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Zoo animal books for toddlers! Board books that toddlers can hold and manipulate as they learn about zoo animals around the world!
One of my favorite things to do is to read with my grandson as I did with my own kids when they were little. I have a huge collection of board books that he can hold and look at on his own.
But, my favorite thing is when he climbs in my lap with a book for me to read to him.
If you’ve got some toddlers and young preschoolers in your house or classroom, you’ll love this collection of zoo books for toddlers. It’s full of books all about zoo animals of all kinds.
Zoo Animal Books for Toddlers
Below, I’ve featured just a handful of zoo animal books that will help your toddlers learn about zoo animals.
You should be able to find them at your local library or book store. If you can’t find them locally, you can click each image cover to purchase them on Amazon.
Treasure Hunt at the Zoo – This seek-and-find book has five big, fold-out pages, each one featuring animals from a different habitat, such as the jungle or the desert – and all packed with photographs of animals to look for, find, and count.
Pat the Zoo – This engaging touch-and-feel book takes babies on a playful trip to the zoo where they can pet animals like lions, pandas, turtles, and more, all the while making cherished memories that will last a lifetime.
Good Night Zoo – Good Night Zoo features gorillas, kangaroos, elephants, tigers, giraffes, wolves, birds, zebras, bears, lions, hippos, monkeys, rhinos, penguins, and more.
Zoo Animals – Children are introduced to different kinds of zoo animals with engaging illustrations including a big elephant, a tall giraffe, a stripey zebra, a colorful parrot, waddling penguins, hopping kangaroos, snacking pandas, and swinging monkeys.
Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? – Young readers will enjoy Baby Bear’s quest to find Mama, and they’ll revel in identifying each of the native North American animals that appear along the way.
My Heart is Like a Zoo – For each feeling, the bold, graphic artwork creates an animal out of heart shapes, from “eager as a beaver” to “angry as a bear” to “thoughtful as an owl.”
The Zoo Crew – Touch-and-feel textures throughout the pages add an interactive feature to this pretend zoo visit!
Zoo Faces: A Book of Masks – Perfect for peek-a boo, this fun board book opens up into six animal masks that will entertain and amuse babies for hours
Roar at the Zoo! – Press the buttons and roar along with your favorite zoo animals in this fun, noisy book!
Peek-a-Boo Zoo – Join in on the classic game of peek-a-boo with a lion, a bear, and more zoo animals by lifting the flaps to reveal each cute creature’s joyful face.
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.
Peppa Goes to the Zoo – Peppa’s class is going on a trip to the zoo! They see lots of animals at feeding time, like turtles and penguins. Lift the flaps on every spread to reveal more about the animals Peppa sees on her zoo adventure.
Good Night, Gorilla – It’s bedtime at the zoo, and all the animals are going to sleep. Or are they? Who’s that short, furry guy with the key in his hand and the mischievous grin?
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? – As each new animal appears on the bright, colorful pages, children will love to find, then press the right button to hear the noises that the braying zebra, roaring lion, fluting flamingo and other amazing animals make.
Curious George at the Zoo – Based on the Curious George of PBS Kids, this engaging touch-and-feel board book lets youngsters feel a rhino’s rough skin, a fuzzy zebra’s mane, and the coats of penguins. All the while, they can search for Curious George, who is hiding on each page: “Is George around to see?”
Zoo: Peek-a-Flap – You’ll meet all sorts of animals when you peek and explore around wild habitats! Each scene features a pair of lift-a-flaps with peekaboo surprises. Inside the flaps, you’ll find fun facts about the animals in the artwork.
1, 2, 3 to the Zoo – This board book combines simple counting with Carle’s unusual illustrations of animals. Early learners will find the whimsical pictures appealing as they learn the beginning rudiments of numbers and counting.
Zoo’s Who? – Touch and feel luxurious textures and fabrics help to develop sensory awareness. Features fun rhyming text that parents and children will enjoy reading together.
At the Zoo – Cute pictures of animals, rhyming text to read aloud, and touch and feel textures make this book perfect for you and your bright baby.
My First Zoo – This book features 13 picture tabs that lead to 26 pages of zoo images with clear labels, and the design works perfectly with children’s stage of educational development.
Dear Zoo –
Young readers love lifting the flaps to discover the animals the zoo has sent-a monkey, a lion, and even an elephant! But will they ever find the perfect pet?
Round Out Your Unit with These Activities:
These preschool books about zoo animals are perfect for your little ones! Prepare them for a trip to the zoo or just read about their favorite animals.
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.
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