17 best Animal Books for Kids and Toddlers: Animal Picture Books, Children’s Animal Books Non-fiction

It is a good idea to introduce your child to books at a young age. However, the tough part is how to develop an interest of kids in books. To make a child come back and read his book again, the book should have a fun content and colourful pictures. At the same time, we want books for our children to be full of knowledge. That’s why Animal books are often suggested for small children because Kids are always fascinated by different animals and creatures.

Choosing the perfect animal books for your child can be a bit tricky. That’s why we are listing down the top 17 Animal books ideal for small kids, toddlers, and pre-schoolers.

Best Fun Animal Books for Toddlers and Small Children

Children have curious minds and they always want to know new things. That’s why an ideal book should be like a trove of knowledge treasure by which a kid can learn at the same time having fun reading illustrative stories. The following Animal books for kids including non-fiction children books have all such qualities.

  1. Little Kids First Book of Animals (National Geographic Kids)

Author: Catherine D. Hughes

Little Kids First Book of Animals

The National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Animals is a magnificent book that can help you introduce your little ones to the world of wildlife. The book is inspired by National Geographic Little Kids magazine which is very famous in itself. There are pictures of many different animals in this book like Tigers, butterflies, frogs, penguins, wolves, pandas, etc.

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  1. Animals Tales From Panchtantra: Timeless Stories for Children From Ancient India

Author: Wonder House Books

Animals Tales From PanchtantraWe all have read Panchatantra in our childhood. Actually, folklores of Panchtantra are part of Indian culture for many centuries. This book contains wonderful stories involving many animals like Fox, Elephants, Tigers, Rabbits, etc. The book is ideal for kids from the age of 6 years to 12 years.

  1. Blossom Story Book for Kids in English

Author: Target Publications

Blossom Story Book for Kids in English

“Blossom Story Book for Kids” can be a perfect book for your kids. It not only keeps them engaged but also gives them moral lessons as well. The book is ideal for the age of 5 to 6 years. Meticulously designed, this book has a great collection of stories. The book is going to improve your kid’s reading skills as well as learning skills.

  1. Gotta Go, Buffalo

Author:Haily Meyers

Gotta Go, Buffalo

Gotta Go, Buffalo is an animal rhyming book that your kids will definitely love. The book has 20 pages of colourful lift-the-flap illustrations that going to help your children discover their favourite animals.

  1. Who’s at Home

Author: Jane E. Gerver, Kathryn Lynn Davis

Who’s at Home

Written by Award-winning author “Kathryn Lynn Davis” is an amazing lift-the-flap book with woodland animals. The book is interactive in nature containing many games like guessing the animals. Your kids going love lifting the flaps to reveal animals such as owl, squirrel, rabbit, etc.

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  1. The Whale in my Swimming Pool

Author: Joyce Wan

The Whale in my Swimming Pool

This is a story revolving around a young boy who went outside to have a swim. But, his pool is already taken by a big whale. To get rid of the big whale, the boy tries everything but nothing works. This funny and colourful book by Joyce Wan will be adored by your kids. The book contains 40 pages and especially recommended for pre-schoolers.

  1. Blue Chameleon

Author: Emily Gavett

Blue Chameleon

This one is a classic. “Blue Chameleon” is written by Emily Gravett who is a two-time winner of the Kate Greenaway and the Nestle Children’s Book Prize Bronze Award. The book is about a Blue chameleon who doesn’t have any friends. This book also introduce young readers to colours and shapes.

  1. The view at the Zoo

Author: Kathleen Long Bostrom

The view at the Zoo

The view at the zoo is a super cute book for young kids. This can be your perfect partner if you are planning a visit to a zoo with your little ones. The colours and pictures used in this book are very vivid and bright. The storyline is catchy and rhymes are also perfect. The best thing about this book is that it beautifully illustrates to point of view of both visitors and animals at the zoo.

  1. Cuckoo!

Author: Fiona Roberton


In this animal adventure book, kids enjoy the thrill of a sweet bird who is completely different from others. One day, he decides to go on a journey to meet someone who can understand the language he speaks. After a lot of troubles, he finally founds unlikely friends. The story is quite exciting and interesting for young readers.

  1. Diva and Flea: A Parisian Tale

Author: Mo Willems, Tony DiTerlizzi

Diva and Flea A Parisian Tale

Diva and Flea is a story about a small yet amazingly brave dog and a curious streetwise cat. They were strangers at starting but slowly developed a friendship and become best friends. Both of them live in Paris, France. Together, they fight difficult odds. Their adventures will be definitely loved by kids

  1. The Little Reindeer

Author:Nicola Killen

The Little Reindeer

The Little Reindeer is an amazing Christmas based story that revolves around the friendship of a little girl with a lost reindeer. The book will take your kids through the magical tale night time adventures. The story is very calming ideal for bedtime reading.

  1. Sleep like a tiger

Author: Mary Logue

Sleep like a tiger

This one truly is a magical bedtime story. It is about an imaginative conversation between not at all sleepy child with her understanding parents. A little girl asks “Does everything in the world go to sleep?”. The book is absolutely perfect for curious kids.

  1. Charlotte’s Web

Author: E.B. White

Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte’s Web is a story full of thrills and adventures. Wilbur the pig thinks he is very fortunate that his life is saved Furn. But, when he is sold to her uncle he found that his life is now in even more danger. He is then saved by a large beautiful grey spider named Charlotte. The book is an amazing tale of friendship, adventure, and a bit of magic.

  1. Stuart Little

Author: E. B. White

Stuart Little

We all have watched Stuart Little Movies, didn’t we? It is a book about that same mouse who is small but huge in spirit and courage. Born in a family of humans the little mouse Stuart has an adventurous and heroic life. The book is written by award-winning writer E.B. White.

  1. Popper’s Penguins

Author: Richard Atwater and Florence Atwater

Popper’s Penguins

This book is one of the best selling kid books based on Animals for decades. First, published back in the year 1938, the book has amused generations of kids and their parents. The story is about a humble house painter who got a male penguin by Admiral Drake.

  1. The Trumpet of the Swan

Author: E.B. White

The Trumpet of the Swan

This one is also a classic by E.B. White. The story is about the trumpeter swan who cannot say a single word. But, after being motivated by his father he sets to overcome his problem. A lot of twists and turns took place in the life of a swan. The book is ideal for kids from the age of 7 to 11 years old.

  1. An Elephant in my backyard

Author: ShobhaViswanath

An Elephant in my backyard

A lot of kids wonder about having a pet at their home. But, what about a pet Elephant? Maya’s family gets shocked when they come to know that she has an elephant in her backyard. The story is beautifully depicted in watercolours by illustrator SadhviJawa.

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