Pet Books for Toddlers

Kids ages 1-3 will love this collection of pet books for toddlers. Animal board books are so much fun for little ones.

I love stocking up on board books for toddlers. Their thick, chunky pages and bright, colorful pictures engage little ones.

Reading to little ones is a great way to encourage them to become lifelong readers by instilling a love of books from the get go.

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Pet Books for Toddlers

Below, I’ve featured just a handful of board books that will help your toddlers learn more about animals that can be pets.

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.

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Adorable Pets: A Touch and Feel Book – From a rabbit’s fluffy fur to a goldfish’s shiny scales, there are five fun textures to explore in this book that you read and touch! Includes fun, rhyming text about each animal and touch and feel material on every spread.

Who Lives Here? – Lift each flap and see where your animal friends live! Cats to dogs, goldfish to guinea pigs, we share our homes with our pets.

Look & Learn: Pets – From adorable dogs to cuddly kittens to friendly fish, young readers are introduced to popular family pets and how to care for them. 

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Bright Baby Touch & Feel Perfect Pets – This picture book is perfect for introducing kids to the wonderful world of pets.

Hello, World! Pets – Toddlers can learn all about different pet types and how to be a great animal companion with the popular Hello, World! board book series, with easy-to-understand facts about cats, dogs, rabbits, and even less fuzzy pets, such as fish, frogs, and lizards.

The 12 Pets of Christmas – This Christmas, Santa brings you a different pet for every day of the holiday season. Featuring festive animal photography and a sing-along carol, this board book is perfect for reading, counting, and laughing with baby.

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Touch and Feel Adorable Pets – Capture baby’s attention during reading time with this charming touch and feel book, full of fun facts about popular pets. Touch and feel the dog’s fur, feel the soft rabbit ear

The Secret Life of Pets 2: It’s Me Time! – Join Max and his friends on their amazing adventures in the big city and beyond!

Good Dog, Carl – Readers will delight as Carl leads his infant mistress on a wordless romp through the house, causing chaos and destruction, but managing to restore order just before Mother returns home! 

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Have You Seen My Cat? – A little boy worries about his missing cat and travels to different places in search of his pet. 

Blippi: Pets – Blippi introduces some amazing types of pets in this illustrated board book that includes a touch-and-feel element for each one!

Baby Touch and Feel: Puppies and Kittens – Meet adorable puppies and kittens in this board book that encourages tiny fingers to explore and helps develop fine motor skills while building an early language foundation.

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Little Puppy: Finger Puppet Book – With a plush finger puppet permanently attached to the book and peek-a-boo holes in every page, this charming board book is a fun way for parents and children to play and read together.

Tails Are Not for Pulling – Pets may not have words, but they can communicate. Paying attention to an animal’s cues—a joyful bark, a scary growl, a swishing tail—can help a child understand what the animal is “saying” and what an appropriate response might be.

Fun with Pets: A Pop-Up Book – Join Little Bunny as she tries to find her animal friends in a game of hide-and-seek. Kids will love opening the flaps to reveal a 3D pop-up scene!

Which of these books about pets will you read first?

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Round Out Your Unit with These Activities

Children will love acting out their favorite puppy stories with these puppy finger puppets.

This adorable set of wooden kittens stacking game are sure to be your child’s new favorite toy. When children learn to stack toys on top of each other they are developing fine motor skills which later will help them hold a pencil or crayon properly. 

Teach children how dogs grow and change with this life cycle of a dog worksheet. They’ll love learning how their favorite animals change over their lifetime.

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