Frog Books for Kids

Today I have the perfect collection of over 50 frog book ideas that will accompany your frog theme unit quite nicely. This roundup of frog books for kids includes both fiction and non-fiction books about frogs for preschoolers and other young children to enjoy.

Frog Books for Kids

Frog Book Ideas for Your Frog Themed Unit

Doing a frog unit can be really fun for preschoolers and young children!

While you’re planning out your frog unit, you’ll definitely want to select some fun and educational frog books to include in your lessons as well.

Be sure to select both fiction and non-fiction books about frogs!

As you’re hunting down the best picture books about frogs for kids to use in your homeschool frog unit, be sure to include a variety of both fiction and non-fiction frog books. Non-fiction books are really important to read to your child, even from a young age.

Also be sure to download the printable version of this frog book list at the bottom of this post. Just click on the printer. Then you can use it to take to the library or check off books as you buy them for your frog unit.

Frog Books for Kids



I Don't Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty

I Don’t Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty

Frog wants to be anything but a slimy, wet frog. A cat, perhaps. Or a rabbit. An owl? But when a hungry wolf arrives—a wolf who HATES eating frogs—our hero decides that being himself isn’t so bad after all. In this very silly story with a sly message, told in hilarious dialogue between a feisty young frog and his heard-it-all-before father, young readers will identify with little Frog’s desire to be something different, while laughing along at his stubborn yet endearing schemes to prove himself right.




Five Green and Speckled Frogs by Constanza Basaluzzo

Five Green and Speckled Frogs by Constanza Basaluzzo (Sing and Read Storybook)

Five frog friends are hungry and hot. Count and sing along with this funny favorite.




From Tadpole to Frog by Wendy Pfeffer

From Tadpole to Frog by Wendy Pfeffer (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science)

Female frogs lay eggs in the water, but what hatches isn’t a frog yet—it’s a tadpole! This classic Level 1 Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out picture book shows the incredible metamorphosis that occurs as a tadpole loses its fishy tail and gills and becomes a frog. 




Jump, Frog, Jump! by Robert Kalan

Jump, Frog, Jump! by Robert Kalan

“This is the turtle that slid into the pond and ate the snake that dropped from a branch and swallowed the fish that swam after the frog — JUMP, FROG, JUMP!” This infectious cumulative tale will soon have the young frogs you know jumping and chanting with joy.




Gilbert De La Frogponde: A Swamp Story by Jennifer Rae and Rose Cowles

Gilbert De La Frogponde: A Swamp Story by Jennifer Rae and Rose Cowles

A clever, plump frog convinces two gourmet chefs that bugs, not frogs, are all the rage in the chicest culinary circles




Growing Frogs by Vivian French

Growing Frogs by Vivian French (Read and Wonder)

When a mother brings her daughter to a pond to collect some frog spawn, the little girl isn’t sure what to expect. Day after day she checks on the jellylike bubbles until the black dots in their centers turn into slippery tadpoles, sprouting bumps that turn to stumps that become legs with webby feet. The engaging narrative and colorful illustrations accurately evoke each stage of a frog’s growth, in a story that will inspire children to roll up their sleeves and experience firsthand the wonders of the natural world.




Tell Me the Difference Between a Frog and a Toad by Leigh Rockwood

Tell Me the Difference Between a Frog and a Toad by Leigh Rockwood (How Are They Different?)

Using simple text and illustrations, this book describes the differneces between toads and frogs.




Hungry Harry by Joanne Partis

Hungry Harry by Joanne Partis

Harry the frog wants to catch his own dinner, but it isn’t nearly as easy as he thinks. All the animals are too clever to let Harry eat them. Then, just as he is about to give up, he spies just the right thing for dinner!




Tiddalick, the Greedy Frog by Nicholas Wu

Tiddalick, the Greedy Frog by Nicholas Wu (Teacher Created Materials)

Tiddalick the Frog has drunk all the water from the river! The animals try their best to get Tiddalick to give back the water. Kangaroo, Emu, Bandicoot, Kookaburra, and Lizard attempt to make him laugh to get the water back, but nothing seems to work–until a tiny little eel shows up. This enchanting Australian tale will have young readers engaged and impressed with the creativity of these resourceful animals.




Lots Of Frogs by Howard Calvert

Lots Of Frogs by Howard Calvert

Tommy Fox has a box – a box full of frogs. And when they all jump out at school, that’s when the fun begins! There is chaos in the classroom and high jinks in the hall. Can Tommy get the frogs back in the box?


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A Frog in the Bog by Karma Wilson and Joan Rankin

A Frog in the Bog by Karma Wilson and Joan Rankin

There’s a frog on the log in the middle of the bog. A small, green frog on a half-sunk log in the middle of the bog….




Frogs by Laura Driscoll

Frogs by Laura Driscoll (Penguin Young Readers)

Croak if you love frogs! Amazing amphibians leap from the pages of this easy nonfiction reader featuring incredible cut-paper frogs in every color, shape, and size.




Too Many Frogs by Sandy Asher

Too Many Frogs by Sandy Asher

Rabbit lives alone. He cooks for himself, cleans up for himself, and at the end of the day, reads himself a story. It’s a simple life, and he likes it. But one evening, Froggie shows up at his door. He wants to listen to Rabbit’s story, too. While eating a snack-or three. While lounging on a pillow-or ten. And bringing over his family-dozens and dozens of frogs! Rabbit has finally had enough; Froggie will have to go! But when he sits down alone to read himself a story, Rabbit realizes something is missing: someone to listen; someone to share a wonderful story.




Frog Song by Brenda Z. Guiberson

Frog Song by Brenda Z. Guiberson

Since the time of the dinosaurs, frogs have added their birrups and bellows to the music of the earth. Frogs are astonishing in their variety and crucial to ecosystems. Onomatopoeic text and stunning illustrations introduce young readers to these fascinating and important creatures, from Chile to Nepal to Australia.




Curious George: Tadpole Trouble by H. A. Rey

Curious George: Tadpole Trouble by H. A. Rey

Curious George’s friend Bill has put him in charge of several tadpoles. George sends the tadpoles for a nice swim in the lagoon, but to his dismay, the tadpoles don’t return! Each time he goes back to the lake he tries to find the tadpoles, but he finds only tadpole-like creatures without tails . . . and with legs. A trip to the museum teaches George about the development of tadpoles into frogs, and he and Bill are happy to make the acquaintance of their new froggy friends!




999 Frogs Wake Up by Ken Kimura

999 Frogs Wake Up by Ken Kimura

Wake up—it’s springtime in the swamp! As 999 young frogs awaken, they panic to find that all of the other animals are still asleep. First they wake the biggest frog… then the tortoise, the lizard, and the ladybugs. But when they hop down a hole and all pull together, they find someone they don’t want to wake—a big, long snake. Don’t wake him up! Luckily for the frogs, the tortoise carefully carries him away.




Frogs by Gail Gibbons

Frogs by Gail Gibbons

From tiny tadpoles to massive master jumpers, explore the lives of frogs in this detailed introduction! How far can frogs jump? Why do their eggs look slimy? Answer these questions and many more in this illustrated introduction to amphibians, and learn about the unique role frogs play in the environment. With her signature bright, well-labeled diagrams and simple text, Gail Gibbons introduces the habitat and life cycles of frogs, and gives a brief overview of common frog behaviors. Important vocabulary is introduced, defined, and reinforced with kid-friendly language and clear illustrations—plus a page of intriguing frog trivia.




The Frog Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta and Ralph Masiello

The Frog Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta and Ralph Masiello (Jerry Pallotta’s Alphabet Books)

A is for Amazon Horned Frog. B is for Blue-legged Strawberry Frog. C is for Crested Newt. What other amphibians can you think of? Learn more about these sometimes cute, sometimes dangerous, but always fascinating animals. In this book kids will explore the ponds, look under rocks, and dig in the mud to bring you this colorful and fun way to learn more than the alphabet.




Froggy Learns to Swim by Jonathan London

Froggy Learns to Swim by Jonathan London

Frogs are supposed to be great swimmers. “Not me!” says Froggy, who’s afraid of the water. But with a little encouragement, some practice, and the help of a silly song or two, Froggy becomes an expert frog-kicker!




Surf's Up by Kwame Alexander

Surf’s Up by Kwame Alexander

Surf’s up! Not yet, Dude! Books are boring! Not this one! Bro and Dude have very different ideas about how to spend the day at the beach. But as Bro continues to gasp and cheer as he reads his book (Moby Dick), Dude can’t help but get curious. Before you can shout ‘Surf’s up!’ both frogs are sharing the same adventure, that is, until they get to the beach.


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Noisy Frog Sing-Along by John Himmelman

Noisy Frog Sing-Along by John Himmelman

This book takes readers outside to see and hear all the sights and sounds of frogs. The illustrations are fun and use the sounds of the frogs to direct the readers eye to all the cool sounds they make. Accurate scientific information accompanies all of the fun of heading out to go exploring for frogs! When frogs get together, they love to sing! They fill their big, bulgy throat pouch with air and sing out loud. Some peep, some trill, some growl, some creek, and some go WAAH, WAAH, WAAH! It’s a chorus that happens near almost every pond and stream. Learn more about these delightful creatures―and sing along with them!




Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel

Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel

Celebrate the power of friendship in these five adventurous stories starring Frog and Toad. From writing letters to going swimming, telling stories to finding lost buttons, Frog and Toad are always there for each other—just as best friends should be.




Frogs by Daniel Moignot

Frogs by Daniel Moignot (First Discovery Books)

Illustrations with transparent overlays and brief text describe the physical characteristics, life cycle, habits, and various species of frogs, as well as presenting several related amphibians.




Tad and Dad by David Ezra Stein

Tad and Dad by David Ezra Stein

Tad the tadpole loves spending every minute with his awesome dad, whether they’re swimming together, catching flies, or sleeping. But now little Tad is getting bigger. He’s growing new limbs and jumping to new heights. His dad is proud, but when Tad’s accomplishments carry over into nighttime—bringing lots of wiggling, croaking, and kicking in his sleep—their lily pad starts feeling mighty crowded! When Tad finally realizes it might be time for a bed of his own, will Dad be ready?




Tuesday by David Wiesner

Tuesday by David Wiesner

The unpredictable events of a particular Tuesday unroll before the reader with the precision and clarity of a silent movie in this wordless picture book. It includes a beautifully illustrated whimsical account of a Tuesday when frogs were airborne on their lily pads.




Grumpy Frog by Ed Vere

Grumpy Frog by Ed Vere

Grumpy Frog is not grumpy. He loves green, and he loves to hop, and he loves winning. But what happens when Grumpy Frog doesn’t win, or encounters – horror of horrors – a Pink Rabbit? Join Grumpy Frog as he learns about compromise and tolerance, friendship and the power of saying sorry. A hilarious book with a twist in the tail about getting – and getting rid of – the grumps.




Frog is a Hero by Max Velthuijs

Frog is a Hero by Max Velthuijs

When the rains come and the river bursts its banks, Frog, Duck, Pig and Hare are stranded. It is Frog who is a hero when he risks his life to help his friends.




Leap, Frog, Leap! by Douglas Florian

Leap, Frog, Leap! by Douglas Florian (Animals Play)

Join these animals as they leap, crawl, race, and sing in this playful board book by award-winning author Douglas Florian. Leap, frog, leap! Creep, caterpillar, creep! In this playful, rhyming story by award-winning author Douglas Florian, join these animals as they do what they do best! Watch a frog leap, a caterpillar creep, a rabbit race, a cheetah chase, a hen peck, a turtle trek, a sparrow sing, a monkey swing, a crab crawl, a crow call, a gull soar, a bear explore, a spider spin, a crocodile grin, and a chick peep! At the end, a child sleeps with all the animals surrounding him.




If You Hopped Like A Frog by David M. Schwartz

If You Hopped Like A Frog by David M. Schwartz

By presenting the strengths and talents of diverse animals in relation to their size, this book shows the incredible abilities human beings would have if they possessed comparable strengths and skills, in a story that introduces ratio and proportion.




Frogs by Nic Bishop

Frogs by Nic Bishop (Scholastic Reader)

Join photographer and biologist Nic Bishop as he takes a closer look at frogs. Now even the youngest readers can join Sibert Medal-winning photographer and biologist Nic Bishop as he takes a closer look at the world’s most amazing animals. In this book, adapted from his award-winning hardcover, Nic introduces fun facts about frogs and their bodies, habits, and life cycle.


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The Wide-Mouthed Frog by Keith Faulkner

The Wide-Mouthed Frog by Keith Faulkner

From the Okefenokee Swamp comes a frog with a wide mouth that he just loves to use. He’s particularly interested in the eating habits of other creatures found in the great outdoors–that is, of course, until he comes upon a big green one with lots of teeth who finds wide-mouthed frogs simply delicious.




Little Frog's Tadpole Trouble by Tatyana Feeney

Little Frog’s Tadpole Trouble by Tatyana Feeney

Little Frog lives with his mommy and daddy. It’s just the three of them, and Little Frog likes it that way. But one day, his parents tell him he is going to be a big brother—to NINE tadpoles! Little Frog is not impressed with his baby siblings. They can’t jump. They can’t play drums. They can’t do anything! All they do is keep Mommy and Daddy busy—too busy for Little Frog. But with a little time, big brother realizes that tadpoles grow into little frogs, just like him. And having nine new playmates makes his family better than ever.




Tale of a Tadpole by Karen Wallace

Tale of a Tadpole by Karen Wallace (DK Readers)

Starting out as an egg on a lily pad, follow the life of a newborn tadpole as he hides from the dangers of the pond including hungry goldfish and beetles, as he grows up into a frog.




Frog on a Log? by Kes Gray and Jim Field

Frog on a Log? by Kes Gray and Jim Field

A read-aloud story that will have kids rhyming around the house! “It’s very simple, really. Cats sit on mats, hares sit on chairs, mules sit on stools, gophers sit on sofas, and frogs sit on logs.” Each animal’s designated seat rhymes with that animal’s name. “It’s not about being comfortable,” explains the cat. “It’s about doing the right thing.” The frog does not want to sit on a log. Doing his best to find an alternative place to sit, the frog asks the cat a litany of questions. For every answer the cat has, the frog has another question–until the frog finds out what dogs sit on! Peppered with catchy rhymes, FROG ON A LOG? shows young readers that every animal has a special place to sit.




Green Wilma, Frog in Space by Tedd Arnold

Green Wilma, Frog in Space by Tedd Arnold

Green Wilma is so determined to catch a tasty fly that she doesn?t notice a family of galactic visitors to her pond. In a case of mistaken identity, the alien parents beam Wilma on board their spaceship while leaving their child, Blooger, behind. Poor Blooger, stuck on the bewildering planet Earth. Poor Wilma, hungry and confused (though also having the ride of her life!). Will the two be able to switch back in time for supper?




I'm a Frog! by Mo Willems

I’m a Frog! by Mo Willems (An Elephant and Piggie Book)

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In I’m a Frog! Piggie has some ribbit ing news! Can Gerald make the leap required to accept Piggie’s new identity?




It's Mine! by Leo Lionni

It’s Mine! by Leo Lionni

Four time Caldecott Honor winner Leo Lionni’s beloved tale about three young frogs learning to work together. Three selfish frogs live together on an island in the middle of Rainbow Pond. All day long they bicker: It’s mine! It’s mine! It’s mine! But a bad storm and a big brown toad help them realize that sharing is much more fun. With characteristic clarity, simplicity and exuberance, Leo Lionni makes it possible for kids to see themselves through the antics of others who share our world.




The Frog Book by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

The Frog Book by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

Explore the form, color, pattern, and unique nature of frogs in this brilliantly illustrated picture book. Long legs, sticky tongues, big round eyes, and other dazzling features—what’s not to love about frogs? With more than 5,000 different frog species on the planet, in every color of the rainbow and a vast number of vivid patterns, no creatures are more fascinating to learn about or look at.




Frogs! by Elizabeth Carney

Frogs! by Elizabeth Carney (National Geographic Readers)

WHAT WAS THAT? That’s the roaring burp of a bullfrog! SEE THAT? That’s the slick, shiny skin of colorful little rainforest frogs! Alive with froggy facts, this book has the coolest photos to bring kids deep into the swampy world of our amphibian amigos.




A Frog's Life by Dona Herweck Rice

A Frog’s Life by Dona Herweck Rice (Teacher Created Materials)

Take a trip to the pond and learn how a tadpole grows up to become a frog in this nonfiction book for early readers. Featuring vibrant photographs, illustrations and simple, informative text, readers are sure to be delighted!


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Fanatical About Frogs by Owen Davey

Fanatical About Frogs by Owen Davey (About Animals)

Cool illustrations and fun facts give you all a kid could want to know, and more about frogs! Did you know that there are over 4,000 known species of frog? Some are bigger than your dinner plate, while others are small enough to sit on your fingernail, and in between is about every color and size you can imagine! Leap into this fascinating illustrated guide to the most diverse amphibians in the world, from the lumbering common toad to the beautiful but deadly poison dart frog.




The Icky Sticky Frog by Salina Yoon

The Icky Sticky Frog by Salina Yoon

A hilarious read-aloud story with bright, humorous illustrations includes a cover featuring a funny frog with googly eyes and a long, sticky, rubbery tongue.




Fabulous Frogs by Martin Jenkins

Fabulous Frogs by Martin Jenkins (Read and Wonder)

There are so many kinds of frogs in the world — more than 5,000! — and all of them are fabulous. Huge frogs, tiny frogs, hairy frogs, and flying frogs hop through the pages of this colorful nonfiction book. Discover the Goliath frog, biggest in the world, and the Darwin’s frog, which has a pointy nose and holds its tadpoles in its mouth until they are big enough to care for themselves. Learn why some frogs are brightly colored, and which one can bury itself in the desert until rain comes. Curious minds will jump at the chance to explore all kinds of frogs, from the most exotic to the greenish-brown specimens in their own backyards.




A Frog's Life by Irene Kelly

A Frog’s Life by Irene Kelly

A stunningly illustrated introduction to our planet’s many frog species! Frogs, frogs, and more frogs! This exciting survey of the world’s frog species will introduce children to varieties as diverse as the golden poison frog (the planet’s most toxic animal), the Amau frog (so tiny it’s no bigger than a housefly), and the Chinese gliding frog (which can “fly” up to 17 feet)! Their different hunting techniques, preferred foods, body types, and methods of defense are covered, as are the universal basics of the frog life cycle. Colorful, scientifically accurate illustration is paired with a distinguished nonfiction writer’s plain, energetic text in this excellent introduction to the diversity and fundamentals of frogs.




Oscar and the Frog: A Book About Growing by Geoff Waring

Oscar and the Frog: A Book About Growing by Geoff Waring (Start with Science)

From butterflies to ducks, plants to kittens like him, Oscar finds out how living things begin, why they eat, and how they grow. Oscar is a curious kitten, and at the pond he is full of questions about growing things. Luckily, Frog can help with the answers — after all, he’s gone through some impressive changes himself! Includes lesson summaries!




By Mouse and Frog by Deborah Freedman

By Mouse and Frog by Deborah Freedman

A spritely read-aloud about the challenges—and joys—of collaboration. Fastidious Mouse has one idea about how to tell a story. Free-spirited Frog has another. What happens when Frog crashes into Mouse’s story with some wild ideas? Chaos!…followed by the discovery that working together means being willing to compromise—and that listening to one another can lead to the most beautiful stories of all.




Frog and Fly by Jeff Mack

Frog and Fly by Jeff Mack

Six slurpy stories, two comical combatants, and one laugh-out-loud picture book Frog and Fly are constant companions. There is only one problem . . . Frog thinks Fly is delicious! This leads to a never-ending battle of wits with laugh-out- loud consequences. Told in six short comic stripstyle chapters, Frog and Fly will delight kids and leave them begging for yet another slurpy story.




Prince of a Frog by Jackie Urbanovic

Prince of a Frog by Jackie Urbanovic

Hopper is a frog…a wild frog…a hopelessly hoppy, rambunctious frog that doesn’t fit in at the pond. But he can’t figure out why. Until one day when a wise turtle suggests that maybe he’s not really a frog at all. Maybe he’s a prince. So starts Hopper’s adventure to find his princess and unlock his true royal self. Will our hero find a princess? And if he does, will his transformation be everything he had hoped for? A hilarious story about finding your true friends and your true self, PRINCE OF A FROG is a triumphant and special read-aloud that brings a new meaning to the term: Happy (Hoppy) Endings!




The Croaky Pokey! by Ethan Long

The Croaky Pokey! by Ethan Long

Put your right hand in, Put your right hand out, Put your right hand in, And wave it all about, Hop the Croakey Pokey As flies buzz all around, Right in the froggy’s mouth! Don’t miss the froggy fun in this hopping and bopping version of a favorite traditional song and game.




Hoppity Frog by Emma Parrish

Hoppity Frog by Emma Parrish (A Slide-and-Seek Book)

Kids will love Hoppity Frog–a springtime treat with interactive sliders on each page! Where is Hoppity Frog? Is he playing in the reeds? No, that’s Downy Duckling. Is he paddling through the pond? No, that’s Silky Swan! Children will love pushing out the sturdy sliders on each page of this board book until they find Hoppity Frog!


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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Frog! by Lucille Colandro and Jared Lee

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Frog! by Lucille Colandro and Jared Lee

Spring is in the air, and everyone’s favorite old lady is ready to celebrate! That zany old lady is back–and with a serious case of spring fever! This time she’s swallowing items to make the most of the season…with a beautiful garden! With rhyming text and funny illustrations, this lively version of the classic song will appeal to young readers with every turn of the page–a wacky story for the first day of spring!




A Frog Thing by Eric Drachman

A Frog Thing by Eric Drachman

Frank wasn’t satisfied doing ordinary frog things. He wanted to fly, but he was a frog and frogs can’t fly. Follow along as Frank jumps and runs and leaps and dives until he finally finds his place in the pond.




Freddy the Frogcaster by Janice Dean

Freddy the Frogcaster by Janice Dean

Freddy the Frogcaster loves learning about the weather, and he’s known for having the best predictions in town. But what happens when the town picnic is almost ruined by a storm that catches the local frogcaster by surprise? Freddy has to step in to save the day! Well-known Fox News broadcast meteorologist Janice Dean pens this exciting and hilarious tale about an aspiring weathercaster who can’t keep his eyes off the sky.


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Did You Find the Perfect Frog Children’s Book?

I hope this list of frog books for kids has helped you to plan out the perfect frog theme unit! Did I miss any other good frog book ideas? Be sure to drop a comment below and let me know. If I think it fits nicely with the list, I’ll be sure to add it. 🙂

Also, if you’re doing a frog theme with your preschooler you’ll want some fun educational activities to pair with your selection of frog children’s books. So be sure to check out my other frog themed activities and ideas here.

Have fun learning about frogs with your child!

Picture Books About Ants for Preschoolers

Picture Books About Ants for Preschoolers

Today I have a nice collection of about 15 picture books about ants for kids. The list includes both fiction and non-fiction ant books for preschoolers and young elementary children. It’s a great variety of stories about ants for preschoolers to compliment your ant thematic unit.

Picture Books About Ants for Preschoolers

Stories About Ants for Preschoolers

If you’re teaching your preschooler about ants then you’ll definitely want to include some great pictures books about ants into your homeschool ant unit study plans. Books have the ability to teach children so much and they can be so much fun to enjoy as a family. So they are a must when it comes to unit studies.

Just be sure to include both fictional stories about ants as well as non-fiction books about ants. Even young children can be introduced to the joy of learning through non-fiction books and there is a great variety of non-fiction books geared towards all ages of children even as young as toddlers these days.

So let’s get to the list of picture books about ants for preschoolers and young elementary children. A lot of these even your toddler will enjoy reading with you too!

Fiction Picture Books About Ants

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Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg

The three-time Caldecott medalist tells the tale of two ants who decide to leave the safety of the others to venture into a danger-laden kitchen.

 

 

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One Hundred Hungry Ants by Elinor J Pinczes

One hundred hungry ants march off single file to sample a picnic, but when the going gets too slow, they divide into two rows of fifty, then four rows of twenty . . . until they take so long that the picnic is gone!

 

 

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It’s an Ant’s Life by Steve Parker

Presents all kinds of factual information about ants in the form of a scrapbook prepared by one ant.

 

 

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The Magic School Bus Gets Ants in Its Pants: A Book about Ants by Joanna Cole

Filming Keesha’s pet ant for a science project fair, the students in Ms. Frizzle’s class take a journey into the lives of ants during which they learn many fascinating facts about the ant community.

 

 

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Hey, Little Ant by Phillip and Hannah Hoose

What would you do if the ant you were about to step on looked up and started talking? Would you stop and listen? What if your friends saw you hesitate? That’s what happens in this funny, thought-provoking book. Originally a song by a father-daughter team, this conversation between two creatures, large and small, is bound to inspire important discussions. It might even answer that classic childhood question: To squish or not to squish?

 

 

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There’s an Ant in Anthony by Bernard Most

Can you find an ant in the name Anthony? A black ant? A red ant? A fire ant? How about a carpenter ant? Or is the ant in Anthony not an insect at all?

 

 

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I Saw an Ant on the Railroad Track by Joshua Prince

What an entertaining trip this is! Children will delight in the playful and musical language, endearing and uniquely styled illustrations, and wonderfully warm story that make this picture book so special. When switchman Jack, eating lunch by his shack, spies an ant walking along the railroad track, he immediately gets worried: it’s an eastbound ant on the westbound track, and that means a train could run SMACK into the little guy. He knows he has to do something to help… Youngsters will feel gratified and reassured by Jack’s affection for the tiny creature: after all, they—just like the ant—are very small in a big world. And they’ll really love the way the adorable little bug has the smarts to save itself!

 

 

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The Ants Go Marching by Dan Crisp (Classic Books With Holes)

One by one the ants march to get to shelter from the rain, in this illustrated version of the classic children’s song.

 

 

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The Ant and the Elephant by Bill Peet

The elephant is the kindest animal in the jungle, rescuing the giraffe, lion, and rhino, but who will return the favor when the elephant needs help?

 

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Non-Fiction Ant Books for Preschoolers

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Ant Cities by Arthur Dorros (Lets Read and Find Out Books)

Did you ever wonder where an ant goes when it disappears into an anthill? Underneath the hill, there are miles of tunnels and hundreds of rooms! With simple, easy-to-understand words and colorful illustrations, Arthur Dorros explains the life of a harvester ant for the early reader and even shows readers how to build their own ant farms!

 

 

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The Life and Times of the Ant by Charles Micucci

Not mighty in size, but mighty in resourcefulness and industry, the ant has crawled the earth since prehistoric times. It has dwelt in rainforest tree trunks and acorns of oak trees, beneath logs, and under sidewalks. It has protected forests by capturing insects, cleared weeds away from acacia trees, and by growing gardens has released important nutrients into the soil. Seed lifters, dirt diggers, social beings, ants have the most advanced brain of all insects! So watch where you step, especially on a warm day: a small but mighty ant may be underfoot.

 

 

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Thinking About Ants by Barbara Brenner

Asks the reader to imagine what it would be like to be an ant, describing what ants look like, what they eat, where and how they live, and more.

 

 

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National Geographic Readers: Ants by Melissa Stewart

Ants are everywhere. They creep, they crawl, they climb, and they fall. But they get up and they keep on working. Ants come in all different shapes, different sizes, and different colors. And they do a lot of different jobs. These hard-working little creatures thrive wherever they go, making whatever adaptations necessary in their ever-changing world.

 

 

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Are You an Ant? by Judy Allen (Backyard Books)

Backyard Books: Are You an Ant? by Judy Allen with illustrations by Tudor Humphries will give children who love to track ants an inside look at the everyday life of this fascinating insect, as they explore the similarities and differences to themselves.

 

 

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Anthill by Petra Bartikova

We see ants almost every day, but have you ever wondered what they do on a daily basis or what it would be like to live inside of an anthill? Now you can find out! This charming, one-of-a-kind board book features dozens of adorable illustrations, educational captions, vocabulary words, cut-out accents, and hidden chambers to be revealed, Anthill will delight kids while they learn all about busy ants and the amazing work they do!

 

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Enjoy These Picture Books About Ants

As you plan out your ant thematic unit I hope you and your children enjoy adding these ant books to your reading list. Also be sure to check out the other ant themed posts I have as you work on planning your ant homeschool unit. And have fun!

Picture Books About Cats for Children

Picture Books About Cats for Children

Do you need some children’s books about cats for homeschool or just because your child loves cats? I’ve rounded up some must read picture books about cats that are great for toddlers and preschoolers.

Picture Books About Cats for Children

Cat Stories for Preschoolers

My 5 year old has shown a sudden interest in learning more about cats. So I decided to take a break from our currently scheduled unit studies to do a little mini unit study on cats.

I’ve already lined up lots of great cat activities (see a few of them here). But one of the things I really like to do with our themed units is to have a good selection of books to read from. My children learn so much through books and we love reading together.

A little tip… As you consider what books to include in your own unit studies be sure to include a mixture of fiction AND nonfiction. Even young children need to be introduced to nonfiction books and there are a lot of great picture book options out there for younger children too.  When I’m selecting books for a unit study I will try to make sure at least a third of the books are nonfiction because this is where our primary learning is coming from. And then adding in the fiction books are great for reinforcing a topic and making it even more engaging.

So I’ve broken down this list down into fiction and non-fiction so you can select several from each type as you build your own cat theme unit.

 

Fiction Picture Books About Cats

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They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel
The cat walked through the world, with its whiskers, ears, and paws . . . In this glorious celebration of observation, curiosity, and imagination, Brendan Wenzel shows us the many lives of one cat, and how perspective shapes what we see. When you see a cat, what do you see?

 

 

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Three Little Kittens by Jerry Pinkney
Young children all know the Mother Goose rhyme of the kittens who have lost their mittens, but they’ve never seen it illustrated with so much energy, beauty, and flair. Preschoolers will delight in these cuddly kittens as they frolic outside in the falling leaves, get their whiskers sticky while eating a just-baked apple pie, and do the washing-up under Mama Cat’s watchful gaze.

 

 

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Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin
It almost seems like a list of picture books about cats would be incomplete without Pete! Who doesn’t love Pete? Well, if you haven’t introduced Pete the Cat to your preschooler then now is the time.

It’s about a cat named Pete who goes walking down the street wearing his brand-new white shoes. Along the way, his shoes change from white to red to blue to brown to WET as he steps in piles of strawberries, blueberries, and other big messes! But no matter what color his shoes are, Pete keeps movin’ and groovin’ and singing his song…because it’s all good.

This story is great because it not only gets you talking to your preschooler about colors, different foods, etc. but it also has a lesson about not letting life’s little hiccups slow you down and to find the good in every situation.

 

 

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Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton
It’s Splat’s first day of school, and he’s worried. What if he doesn’t make any new friends? Nervous kitties wondering about friends and school will enjoy laughing along with Splat the Cat!

Just in case, Splat decides to bring along his pet mouse, Seymour, and hides him in his lunchbox. The teacher, Mrs. Wimpydimple, introduces Splat to the class and he soon starts learning all his important cat lessons.

But when Seymour escapes and the cats do what cats do (they chase mice!), Splat’s worried again. Maybe now he’ll lose all his friends, old and new! Just in time, wise Mrs. Wimpydimple takes charge and teaches everyone an important new lesson.

Maybe Cat School is going to be okay after all! A fun school story to share in the classroom or at home.

 

 

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The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
Poor Dick and Sally. It’s cold and wet and they’re stuck in the house with nothing to do . . . until a giant cat in a hat shows up, transforming the dull day into a madcap adventure and almost wrecking the place in the process!

 

 

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Captain Cat by Inga Moore
Captain Cat loves cats. In fact, he has more cats on his ship than he has sailors. On one voyage, he discovers a remote and lonely island where the little-girl Queen has never even seen a cat. When Captain Cat’s furry companions trounce the rats infesting the island, the Queen begs Captain Cat to trade her the cats for untold treasure. Does he? Could he? What happens next? Never fear, fellow travelers! The purr-fect solution is on the horizon — and is sure to satisfy both pet-lovers and adventurers.

 

 

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If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff
If you give a cat a cupcake, he’ll ask for some sprinkles to go with it. When you give him the sprinkles, he might spill some on the floor. Cleaning up will make him hot, so you’ll give him a bathing suit . . .

 

 

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Have You Seen My Cat? by Eric Carle
A little boy worries about his missing cat and travels to different places in search of his pet. The sturdy pages of this board book slide out to reveal the numerous feline counterparts–including lions, leopards, and tigers–the boy encounters along the way. It isn’t until the last page that he finds his missing pet—and receives a wonderful surprise!

 

 

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The Cat Book by Silvia Borando
Who’s that, curled in a ball? Call out his name to wake him! Now turn the page and see him give a big stretch, waiting for you to pat him. Purr, purr, purr. Aww. But what’s that? Fleas! Quick, squish them with your finger! As this pampered cat’s day progresses, readers will have their hands full, acting as umbrella and towel and even clapping their hands loudly to save a bird . . . oh no!

 

 

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Clifford’s Kitten by Norman Bridwell
Pangs of jealousy prompt Clifford, the big red dog, to compete for Emily Elizabeth’s attention when she takes in a stray kitten.

 

 

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City Cat by Kate Banks
A plucky stray cat takes a Grand Tour in Kate Banks’ story of a family on a European vacation. As the family travels from one city to the next, the cat finds its own means–by bus, boat, train, truck, and bike–to tag along on the trip, visiting historic landmarks like Buckingham Palace and the Cathedral of Notre Dame along the way. Readers will pore over the spreads to find where City Cat is hiding in each city, and detailed back matter explains the history behind the sites in each locale.

 

 

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Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
It is Kitten’s first full moon, and when she sees it she thinks it is a bowl of milk in the sky. And she wants it. Does she get it? Well, no . . . and yes. What a night!

 

 

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Cat Knit by Jacob Grant
This book is such a riot. I actually lol-ed. So cute! Cat and Yarn are the best of friends. They have so much fun playing together, the two are inseparable. Until the day Girl takes Yarn away. When Yarn Returns, he is completely changed, no longer Cat’s bright and jolly friend. Cat is mad! Soon, Cat begins to miss his best friend, and he just might realize that a little change isn’t so bad after all.

 

 

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I Am A Cat by Galia Bernstein
A simple house cat named Simon encounters some bigger cats: Lion, Puma, Panther, Tiger, and Cheetah. Each of the big cats has something to say about Simon not being “cat” enough. According to them, he just doesn’t measure up. He doesn’t have Lion’s mane or Cheetah’s spots. He doesn’t sleep in trees like Panther or climb mountains like Puma. He’s small and fuzzy, not big and strong. But ultimately, Simon shows the big cats that he’s just like them . . . only smaller.

 

 

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Sleepy Kittens by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio (from Despicable Me)
If your family is a fan of the Despicable Me movies then your kids will get a riot out of this cat book because it’s featured in the movie. Three little kittens aren’t sleepy at all! One wants to jump, another wants to play, and the last wants a bite to eat. But after Mama Cat brushes their fur, gives them some milk, and sings them a lullaby, one, two, three little kittens drift off to sleep. With gentle, rhythmic verse, little ones will love to snuggle up with these soft, cozy kitties at bedtime.

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Non-Fiction Children’s Books About Cats

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DK Eyewitness Books: Cat by Juliet Clutton-Brock
See a jaguar swimming, a cat that can outrun a car, a leopard who lost his spots, and a black panther stalking its prey. Learn why cats need whiskers, how they purr, how the Manx cat lost its tail, and why a tiger is striped. Discover how cats communicate, how cats find their way home, why the black cat has been both persecuted and pampered, why they are said to have nine lives, and more. From domestic cats to the beasts prowling in the wild, Eyewitness: Cat looks at these beautiful mammals that are a part of our world.

 

 

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DK Touch & Feel Kitten by Dorling Kindersley
Although this is more for babies, toddlers and preschoolers still love touch and feel books! Plus, I needed a book for my 7 month old to enjoy too. 🙂 Fuzzy kittens prance, play, and lick their fur on the pages of this fun first book for babies and toddlers. True to its name, Touch and Feel Kitten makes words like silky, rough, smooth, and scratchy come to life for your child as her fingers stroke a cat’s silky chest, feel a rough pink tongue, and touch other interesting textures.

 

 

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The Everything Book of Cats and Kittens by DK
Everything a child wants to know about cats and kittens, from breeds, features, pet care, and grooming, to discovering how their cats communicate with us and one another. Learn what cats are showing by their body language, know where they wander off to outside, and what they are trying to say to you. Discover the secrets of the playful and curious characters of these amazing pets in this fun, lively book. Packed with wonderful pictures and adorable cat facts, Cats and Kittens takes you into their fascinating world. Find out about the individual features of different breeds and how to take the best care of them, and be amazed by their intelligence and agile antics.

 

 

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See How They Grow: Kitten by Jane Burton
Nice clean photographs on plain white backgrounds really make this one pop. The book shows the development of a kitten from birth to ten weeks old. This entire series is great for showing how different animals grow from babies to adults. I’d recommend finding the white background hardcover options though. The paperback ones are a little too busy and distracting with the backgrounds.

 

 

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Ultimate Sticker Book: Kitten: More Than 60 Reusable Full-Color Stickers by DK
This one starts off as a sticker book but if you help your child put all the cats in the right places then it has a lot of interesting information about cats in it too. It’s a fun way for kids to learn about kittens in a hands-on way. See them play, snuggle, and cuddle. They’ll learn fascinating facts that include information about breeds, how to take care of a kitten, and what to do if you find a stray.

 

 

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National Geographic Readers: Cats by Joan Marie Galat
This series of books are really great non-fiction books for kids. They feature gorgeous bright and glossy pictures and lots of interesting information. In this one about cats, your child will learn all about cats from house cats to big cats, readers will learn all about their favorite furry felines.

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Enjoy These Cat Stories for Preschoolers

Of course many of these children’s books about cats can be read to children other than preschoolers but these ones are great for preschoolers. They are also great cat books for toddlers if you have a toddler that loves to read with you too.