What kid doesn’t like books about animals? I haven’t met a single one. This list contains some of the most engaging animal books I’ve used in my classroom!
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This book list is all about animals, but if you are looking for diverse picture books then you should check out The Ultimate List of Diverse Picture Books. There are over 250 books to use in classroom and home libraries.
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If you’re doing a unit or study of saving the environment or predators and prey, this is a great book to include.
If Sharks Disappeared explains why we need sharks and how we all benefit from them. This is also a great book to use to introduce new science vocabulary. Bookshop Affiliate Link
Prepared for your kids to be grossed out! But they will love it! What Do They Do with All That Poo? shares all the information you maybe didn’t want to know about how some animals go number 2. This is a must read! It is sooooo fun! Bookshop Affiliate Link
I enjoyed this book because I have a personal connection to SUE the T-Rex.
I’ve seen SUE the Tyrannosaurus Rex several times as a kid when visiting my dad in Chicago.
While digging around in South Dakota in 1990, Sue Hendrickson found SUE.
If you read this book to your students or children, go to The Field Museum’s website to check out SUE. Bookshop Affiliate Link
Before we read, I always ask my students to share their stories about getting stung by a bee! My students love to talk about themselves (and who doesn’t), so it is a great way to get them to make an instant connection to the book.
Over the years I have really loved learning about elephants. They are intelligent and beautiful animals.
If Elephants Disappeared gives facts about elephants and explains how hunters are on track to forcing these animals into extinction.
If you’re looking for book with a variety of different species of sharks, this is the book for you!
Surprising Sharks not only gives the reader facts about the different kinds of sharks, the author does an amazing job of explaining why humans should not be afraid of sharks. Sharks should be afraid of humans. This book is always a hit. Bookshop Affiliate Link
In Hippos Are Huge the reader learns how fast hippos can run, their mating rituals, how they fight, why they “yawn” and more!
This is another great animal book to add to your list. Bookshop Affiliate Link
In How to Survive As a Firefly, a group of larvae gets schooled by an adult firefly on how to survive.
If your students or child is a fan of bugs, this is an excellent book that teaches the life cycle, metamorphosis, anatomy, and physiology.
FYI, we call them lightning bugs in the Midwest lol. Bookshop Affiliate Link
The Very Impatient Caterpillar is the perfect book to teach the life cycle of the butterfly. The book includes all the key vocabulary and entertaining dialogue to keep kids engaged! Bookshop Affiliate Link