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Animals: Zoo Animals-Part 1

Going to the zoo can be such a fun treat, but you don't have to venture far (or spend any money) to dive into the world of zoo animals with these selected titles. You can check out 60 books with your Richland Library card and when you've finished this list, just call your closest Richland Library location and the staff will recommend more titles for your animal lover.


ABC ZooBorns! by Andrew Bleiman
Morgan R. Says: Real photographs make this learning experience fun!
Amazon Says: “ABC” means “Animal Baby Cuteness” in this darling alphabet book from the creators of ZooBorns.com. Calling all animal enthusiasts—the ZooBorns are back! It more...
Amazon Says: “ABC” means “Animal Baby Cuteness” in this darling alphabet book from the creators of ZooBorns.com. Calling all animal enthusiasts—the ZooBorns are back! It’s time to scamper through the alphabet with a herd of irresistible zoo babies. Featuring adorable animal photos, zippy text, and a fact-filled glossary, this just might be the cutest ABC book ever to hit the shelves! less...
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Little Beauty by Anthony Browne
Morgan R. Says: The large format of this book perfectly displays Anthony Browne's beautiful illustrations
Amazon Says: With his hyper-realistic artwork full of striking detail, the award-winning Anthony Browne tells a story of an unlikely friendship. Once there was a very special goril more...
Amazon Says: With his hyper-realistic artwork full of striking detail, the award-winning Anthony Browne tells a story of an unlikely friendship. Once there was a very special gorilla who had almost everything he needed. There was only one thing he didn’t have: a friend. With no other gorillas at the zoo, the keepers try something new. Will the gigantic ape strike a bond with another sort of creature, one as tiny and innocent as a kitten? Sparked by the story of a real gorilla who learned to sign, LITTLE BEAUTY is a celebration of a most surprising friendship. less...
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1, 2, 3 to the zoo by Eric Carle
Morgan R. Says: Another Eric Carle classic
Amazon Says: Each car on the train has one more zoo animal than the one before, from the first car with an elephant to the last with ten birds. more...
Amazon Says: Each car on the train has one more zoo animal than the one before, from the first car with an elephant to the last with ten birds. less...
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Morgan R. Says: A great interactive book!
Amazon Says: Small children peek through die-cut holes to see their favorite animals, imitate their silly nonsense sounds, and learn about shapes and colors. By the author of Fish and Fl more...
Amazon Says: Small children peek through die-cut holes to see their favorite animals, imitate their silly nonsense sounds, and learn about shapes and colors. By the author of Fish and Flamingo. less...
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Morgan R. Says: Calling all animal lovers and rescuers!
Amazon Says: When little Lulu gets an idea, watch out! After a chat with the animals at the zoo, she sneaks all of the animals into her house, where "there's room for you all, from elepha more...
Amazon Says: When little Lulu gets an idea, watch out! After a chat with the animals at the zoo, she sneaks all of the animals into her house, where "there's room for you all, from elephant to mouse." Or so she thinks, until she tries to fit a bear into the bathtub . . . Before the zookeepers can bring the animals back to the zoo, though, bold Lulu dreams up a new place for her animal friends to live. And four-year-olds can be very persuasive. Children will love this rollicking, read-aloud tale matched by hilarious illustrations. less...
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Inside a Zoo in the City by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Amazon Says: A squawking parrot wakes a stalking tiger and disturbs the sleep of a lion that roars...and a symphony of chattering and barking ensues, as all the animals race from the dormi more...
Amazon Says: A squawking parrot wakes a stalking tiger and disturbs the sleep of a lion that roars...and a symphony of chattering and barking ensues, as all the animals race from the dormitory where they live to the zoo in time to greet the visitors. Following the style of The House That Jack Built, this third title in a series that includes Inside a Barn in the Country and Inside a House That Is Haunted uses picture words to encourage young children to "read" along with the text. Alyssa Satin Capucilli¹s delightful story and Tedd Arnold¹s hilarious illustrations will make this book a favorite among beginning readers. less...
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Zoo-Looking by Mem Fox
Amazon Says: The bestselling author of Possum Magic celebrates a special father-daughter day in this visually stunning picture book. Fox's rhythmic text is complemented by the gorgeous, gl more...
Amazon Says: The bestselling author of Possum Magic celebrates a special father-daughter day in this visually stunning picture book. Fox's rhythmic text is complemented by the gorgeous, glowing color illustrations of Candace Whitman, author-illustrator of The Night Is Like an Animal. Full color. less...
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Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett
Morgan R. Says: A laugh-out-loud trip to the zoo.
Amazon Says: Monkey and me, Monkey and me, Monkey and me, We went to see... A little girl and her toy monkey love imitating different animals, everything from jumping like kang more...
Amazon Says: Monkey and me, Monkey and me, Monkey and me, We went to see... A little girl and her toy monkey love imitating different animals, everything from jumping like kangaroos to waddling like penguins! Open this book and play along with them. Can you guess what animal they are now? less...
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My Heart Is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall
Morgan R. Says: A rhyming gem of a book filled with shapes.
Amazon Says: A heart can be hopeful, or silly, or happy. A heart can be rugged, or snappy, or lonely. A heart holds every different feeling, and debut author-artist Michael Hall captures e more...
Amazon Says: A heart can be hopeful, or silly, or happy. A heart can be rugged, or snappy, or lonely. A heart holds every different feeling, and debut author-artist Michael Hall captures each one with a delicate touch. For each feeling, the bold, graphic artwork creates an animal out of heart shapes, from "eager as a beaver" to "angry as a bear" to "thoughtful as an owl." An accessible and beautiful debut, My Heart Is Like a Zoo is everything a classic picture book should be: honest, sincere, and speaking directly to even the very youngest child. Ages: 0 - 5 less...
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Welcome to the Zoo! by Alison Jay
Amazon Says: In this fanciful visit, Alison Jay summons her unique perspective and sense of humor to create a zoo like no other?where more than just the animals are on display. Children wi more...
Amazon Says: In this fanciful visit, Alison Jay summons her unique perspective and sense of humor to create a zoo like no other?where more than just the animals are on display. Children will delight in discovering small details and tracking narratives that play out bit by bit. Before the tour is over, kids will meet hippos, giraffes, penguins pursuing a platter of fish, exotic birds, bears, mischievous monkeys, and much more. There?s a search-and-find element too: The last spread invites readers to go back and discover a number of amusing details throughout the book. With so much to explore, children are sure to?as the sign at the end proclaims?come again soon! less...
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Morgan R. Says: Repetition is key to learning how to read.
Amazon Says: What will you hear when you read this book to a preschool child? Lots of noise! Children will chant the rhythmic words. They'll make the sounds the animals make. And they'll more...
Amazon Says: What will you hear when you read this book to a preschool child? Lots of noise! Children will chant the rhythmic words. They'll make the sounds the animals make. And they'll pretend to be the zoo animals featured in the book-- look at the last page! Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle are two of the most respected names in children's education and children's illustrations. This collaboration, their first since the classic Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (published more than thirty years ago and still a best-seller) shows two masters at their best. A Redbook Children's Picture Book Award winner The rollicking companion to Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? less...
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Morgan R. Says: A bilingual rhyming alphabet book by the esteemed Pat Mora
Amazon Says: After the visitors have left the zoo and the animals have settled down for the night, a mischievous monkey starts a ting-tong rhythm on the marimba and slowly the animals awak more...
Amazon Says: After the visitors have left the zoo and the animals have settled down for the night, a mischievous monkey starts a ting-tong rhythm on the marimba and slowly the animals awaken. Lions and llamas samba and cougars and coyotes conga as all the animals join in the fun to create a rollicking fiesta. Infused with Mexican American flavor, ?MARIMBA! is a unique alphabet book that also introduces the concept of cognates--words in different languages that are similar. Young Spanish speakers will be delighted to find they are already familiar with twenty-six words in English, and English speakers with find they already know some Spanish. Author's note, pronunciation guide, rebus dictionary. less...
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Hippo! No, Rhino! by Jeff Newman
Amazon Says: When a careless worker places the wrong sign near a rhinoceros's cage, zoo visitors continually mistake the frustrated rhino for a hippopotamus, until a young boy comes along more...
Amazon Says: When a careless worker places the wrong sign near a rhinoceros's cage, zoo visitors continually mistake the frustrated rhino for a hippopotamus, until a young boy comes along who can help. less...
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Xander's Panda Party by Linda Sue Park
Morgan R. Says: Xander's birthday party become larger than expected.
Amazon Says: Xander planned a panda party. Yes, a dandy whoop-de-do! But Xander was the only panda. Just one panda at the zoo. The zoo’s paucity of pandas doesn’t impede Xander’s par more...
Amazon Says: Xander planned a panda party. Yes, a dandy whoop-de-do! But Xander was the only panda. Just one panda at the zoo. The zoo’s paucity of pandas doesn’t impede Xander’s party planning for long. He decides to invite all the bears. But Koala protests. She’s not a bear—she's a marsupial! Does that mean she can’t come? Xander rethinks his decision to invite only bears, and “Calling all bears” evolves into “Calling all creatures.” The Newbery Medal author Linda Sue Park introduces animal taxonomy in a wonderfully engaging way, and the celebrated artist Matt Phelan’s charming ink and watercolor paintings are the icing on the cake. A read-aloud whoop-de-do! less...
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Tuscanini by Jim Propp
Amazon Says: A well-intentioned, music-loving elephant is embarrassed after he tries to cool off a grand opera singer performing in the zoo with a trunkful of water, and she screams and le more...
Amazon Says: A well-intentioned, music-loving elephant is embarrassed after he tries to cool off a grand opera singer performing in the zoo with a trunkful of water, and she screams and leaves in a huff. Lit Guild. less...
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Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
Amazon Says: For a short time, this new larger edition includes a print signed by Peggy Rathmann! It's bedtime at the zoo, and all the animals are going to sleep. Or are they? Who' more...
Amazon Says: For a short time, this new larger edition includes a print signed by Peggy Rathmann! It's bedtime at the zoo, and all the animals are going to sleep. Or are they? Who's that short, furry guy with the keys in his hand and the mischievous grin? Sneak along behind the zookeeper's back and see who gets the last laugh in this riotous good-night romp.  The new generous trim size of every toddler's favorite book is even easier to share. With a warm, funny author's note highlighting how much this book has meant to kids and families since it was first published and some clever new details hidden in the illustrations, Good Night, Gorilla is the perfect gift for new babies as well as fans young and old. less...
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Pssst! by Adam Rex
Amazon Says: A child, a visit to the zoo, animals--sounds like good, simple all-American fun. But there’s something different about this zoo. These animals want things. Unusual things. W more...
Amazon Says: A child, a visit to the zoo, animals--sounds like good, simple all-American fun. But there’s something different about this zoo. These animals want things. Unusual things. What will they do with them?     Laughs, jokes, and surprises abound in this graphic picture book about a feisty, all-too-helpful little girl and her role in aiding and abetting zoo-animal shenanigans. Adam Rex once again reveals the hilarious hidden life of creatures we thought we knew well. less...
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And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson
Morgan R. Says: Based on the true story of two male penguins at New York's Central Park Zoo.
Amazon Says: In the zoo there are all kinds of animal families. But Tango's family is not like any of the others. more...
Amazon Says: In the zoo there are all kinds of animal families. But Tango's family is not like any of the others. less...
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Where's Walrus? by Stephen Savage
Morgan R. Says: A walrus in disguise!
Amazon Says: A happy-go-lucky Walrus escapes the zoo in search of adventure in this wordless instant classic. Bored with life at the zoo, an adventurous walrus escapes to the outside worl more...
Amazon Says: A happy-go-lucky Walrus escapes the zoo in search of adventure in this wordless instant classic. Bored with life at the zoo, an adventurous walrus escapes to the outside world. With the zookeeper in hot pursuit, Walrus cleverly tries on all sorts of hats to disguise himself. Will a yellow hardhat point to a new life as a construction worker? Or will a red swimming cap reveal his true talents? Follow the happy-go-lucky runaway as he hides amongst firefighters, businessmen, and even high-stepping dancers in this delightful wordless picture book. less...
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Wild About Books by Judy Sierra
Morgan R. Says: Animals love books too!
Amazon Says: It started the summer of 2002, when the Springfield librarian, Molly McGrew, by mistake drove her bookmobile into the zoo. In this rollicking rhymed story, Molly introduces b more...
Amazon Says: It started the summer of 2002, when the Springfield librarian, Molly McGrew, by mistake drove her bookmobile into the zoo. In this rollicking rhymed story, Molly introduces birds and beasts to this new something called reading. She finds the perfect book for every animal—tall books for giraffes, tiny ones for crickets. “She even found waterproof books for the otter, who never went swimming without Harry Potter.” In no time at all, Molly has them “forsaking their niches, their nests, and their nooks,” going “wild, simply wild, about wonderful books.” Judy Sierra’s funny animal tale coupled with Marc Brown’s lush, fanciful paintings will have the same effect on young Homo sapiens. Altogether, it’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys! less...
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A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead
Morgan R. Says: A wonderful classic.
Amazon Says: The Best Sick Day Ever and the animals in the zoo feature in this striking picture book debut. Friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In Amos McGee’s case, all sort more...
Amazon Says: The Best Sick Day Ever and the animals in the zoo feature in this striking picture book debut. Friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In Amos McGee’s case, all sorts of species, too! Every day he spends a little bit of time with each of his friends at the zoo, running races with the tortoise, keeping the shy penguin company, and even reading bedtime stories to the owl. But when Amos is too sick to make it to the zoo, his animal friends decide it’s time they returned the favor. less...
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