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Let’s go to the zoo! If you can’t head to the zoo, you can read about it! Grab one or more of these fun books about the zoo, and snuggle up with your favorite little monkey.
Many of my favorite preschool outings revolve around trips to the zoo. We love watching the monkeys swinging in the trees. The penguins habitat is another of our favorites. And, who can resist sneaking a peek at the polar bears diving deep in the water tank.
Books About the Zoo
With a big stash of zoo books on hand, you and your preschoolers will have a hard time choosing which book to read first!
Fill your book basket with a great collection of zoo books for preschoolers. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore. If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them on Amazon by clicking the images below.
A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper – This book follows a zookeeper through the work day, and describes the occupation and what the job requires.
A Trip to the Zoo – Join Billy and Matt for a day at the zoo. It’s a chance to see and learn about all kinds of animals—from a hungry giraffe to performing sea lions!
Animal Strike at the Zoo. It’s True! – What’s a zookeeper to do when the lions and tigers and bears refuse to roar and prowl and growl? And when little Sue, who has been waiting all year for this trip to the zoo, enters the gate, will the animals decide to give their strike a break?
‘Twas the Day Before Zoo Day – This delightful adaptation of Twas the Night Before Christmas, shares zoo keeper and animal preparations for the upcoming Zoo Day. But things aren t going according to plan . . .
I Want to Be a Zookeeper – The I Want to Be… series gives young children a realistic insight into the working day of adults.
Zoo Animals – As children page through this beautiful book, they will learn the names of many animals they meet at the zoo! Each page offers a short description of the featured animal and its habitat.
Curious George Visits the Zoo – Curious George and the man with the yellow hat visit the zoo. A hungry Curious George snatches a pail of bananas from the zoo keeper. Though he shouldn’t have taken the bananas, George soon changes the zookeeper’s shouts to praise with his clever, helpful ways.
If I Ran the Zoo – Gerald McGrew imagines the myriad of animals he’d have in his very own zoo, and the adventures he’ll have to go on in order to gather them all.
1, 2, 3, to the Zoo – Joyously colored animals, riding on a train to the zoo, offer youngsters a first introduction to numbers, number sets, addition and counting in this paperback reissue of Eric Carle’s first picture book.
A New View from the Zoo – Join this zookeeper-turned-storyteller as he recalls the encounters that taught him so much about animals, people, the earth we share and the God who made all of those things. A trip to the zoo with Gary Richmond is one you will be glad you made.
Going to the Zoo – Rhythmic verse leads you through a wild kingdom where animals burst from every page. Monkeys are scritch, scritch, scratchin’, and kangaroos are hop, hop, hoppin’, making every moment an adventure.
The View at the Zoo – With a clever twist of text and bright and festive illustrations, this picture book will have children begging for a trip to the zoo.
Time for Kids: Zoo 3D – From big cats to exotic birds, the creatures seem to leap, crawl, fly, slither, swim, and stampede off the pages and into your living room. The 3D photos are so eye-poppingly real, you’ll reach out to touch the critters-and there’s no zookeeper to stop you!
Color Zoo – Shapes and colors in your zoo, lots of things that you can do. Heads and ears, beaks and snouts, that’s what animals are all about. I know animals and you do too; make some new ones for your zoo.
At the Zoo – A group of children head to the zoo to see what they can see.They run into lions, giraffes, elephants, and many other animals that make their homes at the zoo.
If Anything Ever Goes Wrong at the Zoo – “If anything ever goes wrong at the zoo, you can send the zebras to my house,” Leslie tells the zebra keeper. She also invites the monkeys and the elephants. None of them ever comes–until one wet, stormy night when the zoo floods and the zebra keeper remembers Leslie’s offer.
Goodnight, Gorilla – “Good night, Gorilla,” says the zookeeper. But mischievous Gorilla isn’t quite ready to go to sleep. He’d rather follow the zookeeper on his rounds and let all of the other animals out of their cages. Little night owls can sneak along with Gorilla and see who gets the last laugh in this riotous goodnight romp.
Pinkalicious and the Pinktastic Zoo Day – Pinkalicious can’t wait to see all of the animals at the zoo. She doesn’t count on getting into some monkey business of her own!
Roar at the Zoo! – With 10 cool sound buttons, fun facts, full-color pictures and much more, this Discovery Kids sound-and-reference book is a unique way for kids to learn about life at the zoo!
Doodle Zoo – Packed with pandas, loaded with lions, and bursting with baboons, this new Doodle book is no walk in the park! With a variety of animals from around the world to doodle and color, Doodle Zoo is the perfect way for kids to explore and learn about animals in an original and interactive way.
Put Me in the Zoo – Spot believes he deserves to be in the zoo with the other amazing animals. Spot shows two young friends all the exciting things he can do with his spots. From changing their color and juggling them to moving them onto everything around him, you won’t believe what Spot can do.
Zoo – Before the zoo opens each day a small army of keepers, vendors, and maintenance workers perform the daily tasks of cleaning and setting up. Then the crowds flock in. . . .
My Visit to the Zoo – How would you like to travel from a tropical rain forest to the African plains, and down into a deep canyon all in one day? Then get ready for a wild trip to the zoo and up close look at all kinds of animals! See snow leopards lurking on a ledge, zebras and ostriches running across the open plains, and a tiger splashing in a stream. Find out everything–from what elephants roll in after their baths to which bird might laugh at your jokes. Come take a visit to an amazing zoo!
Dear Zoo – What kind of pet would you like from the zoo? An elephant, a lion, a snake – or something a bit smaller, and cuddlier and playful? Lift the flaps and see what has been sent – it’s bound to be a surprise!
Round Out Your Zoo Theme with These Activities:
This Dr Seuss preschool snack idea is so much fun! These Put Me in the Zoo inspired cookies are as yummy as they are cute!
Download these free zoo-themed preschool math worksheets which focus on counting, adding and subtracting, and sequencing by attribute.
From craft templates to scavenger hunts and everything in between. Pique your little one’s interest in zoo animals with these zoo preschool theme printables.