Best Animal Books for Babies and Toddlers
Best Animal Books for Babies and Toddlers
September 10, 2021

Best Animal Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Best Animal Books for Babies and Toddlers

Cuteness abounds in these beloved animal books. Whether they feature a sweet critter as a main character or teach children about the joys and perils of the animal kingdom, these books will inspire an appreciation for the natural world in your child.

High contrast toys and books are great for baby’s eye development in the early weeks and months, so this book is perfect for introducing animals early on and getting baby to focus on images. Pair that with the sweet greetings each animal gives, and this makes a favorite first book.

Hello, Baby Animals High-Contrast Board Book


Who doesn’t love to pet cute baby animals? With this book’s touch and feel feature, your little one gets a fun, tactile introduction to lots of new animals, from a soft kitten to a fuzzy penguin to a velvety butterfly.

Baby Touch and Feel Animals


With bright illustrations and simple, straightforward wording, this may end up being your favorite animal book for purely educational purposes. Little ones from birth through the preschool years will love staring at the friendly, colorful animals and learning about who lives in each habitat.

Baby 101: Zoology for Babies


There are all kinds of babies in the world, and many of them are animals! Adorable drawings paired with the real names of these baby animals (did you know a baby owl is called an owlet?) makes this a delightful read for baby humans. And it’s an Indestructibles book, too, so your little one can bite, drool and scrunch this book as much as they like without making any rips or tears!

Indestructibles: Baby Animals


Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (shown here in the Babylist Baby Starter Library collection) features all kinds of colorful animals! A big brown bear, a vivid red bird, a purple cat and a yellow duck are just a few of the creatures that cover each page, each one illustrated with vivid colors and textures. Get this book plus four others in our exclusive box.

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Ocean critters are animals, too (and many kids’ favorites!). This touch and feel book takes baby on an adventure under water to meet all kinds of fish, dolphins, whales and octopuses and learn about them and their habitat through baby’s developing sense of touch.

Touch and Explore the Ocean


A lift-the-flap reading experience that keeps kids guessing and feeling their way through. “I wrote to the zoo to send me a pet,” the narrator begins. “They sent me a …” What follows is a guessing game made more exciting with folding flaps, hidden panels and touch-and-feel fields that engage kids on a tactile level.

Dear Zoo Board Book


We love the BabyLit series for teaching all kinds of basics like colors, counting, anatomy and more. Naturally, this tiny version of The Jungle Book teaches jungle animals, so you can get your little one primed for lots of tiger rawrs and elephant trumpets.

The Jungle Book: A BabyLit Animals Primer


This favorite by beloved author Sandra Boynton introduces the various sounds of the animal world and encourages kids to do the same. Little ones invariably love this activity, and it’s sure to send them into giggle fits, especially when accompanied by the illustrations of Boynton’s seriously silly signature animals.

Moo, Baa, LA LA LA


Clever rhymes and luscious illustrations make for a delightful reading experience for all ages. A little llama wanders the woods, asking his forest friends, “Is your mama a llama?” Each exchange is like a riddle, and the wordplay both engages young ears and helps build vocabulary.

Is Your Mama a Llama


Cows are funny as is, but cows with typewriters is a new level of barnyard absurdity. Especially when they begin leaving notes for the disgruntled farmer!

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type


Gorgeous illustrations make this book a modern classic, steeped in Ukrainian tradition with a dash of forest animal hijinx. It’s the story of a little boy who wanted white mittens, the doting grandmother who knit them for him and the adventures that ensue when he loses the white mitten in the white snow.

The Mitten


The other bulls want to fight. Ferdinand wants to smell flowers. It’s a peace-loving message that’s charmed readers since 1936. It’s hard to think of a more lovable character than Ferdinand the Bull, whose peaceful ways put him at odds with the violent animal behavior that surrounds him.

The Story of Ferdinand

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