Jungle Animal Books for Preschoolers

As you head into a study of the jungle or animal habitats, fill your shelves with a few of these jungle animal books for preschoolers.

Are you gearing up for a study of the jungle or jungle animals? These books will make a great addition to your jungle activities for preschoolers. 

As you head into a study of the jungle or animal habitats, fill your shelves with a few of these jungle animal books for preschoolers.

Jungle Animal Books for Preschoolers

Below, I’ve featured just a handful of children’s book about jungle animals that will help your preschool learn about various jungle animals and life in the jungle.

You should be able to find them at your local library or bookstore. If you can’t find them locally, you can click each image cover to purchase them on Amazon.

Mela and the ElephantAbigailTawny Scrawny Lion (Little Golden Book)


Mela and the Elephant – Mela sets out to explore the river outside her village but quickly ends up in trouble when her little boat is swept downstream and into the dense jungle. She encounters a crocodile, a leopard, and some monkeys, offering each a prize return for helping her find her way home but the animals snatch up their rewards without helping Mela back to her village. Just when she’s about to give up, an elephant shows Mela that kindness is its own reward. 

Abigail – Abigail the giraffe loves counting. One day, she tries to count the spots on her friend Ladybug, but the little bug scurries away. Abigail tries to count Zebra’s stripes and Cheetah’s spots, but her friends just won’t stand still! After several more unsuccessful attempts, Abigail begins to wonder if there’s anything at all that she can count. Then, she has an idea….

Tawny Scrawny Lion Once there was a tawny scrawny lion who chased monkeys on Monday—kangaroos on Tuesday—zebras on Wednesday—bears on Thursday—camels on Friday—and on Saturday, elephants! So begins the classic story of a family of ten fat rabbits that teaches the hungry lion to eat carrot stew—so that he doesn’t eat them.

The HiccupotamusThe Lion Who Wanted to LoveJazzy in the Jungle


Hiccupotamus – Calamity ensues when an elephant, a centipede, and a rhinoceros try finding a cure for Hippo’s colossal case of hiccups.

The Lion Who Wanted to Love – This is the story of how a brave little lion sets out to prove that daring to be different can have its rewards in the end. 

Jazzy in the Jungle – Jazzy the lemur and Mama JoJo love to play hide-and-seek in the jungle. As little readers help search for Jazzy — lured by die-cut windows showing glimpses of what’s to come — they also explore a bold new world full of vivid tropical colors and lively jungle creatures. 

Safari, So Good!: All About African Wildlife (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library)The Animal Boogie (Singalongs)If I Were a Jungle Animal


Safari, So Good! All About African Wildlife – The Cat takes Sally and Nick to Africa—where they meet some really big cats—and all sorts of other animals, too, including elephants, zebra, giraffe, hippos, warthogs, buffalo, baboons, side-striped jackals, spotted hyena, galagos, pythons, vipers, and six kinds of antelope! 

The Animal Boogie – Can you boogie? Down in the Indian jungle, the children and animals are learning about actions like leaping, stomping, shaking and flapping while meeting different jungle creatures. 

If I Were a Jungle Animal – Morton is bored playing baseball all the way in the outfield. But if he were in the jungle, he could be a lion or a zebra or a hippopotamus! Yeah, if he were a jungle animal, then things would be exciting.

Ultimate Sticker Book: Jungle: More Than 250 Reusable StickersT Is for Tiger: A Toddler's First Book of AnimalsWalking through the Jungle (Singalongs)


Jungle: Ultimate Sticker Book – With information about the animal kingdom and the jungle habitat, this sticker book is packed with amazing photographs, cool facts, and fun activities, and includes more than 250 reusable stickers. 

T is for TigerWhat could be more fun than learning about the alphabet and all sorts of amazing animals at the same time?

Walking Through the Jungle – Hike through the rainforest, scale a mountain, swim across the ocean, and still make it home for dinner. 

Giraffes Can't DanceRumble in the JungleOver in the Jungle: A Rainforest Rhyme


Giraffes Can’t Dance – Giraffes Can’t Dance is a touching tale of Gerald the giraffe, who wants nothing more than to dance. With crooked knees and thin legs, it’s harder for a giraffe than you would think. Gerald is finally able to dance to his own tune when he gets some encouraging words from an unlikely friend.

Rumble in the Jungle – Join this rhyming safari and meet everyone from the elphing elephant to the gangly giraffe, and maybe even the terrible tiger!

Over in the Jungle – This rainforest is teeming with monkeys that hoot, ocelots that pounce, parrots that squawk, and boas that squeeze!Which of these books about jungle animals will you read first?

As you head into a study of the jungle or animal habitats, fill your shelves with a few of these jungle animal books for preschoolers.

Round Out Your Unit with These Activities

This finger puppets set with safari animals is perfect for playing with your child. The set is universal, and suitable for both boys and girls. Perfect for pretend play and storytelling props!

This custom-made collection of individually hand painted stones named ‘Jungle Animals’ is a perfect animal toy set for toddlers. Simply get a jungle animal story stone out of the bag and use the picture to start tell a story, pick another one and include this element in the next part of storytelling adventure!

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