We are a family of bookworms. My husband, myself and now Link all love reading. We often visit used bookstores, libraries, and make family trips to Indigo on the weekends. If we aren’t reading you can probably find us at the zoo so I thought I’d combine the two and create a list of the best animal books for kids.
Here’s a list of our ten favourite books that will appeal to any little animal enthusiast:
The Very Cranky Bear by: Nick Bland
When four friends encounter a cranky bear, Moose, Lion and Zebra all think they know how to cheer him up. But it is plain, boring Sheep who has the answer. ~Goodreads
Gaston by: Kelly DiPucchio
This is the story of four puppies: Fi-Fi, Foo-Foo, Ooh-La-La, and Gaston. Gaston works the hardest at his lessons on how to be a proper pooch. He sips – never slobbers! He yips – never yaps! And he walks with grace – never races! Gaston fits right in with his poodle sisters.But a chance encounter with a bulldog family in the park-Rocky, Ricky, Bruno, and Antoinette-reveals there’s been a mix-up, and so Gaston and Antoinette switch places. The new families look right…but they don’t feel right. Can these puppies follow their noses-and their hearts-to find where they belong? ~Goodreads
Llama Llama Misses Mama by: Anna Dewdney
It’s Llama Llama’s first day of preschool! And Llama Llama’s mama makes sure he’s ready. They meet the teachers. See the other children. Look at all the books and games. But then it’s time for Mama to leave. And suddenly Llama Llama isn’t so excited anymore. Will Mama Llama come back?
Of course she will. But before she does, the other children show Llama Llama how much fun school can be! ~Goodreads
Clumsy Duck by: Britta Teckentrup
Poor Clumsy Duck! Not a day goes by without her stumbling, tripping, or falling over her huge webbed feet. But with the help of her special friend Little Chick, Clumsy Duck discovers exactly what those big feet are good for—and what a fabulous swimmer she is. With delightful illustrations and a most endearing character, Britta Teckentrup has created a charming story about finding your own special talents. ~Goodreads
Beachy and Me by: Bob Staake
Pixie Picklespeare lives on a tiny island where there’s no one to play with . . . until a friendly whale washes ashore. With Pixie’s help (sort of), Beachy is soon back in the water, where the two play marvelous games. However, Beachy knows he must migrate to be with other whales. As he disappears into the deep, Pixie feels that she’s lost her dear friend forever. But when he returns months later, Pixie learns that at special times of the year, she and Beachy will be together again! ~Goodreads
Sheep Go to Sleep by: Nancy Shaw
It’s time for bed but the sheep just can’t settle down. Never fear, a trusty sheepdog is here to help. What will it take to get these restless sheep to bed? A hug? A blanket? A drink of water? Will this dedicated collie ever get these bleating sheep to sleep?
Strictly No Elephants by: Lisa Mantchev
Today is Pet Club day. There will be cats and dogs and fish, but strictly no elephants are allowed. The Pet Club doesn’t understand that pets come in all shapes and sizes, just like friends. Now it is time for a boy and his tiny pet elephant to show them what it means to be a true friend.
Imaginative and lyrical, this sweet story captures the magic of friendship and the joy of having a pet. ~Goodreads
Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef by: Marianne Berkes
Verse that may be sung to the included melody introduces different reef dwellers in scenes sculpted in polymer clay, with how many of each animal listed and increasing from one to ten. ~Goodreads
Wonderful Wildlife 123 by: Charles Fuge
A hilariously funny first introduction to numbers 1 to 20! Worms wiggle, hyenas giggle, cheeky chipmunks chase Bigfoot and the Yeti. ~Goodreads
Go Dog. Go! by: P.D. Eastman
Reading goes to the dogs in this timeless Beginner Book edited by Dr. Seuss. From big dogs and little dogs to red, green, and blue dogs, dogs going up and dogs going fast . . . who knew dogs were so busy? And laughter will ensue at the repeated question “Do you like my hat?” Like P. D. Eastman’s classic Are You My Mother? Go, Dog. Go! has been a go-to favorite for over fifty years, leaving audiences of all breeds wagging their tails with delight. ~Goodreads
If you enjoyed these books, don’t forget to pin them for later!
Thanks for reading,