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Add these zoo books for kindergarten to your shelves to teach your kids about animals that live in the zoo.
When you begin teaching your students about animals that live in the zoo, be sure to include a variety of fiction and nonfiction books about as many animals as you can.
This list includes easy readers that you can read to your child or that your beginning reader can read on their own.
Zoo Books for Kindergarten
Below, I’ve featured just a handful of easy reader books that will help your kindergarteners learn about animals in the zoo.
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.
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!
Petting Zoo – The simple sentences and strong visual clues make it easy for kids to follow the story as they learn about the zoo’s residents, from a woolly lamb to a hungry rabbit.
Jack at the Zoo – Jack, Rex, and the Lady visit the zoo. But when Jack gets hungry, he sneaks into a koala’s cage to steal some snacks. In a case of mistaken identity, the Lady takes the koala home and leaves Jack stuck in the cage. How will Jack escape, and will the Lady and Rex be happier with the new Jack?
Feeding Time at the Zoo – Did you know that polar bears enjoy fish—and strawberries? And that pigs love salad? With simple text, vivid pictures of animals and children, and facts on every page, this is a perfect choice for young animal lovers just learning to read on their own.
Pinkalicious and the Pinktastic Zoo Day – It’s Teddy Bear Day at the zoo, and Pinkalicious and Peter are having a pinkatastic time with their teddy bears. The day is perfect until a sneaky monkey with an eye for teddy bears scoops up Pinkalicious’s bear. How can Pinkalicious stop her from monkeying around?
Zachary’s Zoo – What would it be like to take care of a tiger? What do bears eat for breakfast? And what do you need to clean an eagle’s cage? Zachary knows the answers. He’s the zookeeper. And he’s glad God gave him that job.
Sammy the Seal – Sammy, the adventurous seal, leaves the zoo for the day and ventures into the big, busy city. Along the way he finds a school full of kids and new things to do—and he even learns to read!
Fantastic Fiona – Join Fiona the hippo as she visits her zoo friends, finding out what makes each one special. Is it their speedy running? Their lovely singing? And what makes Fiona so special to all of her friends?
Eloise Visits the Zoo – Eloise just loves, loves, loves animals—and she also loves, loves, loves going to the zoo! Join Eloise and Nanny as they sketch koalas, search for black bears, and sing to baby chimpanzees in their latest adventure together—all decked out in their safari best, of course. It’s the perfect treat for Eloise fans everywhere!
Batman Classic: Going Ape – The Gotham City Zoo has gone bananas! With Gorilla Grodd on the loose, Batman and Superman must join forces to put an end to the monkey business and save Gotham City.
Nighty Night, ZooBorns – What do baby animals do at bedtime? Find out in this cuddly Level 1 Ready-to-Read book that shows the adorable ZooBorns babies getting ready to rest.
Welcome to the World, ZooBorns! – Get to know the adorable ZooBorns in this Ready-to-Read storybook that’s chock-full of cute and cuddly baby zoo animals.
Which of these books about zoo animals will you read first?
Zoo Animals Ideas for Kids
Add some plastic zoo animal figures to your pretend play area for kids to explore. They can use them to act out zoo books or other imaginative play scenarios.
Read Do You Know Hank the Hippo, and let your preschoolers act out the story with an adorable crocheted hippo toy.
Set up a zoo animals sensory bin with this kit! Filled with a mixture of textures, bright and vibrant colors, this kit will let your little one explore for hours.