Our Favorite Books with Animals

We have more books then I know what to do with. We have books overflowing every bookshelf we own. I have books from my childhood in boxes stacked in the garage. Books from college that I paid $67 for and can’t part with. Children’s books on every table and every shelf we own. It’s really a problem. I need a book room. A room solely dedicated to books. Wouldn’t that be nice? I’ll add that to my dream house list.

As if we don’t have enough books, we also visit the library every week or two and check out more books. Because like I said, I have an obsession.

I’m excited to introduce to you a new series I’m starting here on Mama Notes. Over the course of the next few months, every week or so I’ll share with you our favorite books for different topics and genres. ABC books, Christmas books, health books for parents, daddy/mommy books, and much much more.
Please feel free to share with me your recommendations and favorites as well! It will be fun to see what everyone is reading!
Hooray for Fish! by Lucy Cousins

This is such an adorable book. It’s a pretty thick board book so it’s great for babies. The pictures of all different types and styles of fish are so cute, and the words are simple and short.

Cock-a-doodle-doo! Barnyard Hullabaloo by Giles Andreae

I bought this book when I was pregnant with Lucas and we still enjoy reading it. It takes your through a barnyard with all the different animals: rooster, chickens, cows, pigs, geese and more and talks a little bit about each one.

The pictures are bright, big and fun!

Chester the Worldly Pig by Bill Peet

I’ve had this book since my first grade teacher gave it to me. Bill Peet is a creative author, and this book tells the story of a pig named Chester traveling through his adventures of being in the circus.

I Love It When You Smile by Sam McBratney

A really sweet story about a mama kangaroo trying to get his grumpy baby to smile.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

A classic for a reason!

Pete and pickles by Berkeley Breathed

I love love love this book. It’s amazing on so many different levels. Buy it, check it out, read it. You won’t be sorry with this one.

The Lady and the Tramp

I don’t know what it is, but my son really loves this book. He squeals every time I start reading it and we (for some weird obsessed reason) have this book in a few different varieties. Each one is written by a different author with some variation to the text and pictures. I’d say one copy would suit you just fine.

What are your children’s favorite animal themed books?

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

11 thoughts on “Our Favorite Books with Animals

  1. We love “Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?” By Eric Carle. I used to recite it to Logan when we were outon backpacking trips and he was riding on my back.

    Also used to recite Dr. Seuss' “ABC book.” Lots of animals in that one (real and fake ones!) And it's got a good rhythm to it.

  2. OH MY GOSH! I'm so glad you're starting this special feature. Our house is the same way, and I've decided that our “forever house” will have a library, like the one in “Beauty and the Beast.” Well, maybe not that big, but you get the picture!

    Anyway, I'm currently reading “Light Up Your Child's Mind,” which is about unleashing your child's potential and strengths. For our daughter, we return to (over and over again) to book by Sandra Boynton. They are FANTASTIC. Not sure if you're familiar with them, but they include lots of animals and are so clever. Even though we do read them repeatedly, none of us (reader nor child) get sick of them. Our favorite is Snuggle Puppy!

    Looking forward to your next posts about books! 🙂

  3. I have a ton of books from my childhood on a shelf for my kids too! My 3 year-old daughter devours books, as do her parents. We love going to the Library and discovering new books. I don't have the authors on hand right now, but here's two books featuring animals that we discovered recently that I love: “The Giant Hug” and “Birds.”

  4. We have the same problem. We love books and we keep buying more. We just moved into this big house with a library in it (a dream come true!). You would think that would be enough. Nope, we still have too many books! They're still stacked up everywhere!

  5. We are huge book people and I love talking books, too, which is why I frequently share our favorites on my blog, too! 🙂

    We really love the bear books by Jez Alborough and the bear books by Karma Wilson! So well written! I always say the way to judge a good book is if the Mama (or Dad) and child love it equally! These books pass the test.

  6. Oh, I love books, too! These are some really great choices.

    I may have mentioned this before, but I think you would really love Five in a Row. (www.hqfiar.com) Look at the Before Five in a Row link. No, I am not an employee or anything… I used this curriculum with my kids because of my love for good books!

    Lisa @
    All That and a Box of Rocks

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