Books for Kids: Animals

  • Books for Kids: Animals

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Kittens in the Kitchen

Ben M. Baglio

When a stray cat gives birth to kittens in Mr. Williams' kitchen, he is furious. Can Mandy find homes for four kittens in one week?

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Animal Baths

Bob Barner

Discover how all kinds of animals bathe in this playful exploration of bath time in the animal kingdom! Learn how tiny shrimp aid eels in keeping their teeth squeaky clean, and how schools of fish help sharks stay spic and span. Young readers will re

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Clifford's Animal Sounds

Norman Bridwell

Clifford the small red puppy meets a variety of animals and discovers what kinds of sounds they make.

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Secrets of Animal Camouflage

Carron Brown

New light is thrown on the secrets of animal camouflage in this delightfully illustrated new Shine-a-Light title. Children will discover how animals hide by ingeniously adapting to their environment. From stick insects hiding on branches to the extra

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Dear Beast

Dori Hillestad Butler

A jealous cat really, really, REALLY wants to drive away his young owner's new dog in this playful illustrated chapter book from a two-time Geisel Honor winner. Simon has taken care of his owner, Andy, for many years. He's a good cat. Clean

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8: An Animal Alphabet

Elisha Cooper

Explore the animal world, from aardvark to zebu! Discover hundreds of animals, great and small. Lion and lizard, whale and wombat. Learn one wild fact about each animal. (Did you know that gorillas yawn when they are nervous?) Look carefully, because

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Sophie's Animal Parade

Amy Dixon

Mama calls it Sophie’s imagination, but Sophie calls it magic. Everything Sophie draws comes to life, and one day when Sophie feels lonely, she decides to draw a friend. But the polar bear cub isn’t very happy in Sophie’s room, where it is much

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Katy S. Duffield

This powerful nonfiction picture book explores wildlife crossings around the world and how they are helping save thousands of animals every day. Around the world, bridges, tunnels, and highways are constantly being built to help people get from one p

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Eva's Treetop Festival: A Branches Book (Owl Diaries #1)

Rebecca Elliott

This adorable early chapter book series is perfect for young girls who love friendship stories starring animal characters! This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers.

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Animal Homes

Tom Evans

Introduction to animal homes using simple text, question and answer format, illustrations and photos. Features include puzzles and games, fun facts, a resource list, and an index.

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Farm Alarm!

Dustin Ferrer

The members of Team Umizoomi search for Farmer Dan's animals--a donkey, two chickens, three mice, and four pigs--at school.

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Clover's Luck

Kallie George

An enchanting new illustrated chapter book series from acclaimed author Kallie George Young Clover seems to have the worst luck-until she happens upon a help-wanted ad from an animal adoption agency. She soon discovers that it is a place like no othe

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Gail Gibbons

In this book, Gail Gibbons explores the many reasons why animals migrate, using direct sentences, maps, infographics, and illustrations.

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Animal Fair

Ponder Goembel

A retelling of a traditional song in which a child visits the animal fair. On board pages.

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Gray Wolves

Meish Goldish

Explains why gray wolves became an endangered species, and describes the efforts of scientists to bring them back from the brink of extinction.

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First Friend

Kersten Hamilton

With lyrical text by Kersten Hamilton and luminous illustrations by Jaime Kim, First Friend is an exploration of how the wild wolves became dogs, and how we learned to communicate and grow alongside the creatures we love. Long, long ago, when the wor

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Animal Babies

Bobbie Hamsa, Tom Dunnington

Rhyming text provides the names used for different young animals.

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Animal Gym

Beth Greiner Hoffman

A beloved Little Golden Book Classic—with a funny, timeless school theme! This rollicking story explores just what would happen at school if elephants walked the balance beam, monkeys climbed all over the monkey bars, and tigers went up the rope! S

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What's That Noise?

Naomi Howarth

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 u

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African Animal Alphabet

Beverly Joubert, Dereck Joubert

Presents alphabetically arranged entries describing animals that live in Africa, including cheetahs, elephants, lions, and zebras.

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Cynthia Kadohata

From Newbery Medalist and National Book Award–winning author Cynthia Kadohata comes an irrepressible and heartwarming story about a girl and her ever-growing pig, Saucy—perfect for fans of The One and Only Ivan and Flora & Ulysses! Being a qu

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Animal Mothers

Atsushi Komori

Text and illustrations describe how baby animals are aided by their mothers in moving from place to place.

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Night Animals Need Sleep Too

Gianna Marino

Daytime brings a whole new set of problems and adventures to the crew of Night Animals Need Sleep Too! It's daytime and night animals are all sleeping soundly. Well, all except for Possum. Skunk tries to be helpful, pointing out a cave, then a t

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Sandra Markle

In the forests and open tundra of northern Europe, Siberia, and North America, wolverines are part of the world's clean-up crew.A powerful sense of smell, a sharp memory, strong jaw muscles, and big, cone-shaped teeth allow wolverines to track a

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Katie the Kitten Fairy

Daisy Meadows

Rachel and Kristy return a kitten who seems to have magic powers to Katie the kitten fairy and discover that Jack Frost has been stealing magic pets that belong to the other Pet Fairies in Fairyland as well.

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My Stinky Summer by S. Bug

Paul Meisel

Told in diary form, My Stinky Summer by S. Bug introduces readers to the stinkbug's life cycle and survival habits.

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Zoo in the Sky

Jacqueline Mitton

Shows and describes the animal constellations, including Canis Major and Scorpius the Scorpion, and provides information about some of the more unusual stars that make up the constellations. Reprint.

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Willa and the Whale

Chad Morris, Shelly Brown

When her mother dies, twelve-year-old Willa feels lost and alone except when she connects with things her mom loved about the wonders of the ocean as a marine biologist. While on a whale-watching excursion with her dad, who is trying to cheer her up

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Birrarung Wilam

Joy Murphy Wandin

Yarra Riverkeeper Andrew Kelly and Aboriginal Elder of the Wurundjeri people Aunty Joy Murphy join to tell the Indigenous and geographical story of Melbourne's beautiful Yarra River - from its source to its mouth and from its prehistory to the p

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Ranger Rick Jr.

National Wildlife Federation

Ranger Rick Jr, the #1 nature magazine for younger kids, is packed with astonishing photos of animals, amazing wildlife facts, and fun games and crafts.

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Animal Fun

Zita Newcome

A group of toddlers has fun imitating a penguin, a crab, a duck, an elephant, and other animals while they exercise and discover all the wonderful ways their bodies can move.

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Kaela Noel

In this exceptional debut, one young girl’s determination to save the flock she calls family creates a lasting impact on her community and in her heart. Gorgeous and literary, this is an unforgettable animal story about friendship, family, home, an

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Baloney and Friends

Greg Pizzoli

Three-time Theodor Seuss Geisel Award recipient Greg Pizzoli launches a full-color graphic novel series about four funny friends that Dav Pilkey declares "will inspire young readers to write and draw their own stories"! Meet Baloney! He

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The Beauty of the Beast

Jack Prelutsky

An illustrated collection of poems about animals, insects, and birds by poets from different parts of the world.

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Hannah Salyer

★ "Part natural science, part deep ecology, wholly captivating."—Kirkus, STARRED review ★ "A must-purchase for every collection." —School Library Journal, STARRED review An exquisitely illustrated celebration of animals wh

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Animal Babies in Grasslands

Jennifer Schofield

Animal Babies in Grasslands shows mammals living in this lush and green habitat. From inquisitive prairie dogs to big-eared elephants, the charming images and clear text will engage children's interest immediately.

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A Mob of Kangaroos

Richard Spilsbury, Louise Spilsbury

Describes the physical characteristics, behavior, habitat, and group life of kangaroos.

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Gator on the Loose!

Sue Stauffacher

Chaos ensues when Keisha's father brings an escaped alligator home to Carter's Urban Rescue, but it gets out of the bathroom while Grandma is guarding it.

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The White Giraffe

Lauren St. John

When Martine’s home in England burns down, killing her parents, she must go to South Africa to live on a wildlife game preserve, called Sawubona, with the grandmother she didn’t know she had. Almost as soon as she arrives, Martine hears stories a

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Together We Grow

Susan Vaught

“A gentle tale of inclusion and fairness that children will clearly understand.” —Booklist (starred review) From award-winning novelist Susan Vaught comes a poignant picture book that celebrates inclusivity, acceptance, and the importance of re

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Animal Hospital

Judith Walker-Hodge

When two children find an injured duck and take it to a veterinarian at an animal hospital, they learn about the work of the hospital and of the doctor as she cares for the duck and other animals.

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Animal Seasons

Brian Wildsmith

Spring brings forth flowers and animal young, but the summer is hot, fruits ripen, and the animals seek shade. Autumn paints leaves while animals store food for the winter when the ground is covered with snow.

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Unlimited Squirrels I Want to Sleep Under the Stars!

Mo Willems

Mo Willems, creator of the revolutionary, award-winning, best-selling Elephant & Piggie books, has another breakout beginning-reader series. An ensemble cast of Squirrels, Acorns, and pop-in guests hosts a page-turning extravaganza. Each book fea

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Animal Fare

Jane Yolen

A collection of sixteen nonsense poems about the anteloop, the sprinkler spaniel, the rhinocerworse, and other fantastic animals.

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The Great Animal Search

Caroline Young, Ian Jackson

Information about the creatures that live in a variety of habitats is accompanied by detailed illustrations of scenes of the habitats in which young readers are invited to search for hidden animals.

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I Love Ewe

Aaron Zenz

Bouncing text filled with entertaining wordplay and adorable illustrations feature animal mothers of every shape and size, and encourage little readers to express big love for their moms.

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