The 5 Best Books for Animal-Loving Kindergarteners

Written by Pat O’Neill

As your kindergartener begins to explore outside their immediate surroundings through the magic of books, they begin to ask important questions about plants and animals in the natural world.

Pint-sized picture book-devourers will be entranced by these wild tales, both fiction and nonfiction, about the Great Outdoors.

Emile: The Helpful Octopus, by Tomi Ungerer

First published in 1960, this quirky French classic is now available in English. When a famous deep-sea diver is menaced by a hungry shark, an octopus named Emile comes to the rescue. The diver, Captain Samofar, and our elastic-limbed hero strike up a friendship that leads to the biggest adventure yet, on dry land and under the sea.

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Actual Size, by Steve Jenkins

Did you ever look a giant squid in the eye? Have you been face to face with a tiger? All the animals in this stunning picture book are their actual size. Caldecott Honor recipient Steve Jenkins illustrates animals both large and larger in this stunning picture book of close encounters. An awe-inspiring look at some of the world’s endangered species.

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The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling, by Timothy Basil Ering

A duck and a fiddle go together like, well, a duck and a fiddle. In this allegory about the power of music, Captain Alfred is sailing home with new ducks for his farm when his boat is caught in a storm. Everything aboard the ship is lost at sea, including a duck egg he had nestled safely inside his fiddle case. But all is not lost: the little duckling stumbles out of his shell and discovers Captain Alfred’s fiddle, floating in the waves. What happens next is musical magic. 

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The Storm Whale in Winter, by Benji Davies

This is the story of a boy named Noi and his aquatic best friend, a rescued whale. When Noi’s fisherman father goes missing in icy winter waters, the storm whale shows up in the nick of time to help. Celebrated illustrator Benji Davies reminds us the power of good deeds can come full circle.

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Pirate’s Perfect Pet, by Beth Ferry

Captain Crave can check off most items on his handy Be Your Best Buccaneer checklist. He has a pirate ship, an eye patch, courage and daring, and more. One thing is missing: Captain Crave doesn’t have a pet sidekick. The captain and his crew chase critters of every size and shape, from the beach to a farm to the zoo to a pet shop, causing a commotion wherever they go. But just when all seems lost, the search party stumbles upon the perfect pet for Captain Crave.  

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