These days, children seem to be up to speed with technology, with little ones as young as a year old able to use a tablet to play games and watch programmes without supervision. Whilst these tablets educate, they don’t have the same effect as a book. There’s something special about reading a book with your child before bedtime; getting them to turn the pages and taking it in turns to read sentences. Not only are books educational and fun, they are filled with attractive pictures too! Take a look at five of the best animal books for children.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle’s much loved classic tells the tale of a ravenous caterpillar who eats his way through the days of the week and then transforms into a beautiful butterfly. Gorgeously illustrated with brightly coloured pictures of the greedy little caterpillar and the fruits he devours, this book teaches children the life cycle of a butterfly.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea
This wonderful picture book is an endearing short story about a very remarkable experience: a tiger who randomly shows up at the front door! Sophie and her mother are having afternoon tea when they hear the doorbell ring. The tiger politely invites himself in and the story unfolds from there. This classic story is a fun read that demonstrates just how big a tiger’s appetite is!
Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose
Children’s favourite foods and animals are featured in this funny tale that dances across the page in delicious rhyming phrases. Good manners are not on the menu at this meal; however this humorous story teaches children all about dining manners and etiquette but in the most fun way possible. A dinner party with these impolite animals provides endless entertainment that’ll have you laughing until you’re crying!
Mog the Forgetful Cat
This particular story in the series of Mog books is about how the forgetful tabby cat lands herself in trouble through her forgetful ways. However the story takes a turn for the better and Mog manages to come out as a hero! Children will adore this happy ending as they feel sorry for Mog, a family favourite cat in literature. This realistic read should be on every child’s bookshelf.
The Snail and the Whale
When it comes to exploring the world, one snail in particular wants to do just that. The snail hitches a lift on a whale’s tail and together they embark upon an amazing journey that sees them travelling past spectacular sights from icebergs and volcanoes to sharks and penguins. The little snail feels even smaller in the vastness of the world but when the whale is beached in a bay, the tiny snail is the one to save the day! This heart-warming story teaches children an important message about friendship whilst offering enchanting pictures and an enjoyable read for story time!
So there you have it, 5 of the best animal books for children. Fancy seeing these animals in reality? Visit Folly Farm for the day. This adventure park and zoo is a fun and educational day out for the whole family.