10 Picture Books About Zoo Animals

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10 Picture Books About Zoo Animals

Preschoolers love reading about zoo animals. Share these books with your young animal lovers!

Bruno Munari’s Zoo by Bruno Munari
Visit a kangaroo, a zebra, a camel and more in this illustrated tour of the zoo.

Dancing Feet by Lindsey Craig and Marc Brown
Each animal dances in a unique rhythm in this catchy book celebrating movement and onomatopoeia.

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
When asked to send a pet, the zoo keeps sending animals that are too scary, too jumpy, or otherwise not suitable.

Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
As the zookeeper says goodnight to each of the animals, Gorilla comes along and lets them out of their cages.

May I Bring a Friend? by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers and Beni Montresor
In this Caldecott medal winner, the king and queen invite a little boy to their castle every day, and each time he brings a surprise animal guest.

My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall
In pictures made entirely from hearts, this book explores all the ways people sometimes share attributes with animals.

1, 2, 3 To the Zoo by Eric Carle
Count groups of animals as they board a train bound for the zoo.

Pssst! by Adam Rex
When a boy visits the zoo, various animals ask him for unusual things like tires and garbage cans.

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead and Erin Stead
When zookeeper Amos McGee gets sick, his animal friends hop on the city bus to pay him a visit.

ZooBorns! Zoo Babies from Around the World by Andrew Bleiman and Chris Eastland
Photos of baby animals from around the world, accompanied by interesting facts.

Image credit: mycutegraphics.com

About Katie Fitzgerald

Katie Fitzgerald holds degrees in English and library science, and has worked in small town and big city libraries, serving both children and teens. You can read her book reviews and posts about story time, picture books, and early literacy at Story Time Secrets. Also follow her blog on Facebook for kidlit quotations, story time suggestions, and interesting links.


  1. Animal picture books will never go out of style. Thanks for all the books you’ve posted on this A to Z Challenge. I’ve enjoyed stopping by and adding books to my buy list.

  2. Great list, Katie! (I’m including it in a zoo animals resource post I’m putting up this week!)

  3. I LOVE your list! Sharing on Pinterest and Twitter and wanted to share my zoo list with you because we have a few of the same books but not all! 🙂


  4. My son loves Amos McGee. He also loves any book with a train in it so I’ve just requested 1 2 3 To the Zoo from our library 🙂

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