Reading is an important and beloved past time in my house. Mini has either inherited my love for reading or picked up on my enthusiasm for it. Whatever the reason, she will happily demand that we read her a book at least ten times in a row before she is thoroughly satisfied.
The following books are some of her favorite animal-related reads. In addition to their superb writing and illustrations, they all impart great lessons in a fun and age-appropriate manner. So, if you are looking for some new additions to your child’s bookshelf or just want some ideas for your next trip to the library, keep these in mind!
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1. And Tango Makes Three
If you didn’t hear the story of Roy and Silo back in the early 2000s when they became an internet sensation, they were two male penguins at the Central Park Zoo who courted each other and eventually raised a chick named Tango. And Tango Makes Three is the adorable award-winning book inspired by this true story. It follows Roy and Silo as they fall in love, yearn to start a family like the other penguin couples, and dedicate themselves to parenthood when they are given the chance. And Tango Makes Three stresses that “family” comes in many forms and that each kind is special and unique.
2. A Unicorn Named Sparkle
This glittery book is about a little girl who orders a goat with a horn glued to its forehead unicorn from a magazine. She has all sorts of expectations for what he will be like and what they will do together. When he arrives, Sparkle is nothing like what she imagined. A Unicorn Named Sparkle teaches us that while things do not always work out as planned, they are often more magical because of it.
3. I Love Dogs!
If there was ever an ode to dogs, it would be this book. I Love Dogs! is about the variety of canine love available in this world, and is a must-have for any child with a furry four-legged friend. I Love Dogs! also highlights the importance of animal adoption and giving an abandoned dog a loving forever home, which is a sentiment that I think most animal-lovers can agree with.
4. Penguin Problems
If I had to guess who or what my spirit animal would be, I would definitely say the penguin protagonist in this book fits the bill pretty well. Penguin Problems follows a surly penguin as he laments his many problems ranging from a cold beak to a near consumption by orca. He isn’t buying into the hype perpetuated by his fellow penguins; however, after an encounter with a wise walrus, he can see the beauty all around him despite the everyday hurdles of life. Penguin Problems is a fun and relatable book that acknowledges that life isn’t easy or even fun sometimes, but that there are always things to be thankful for.
There you have it! Our four favorite animal books. Which children’s books are on your kiddo’s shelf? Let me know in the comments below!