2023 Children's Books · Children's Book Recommendations

Animal Picture Books–Spring 2023

Animal picture book recommendations are by Angela Ferraris, The Retired School Librarian.

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Animal Picture Books

Too Many Rabbits picture book cover accordingly with a lot of orange rabbits all over the house and grass

Too Many Rabbits 

by Davide Calì (Author), Emanuele Benetti (Illustrator), Angus Yuen-Killick (Translator). Publisher ‏ : ‎ Red Comet Press. 2023. PreK-2. Hardcover Picture Book. ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1636550541.

 Brief summary: Owen and Zoey convince their father to buy two rabbits for the price of one. The family is suddenly overwhelmed with many new bunnies and decide they need to find homes for them all over town.

I especially enjoyed the sense of humor and orange rabbits in this book especially the counting from 1-20 of rehoming the pets.

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Rating 3.5/5 📗📗📗1/2

The picture book cover of Darwin's Super-Pooping Worm Spectacular done in bright red with a large worm unquestionably sitting on top of its poo and Darwin standing behind it all

Darwin’s Super-Pooping Worm Spectacular 

by Polly Owen (Author), Gwen Millward (Illustrator). Publisher ‏ : ‎ Wide Eyed Editions. 2023. Grades 1-4. Hardcover Picture Book. ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0711275973.

Brief summary: Charles Darwin is known for traveling all over the world and studying animals. Worms interest him the most. He studies and observes them through simple experiments and learns that they do not have eyes or ears, but evidently, can sense light and vibrations. He continues to find what other sense they possess. By observing them in their natural habitat, dirt, he discovers how valuable their poo is to the environment.


The text is done in the traditional style and simultaneously, with speech bubbles. This is a light and funny book with Wormy Facts and Worm Futures sections in the back.

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Rating: 4/5 📗📗📗📗

The picture book cover of Sanctuary with a baby donkey that has a bandaged leg and the little girl in the grass about to nudge heads in a loving way

Sanctuary: A Home for Rescued Farm Animals

by Julia Denos (Author, Illustrator). Publisher ‏ : ‎ Clarion Books. 2023. PreK-2. Hardcover Picture Book. ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0358205432

Brief summary: A young girl and friends heartfully welcome animals to a sanctuary farm where the creatures are respected for being themselves without expectations. They have a safe home and are undeniably cherished by the children.

Lovely illustrations in mixed mediums. A gentle book that does not go into the abuse the animals had before arriving.

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Rating: 4/5 📗📗📗📗

One of the pages from Sanctuary of the little read headed girl who narrates the book coaxing a goat to come out of the trailer to the green meadow. Done in water colors
The picture book cover  of This Little Kitty of five cats in various colors sitting or lying around

This Little Kitty 

by Karen Obuhanych (Author and Illustrator). Publisher ‏ : ‎ Knopf Books for Young Readers. 2023. PreK-2. Hardcover Picture Book. ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593435144.

Brief summary: Young readers will enjoy a fun-filled feline day, starting with a houseful of kitties waking up. The rhyming and rhythmic words capture the true essence and antics of cats causing me to chuckle several times.


I’m certainly looking forward to reading more from Karen Obuhanych.

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Rating: 4/5 📗📗📗📗

The picture book cover of The Animal Song with the Crocodile on drums, Bear on the bass, and the weasel on guitar playing in the m middle of the forest with the forest animals cheering them on

The Animal Song

by Jonty Howley (Author and Illustrator). Publisher ‏ : ‎ Random House Studio. 2023. PreK-2. Hardcover Picture Book. ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593381465.

Brief summary: Crocodile, Brown Bear, and Weasel play the animal song all summer long to the delight of the forest animals. When winter arrives, they all want to sleep, so the band moves to the city, where they play night after night. The band becomes tired and wants to sleep, so they go back home. The forest animals wake in the spring and want to sing the animal song but find the three asleep.

The Animal Song Sheet Music is also in the back of the book.

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Rating: 3.5/5 📗📗📗1/2

The Animal Song by Jonty Howley