The best short rhyming picture books about animals

The Books I Picked & Why

Over in the Arctic

By Connie Roop, Peter Roop

Over in the Arctic

Why this book?

This book is a fun, singalong read written to the tune of “Over in the Meadow” that introduces children to the world of arctic animals. Kids will quickly pick up on the tune and rhyming pattern and be able to read along with the story. The fun, jaunty story is also just the right length for a bedtime read-aloud.


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Whole Whale

By Karen Yin, Nelleke Verhoeff

Whole Whale

Why this book?

This is such a fabulous book about inclusiveness and making room for everyone, and the best part is that this message is hidden inside a fun, rhyming story about lots and lots of animals (one hundred, to be precise!) But don’t let that number scare you, the story is a fast and fun read, and the perfect bedtime length. Bonus? Kids will love finding all the animals and discovering the secret that helps the poor whale find space.


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Moonlight Prance

By Serena Gingold Allen, Teagan White

Moonlight Prance

Why this book?

A companion book to Sunrise Dance, this interactive lift-the-flap book will entertain young readers as they read along during a midnight dance in a meadow, and all the animals that come and join the fun. Kids will love making the animals dance along by moving the flaps, plus it’s short enough for when you need that super quick read before a late bedtime.


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Sunrise Dance

By Serena Gingold Allen, Teagan White

Sunrise Dance

Why this book?

A companion book to Moonlight Prance, this interactive lift-the-flap book will entertain young readers as they read along during a sunrise dance in a meadow, and all the animals that come and join the fun. Kids will love making the animals dance along by moving the flaps, plus it’s short enough for when you need that super quick read before a late bedtime.


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Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey

By Emily Winfield Martin

Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey

Why this book?

This gentle rhyming book is the perfect book for your child and their best stuffy friend to read just before they drift off to sleep. The imaginative watercolor pictures will stick with you, and children will love finding how each child’s BFFs find their way into dreamland. Bonus? The book is short enough for a quick bedtime story, but has enough of a story for you to read it over and over without making you feel tired, too!


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