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Animals Up Close

Love animals, but can't make it to the zoo? Picture books let you explore the zoo or visit the aquarium anytime - from home! Check out some of our books and get ready to roar like a lion and swim with the fish. Also, take a look at these great web cams to see zoo and aquarium animals up close.


I Love Animals by Flora McDonnell
Rebecca T. Says: Bright, bold pictures of the many farm animals a little girl loves. Perfect for reading aloud.
Amazon Says: "A charming picture book filled with a small child's joyous love for all the animals on her farm. Large, bold illustrations and a clear text fairly explode with exuberance more...
Amazon Says: "A charming picture book filled with a small child's joyous love for all the animals on her farm. Large, bold illustrations and a clear text fairly explode with exuberance." —School Library Journal I love Jock, my dog... I love the donkey braying "Hee-haw" Do you love animals, too? Flora McDonnell's exuberant salute to our favorite beasts—a gallant dog, two genial ducks, an adoring ewe and her rowdy lamb, among many others—captures their characters in large, brilliant portraits. Perfect for sharing with several children or just one, I LOVE ANIMALS is as much fun as a visit to a real farm. less...
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Swimmy by Leo Lionni
Rebecca T. Says: A little fish is able to explore the wonders of the ocean with a little teamwork and a lot of help from his friends. A classic picture book about the sea!
Amazon Says: Deep in the sea there lives a happy school of little fish. Their watery world is full of wonders, but there is also danger, and the little fish are afraid to come out of hidin more...
Amazon Says: Deep in the sea there lives a happy school of little fish. Their watery world is full of wonders, but there is also danger, and the little fish are afraid to come out of hiding . . . until Swimmy comes along. Swimmy shows his friends how—with ingenuity and team work—they can overcome any danger. With its graceful text and stunning artwork, this Caldecott Honor Book deserves a place on every child’s shelf. From the Trade Paperback edition. less...
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Smile If You're Human by Neal Layton
Rebecca T. Says: Have fun with all the animals at the zoo in this quirky story!
Amazon Says: When trying to spot a real-life human, this alien family understands that it's important to know exactly what to look for. On a visit to one of our planet's zoos, they ready t more...
Amazon Says: When trying to spot a real-life human, this alien family understands that it's important to know exactly what to look for. On a visit to one of our planet's zoos, they ready their camera and try to follow their not-very-well-informed Aliens' Guide to Earth. Through persistent trial and error (webbed feet? feathers? a striped coat?) these most unusual tourists are able to discover just what makes us humans the "most stupendous" animal of all! Hint: It rhymes with Dial. less...
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Hooray for Fish! by Lucy Cousins
Rebecca T. Says: Explore the seas with Little Fish and meet all his colorful fishy friends in this bright, oversized picture book!
Amazon Says: Revel in all things fishy in this undersea riot of color and rhyme — an oversize read-aloud from picture book artist Lucy Cousins. Paddle along with Little Fish on a more...
Amazon Says: Revel in all things fishy in this undersea riot of color and rhyme — an oversize read-aloud from picture book artist Lucy Cousins. Paddle along with Little Fish on a mesmerizing underwater tour of friends spotty and stripy, happy and gripy, hairy and scary, even curly whirly and twisty twirly. From the creator of Maisy comes an eyepopping picture book that is sure to have little ones joining the chorus: Hooray for fish! less...
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Rebecca T. Says: Lift the flaps to discover which animal are sent from the zoo to be a child’s pet. They are too grumpy and too scary – until the perfect pet is found!
Amazon Says: Dear Zoo is twenty-five years old -- and still as popular as ever! And with an updated look, this classic children's storybook about a youngster loooking for a perfect pet is more...
Amazon Says: Dear Zoo is twenty-five years old -- and still as popular as ever! And with an updated look, this classic children's storybook about a youngster loooking for a perfect pet is sure to delight a new generation of readers! less...
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Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
Rebecca T. Says: Say good night to all the animals at the zoo in the simple and silly bedtime story.
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 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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A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead
Rebecca T. Says: This sweet picture book about zoo animals and friendship won the 2011 Caldecott medal. The soft and simple illustrations will make this a favorite story at bedtime.
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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Rebecca T. Says: See colorful and up-close photographs of animals at the zoo while you learn interesting facts about them. The pictures in this book will blow you away!
Amazon Says: An elephant's trunk is so nimble, it can pick up a single blade of grass, and yet so strong, it can knock over a tree. Giraffes have eyelashes. Sloths hang from trees for days more...
Amazon Says: An elephant's trunk is so nimble, it can pick up a single blade of grass, and yet so strong, it can knock over a tree. Giraffes have eyelashes. Sloths hang from trees for days at a time without going to the bathroom. These are just some of the insights featured in Life-Size Zoo. Acclaimed wildlife photographer Toyofumi Fukuda visited Japan's premier zoos to capture remarkably vivid and detailed close-up photographs of 21 animals, from pandas and meerkats to giraffes, rhinos, and elephants (adult and baby). Each photograph is accompanied by a profile including body length, weight, and natural habitat, as well as fun facts about the animal. less...
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