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Swans: Books For Kids

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

As you can see, this list of kids books about swans is a work in progress! We’re currently exploring the best books available, and we’d love your input. If you have a title you’d suggest including on our list of kids books about swans, please share it with us!

We’ll be featuring a variety of titles on our list, from well known classics to popular bestsellers to lesser known titles that deserve a bigger audience. We’re also including books for a range of ages, from board books for babies and toddlers, to picture books for preschool and kindergarten age kids, to chapter books for early elementary age kids.

We’d love to hear any book suggestions you have—you can comment below or email us at [email protected].

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The Trumpet of the Swan
Written by E.B. White
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Swan Song Like the rest of his family, Louis is a trumpeter swan. But unlike his four brothers and sisters, Louis can't trumpet joyfully. In fact, he can't even make a sound. And since he can't trumpet his love, the beautiful swan Serena pays absolutely no attention to him. Louis tries everything he can think of to win Serena's affection--he even goes to school to learn to read and write. But nothing seems to work. Then his father steals him a real brass trumpet. Is a musical instrument the key to winning Louis his love?
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The Ugly Duckling
Written by Hans Christian Andersen & illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
For over one hundred years The Ugly Duckling has been a childhood favorite, and Jerry Pinkney's spectacular new adaptation brings it triumphantly to new generations of readers. With keen emotion and fresh vision, the acclaimed artist captures the essence of the tale's timeless appeal: The journey of the awkward little bird -- marching bravely through hecklers, hunters, and cruel seasons -- is an unforgettable survival story; this blooming into a graceful swan is a reminder of the patience often necessary to discover true happiness. Splendid watercolors set in the lush countryside bring drama to life.
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Over in the Meadow at the Big Ballet
Written by Lisa Shulman & illustrated by Sarah Massini
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
As the squirrels and rabbits finish painting the sets and hedgehogs sew the costumes, the little swan works closely with her ballet teacher and rehearses every chance she gets in order to make sure her part in the show is a smashing success!
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Swan Sky
Written by Keizaburo Tejima
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7
Despite the devoted attentions of her family, a young swan is unable to accompany them on the journey to their summer home.
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The Ugly Duckling
Written by DK Publishing & illustrated by Giuseppe Di Lernia
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
This favorite fairy tale is perfect for parents looking for children's classics to read with their little one. Teased by his siblings for his different looks, the brave cygnet journeys into the world, looking for friendship and kindness. Adapted from Hans Christian Andersen's original story, this is the story of how one little duckling overcomes obstacles and challenges, and with patience and determination, finally finds the companionship for which he has been searching. The charming illustrations by Giuseppe di Lernia in this picture book are sure to capture the imaginations of little ones, and the large format of this book is ideal for sharing with children aged 3 to 5 and reading together at bedtime.
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  • Swan Lake - This lavishly illustrated book follows the storyline, choreography, costumes, and sets of the New York City Ballet’s production of Swan Lake. With beautiful art illustrated by Valeria Docampo, this magnificent retelling is a perfect gift for an aspiring ballerina or any family who wants to add this enchanting and classic tale to their library.

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