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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.


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. 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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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: This concept book feature brightly colored fish and encourages young readers to practice counting from one to ten. A great choice for preschoolers!
Amazon Says: Brightly colored fish introduce young children to counting and basic addition in this fun and simple concept book. “A visual treat from start to finish.”--Booklist more...
Amazon Says: Brightly colored fish introduce young children to counting and basic addition in this fun and simple concept book. “A visual treat from start to finish.”--Booklist 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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