Here are some fun picture books about zoos and zoo animals.

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From Head to Toe
Eric Carle

E CARLE

Move like animals in the zoo in this classic book by one of the great children’s book authors of all time! Great for getting children to interact and have fun with a book!


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Color Zoo
Lois Ehlert

CONCEPT E EHLERT

Introduces colors and shapes with illustrations of shapes on die-cut pages that form animal faces when placed on top of one another.


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Class Two at the Zoo
Julia Jarman

E JARMAN

While the students and teachers of Class Two are absorbed in looking at various zoo animals, a sneaky anaconda gobbles them up, until Molly sees what is happening and saves the day.


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Brown at the Zoo
Christianne C. Jones

CONCEPT COLORS E JONES

I see monkeys goofing, bears snoozing, and the color brown crawling all over the zoo. I see brown fur, brown fuzz, and brown feathers. Do you see them too?


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Bruno Munari's Zoo
Bruno Munari

E MUNARI

Illustrations and brief text introduce more than twenty zoo animals, including a rhinoceros that is always ready to fight and a peacock that struts proudly because he is the peacock.


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Our Class Took a Trip to the Zoo
Shirley Neitzel

E NEITZEL

A cumulative verse with rebuses in which a young boy has a wonderful day at the zoo, despite a series of mishaps with the animals.


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Hippo! No, Rhino
Jeff Newman

E NEWMAN

When a careless worker places the wrong sign near a rhinoceros cage, zoo visitors continually mistake the frustrated rhino for a hippopotamus, until a young boy comes along who can help.


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Charlie at the Zoo
Marcus Pfister

E PFISTER

As a curious duckling visits the zoo for the first time, the reader is asked to identify various zoo animals in the illustrations.


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Good Night, Gorilla
Peggy Rathmann

E RATHMANN

An unobservant zookeeper is followed home by all the animals he thinks he has left behind in the zoo.


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Curious George Visits the Zoo
Margret Rey

E REY

Curious George visits the zoo and manages to both cause trouble and make up for it in his inimitable fashion.


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Birthday Zoo
Deborah Lee Rose

E ROSE

Rhyming text describes the preparations made for a boy’s birthday party by his hosts, the animals at the zoo.


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Wild About Books
Judy Sierra

E SIERRA

A librarian named Mavis McGrew introduces the animals in the zoo to the joy of reading when she drives her bookmobile to the zoo by mistake.


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A Sick Day for Amos McGee
Philip C. Stead

CALDECOTT E STEAD

Amos McGee, a friendly zookeeper, always makes time to visit his good friends: the elephant, the tortoise, the penguin, the rhinoceros, and the owl. But one day—’Ah-choo!’—he woke with the sniffles and the sneezes. Though he didn’t make it into the zoo that day, he did receive some unexpected guests.


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The Wheels on the Bus: A Read-along Sing-along Trip to the Zoo
Jeanne Willis

E WILLIS

In this retelling of the classic children’s song, animal passengers go on a bus adventure at the zoo.


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Animal Strike at the Zoo. It's True!
Karma Wilson

E WILSON

The zoo animals go on strike until the tears of a disappointed little girl make them realize that they actually like what they do.


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Where's Walrus?
Stephen Savage

E SAVAGE

In this wordless picture book, follow Walrus on a happy-go-lucky spree through the big city, as he tries on different hats to disguise himself from the chasing zookeeper.


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