Animal Picture Books for Your Child Part 1: A to L

Do you have a child who is an animal lover?  Do they love picture books?  We have scoured our collections for some great picture books about animals.  There are some really fun titles to check out for your kids here.  This is the first part of our list featuring animals from alligators to llamas.

 

 

A IS FOR ALLIGATORS…

 

 

Warning, Do Not Touch

Tim Warnes

Summary:

Mole’s best friend, the Lumpy-Bumpy Thing, has found a hat. On it there’s a label that reads Warning! Do Not Touch! The Lumpy-Bumpy Thing picks up the hat and puts it on his head. But Mole is worried. “Quick! Take it off!” he cries. “It could be dangerous!” Suddenly, a bunny hops out of the hat, and then another, and another! Soon, there are too many bunnies to count! What can Mole andthe Lumpy-Bumpy Thing do now?  — Goodreads

 

 

 

If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t!

Elise Parsley

Summary:

Note to self: If your teacher tells you to bring something from nature for show-and-tell, she does not want you to bring an alligator! But nothing will stop Magnolia, who’s determined to have the best show-and-tell of all–until her reptilian rapscallion starts getting her into some major trouble. Now it’s up to Magnolia to find a way to send this troublemaker home–but what could possibly scare an alligator away?  — Goodreads

 

 

 

 

B IS FOR BEARS…

 

Don’t Call Me Bear!

Aaron Blabey

Summary:

Koala is NOT a bear! (Or is he?) Find out why Koala is so mad in this new, irresistibly funny picture book from Aaron Blabey, the bestselling creator of Pig the Pug!
“G’day, my name is Warren and I’ve got something to share… Just because I’m furry DOESN’T MEAN THAT I’M A BEAR.”

Koala is sick of being called the wrong thing. Koalas are NOT bears, and it is time that everyone knows it! Follow this feisty little koala as he explains why he is certainly NOT a bear (and why no one ever seems to believe him).

Rich with author-illustrator Aaron Blabey’s hysterical text and unforgettably wacky illustrations — plus nonfiction facts woven throughout — Don’t Call Me Bear! is a hilarious story about making sure everyone knows exactly who you are!  — Goodreads

 

 

What About Harry?

Derek Anderson

Summary:

From New York Times bestselling illustrator Derek Anderson comes the story of Sam and Harry, two pals whose friendship is tested when Henry fails as Sam excels.

Harry and Sam are best friends who do everything together. Like build castles. Jump into ponds. And swing on swings.

But when Harry realizes that Sam can build bigger, jump higher, and swing better than he can, he decides he’d be happier without Sam. All by himself, Harry can be the greatest! All by himself, Harry is…

Well, Harry is…

Alone. Is being the best at everything worth it if you don’t have a friend to share the fun with?  — Goodreads

 

C IS FOR CATS…

Bad Dog

Mike Boldt

Summary:

The differences between cats and dogs have never been funnier! In this hilarious new story from the illustrator of I Don’t Want to Be a Frog, a little girl really, really wants a dog… but gets a cat instead!

“Look what I got for my birthday! A pet dog!” says a little girl holding a… cat? Rocky doesn’t listen or obey like all the other dogs. (Because Rocky is a cat.) And Rocky hates her leash and doesn’t seem to like other dogs. (Probably because Rocky is a cat.) And rather than play fetch, Rocky prefers to… lick between her toes? Ew. Rocky is a bad “dog”! BUT Rocky doesn’t bark, and is so cute when she sleeps in sunny spots. Maybe Rocky IS a good dog? (Or, you know, maybe Rocky is a cat.)

Cat lovers and dog lovers alike will howl with laughter at this little girl’s willful insistence that her cat is a dog. The hilarious ways in which cats and dogs are different are brilliantly illuminated with each turn of the page and will leave young readers and their grown-ups giggling  — Goodreads

 

 

Skippyjon Jones

Judy Schachner

Summary:

Here is the book that launched a thousand chimichangoes – the first in the best-selling series about the rambunctious Skippyjon Jones, the Siamese kitty boy with the overactive imagination. He would rather be El Skippito, the great sword fighter, who can do anything. Like saving a roving band of Mexican Chihuahuas from a humongous bumblebeeto that is tormenting them.

Join Skippyjon Jones on his first great adventure. He’s fearless, he’s fun, he gets the job done – yes, indeed-o.  — Goodreads

 

 

D IS FOR DOGS…

I Want a Dog

Jon Agee

Summary:

A girl seeks her perfect pet at a wonderfully unusual animal shelter in this comical read-aloud by the award-winning creator of Life on Mars

The Copley County Animal Shelter has an aardvark, a lizard, a goose, a weasel, and plenty more. But do they have a puppy? The girl with her wagon is ready to adopt a dog—not an aardvark, lizard, or goose! Can the shelter manager help her to find her perfect pet?  — Goodreads

 

 

Dog Meets Dog

Bernice Myers

Summary:

Big Dog wants to be friends. “But what is a friend?” asks Little Dog. Readers will learn the answer in this funny, heartwarming story. This level G book is perfect for new readers.

Friends have fun, Big Dog explains. They could take a train to the zoo, a bus to the boats, or a rocket to the moon. But before the friends can execute their plans, it starts to snow. The dogs go to their homes where Big Dog takes a bath, and Little Dog puts on his boots and goes outside.

But Little Dog falls and is buried in snow. Will Big Dog hear Little Dog’s plaintive “woofs” and come to the rescue? Yes! Because friends help friends. And friends don’t have to go to the moon to have fun. They can just hang out and enjoy ice cream together.  — Goodreads

 

 

 

 

E IS FOR ELEPHANTS…

 

Counting Elephants

Dawn Young

Summary:

Math + Magic = chaos. A zany book about counting elephants before they disappear!

Our poor counter just wants to count her ten elephants, but – POOF! – her magician friend is making it impossible. Ten, nine, eight… each time we get back to counting, one of the elephants has been changed into something unexpected. Puppies, frogs, peanut butter and jelly, and, of course, a rabbit and a hat appear and disappear in this funny, fast-paced story.  — Goodreads

 

 

How to Find An Elephant

Kate Banks

Summary:

What to do on a dull gray day? Head into the wilds and look for an elephant. You will need a pair of binoculars, a blanket, a flute, some food, a little imagination, and a lot of curiosity. Look and listen closely, because elephants can be anywhere. And watch out, because if you’re not careful, the elephant may find you first!  — Goodreads

 

 

 

F is for Foxes…

 

A Fox Found a Box

Ged Adamson

Summary:

When his radio breaks, a little fox finds that the forest is filled with its own rhythm and music–drip drops and chirp chirps–in this picture book that gently introduces the concept of mindfulness.

A little fox is digging for food when–OUCH! What is that?–the fox finds a box! When the fox brings the box home to his animal friends–and turns a funny-looking knob–the box starts to sing, and music fills the forest. Everyone agrees that it feels nice. Day and night, they listen to the box’s songs, until, one day, it goes quiet. No matter what they try, they just can’t get the box to sing again. The animals stop swishing their tails and flapping their wings…. But, in the silence, the fox hears the drip-drop rhythm of melting icicles and the thump thump of a beaver’s tail and comes to realize music is everywhere. The noises of the forest and the animals build into a symphony, until, eventually, everyone joins together in a joyous dance party.

From the author of fan favorite Douglas, You Need Glasses!, here is a wonderful celebration of music–and appreciating the little things that have surrounded you all along — Goodreads

 

 

Little Fox and the Missing Moon

Ekaterina Trukhan

Summary:

The mystery-loving fox from Apples for Little Fox returns with a new case! When Fox dreams that the moon is missing, he and his friends go on a quest to find it and return it to the sky. Teamwork and companionship are highlighted in this simple, inviting mystery that allows readers to follow along.

The muted palette and clean design will calm overstimulated children at the end of their busy days.  — Goodreads

 

 

 

G IS FOR GEESE…

 

Duck & Goose

Tad Hills

Summary:

Here is the first book in the popular Duck & Goose line of picture books and board books. This New York Times Bestseller and ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book stars two unforgettable characters and is filled with humor that young children will appreciate—and recognize!

Duck and Goose have to work at getting along. You see, Duck doesn’t much care for Goose at first, and Goose isn’t fond of Duck. But both want the egg that each claims to be his. As the two tend to their egg, and make plans for the future, they come to appreciate one another’s strengths. And when a bluebird points out that it isn’t really an egg—it’s a polka dot ball—the two are not dismayed. After all, it is a lovely ball. . . .  — Goodreads

 

 

The Serious Goose

Jimmy Kimmel

Summary:

Meet a very Serious Goose in late-night host Jimmy Kimmel’s first fun and funny picture book! There is nothing silly about this goose. You CANNOT make her laugh, so DON’T EVEN TRY!

Written, illustrated, and lettered by Jimmy Kimmel, this picture book challenges young readers to bring the silly out of a very Serious Goose. Inspired by Jimmy’s nickname for his kids, The Serious Goose reminds us to be silly in a serious way. Put your little comedians in front of a mylar mirror and challenge them to make this no-nonsense goose smile. This delightful read-aloud is guaranteed to create gaggles of giggles time and time again!  — Goodreads

 

 

 

 

H IS FOR HIPPOPOTAMI…

 

Clyde Goes to School

Keith Marantz

Summary:

Meet Clyde, a lively (and often worried) hippo with a heart of gold who’s always eager to go on new adventures, in this fun-filled 8×8!

Clyde can’t believe his mom his making him go to school. He has so much fun at home–what could a classroom possibly have to offer? As his mom lists all the activities he’ll get to do, Clyde only imagines the worst possible outcomes. He’s so caught up in what could go wrong that he’s determined to turn around and go home. But when he comes across his kind teacher and the butterfly habitat she’s carrying inside, it might just be enough to convince him to stay!  — Goodreads

 

 

Hippopotamister

John Patrick Green

Summary:

The zoo isn’t what it used to be. It’s run down, and Hippo hardly ever gets any visitors. So he decides to set off for the outside with his friend Red Panda. To make it in the human world, Hippo will have to become a Hippopotamister: he’ll have to act like a human, get a job, and wear a hat as a disguise. He’s a good employee, whether he’s a construction worker, a hair stylist, or a sous chef. But what he really needs is a job where he can be himself.  — Goodreads

 

 

 

I IS FOR IGUANA…

 

I Wanna Iguana

Karen Kaufman Orloff

Summary:

Alex just has to convince his mom to let him have an iguana, so he puts his arguments in writing. He promises that she won’t have to feed it or clean its cage or even see it if she doesn’t want to. Of course Mom imagines life with a six-foot-long iguana eating them out of house and home. Alex’s reassurances: It takes fifteen years for an iguana to get that big. I’ll be married by then and probably living in my own house. and his mom’s replies: How are you going to get a girl to marry you when you own a giant reptile? will have kids in hysterics as the negotiations go back and forth through notes. And the lively, imaginative illustrations show their polar opposite dreams of life with an iguana.  — Goodreads

 

 

 

J IS FOR JAGUAR…

 

The Jaguar Paw Puzzle

Erica Farber

Summary:

In The Jaguar Paw Puzzle the Critter Kids® travel to the South American rainforest for an archaeological dig among the Mayan ruins, they discover that the priceless Jaguar Paw jade statue has just been stolen. Can the Critter Kids uncover the smuggling ring to save the statue, or will the jaguar pay disappear forever?  — Goodreads

 

 

A Boy and a Jaguar

Alan Rabinowitz

Summary:

Alan loves animals, but the great cat house at the Bronx Zoo makes him sad. Why are they all alone in empty cages? Are they being punished? More than anything, he wants to be their champion—their voice—but he stutters uncontrollably.

Except when he talks to animals…

Then he is fluent.  — Goodreads

 

 

K IS FOR KANGAROOS…

 

Snap!

Marcia K. Vaughan

Summary:

On a hot, dusty day, Joey, a young kangaroo, only wants to play. He plays all sorts of games with his friends: hide-n-sneak with Twisker the mouse, lots-of-knots with Slider the snake – but what to do when Sly-tooth the crocodile comes around and wants to play a game of Snap!
Quick thinking Joey saves the day by suggesting a game of tickle-the-tonsils instead.  — Goodreads

 

 

 

Does a Kangaroo Have A Mother Too?

Eric Carle

Summary:

From Eric Carle, the New York Times bestselling author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Grouchy Ladybug, comes a reassuring tale of a mother’s love for her child.

Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? answers curious kids who wonder whether lions, bears, and monkeys have mothers, too. Bright collage illustrations and simple text reinforce the theme that everyone has a mother, and every mother loves her child.

Meet the little joey bouncing in mother kangaroo’s pouch. Watch little cubs prance around mother lion. Swim with a baby dolphin calf in the deep blue sea. Eric Carle’s classic, colorful collages of baby animals and their mothers will delight and comfort young readers.  — Goodreads

 

 

 

 

L IS FOR LLAMA…

LLama, Llama Loose Tooth Drama

Anna Dewdney

Summary:

Llama Llama loses his loose tooth in this new hardcover adventure, part of Anna Dewdney’s New York Times bestselling series!

Llama Llama’s tooth is wiggling! Is it time for his first tooth to come out?
He’s excited, but anxious. Who is this tooth fairy everyone talks about? Mama Llama reassures him; the tooth will come out when it’s good and ready. But no one is ready for what happens next…Suddenly, the tooth is GONE! Where did it go? And will the tooth fairy come at all, now?

Anna Dewdney’s fun-to-read rhyme is full of humor and comfort, and of course, a very happy ending.  — Goodreads.com

 

 

 

Llama Unleashes the Alpacalypse

Jonathan Stutzman

Summary:

In the hilarious follow-up to Llama Destroys the World, author/illustrator team Jonathan Stutzman and Heather Fox give Llama another shot at saving the world…from himself, in Llama Unleashes the Alpacalypse.

Llama’s back and ready to destroy the world AGAIN… this time with his best camelid, Alpaca!

Llama loves cooking. And baking. And, above all, eating.
For breakfast, Llama makes one epic spread…as well as a big mess.
But Llama hates cleaning.
So by lunch, Llama has cooked up something really devious–an idea!–and by second lunch, Llama has cloned his most fastidious friend, Alpaca, to clean his house. And Llama doesn’t stop at just one clone.
By dinner, the alpaca clones threaten to tidy the world into utter destruction–THE ALPACALYPSE* IS HERE!
Will Llama be able to fix it all before dessert?

*That’s “apocalypse” with an alpaca–get it?  — Goodreads

 

 

 

That’s all for Part 1 of our journey through the alphabet with our animal picture books.  Remember, if you want to place any of these books on hold, go to http://evergreen.lib.in.us.  We’ll get them ready for you for curbside pickup.

 

Part 2 of this list will appear in February, so be on the lookout for more great animal picture books.

 

 

 

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