7 Children's Books for Animal-Loving Kids

Nugget & Fang: Friends Forever — or Snack Time?
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Best For: A Good Laugh (and Lesson)

Nugget and Fang: Friends Forever — or Snacktime?

Sharks and minnows are mortal enemies right? Well, not Fang the shark and Nugget the minnow— they’re best friends — until Nugget’s first day of school. Tammi Sauer’s pun-filled story, Nugget and Fang: Friends Forever —or Snacktime? is not only clever and fun, it also teaches children an important lesson about friendship.

Best for: Adventurous Young Minds

The Adventures of Bella & Harry: Let’s Visit Istanbul

Bella and Harry the Chihuahua siblings are quite the jet-setting canine pair: They’ve toured the Eiffel Tower in Paris and visited the pyramids of Cairo. Their latest journey, in The Adventures of Bella & Harry: Let's Visit Istanbul, brings them to the bazaars and mosques of Istanbul where they learn about Turkish customs, language and culture. Author Lisa Manzione was inspired to write the series after she visited Paris and tried to tell her kids about it but realized that they had no idea where in the world Paris was.

Where Do the Animals Go When It Rains? Cover
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Best for: Budding Wordsmiths

Where Do the Animals Go When It Rains?

Where Do the Animals Go When It Rains?, by Janet S. Crown, proves that reading and writing a book can be fun for the whole family. Crown wrote the educational book with the help of her children during their bedtime routine. While she was tucking in her kids, they would pick an animal and together they’d make up rhymes about what the animal did while it rained. With its bright illustrations and rhyming verse, this book is perfect for young readers.

Beast Friends Forever! Animal Lovers in Rhyme

Nothing says romance like a poem. Unless it’s a poem about a skunk named Babette who concocts perfume scents to attract potential white-striped suitors. Beast Friends Forever! Animal Lovers in Rhyme, by Robert L. Forbes, is even funnier than the clever title promises: Silly ditties like “Adder Attraction” and “Flannery and His Irish Wolfhound” are sure to leave you and your kids in stitches. Plus, as an added bonus, the book comes with a collection of animal stickers.


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