboards-even in his walls. But while he’s busy tearing his house apart, he doesn’t notice one tiny, squeaky, mouse-shaped detail. . . . Will Owl ever get a good night’s sleep?

  2. Good Night! - Illustrations and simple text show parent-and-child animal pairs saying goodnight to each other, as a chick’s “peep peep” is answered by a chicken’s “cluck cluck” and a puppy’s “ruff ruff” is returned by a dog’s “woof woof.”

  3. In the Darkness of the Night - Beautifully illustrated, In the Darkness of the Night takes readers through the sounds that a young child hears while curled up in bed waiting to fall asleep, from the familiar, reassuring noises of the family and the home, including muffled voices and humming pipes, to sounds from outdoors, like the snuffling and screeching of foxes. And then suddenly, what’s that? Zoom! A car speeds by and a distant siren sounds. As the illustrations expand to the city beyond the house, we see people who work throughout the night, such as sanitation workers or nurses. And finally, as the sun rises, early morning sounds begin with birdsong and the clatter of trash cans as the city wakes up again. Emily Rand takes you on a gentle journey through the night, looking at all the sounds and activity that happen while you’re tucked up warm in your bed!

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