Most of the kids I have met REALLY like animals and love books about animals.
They may prefer dogs, cats, or horses, or they may be drawn to more exotic animals like meerkats, penguins, or capybaras.
And I know for sure that a kiddo’s interest is like super glue. It makes things stick so animal books for elementary students are a perfect way to make the learning stick!
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The Power Of Interest-Led Reading
Animal books for kids are a powerful tool when it comes to learning. Kids gain a lot of knowledge by reading about their favorite animals.
They may learn about biology, biomes, geography, and weather and climate. Books about animals may also include tons of really cool science concepts like hibernation, camouflage, how animals adapt to their environment, what animals eat, how they grow and develop, and more.
So if your child is an animal lover, engage their interest with these great books.
More than 50 Awesome Animal Books For Elementary Students
These animal books for kids will engage your child’s curiosity about the amazing world of creatures around them.
This fun picture book is perfect for kids who enjoy animals of all kinds. They’ll find full-color photos of some of the world’s most charming creatures. From the sea, to the trees, to the ground, to the sky, every type of adorable animal is included.
This book contains 101 fascinating and entertaining facts that reveal the curious, quirky, and sometimes bizarre actions of all sorts of creatures. Readers can learn some of the secrets behind curious animal behaviors.
This book is full of information about all of your child’s favorite backyard creepy crawlies. In addition to facts and information, you’ll find amazing pictures and fun activities.
This beautiful book is full of gorgeous illustrations to take the reader through the animal kingdom. Your child will learn intriguing stories about animals and their names.
Fascinating Animal Book for Kids:
500 Wild Facts!
This one is a perfect read at bedtime or really anytime! Your child will learn over 500 amazing facts about animals from frogs to foxes and snakes to sharks.
Kids will love this book about fun animal pairings – and they’ll learn about true animal partnerships in the wild. The illustrations are super charming too!
DK makes terrific, engaging encyclopedias that kids love. They’ll learn a ton from this expansive animal encyclopedia, and be pulled in by fabulous photos and fun facts.
This is a great example of a beautiful picture book that combines geography and even math with animal learning.
James Herriot’s Treasury for Children:
Warm and Joyful Tales by the
Author of All Creatures Great and Small
This book is classic James Heriot, curated for a young audience. It’s also terrific on audio, narrated by the legendary Jim Dale.
Recommended for kids 7 and up by the publisher, this book is all about animal skeletons. Be sure to preview for your family if you have sensitive kiddos.
Introduce your animal lovers to poetry using this book – it’s sweet and funny and would be perfect for an animal-themed poetry tea time.
This book helps kids get up close to giraffe eyelashes, and learn fascinating facts too. Did you know that sloths poo just once a week?
A follow-up to Life-Size Zoo, this one gives kids a close-up look at more creatures big and small.
Part of the Curious Collection of Creatures Series, this book features animals kids might not know a lot about yet like a fangtooth moray eel and a monkey slug caterpillar.
From the largest to the smallest monkeys (and the monkeys in the middle) your kids will learn so much and may fall in love with Davey’s signature illustration style that includes maps, charts and more. There are 7 books so far in this series, including: Smart About Sharks and Crazy About Cats.
By Steve Jenkins, a Caldecott medalist, this one is packed with gorgeous collage and a few surprises.
This was an ambitious project by Joel Sartore, who set out to document as many animals as possible, especially those that are endangered.
This book is the first in a 4-book series including Photo Ark Wonders: Celebrating Diversity in the Animal Kingdom, Photo Ark Insects and Birds of the Photo Ark.
In this latest installment in the Over and Under series, kids will learn about Bighorn Sheep, Roadrunners and Geckos.
If your kids have ever asked how baby animals learn to do what they do – like fly, swim or build – this is a great pick. Let the animal teachers be your child’s teachers.
This book is both sweet and informative. Kids will learn what animals need to thrive – food, water, shelter, and love.
This is the true story of a wildlife photographer who fostered an orphaned wildcat. Warning: Moto returns to the wild, so this might not be a fit for your sensitive kiddos.
Engaging illustrations will help teach kids about little ants and their BIG power. Ants have jobs, and they have the biggest brain of any insect!
Not only were Winnie the Pooh and Christoper Robin real, Winnie was rescued in 1914 and even went to war. The beautiful illustrations by Sophie Blackall won this book a Caldecott award.
Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff and Dr. Paula Kahumbu
Another true story – this book is about a baby tortoise and a giant hippo who became best friends following a tsunami.
Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
The papercut artwork shines in this book that introduces younger elementary kids to twenty different types of birds. Help your child become familiar will popular birds they are likely to spot.
Giant squid are known to be elusive – in fact, it was just a few years ago that scientists got definite proof of their existence. But kids will feel like they are getting an up-close look in this book that received a Sibert Award Honor for informational books.
Another unexpected animal pairing – Tarra and Bella tells the story of a retired circus elephant who struggled to make friends until she met Bella the dog.
Donna Janell Bowman
Our family loved this picture book biography about a formerly enslaved man who went on to help sick and wounded animals and even taught horse Jim Key to read.
Birds communicate in many ways – some of it we hear, and some of it we can see, like dancing. But what are birds talking about and what can we learn from them?
Photographer Isobel Springett discovered abandoned fawn Pippin and decided to introduce her to Great Dane Kate. Kate helps Pippin become an independent deer, but Pippin returns to visit foster mom/best friend Kate.
Aline Alexander Newman
If you have a kiddo who loves cats, grab this book and maybe a box of tissues. Meet a deaf cat who learns sign language, a cat that loves rock climbing and a hero cat who saved his family from a fire.
The Emperor’s Egg is one of 52 (!) Read and Wonder books. Nick Jr. says it’s a great pick for a 2-year old or “your second-grader’s science report.” This book highlights “nature’s most devoted dad,” so it’s a great gift for Father’s Day.
Your dog lover will adore this book’s fun facts, engaging illustrations, maps and diagrams packed with pooch profiles.
John Woodward and DK
Using CGI technology to reveal a look into the prehistoric world, this book is perfect if your child is ready to take their dino love to the next level.
Extreme Animals teaches kids about animals with incredible traits – a spider with super-stretch legs, and a whale that can make a noise as loud as an airplane.
National Geographic Readers:
Adorable Animals (and more)
If you have an emerging reader who loves animals, National Geographic makes tons of readers about animals. Kids can practice reading while learning about:
This book is full of fascinating color photos of some of the world’s most curious creatures. This surprising collection showcases many unusual and strange species such as giant isopods, dugongs, maned wolves, and jabirus!
Obsessions collide! That’s right – LEGO minifigures lead your kids through this book packed with photos, fun facts and plenty of humor.
Speaking of humor, this book takes a silly idea, but makes it educational. Kids will love guessing if photos feature a front end … or back. There’s even a Number Two (sorry!) called Revenge of the Butts available for pre-order.
Animals in Winter
Henrietta Bancroft and Richard G. Van Gelder
Find out what happens to the animals in the wintertime. Who migrates, who sleeps in a den, and who can handle life in the cold?
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