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 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
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 (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 (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
“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
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 (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 (How Are They Different?)
Using simple text and illustrations, this book describes the differneces between toads and frogs.
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 (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
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?
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 (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
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
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’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
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
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 (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
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! 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.
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
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 (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 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
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 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
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 (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
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 (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.
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 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 (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
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 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 (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
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
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 (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 (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!
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
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 (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 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 (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
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
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
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
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 (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!
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
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 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.
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!