Highlights From the Children's Collection: Animal Stories

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 11:26am -- baglio

Animal Stories!  Who doesn't love stories about cute, cuddly animals?

From silly rhymes and fascinating facts to heart-warming stories and exciting new concepts, these ten animal stories that will delight readers of all ages.


Hello. Hello!, by Brendan Wenzel

Hello Hello

By, Brendan Wenzel

Hello, Hello! Beginning with two cats, one black and one white, a chain of animals appears before the reader, linked together by at least one common trait. From simple colors and shapes to more complex and abstract associations, each unexpected encounter celebrates the magnificent diversity of our world-and ultimately paints a story of connection.

Brendan Wenzel's joyous, rhythmic text and exuberant art encourage readers to delight in nature's infinite differences and to look for-and marvel at-its gorgeous similarities. It all starts with a simple "Hello."


The Bunny Rabbit Show, by Sandra Boynton

The Bunny Rabbit Show

By, Sandra Boynton

You’ve got front-row seats to the cutest revue in town—hop on down to The Bunny Rabbit Show! This book stars a cast of high-kicking bunnies performing in perfect unison to a lively song all about . . . them.

We are ten terrific rabbits

And we like to dance and sing.

Ten terrific rabbits.

We can do most anything.

Bunnies are very welcoming, so everyone (Boynton’s pigs, sheep, chickens, and YOU) can come join the chorus line—bunny ears mandatory, of course.


But Not the Hippopotamus, by Sandra Boynton

But Not The Hippopotamus

By, Sandra Boynton

A shy hippo makes a big impact in this Sandra Boynton classic. 

Everyone is having fun... but not the Hippopotomus.  With the help of her friends, the Hippopotomus finds the courage to join in the fun.



I'm Going to Give You a Big Bear Hug, by Caroline B. Cooney

I'm Going To Give You A Bear Hug!

By,  Caroline B. Cooney

I’m going to give you a bear hug.

A show you how much I care hug.

A good night

     Sleep tight

        Way beyond compare hug.

I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug!, written by bestselling author Caroline B. Cooney and illustrated by Tim Warnes, is a playful and comforting bedtime padded board book that imagines all the wonderful ways a child might give and receive a hug.

Whether it’s a big bear, gasp for air, knock over a chair hug or a wet and drippy, slimy, slippy fish hug, children will giggle their way through all the imaginative examples. Cooney’s sweet, whimsical rhymes encourage playful interaction between parent and child and ultimately help them wind down before they snuggle into bed and drift off to sleep.


the Pout-Pout Fish in the Big Dark, by Deborah Diesen

The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark

By,  Deborah Diesen

The funny follow up to the New York Times bestselling The Pout-Pout Fish from Deborah Diesen and Dan Hanna

Mr. Fish wants to help his friend Ms. Clam when she loses her pearl, but though he's fast as a sailfish, as smart as dolphin, and as strong as a shark, Mr. Fish has a secret: he's scared of the dark!

Very young children will swim along with Mr. Fish as he journeys deep into the ocean to new and mysterious places. They will discover, as Mr. Fish does, the power of friendship to light the way through the big-big dark.


Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat,Are You Waking Up?, by Bill Martin Jr.

Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up?

By,  Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson

Kitty Cat should be getting ready for school, but instead, she's practicing her purr, looking for her socks, chasing a little mouse, and more. Will Kitty Cat make it out of the house in time for school? Adorable pastel illustrations rendered in watercolor paints and colored pencil bring Kitty Cat so close you'll want to reach out and touch her!


Vincent Comes Home, by Jexixa & Aaron Bagley

Vincent Comes Home

By, Jassixa Bagley and Aaron Bagley

Vincent lives on a cargo ship.  He has travelled the world, been to many countries and seen amazing sights.  The one place he's never been is home.  In fact, he wonders where "home" is.  When the ship docks and the crew get to go home, Vincent finally discovers what makes this place so magical.

Vincent Comes Home is Jassixa & Aaron Bagley's first picture book together. And much like Vincent, they have moved around a lot but their home has always been each other.


I'm a Duck, by Eve Bunting

I'm a Duck

By, Eve Bunting

I cannot swim, and that is bad. 

A landlocked duck is very sad. 

One day, an egg rolled out of a nest and right into a deep pond. Now that egg is a little duck, and the water is still very scary. Jumping into the pond at all seems impossible, never mind swimming in a line with all his brothers. “You’re a duck, and ducks don’t sink,” Big Frog points out. Practicing in a puddle helps a little, while backrubs and snacks from his mother help a little more. Big Frog offers to hold his friend’s wing and dive in together, but our little duck knows that some challenges need to be faced alone. Even when they are very scary!


The Truth about Hippos, by Maxwell Eaton III

The Truth About Hippos

By, Maxwell Eaton III

Did you know that there are two types of hippo: the common hippo and the pygmy hippo (which is like a common hippo but smaller)?

Did you know that all hippos live in Africa?

Did you know that hippos can’t actually swim?

Discover these facts and many more in this nonfiction picture-book series that injects humor and bright, vivid animals into popular subjects like bears and hippos.


Wide Awake Bear, by Pat Zietlow Miller

Wide-Awake Bear

By, Pat Zietlow Miller

The adorable, relatable bedtime story of a baby bear who can’t fall asleep, from the award-winning author of Sophie’s Squash, Pat Zietlow Miller, and artist Jean Kim.

Every baby bear knows the warmth of spring only comes after sleeping through the cold of winter. For little cub Elliott, however, it’s not that easy. First, something tickles his nose, rousing him from a dream, and then every shadow, noise, and passing thought keeps him up. No amount of fluffing of his pillow or tossing and turning will help. He even tries nudging his mom out of her slumber! But he’s…Still. Wide. Awake.

Artist Jean Kim infuses Pat Zietlow Miller’s charming text with cozy warmth and playful humor. This beautiful picture book will be a favorite bedtime story for children, adults, and baby bears alike!