Animal books to make you go wild!

Looking for the next book that will make your little one ROAR? 

15/03/2019
2 minutes to read
Three animal themed children's book on a bright palm-leaf shaped background image


We've compiled a list of exquisitely illustrated, hilarious and beautiful books for animal lovers to enjoy. Learn about the importance of friendship with The Go-Away Bird, a South African inspired story from Julia Donaldson and Catherine Rayner or  experience the sweetest love story full of cheese and broccoli in Aalfred and Aalbert by Morag Hood. Winning isn't everything, what really matters is that you have fun- as the little aardvark will tell you in The Big Race by David Barrow. For even more wild and wonderful stories make sure you add our list to your TBR pile!

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Frog Hops Off!

by Lydia Monks

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Frog Hops Off! is a warm and funny adventure story celebrating self-confidence and individuality, perfect for preschool readers.

Frog is always bouncy, but today he is bouncier than usual! He can’t wait to go exploring underground with Miss Hoot and all his friends from Twit Twoo School. But when Frog gets over-excited and hops off on his own, he soon realizes he doesn’t know the way back again . . . Join in the fun in this heart-warming adventure story, with a gentle message about listening carefully in class.

Join Frog, Rabbit, Mouse, Mole, Owl and their teacher, Miss Hoot, at their fun-filled treetop school. With a cast of adorable animal characters and bright, bold, distinctive illustrations from the award-winning Lydia Monks, illustrator of the bestselling What the Ladybird Heard series, the Twit Twoo School series is sure to delight young children.

Twit Twoo School: warm and witty stories, perfect for every preschooler. Share more exciting school adventures in Mouse's Big Day and Rabbit Races Ahead!

Aalfred and Aalbert

by Morag Hood

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An aadorable and funny love story between aardvarks.

Aardvarks Aalfred and Aalbert both need a pal. But Aalfred sleeps in the day, and Aalbert sleeps at night. How will they ever get the chance to meet?

Bird conjures up a series of sillier and sillier schemes to get the two aardvarks into the same place, but their paths simply refuse to cross. Until one day, when they find each other in the most unexpected way – and now Aalfred and Aalbert will never lose each other again.

Aalfred and Aalbert is as funny and memorable as Morag Hood's previous books, Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea, I Am Bat and The Steves. With its sweet and natural portrayal of love accidentally blooming between two aardvarks, it makes a brilliant gift for a loved one.

Dear Zoo Snuggle Book

by Rod Campbell

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A super-soft cloth book in a beautiful gift box, based on the bestselling classic Dear Zoo – the perfect gift for babies for any occasion.

Created by Rod Campbell for the very youngest animal enthusiasts, the Dear Zoo Snuggle Book features all the animals from the zoo in a super-soft fleece snuggle book. The elephant is too big, the lion is too fierce, the giraffe is too tall . . . but the perfect pet is there somewhere!

A favourite with toddlers and parents for over thirty-five years, Dear Zoo is a classic, and this simple cloth edition is the perfect introduction to the much-loved story.

Packaged in a high quality patterned gift box, the Dear Zoo Snuggle Book is a thoughtful gift for babies and toddlers.

The Go-Away Bird

by Julia Donaldson

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A gorgeous story about friendship and working together from a star picture-book partnership, the bestselling Julia Donaldson and award-winning Catherine Rayner.

‘The Go-Away bird sat up in her nest,

With her fine grey wings and her fine grey crest.’

One by one, the other birds fly into her tree, wanting to talk or to play, but the Go-Away bird just shakes her head and sends them all away. But then the dangerous Get-You bird comes along, and she soon realizes that she might need some friends after all . . .

The Go-Away Bird combines brilliant rhyming verse from much-loved children’s author Julia Donaldson, creator of the bestselling picture books The Gruffalo and What the Ladybird Heard, with stunning illustrations from the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal-winning Catherine Rayner. A charming story about the power of friendship from a thrilling creative partnership, this beautiful book is perfect for reading together.