The engaging picture books in this Zoo Animals Themed Booklist for kids, take a look at all the different animals that can be found in a zoo.
Zoo Animals Themed Booklist for kids
Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too? by Eric Carle
Meet the little joey bouncing in mother kangaroo’s pouch. Watch little cubs prance around mother lion. Swim with a baby dolphin calf in the deep blue sea.
1, 2, 3, To the Zoo, by Eric Carle
Count from 1 – 10 with the zoo animals.
Giraffes Can’t Dance, by Giles Andreae
Gerald the giraffe, 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.
Over in the Jungle, by Marianne Berkes
Sing, clap, and count your way among monkeys that hoot, ocelots that pounce, parrots that squawk, and boas that squeeze! It won’t take much to have your children joyfully hooting and squawking too.
“Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” said the Sloth, by Eric Carle
Slowly, slowly, slowly . . . that’s the way the sloth moves. Slowly, it eats and then, slowly, it falls asleep. “What strange kind of creature is this?” the other animals wonder. Why doesn’t it run or fly or play or hunt like the rest of us? “Why are you so slow?” the howler monkey inquires. But the sloth doesn’t answer any questions until the jaguar asks, “Why are you so lazy?”
From Head to Toe, by Eric Carle
Giraffes can bend their necks, monkeys can wave their hands, and donkeys can kick their legs. And so can you! Throughout this interactive book, the animals of From Head to Toe invite young readers to copy their antics as they play.
Handa’s Surprise, by Eileen Browne
Handa carries seven delicious fruits to her friend Akeyo as a surprise, but meets some hungry animals along the way. When she finally reaches Akeyo, she is just surprised as her friend to find a basket full of tangerines. What happened to the seven other delicious fruits?
Zoo-Looking, by Mem Fox
While Flora visits the zoo with her father, not only does she look at the animals but some of them turn to look at her
A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper, by Nate LeBoutillier
A zookeeper is followed through the work day, and describes the occupation and what the job requires.
Roar! A Noisy Counting Book, by Pamela Duncan Edwards
One day, while great big lions lie basking in the sun, a little lion cub goes off to find some fun.
Poor little lion cub! All he wants is someone to play with, but he is simply too noisy. As the little lion cub Roars his way across the grassland, counting the African animals, young readers can roar and count along too
Two at the Zoo, by Danna Smith
A raring-to-go boy and his grandfather put on their new hats and set off on a counting adventure at the zoo, where they see eagles, lizards, wart hogs, and other colorful zoo friends.
Starry Safari, by Linda Ashman
Beep! Beep! Beep! A daring girl and her trusty orange jeep are off on an exciting safari. There are giraffes to watch, rhinos to race, and wily crocodiles to avoid. And when a roaring lion crosses her path, she knows exactly what to do: roar back! But will she be as courageous when it’s time for bed and there are lots of scary night noises?
A Savanna Habitat, by Bobbi Kalman
A book that teaches children about the grasslands of Africa that are home to some of the most interesting plants and animals in the world. Topics explained include the animals that graze this area, and the carnivores in the area and how they survive.
A Rainforest Adventure, by Tony Mitton
Bird, Mouse, and Rabbit trek through the South American rainforest to meet some truly amazing animals! From a giant armadillo showing off his scales to a terrifically toxic tree frog, there’s a different animal on every page.
Life in the Desert, by Alison Auch
Dry deserts may seem lifeless, but plenty of animals find a way to survive. Scorpions sting, snakes slither, and birds peck. Let the animals of the desert show you how they beat the heat.
The Antarctic Habitat, by Bobbie Kalman
A detailed description of the freezing, snow- and ice-covered continent of Antarctica, and of all the different species of birds, seals, and whales that live in the Southern Ocean that surrounds Antarctica.
Peep inside Animal Homes, by Simona Dimitri
A very simple non-fiction, lift-the-flap book for small children. Packed with holes to peep through, flaps to look beneath and snippets of factual information. A brilliant introduction to an amazing variety of animal homes, including nests, warrens, hives, dens and dams.
Secrets of the Rainforest, by Carron Brown
Discover the amazing animals that live in the lush rainforest. By holding the book up to the light, or shining a light behind each page, young children will be able to discover the animals and plants that live in and around a kapok tree, from the colorful parrots in the canopy, to the sleek jaguar on the forest floor.
Big Book of Big Animals , by Usborne Books
Facts about the physical aspects of animals which are grouped into categories such as sea creatures, polar animals, and dangerous animals are presented in this colorful big book of animals.
Questions and Answers about Animals, by Usborne
This delightful book answers all kinds of animal questions that young children might ask, such as “where do fish sleep?”, “do elephants have teeth” and “why do frogs jump?” Just lift the flaps to discover what, where, which, how and why!
Dear Zoo, by Rod Campbell
Young readers will 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?
Good Night, Gorilla, by Peggy Rathmann
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?
Peek-a-Zoo, by Marie Torres Cimarustie
Colorful pictures and a lively, rhyming text help children predict what animal is peeking through die-cut windows. The anticipation of what’s hiding on the next page will keep youngsters laughing and learning all the way to the surprise ending.
Put Me in the Zoo, by Robert Lopshire
Spot longs to be in the zoo with all the other animals, but the zoo doesn’t want him! Spot shows a young boy and girl all the exciting things he can do with his spots—from changing their color and juggling them, to moving them onto different objects!
Zoo Zen, by Kristen Fischer
Join our heroine Lyla as she learns ten yoga poses from her friends at the zoo, receiving helpful tips along the way from each animal she encounters.
My Heart is like a Zoo, by Michael Hall
This board book edition of the award-winning picture book is perfect for little hands and the very youngest readers, who will learn that a heart can be hopeful, silly, happy, rugged, snappy, or lonely.