This week we are featuring an Animal ABC book list. Alphabet books can be used for kids of all ages. They are great for introducing letters to little ones, and older kids can learn new information as they read through the alphabet. The list below includes alphabet animal books for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary age kids. The list has been broken into groups based on information in the book and the style of book, and all of the books can be used for kids of all ages based on what is best for your child.
Animal ABC Books
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Alphaprints: ABC Board Book by Roger Priddy
Alphaprints is a sweet book that creates each animal from finger prints. This is a small board book that is perfect for little ones.
I love the look of these books! They are bright, colorful and the pictures are photographs of the animals. There is a small description that gives information about each animal. Below is a list of all the different types of ABC Animal books American Museum of Natural History has available.
Animal Alphabet by DK Publishing
This is a board book that has flaps that hid the animals and information about the animal that is just right for little ones. There are photos of the animals which is great for children as they learn what different animals look like.
For Little Ones
Creature ABC by Andrew Zuckerman
Andrew Zuckerman’s books include pictures that are beautiful and detailed. I love the close up of the wild animals and the simple layout of the book. You can use the glossary in the back of the book to find more information about each animal.
Alphabet Animals: A Slide-and-Peek Adventure by Suse MacDonald
In this book each letter is created by the animal. Young kids can guess the animal and letter and then pull the sliding page to see what letter the animal is in the shape of.
Kids will love the adorable illustrations and fun facts about wild animal babies in Wild Animal Babies, a new alphabet book for kids ages 3 to 5.
ABC by Eric Carle
Eric Carle writes great books and this ABC book is no exception. I like the bright colors and how the pages fold out or up. This book does have a board book feel but the pages are thin and easy to move.
A Rain Forest ABC: An Alphabet Book by Barbara Knox
I love the alphabet books that show photographs of the animals and this book has very colorful and bright pictures that feature rain forest animals for each letter. Each animal includes a few facts so your child can learn a bit more about the animal.
Alphabet by Matthew Van Fleet
We love the Matthew Van Fleet books. His alphabet book is just as great as the others we own. Each page includes flaps, touch and feel or sliding parts.
Animal Alphabet by Alex Lluch
There are several different styles of this same ABC book. One book has sliding parts and another has split pages you turn. I like the way the animals were painted and that you can pick the style of book you and your child like best.
A to Z by Sandra Boynton
A to Z is another alphabet book with silly pictures and great alliterations. My favorite is the “frowning frogs and grinning gophers” page. It is also available as a board book.
Almost An Animal Alphabet by Katie Viggers
Almost an Animal Alphabet is a fun book that sometimes shows different types of an animal, for example, B is for Bear shows different types of bears. Details for different animals are unique and the pictures are silly at times.
An Australian ABC of Animals by Bronwyn Bancroft
This alphabet books is different from the others on the list for a few reasons. One reason is that it is about Australia and a great way to introduce kids to a new continent and group of animals. The book also includes very unique art work for each animal.
For Older Kids
Animalia by Graeme Base
Animalia is an ABC book that older children will enjoy. Each animal has an alliteration that goes with the illustration, like “Lazy Lions Lounging in the Local Library”. The pictures are full of details and beautifully drawn.
Jerry Pallotta has many different alphabet books about animals. I like the simple facts that are given and the beautiful illustrations. Below is a list of some of the different ABC Animal books Jerry Pallotta has available.
The Ocean Alphabet Book
The Icky Bug Alphabet Book
The Dinosaur Alphabet Book
The Butterfly Alphabet Book
The Bird Alphabet Book
The Sea Mammal Alphabet Book
The Furry Animal Alphabet Book
The Extinct Alphabet Book
The Yucky Reptile Alphabet Book
The Frog Alphabet Book
The Underwater Alphabet Book
The Beetle Alphabet Book
The Desert Alphabet Book
Great for all ages
Dinosaurs A to Z (Dinosaur Train) by Andrea Posner-Sanchez
This is a perfect ABC book for dinosaur lovers. The book features the characters from Dinosaur Train and information about each dinosaur.
Augie to Zebra: An Alphabet Book! by Caspar Babypants
I like the diversity in this book. There are many different countries, cultures and types of animals the author includes. This is another great book that shows alliteration.
For the Love of Dogs: An A-to-Z Primer for Dog Lovers of All Ages by Allison Weiss Entrekin
Little Bit loves dogs and this is a perfect alphabet book for her. Each letter has a fun rhyming pattern that gives a little information about each item. The author also has an alphabet book for Cats.
Cats ABC: An Alphabet Book by Amanda Doering
If you are a cat lover then this is the ABC book for you. Each letter features something that is related to the cat. For example on the T page it says, “T is for Tongue” and includes facts about a cat’s tongue.
African Animal Alphabet (National Geographic Little Kids) by Beverly Joubert
I love National Geographic books for kids and adults 😉 This is a great book for little and older ones. The book is bright and colorful and each animal includes a “Did You Know?” box that give extra information for older readers.
K is for Kissing a Cool Kangaroo by Giles Andreae
This is a fun book that has great rhyme and descriptive words. Each letter is represented but multiple objects including animals. There are also items in the picture that begin with the letter you can hunt for. The book is not just an animal alphabet book but I am including it because of all the animals that you will see throughout the book.
A Paddling of Ducks: Animals in Groups from A to Z by Marjorie Blain Parker
A Paddling of Ducks features groups of each animal at a park doing lots of different activities. The pictures are full of silly animals and as you read what each group of animals are called, you and your child might learn something new.
The Dictionary of Ordinary Extraordinary Animals by Leslie Jonath
This dictionary features many different animals and beautiful pictures for each one. The book includes one or two animals on each page and a short description.
Did We Miss One of Your Favorites?
We hope you have found a new book you can share with your child. If you have a favorite animal alphabet book that was not on the list we would love to hear about it in the comments below!
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