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Cultivate a love of Earth's biodiversity and counterbalance modern life's reduced exposure to animals.

Animals, Diverse Leads
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Nia loves Alfie, her pet turtle. But he’s not very soft, he doesn’t do tricks, and he’s pretty quiet. Sometimes she forgets he’s even there! That is until the night before Nia’s seventh birthday, when nAlfie disappears! Then, in an innovative switch in point of view, we hear Alfie’s side of the story. He didn’t leave Nia—he’s actually searching for the perfect birthday present for his dear friend. Can he find a gift and make it back in time for the big birthday party? From the author-illustrator of Fraidyzoo and The Bear Report comes a warm and funny ode to friendship—even when the friends see the relationship, and the world, very differently.
average rating is 4.9 out of 5, based on 140 votes, reviews
At the Zoo
Newborn Touch, Animals
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Roger Priddy’s Bright Baby Touch and Feel At the Zoo is an interactive board book you can use to help your baby engage their senses through looking, touching, and listening. Cute pictures of animals, rhyming text to read aloud, and touch and feel textures make this book perfect for you and your bright baby.
average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 2780 votes, reviews
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See
Classics, Rhythmic
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A big happy frog, a plump purple cat, a handsome blue horse, and a soft yellow duck--all parade across the pages of this delightful book. Children will immediately respond to Eric Carle's flat, boldly colored collages. Combined with Bill Martin's singsong text, they create unforgettable images of these endearing animals.
average rating is 4.9 out of 5, based on 49174 votes, reviews
Dear Zoo
Animals, Permanence, Classics
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Dear Zoo is thrity years old -- and still as popular as ever! And with an updated look, this classic children's storybook about a youngster loooking for a perfect pet is sure to delight a new generation of readers!
average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 27297 votes, reviews
First 100 Animals
Vocabulary, Animals
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Your little one will love to discover the amazing animals inside this bright board book, First 100 Animals. There are 100 animal photographs to look at and talk about, and 100 animal names to read and learn, too. The pages are made from tough board for hours of fun reading, and the cover is softly padded for little hands to hold.
average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 9705 votes, reviews
First Big Book of Dinosaurs
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The third title in National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book series, this book is for kids 4- to 8-years-old who LOVE dinos! The prehistoric world comes alive with dinosaurs small, big, giant, and gigantic, with stunning illustrations by Franco Tempesta—who illustrated National Geographic Kids The Ultimate Dinopedia. Bursting with fun facts and age appropriate information, each spread features a different dinosaur, along with simple text in big type that is perfect for little kids. Young dino fans will love the interactivity included in every chapter, and parents will appreciate tips to help carry readers’ experience beyond the page.
average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 14570 votes, reviews
From Head to Toe
Classics, Animals
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Giraffes can bend their necks, monkeys can wave their hands, and donkeys can kick their legs. And so can you! Throughout this interactive board book, the animals of From Head to Toe invite young readers to copy their antics as they play. Through Carle’s vibrant collages and simple instructions, children will learn the importance of listening, exercising, and taking on a new challenge. Join the giraffes, monkeys, donkeys, seals, and more for a frolicking, fun adventure!
average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 6169 votes, reviews
Gomer the Gassy Goat
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Kids and adults alike will love this hysterical, tongue-twisting read-aloud about a goat who farts A LOT! Whether he is making silly faces or farting during goat yoga, Gomer the Gassy Goat will have you laughing out loud before you can say,”Trendy-bendy, nosy, noisy, smiley, smelly, classy, silly, sassy, gassy goat!” Fun goat facts included.
average rating is 4.7 out of 5, based on 1558 votes, reviews
Hairy MacLary
Animals, Rhythmic
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Lynley Dodd's iconic first Hairy Maclary book, which introduces the famous Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy and his canine gang. Out of the gate and off for a walk went Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy Hairy Maclary's friends join him for a walk until, with a sudden yowl, a wail and a howl, they all run off. What could have caused such a scatter of paws?
average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 2304 votes, reviews
Hello, Farm! (Indestructibles)
Rip Proof, Animals
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Say hello to farm animals in a book that’s indestructible! Who munches the grass? Hungry cows! Who rolls in the mud? Playful pigs! Who greets the day? Crowing roosters! Indestructiblesis the trusted series for easing little ones into story time. Beloved by babies and their parents, Indestructibles are built for the way babies “read” (i.e., with their hands and mouths) and are: -Rip Proof—made of ultra-durable tight-woven material -Waterproof—can be chewed on, drooled on, and washed! -Emergent Literacy Tool—bright pictures and few or no words encourage dialogic reading -Portable—lightweight books can go anywhere, perfect for the diaper bag and for travel -Safe for Baby—meets ASTM safety standards
average rating is 4.7 out of 5, based on 7258 votes, reviews
I Love Pete the Kitty
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New York Times bestselling author-illustrator James Dean introduces young readers to Pete the Cat before he was Pete the Cat...when he was little Pete the Kitty! Pete the Kitty loves so many wonderful things in life—like birthday cake, ice cream, his guitar, and more. But what does this groovy kitty love the most? Find out in this board book!
average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 1207 votes, reviews
I Love You More, Babysaur
Dinosaurs, Lovey Dovey
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Celebrate your little hugasaurus with this pun-tastic dinosaur book for babies and toddlers, the perfect Valentine's Day gift! Rawr means "I love you" in dinosaur! Filled with cute dinosaur puns, beautiful illustrations, and heartwarming message, I Love You More, Babysaur is a dinomite board book and keepsake families will love to read together again and again. Perfect for sharing with someone you love at any occasion, this sweet story also includes full dinosaur names and pronunciations!
average rating is 4.7 out of 5, based on 512 votes, reviews
If Animals Kissed Good Night
Bedtime, Lovey Dovey
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In a cozy bedtime chat with her mom, a young girl wonders how animal families might say good night. Would Wolf and his pup "kiss and then HOWL"? Would Bear and her cub "kiss and then GROWL"? But what about Sloth and her baby? They move soooo slooowwwww . . . they're sure to be kissing from early evening until long after everyone else is fast asleep! With whimsical art and playful rhyming verse, this picture book is now in board book format for the first time, perfect for bedtime snuggles.
average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 71403 votes, reviews
Just Me and My Puppy
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Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter has a brand-new puppy in this classic, funny, and heartwarming book. Whether he’s teaching the new pup tricks, giving him a bath, or curling up with him at bedtime, both parents and children alike will relate to this beloved story. A perfect way to teach children about the responsibility of caring for a pet!
average rating is 4.9 out of 5, based on 1892 votes, reviews
My First Library (Boxset)
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The amazing boxset contains a set of 10 well-researched board books to introduce wide range of learning topics and everyday objects to the little scholars. Vibrant pictures and accurate word labels encourages the child to build a robust vocabulary in a very short time. The attractive and sturdy gift box sets are the perfect gifts for toddlers. The topics included in the set are - ABC, Numbers, Shapes, Colours, Wild Animals, Farm Animals & Pets, Birds, Fruits, Vegetables, Transport.
average rating is 4.6 out of 5, based on 66860 votes, reviews
Pandas Love Pickles
Animals, Food, Alphabet
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Pandas Love Pickles is a whimsical ABC book that explores animals, food, different cuisines, and alphabet letters in a way that will inspire your young eater to try new things at mealtime. Through gorgeous illustrations of animals paired with silly foods to try, your little one will be excited to discover new things to eat. Try it, you might love it! Now available in the Pandas Love series, Pandas Love Pizza! Featuring all new animals, and all new foods for your little one to try.
average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 814 votes, reviews
Penguin Problems
Animals, Gratitude
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Have you ever considered running away to Antarctica? Of course you have! Because it's a land free of worries and responsibilities! All of your problems will surely be blown away by the icy winds of that lawless paradise! . . . Won't they? Think again, my friend. This penguin has come to tell you that his life down there is no more a picnic than yours is here. For starters, it is FREEZING. Also, penguins have a ton of natural predators. Plus, can you imagine trying to find your mom in a big ol' crowd of identical penguins? No, thank you. Yes, it seems there is no escaping the drudgery of your daily grind, whatever it might be. Or perhaps we've just learned that grumps are everywhere. . . . Jory John and Lane Smith let us decide. This book is sure to tickle kids' funny bones and will elicit appreciative sighs from the adults reading it aloud.
average rating is 4.7 out of 5, based on 723 votes, reviews
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Toddlers can learn all about different pet types and how to be a great animal companion with the popular Hello, World! board book series, with easy-to-understand facts about cats, dogs, rabbits, and even less fuzzy pets, such as fish, frogs, and lizards. Hello, World! is a series designed to introduce first nonfiction concepts to babies and toddlers. Told in clear and easy terms ("Fish have lived on Earth since before the dinosaurs!") and featuring bright, cheerful illustrations, Hello, World! makes learning fun for young children. And each page offers helpful prompts for engaging with your child. It's a perfect way to bring science and nature into the busy world of a toddler, where learning never stops.
average rating is 4.9 out of 5, based on 508 votes, reviews
Rumble in the Jungle
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Join this rhyming safari and meet everyone from the elphing elephant to the gangly giraffe, and maybe even the terrible tiger!
average rating is 4.9 out of 5, based on 613 votes, reviews
Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep
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It’s time for Big Bear to hibernate, so Old Man Winter keeps telling him: “Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep.” But Big Bear doesn’t hear very well. He thinks Old Man Winter has told him to drive a jeep, to sweep, and to leap. Big Bear just can’t seem to hear what Old Man Winter is saying. Finally, Old Man Winter finds a noisy way to get Big Bear’s attention. Cozy illustrations rendered in pencil and mixed media by Will Hillenbrand bring this bedtime story to a fitting conclusion.
average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 955 votes, reviews
Newborn Touch, Animals, Lift the Flap
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Tails are irresistible to toddlers--though most are beyond the reach of small hands. But now there's reason for tail fans everywhere to rejoice: a colorful collection of tails created just for those eager toddlers to tug, pat, and even scratch and sniff! Matthew Van Fleet's lovable menagerie features furry tails, spiny tails, shiny tails, and tails that wag--all designed to inspire and withstand hours of interactive play. While pulling tabs and opening gatefolds, those tail tuggers can also learn to count from one to ten. Tails is so full of action and fun that even parents will revel in repeated readings.
average rating is 4.6 out of 5, based on 403 votes, reviews
The Snowy Nap
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In this instant winter classic, Jan Brett's Hedgie tries to stay awake so he doesn't miss out on all the snowy fun his friends are having. A chill is in the air, and as Hedgie trundles around the farm all his friends tell him of the winter-time fun he will miss as he hibernates: Icicles decorating the chicken coop! Lisa making snowmen! The pond turned to slippery ice!
average rating is 4.9 out of 5, based on 1232 votes, reviews
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
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You thought you knew the story of the “The Three Little Pigs”… You thought wrong. In this hysterical and clever fracture fairy tale picture book that twists point of view and perspective, young readers will finally hear the other side of the story of “The Three Little Pigs.”
average rating is 4.9 out of 5, based on 6259 votes, reviews
The Water Hole
Counting, Animals
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The Water Hole is a fusion of counting book, puzzle book, storybook and art book. Graeme Base takes the reader on a journey of discovery, from the plains of Africa and the jungles of the Amazon to the woodlands of North America and the deserts of the Australian outback.
average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 536 votes, reviews
They All Saw a Cat
Animals, Caldecott Medal, Different Perspectives
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The cat walked through the world, with its whiskers, ears, and paws . . . In this glorious celebration of observation, curiosity, and imagination, Brendan Wenzel shows us the many lives of one cat, and how perspective shapes what we see. When you see a cat, what do you see? Plus, this is the fixed format version, which looks almost identical to the print edition.
average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 2625 votes, reviews
Touch and Feel: Farm
Animals, Real Photos, Newborn Touch
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Little ones will love to explore the textures of their favorite animals on the farm with this perfect book for their first library. With more than half a million copies sold, this family favorite keeps young readers engaged with pages that encourage exploration and help develop fine motor skills while building an early language foundation. Spend a day at the farm with kittens, horses, chicks, and more in Touch and Feel: Farm. This classic DK board book is filled with clear photography, simple text, and fun textures. Practice animal recognition and sounds, and help your baby learn what an animal may feel when like when it's touched. Pet a dog's soft fur, stroke a baby chick, and tickle a soft kitten on sturdy and tactile board pages that are perfect for small hands.
average rating is 4.7 out of 5, based on 1467 votes, reviews
Animals, Lift the Flap
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Meet all the friendly animals in the forest in this lively, interactive Peek-a-Flap sturdy board book! Little ones will love navigating through every animal-themed page filled with fun facts, new vocabulary words, and surprises found under sturdy lift-a-flaps while learning all about adorable fuzzy forest animals and their habitats! Join foxes, raccoons, deer, bears, squirrels, skunks, and more as they gather food, play, and show you around their forest homes! Durable pages and chunky flaps are perfect for little exploring hands, which also help strengthen hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. A lively, educational forest animal introduction designed to entertain and engage curious little readers. A must for little animal lovers! -Sturdy, thick board pages and durable flaps designed to withstand traditional wear and tear for curious little infants and toddlers. -Lifting the interactive flaps encourages sensory exploration and helps support the development of fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination in developing children. -Introduces toddlers and preschoolers to colors and peek-a-boo surprises! -Bright, cheerful illustrations and interesting facts in these sensory lift-a-flap books for babies and preschoolers keep them entertained and engaged.
average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 3642 votes, reviews
Woodland Dance!
Camping, Animals
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The moose plays the cello. The deer, violin. And it’s ONE-two-three, ONE-two-three, time to begin! Destined to be a read-aloud favorite, Woodland Dance is a mystical, waltzing story from beloved author and illustrator Sandra Boynton, and a magical book to share with a magical child. Woodland animals heed the call of the fox’s bugle to join the woodland dance in a moonlit glade, dancing all night to the music of the Woodland Dance Trio. As the animals wander off to bed, the Trio plays one last piece to welcome the sun. A lovely, lyrical way to end, or start, the day.
average rating is 4.9 out of 5, based on 1446 votes, reviews
Animals, Lift the Flap
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You'll meet all sorts of animals when you peek and explore around wild habitats! Each scene features a pair of lift-a-flaps with peekaboo surprises. Inside the flaps, you'll find fun facts about the animals in the artwork.
average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 1730 votes, reviews

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