Best Animal Baby Books

Best Animal Baby Books

July 6, 2016

Best Animal Baby Books

Best Animal Baby Books
Our fifteen favorite animal books of all time.  Cuteness abounds!Best Animal Baby Books

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.

In this perennial favorite, the caterpillar eats holes through various foods: holes that are actually punched into the pages of the book. Great for teaching your little one days of the week, too.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar


A book about two unlikely friends (a snail and a whale) drives home the lesson: it doesn’t matter how big or small you are, you are important and can be successful.

The Snail and the Whale


A young duck on the Yangtze river experiments with running away from his problems.

The Story about Ping


A vain fish becomes a better person when he decides to give his shiny scales away to his friends. It has provoked lively controversy among parents, who argue over whether the book is about valuing friendship, or buying friends.

The Rainbow Fish


At first the living mouse envies the life of the pampered, toy wind-up mouse–but he learns that wishing to be someone else is dangerous and it’s better to be true to your real self.

Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse


A funny story full of tongue-twisters by the master of rhyme, Shel Silverstein.

A Giraffe and a Half


A deceptively simply but tremendously funny story about a squirrel who won’t leave his tree because the world might be full of tarantulas, green Martians, or killer bees. Help your little one face their fears of change!

Scaredy Squirrel


“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


A dog sent to obedience school writes his owner letters in attempt to make her feel so guilty she lets him come home. The illustrations show the dog’s melodramatic visions of oppression and misery.

Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School


This beautifully simple book about a peaceful bull in a land of bullfighters shows your child what it’s like to create an identity that defies stereotyping.

The Story of Ferdinand


A boy and a bear exuberantly go on a quest for blueberries together with light-hearted rhyme and gorgeously joyful illustrations.



Watch out for literate animals: Farmer Brown’s cows find a typewriter and type out a demand letter for electric blankets, leading to a comical negotiation to end a milk strike.

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type


A bedraggled kitten dumped through the book return is adopted by librarians and becomes a devoted library cat. Based on a true story!

Dewey: There’s a Cat in the Library!


Introduce your child to one of the world’s most classic and famous fables about the ugly duckling that became a beautiful swan. It’s a great message to have in times of adversity.

The Ugly Duckling


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