Best Animals Books for 4 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 animals books for 4 year olds. Please click Read Review to read book reviews on Amazon. You can also click Find in Library to check book availability at your local library. If the default library is not correct, please follow Change Local Library to reset it.

1. Little Blue Truck

by: Alice SchertleJill McElmurry
Release date: Dec 06, 2010
Number of Pages: 32
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“Neigh!” said a horse.

“Quack!” said a duck.

“Beep!” said the friendly

Little Blue Truck.

Little Blue Truck is a joyful cacophony of animal and truck sounds that will have youngsters beeping and quacking—and begging for one more go-round! Along the way, readers see that it pays to be kind to our animal friends . . . if we show a friendly respect to others, we’re more likely to get help when we’re, say, stuck in the muck in a truck. Jill McElmurry’s gouache illustrations of wild-eyed farm animals and country roads are warm and wonderful, suiting the cheerfully rhyming text to a T. Beep!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Farm Animals

2. Frog and Toad Storybook Treasury (I Can Read Level 2)

by: Arnold LobelArnold Lobel
Release date: Dec 23, 2013
Number of Pages: 256
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Celebrate the power of friendship with all four of the beloved Frog and Toad I Can Read stories by Arnold Lobel—now in one volume! This treasury includes the complete art and text from four classics: Frog and Toad Are Friends, Frog and Toad Together, Frog and Toad All Year, and Days with Frog and Toad. Share the adventures of best friends Frog and Toad as they fly a kite, resist the temptation of cookies, and search for a lost button. No matter what kind of situation they find themselves in, one thing is certain: Frog and Toad will always be together. This reading collection is a Level Two I Can Read, geared toward kids who read on their own but still need a little help.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Frogs & Toads

3. A Bucket of Blessings

by: Kabir SehgalSurishtha SehgalJing Jing TsongMaya Angelou
Release date: Apr 29, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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A beautiful myth from India comes to life in this enchanting, New York Times bestselling picture book.

Near a majestic mountain in a vast jungle with many mango trees, it has not rained for weeks and weeks. The village well and pond are dry. Monkey and his friends look everywhere for water, but they have no luck. And then Monkey remembers a story his mama used to tell him, a story about how peacocks can make it rain by dancing. So he sets out to see if the story is true…

This little-known legend, told with dramatic rhythm and illustrated with the colors and textures of India, is sure to delight and inspire.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Apes & Monkeys

4. I Will Surprise My Friend! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)

by: Mo WillemsMo Willems
Release date: Jun 03, 2008
Number of Pages: 64
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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 Will Surprise My Friend!, Gerald and Piggie want to play a game and surprise each other-but the biggest surprise is the one they least expect.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Elephants

5. The Adventures of Taxi Dog

by: Debra BarraccaSal BarraccaMark Buehner
Release date: May 07, 1990
Number of Pages: 32
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Maxi, a homeless mutt in New York City, has always fended for himself. Then one day a kind taxi driver named Jim offers him friendship, a home, and a place in the front seat! From that moment on, Maxi and Jim revel in the sights and sounds of the city, and share all sorts of wild adventures-from rushing two clowns and a chimp to the circus, to singing duets with an opera diva! These and other adventures are brilliantly depicted in Mark Buehner’s witty, detail-packed oil paintings.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

6. We All Went On Safari: A Counting Journey Through Tanzania (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by: Laurie KrebsJulia Cairns
Release date: Sep 01, 2004
Number of Pages: 32
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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Follows a Tanzanian family through the African grasslands as they count the animals they see, from one leopard to ten elephants; includes information about Tanzania and Swahili names and numbers.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Lions, Tigers & Leopards

7. Wolf Story

by: William McCleeryWarren Chappell
Release date: Dec 01, 1988
Number of Pages: 88
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A young father tells his five-year-old son humorous variations on the theme of a hen escaping the clutches of a wily wolf.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Foxes & Wolves

8. The Great Adventures of Nina Puppalina and Lizzy Lou: Nina Finds Her Home

by: Danielle Wilkinson SteinerDamaris HerlihySarah Ashmun
Release date: Mar 09, 2016
Number of Pages: 34
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Nina Puppalina is a rescue puppy looking for a family to love her. From the farm to the big city, Nina is full of hope as she plays with her brothers and sisters on the way to be adopted. Her excitement mounts as she looks at the kind faces and feels the warm touches of families looking for puppies just like her. But is there a family here that will love her? Will she find a new best friend?

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

9. The Dog and the Dolphin

by: James B. DworkinMichael Chelich
Release date: Jun 30, 2014
Number of Pages: 36
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What happens when a red Irish Setter becomes very bored one day on the beach? He might just find a new playmate in the most unexpected place! The Dog and the Dolphin is the captivating children’s book for kids prekindergarten through third grade that may just give them an altogether different perspective on the unlimited potential for making friends.

Inspired by actual events observed by author James B. Dworkin at Sanibel Island, Florida, this spirited story about two unlikely beach buddies follows a red Irish Setter, who is lazing on shore one beautiful day. However, instead of enjoying his surroundings, the dog is absolutely bored. While he takes in all the fun things happening on the beach and in the water, he is still sad because he is all alone. Finally, he spies something in the water that changes his entire day. It’s a playful dolphin!

Easy-to-grasp and engaging for children and parents alike, this charming tale of two companions illustrates how two individuals can come together to have a wonderful time, no matter how different they might be.

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Children’s Books > Animals

10. The Whingdingdilly

by: Bill Peet
Release date: Apr 01, 1982
Number of Pages: 60
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Scamp learns to be content with his dog’s life when Zildy the kooky witch turns him into a whing-dingdilly.
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Children’s Books > Animals

11. No Sleep for the Sheep!

by: Karen BeaumontJackie Urbanovic
Release date: Mar 07, 2011
Number of Pages: 32
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One tired sheep wants nothing more than a good night’s sleep. All is peaceful until—QUACK! Is that a duck at the barn door? And now a goat? A pig? A cow? A horse? Each new unexpected guest is bigger and louder than the last! How will the sheep ever get this barnyard crowd to quiet down before—COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Farm Animals

12. Biscuit’s Christmas Storybook Collection

by: Alyssa Satin CapucilliPat Schories
Release date: Oct 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 192
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Merry Christmas, Biscuit! This storybook collection brings nine of your favorite Biscuit titles together for the first time ever! The collection includes Biscuit’s Snowy Day, Biscuit Gives a Gift, Biscuit’s Christmas Eve, Biscuit’s Show and Share Day, Biscuit Wants to Play, Biscuit Visits the Big City, Biscuit and the Lost Teddy Bear, Biscuit’s Christmas, and Biscuit Goes to School. With full-color illustrations and delightful stories, this Christmas collection is the perfect holiday gift.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

13. Rory the Dinosaur: Me and My Dad

by: Liz Climo
Release date: May 05, 2015
Number of Pages: 40
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Meet Rory, the dinosaur. He loves spending time with his dad, but today he wants to go on his own adventure and explore his island home. He can’t wait to tell his dad all about the things he can do all by himself, from crossing rivers to finding shelter from the rain. Little does Rory know, his father is never far behind. There’s nothing Rory’s dad won’t do for his intrepid son–he’ll even let him think he’s made the journey all by himself.
Comic artist Liz Climo celebrates the bond between father and child with her adorable, deceptively simple illustrations and her timeless story of a child’s quest for independence.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Dinosaurs

14. God Bless My Boo Boo

by: Hannah HallSteve Whitlow
Release date: Feb 10, 2015
Number of Pages: 20
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God Bless My Boo Boo is the perfect remedy for healing little hurts with a healthy dose of love!

Even the smallest scratches, bumps, and scrapes can sometimes be traumatic for children. When simple injuries happen, God Bless My Boo Boo is like a warm hug that helps ease the pain. Comforting, sweet, and sometimes silly rhymes guide readers through adorable scenes of baby animals and their boo boos and remind children that God is there to help. Just like Mommy Zebra makes a scraped knee better or Mommy Walrus helps tend a toothache, real moms will be able to use this book to make their little ones’ boo boos all better too!

A perfect gift for new parents and a great addition to every mom’s first-aid kit!

Trim Size: 7.75 x 7.75

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Children’s Books > Animals > Baby Animals

15. Virgil & Owen Stick Together

by: Paulette BoganPaulette Bogan
Release date: Jan 12, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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Virgil and Owen are best friends! They love playing together at home and at school. But sometimes even best friends can be very different. Virgil loves to be the first one to school. Owen likes to take his time. Virgil always raises his hand the fastest. Owen likes to think things through. One day Virgil hurries Owen a bit too much, and their friendship is suddenly on thin ice. Will Virgil be able to see that a little patience goes a long way between friends?

In a new adventure for this lovable duo, Virgil and Owen show that even if friends don’t agree, they can always find a way to have fun.

Virgil & Owen Stick Together is a “Mom’s Choice Awards Recipient” Gold Medal for Picture Books!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Bears

16. A Story for Bear

by: Dennis HaseleyJim LaMarche
Release date: Apr 01, 2002
Number of Pages: 32
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When a young bear finds a scrap of an old letter, he is so curious about the mysterious marks that he searches out their source–a cabin in the woods. There he meets a young woman and is mesmerized by the sound of her voice. Though he cannot understand her words, he returns every day to hear the woman’s stories of sailors, goddesses, and far-off lands.
Dennis Haseley’s magical fantasy and Jim LaMarche’s luminous illustrations together celebrate the joy of reading. A book sure to delight any child who has ever been read to.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Bears

17. Hubert’s Hair Raising Adventure (Sandpiper Books)

by: Bill Peet
Release date: Sep 19, 1979
Number of Pages: 40
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Hubert the lion, terribly vain about his beautiful mane, tries everything to make it grow back after it goes up in smoke.
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Children’s Books > Humor

18. Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum

by: Lisa WheelerHarriet Kasak PortfolioLaura Huliska-Beith
Release date: Apr 01, 2004
Number of Pages: 32
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After a variety of animals get stuck one by one in bubble gum melting in the road, they must survive encounters with a big blue truck and a burly black bear.
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Children’s Books > Animals

19. Tails of Imagination: Ordinary Pets, Extraordinary Adventures

by: Robin WiesnethRobin WiesnethGarnsworthy Marlo
Release date: Mar 01, 2014
Number of Pages: 24
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The illustrations are worthy of a Caldecott medal!”  ~ Jean Rice,  School Administrator and teacher with 40 years of experience.

Dive into this wonderful picture book that explores the dreams of a group of shelter pets as they wait patiently to find their forever homes. Thispicture book keeps young readers (ages 4-8) engaged with vivid and colorful images and cheerful, rhyming prose.

Amazon Prime members – borrow this book for FREE * Get the eBookFREE when you buy the print version * Watch the Book Trailer on Youtube: youtube.com/watch?v=s3JKqAbVoDw 

Check out what other readers are saying:
* A wonderful story for the pet lover and dreamer in us all.  ~ C. Manson, Editor of the Beachcomber, Destin, FL
I can’t say enough good things about this book and author except keep your eyes on her because she is headed to the stars just like some of her characters.  ~ Amazon Book Author, Angela Yuriko Smith

* This book was fabulous! We loved the rhyme and illustrations!  ~ Joel Green  


Grab this Book today and enjoy a Children’s Picture Book that’s already a classic!

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

20. The Conference of the Birds

by: Alexis York LumbardDemiSeyyed Hossein Nasr
Release date: Sep 16, 2012
Number of Pages: 44
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Lavishly illustrated by award-winning illustrator, Demi, this magical and inspiring story of the adventures of a flock of wayfaring birds in search of their king will delight children with its tales of overcoming fear, physical hardship, and inner limitations. Based on an 800 year old classical parable, and retold by mother of three, Alexis York Lumbard, it will provide parents with a unique opportunity to teach moral and spiritual development to their children.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Birds

21. Wheres Wallace

by: Hilary KnightHilary Knight
Release date: Aug 01, 2000
Number of Pages: 48
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Everyone flocks to see that outrageous orangutan. But all he wants to see is the world beyond the zoo. So whenever his keeper, Mr. Frumbee, leaves his cage open the tiniest bit, Wallace takes off on an adventure — to the department store, the museum, or even the beach.

So it’s up to Mr. Frumbee — with a little help from you — to find that errant ape within the nine action-packed, full-color panoramas. (And while you’re at it, Wallace has six friends who tag along on each of those adventures. Can you figure out who they are and find them in each spread? Here’s a hint: Check out the totem pole in the Nature Museum.)

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Children’s Books > Animals > Alligators & Crocodiles

22. Curious George’s 5-Minute Stories

by: H. A. Rey
Release date: Jul 09, 2013
Number of Pages: 192
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Curious George is fascinated by the world around him and loves having new experiences. Curious little ones can find thirteen of George’s most exciting adventures in this treasury! March in a parade, take a ride in a rocket ship, and throw a surprise party with George—plus so much more. A padded cover and foil accents make this book perfect for gifting. And since each story can be read aloud in under five minutes, this book is just right for bedtime, story time, any time you’re feeling curious!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Apes & Monkeys

23. A Whale of a Tale!: All About Porpoises, Dolphins, and Whales (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library)

by: Bonnie WorthAristides Ruiz
Release date: May 23, 2006
Number of Pages: 48
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Onboard a vessel that would make Jacques Cousteau green with envy, the Cat and Co. take to the high seas in search of whales, dolphins, and porpoises—those aquatic mammals known as cetaceans. While learning how cetaceans stay warm without hair, have teeth or baleen, swim in troops, spyhop, spin, breach, and see via ecolocation, kids are introduced to almost 20 different species—including sperm, right, humpback, and blue whales; Gulf, spectacled, and finless porpoise; and boto, common, hourglass, and bottlenose dolphins. A shipshape selection for summer reading!

“The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library shows young readers that books can be entertaining and educational at the same time. This is a wonderful series!” —Barbara Kiefer, Ph.D., Charlotte S. Huck Professor of Children’s Literature, Ohio State University

From the Hardcover edition.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Mammals

24. Dozi the Alligator Finds a Family

by: Daniel BorisNicola Sammarco
Release date: Jun 30, 2015
Number of Pages: 44
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In this first book of the series, readers are introduced to a lovable little alligator named Dozi. Living in a swamp in central Florida, Dozi observes wondrous colorful lights over a distant amusement park. Eventually, the curiosity of the little alligator gets the best of him and he heads off to discover the strange and fascinating new world of humans.

While hiding inside one of Orlando’s popular theme parks, Dozi makes the decision to stow away in the unsuspecting Hoxwinder family’s minivan after the family has finished visiting the park. During the long over-night drive home from Florida, Dozi befriends young Byron Hoxwinder in the very back of the vehicle. The family arrives home without anybody but 9-year old Byron Hoxwinder realizing they have brought a young alligator home with them.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Alligators & Crocodiles

25. Ella The Elegant Elephant

by: Carmela D’amicoSteven D’amico
Release date: Sep 01, 2004
Number of Pages: 56
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Ella’s counting the days until the first day of school … but not because she’s eager to start! On the contrary, as the littlest elephant on Elephant Island, she’s terribly nervous about the other kids she’ll meet. Then she receives a beautiful red hat that belonged to her grandmother — her new lucky charm. Big mean Belinda at school teases her for it, calling her “Ella the Elegant Elephant.” But Ella’s brave enough to hold on to her hat, and in the end, the hat (and her heart) save the day.

With warm, rich pictures and a charming main character, ELLA is sure to be a new favorite.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Elephants

26. Where’s My Sweetie Pie?

by: Ed Emberley
Release date: Jan 01, 2010
Number of Pages: 14
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I’ve looked low,
I’ve looked high, but…
Where’s my sweetie pie?

Little ones will love listening and playing along with this adorable lift-the-flap book from beloved Caldecott Award-winning author/illustrator, Ed Emberley. Featuring a heart-shaped die-cut on the front cover and seven fun lift-the-flaps inside, this interactive board book shows a variety of cuddly critters hiding in all different places-but there’s no sweetie pie to be found! The anticipation of what’s hiding on the next page will keep kids guessing and giggling all the way to the surprise ending-when a double lift-the-flap reveals a heart-shaped mirror and shows who the real sweetie pie is!

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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Valentine’s Day

27. Dragon Gets By (Dragons)

by: Dav Pilkey
Release date: Sep 01, 1996
Number of Pages: 48
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Award-winning author/illustrator of the Captain Underpants series, Dav Pilkey’s gentle blue Dragon (from the hit TV series) will charm beginning readers with the adventures of a mixed-up day!

Award-winning author/illustrator of the Captain Underpants series, Dav Pilkey’s gentle blue Dragon (from the hit TV series) will charm beginning readers with the adventures of a mixed-up day!

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Children’s Books > Animals

28. National Geographic Readers: Owls

by: Laura Marsh
Release date: Jul 08, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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In this level 1 reader, young readers will explore the feathery world of adorable owls. Follow these curious-looking creatures through their wooded habitats, learn how owls raise their young, hunt, and protect themselves. Beautiful photos and carefully leveled text make this book perfect for reading aloud or for independent reading. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Birds

29. Welcome to the Neighborwood

by: Shawn SheehyShawn Sheehy
Release date: Mar 10, 2015
Number of Pages: 18
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In this stunning pop-up book, meet seven animal builders and see how their unique skills help them survive—and to live together in harmony in the neighborwood.

At the edge of the forest a spider spins her web, while nearby, a hummingbird uses strands of spider silk to build her nest. These are just two of the many animals who live side by side, sharing the resources they need to construct homes, traps, or places to store food. From award-winning artist Shawn Sheehy comes an up-close look at the architectural masterpieces of the animal world, featuring an array of beautiful, lifelike pop-ups originally crafted with handmade paper. The earthy exploration culminates in a breathtaking final spread showing all the neighborwood creatures together.

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Children’s Books > Animals

30. Peep and Egg: I’m Not Hatching

by: Laura GehlJoyce Wan
Release date: Jan 17, 2017
Number of Pages: 32
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Egg is not hatching.
No way. No how.
It is too scary out there.
Peep wants Egg to hatch so they can do fun things together, like watch the sunrise, splash in puddles, and play hide-and-seek.
But Egg is not cracking…

Joyce Wan’s bright and bold illustrations will have young chickies giggling at Laura Gehl’s reassuring tale that takes the not out of I’m not.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Birds

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