Thematic Reading List:Feb 22 National Wildlife Day (& Sept. 4)


In honor of National Wildlife Day, we have chosen 10 hilarious picture books featuring wildlife animals as major characters in each story. To learn more about National Wildlife Day, which is celebrated on both February 22 and September 4, visit.


0316282839 Horrible Bear!
By: Ame Dyckman
Illustrated by: Zachariah O’Hora

When Bear breaks a little girl’s kite, she thinks he is a “HORRIBLE BEAR!”–until she makes a mistake of her own and learns the power of saying “I’m sorry.”
0062360167 I Am Not a Chair!
By: Ross Burach

A giraffe’s day goes from bad to worse when every animal he encounters mistakes him for a chair.
9780062370952 I Love You Already!
By: Jory John and Benji Davies

All Bear wants is to spend a pleasant day alone, but Duck really wants to hang out.
9780763655983 I Want My Hat Back
By: Jon Klassen

The bear’s hat is gone, and he wants it back. Patiently and politely, he asks the animals he comes across, one by one, whether they have seen it. Each animal says no, some more elaborately than others. But just as the bear begins to despond, a deer comes by and asks a simple question that sparks the bear’s memory and renews his search with a vengeance.
9780811869256 It’s a Tiger
By: David LaRochelle
Illustrated by: Jeremy Tankard

A child imagines that he is in a story where he encounters a tiger at every turn.
9780545873505 The Lion Inside
By: Rachel Bright
Illustrated by: Jim Field

A little mouse decides to seek lessons in roaring from the mighty lion–who happens to be afraid of mice–and the two become good friends.
006235485X One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree
By: Daniel Bernstrom
Illustrated by: Brendan Wenzel

Gobbled by a snake, a boy finds a find a way out of his predicament by encouraging the snake to eat an increasing number of animals.
0451469453 Snappsy The Alligator Did Not Ask to Be in This Book
By: Julie Falatko
Illustrated by: Tim Miller

Snappsy’s ordinary day is interrupted by a meddling narrator.
0374374287 The Terrible Plop
By: Ursula Dubosarsky
Illustrated by: Andrew Joyner

When a mysterious sound sends the whole forest running away in fear, only the littlest rabbit is courageous enough to discover what really happened.
9780810989764 What Animals Really Like
By: Fiona Robinson

When the National Animal Chorus gathers to perform the immortal works of Mr. Herbert Timberteeth, the performance doesn’t go exactly as planned due to certain preconceived notions of what animals like to do.


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