Children’s Picture Books with Animals

Most children love animals and the zoo, so we thought we would round up some fun picture books featuring animals.  No matter if it’s puppies, lions, tigers or porcupines, these animals are sure to please and entertain your youngsters.

Sarabella's Thinking Cap by Judy SchachnerSarabella’s Thinking Cap
From the bestselling creator of Skippyjon Jones, a heartwarming story about the importance of imagination and creativity.

Sarabella is always thinking—conjuring, daydreaming, and creating new worlds from her imagination.  There is so much going on in her head that it can barely be contained. But there are times when daydreaming is decidedly not a good thing—like when you’re supposed to be doing multiplication tables. Luckily, Sarabella has an understanding teacher and with his encouragement, She comes up with her own idea to show everyone who she is.

A Porcupine's PromenadeA Porcupine’s Promenade
Just outside Bailey’s front door, snow was falling in clumps from the evergreen boughs where the sun was shining, but it remained frozen solid in the shade, creating an ice-cold winter playground perfect for exploring.
“Mom,” Bailey shouts. “Have you seen my snowshoes?”
“I’m going out for a walk in the woods.”
Bailey’s excitement to learn more about what exists in his backyard forest takes him on the path to an extraordinary discovery.

About the Author
LYN SMITH holds a M.Ed. in Literacy and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Reading Education. She began her career as a kindergarten teacher and has since worked as an educational administrator, adjunct faculty member at a local community college, and provided professional instruction as a literacy coach in Portland, Maine. She is currently an instructional strategist/reading specialist at Kennebunk Elementary School. Lyn divides her time between trail walks in the nearby nature preserves and the sandy beaches near her home.
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A Symphony of CowbellsA Symphony of Cowbells
Petra just loves spring in Gimmelwald. Each season she and her family lead their prize dairy cows into the pastures to graze and each cow wears her own jingling, jangling, clanging bell. What a symphony! But when Petra’s favorite cow, Elfi, loses her bell the whole herd is out of harmony and refuses to move. Will Petra be able to find Elfi’s bell before it’s too late? With charming illustrations, this whimsical story is sure to delight children and adults alike.

Princess Sophie and the Six SwansPrincess Sophie and the Six Swans
Princess Sophie, the spirited young heroine of this adapted tale from the Brothers Grimm, finds herself faced with an incredible challenge and some lessons to learn. She had forgotten her departed mother’s warning to temper loyalty and strength with a compassionate heart. Antagonized by Sophie’s resentful words, her powerful new stepmother turns Sophie’s six brothers into swans and sets her the task of saving them. Will Sophie succeed in helping her brothers? Can she spin six shirts made from the thorny thistle, while never speaking a word, even in her defense? And what will happen when King Yoren captures Sophie and takes her prisoner? Featuring stunning artwork by renowned illustrator Kim Jacobs, her retelling of this classic Brothers Grimm fairytale also contains an author’s note with fascinating details on family heraldry and mute swans.

Hello, Mr. Dodo!Hello, Mr. Dodo!
Martha is absolutely cuckoo for birds! She’s identified every single bird in the woods behind her house. But one day she sees a bird unlike any other… Can that really be a dodo? It turns out that dodos make very good friends (and are crazy about doughnuts!). But when Martha’s secret gets out and the whole town wants to see her new friend, will Martha have to say good-bye to Mr. Dodo?