Whether you think a dog says “woof,” “bark,” “yip,” or “ruff,” these books are a fun way for kids to learn about the different sounds that animals make!

1. Who Said Moo?
By Harriet Ziefert

Perfect for the hands of little children, this book follows a rooster on a mission to find out who is responding to his morning calls. Illustrated by Caldecott winner Simms Taback, this book is a great resource for kids learning to speak or learning about animals.

Watch Sela read the book below in this episode of Can I Read to You?

2. The Seals on the Bus
By Lenny Hort

A charming take on the traditional “Wheels on the Bus” song, this book is as much fun to sing as it is to read. Worthy of a laugh each time it’s read, this chaotic animal extravaganza is an instant kid favorite.

3. Do Crocs Kiss?
By Salina Yoon

The award-winning author of “Do Cows Meow” is back with another cuddly creature creation. The silly, rhythmic story, with lines like, “Do crocs cry? Do crocs clap? All I know is crocs go…SNAP!” and big, vibrant pictures are irresistible to kids.

4. Starry Safari
By Linda Ashman

A smart and courageous girl. Friendly and enchanting animals. Sly and witty illustrations. All the elements of this book fit perfectly together, making it a fun read for both kids and parents. Join our brave heroine as she crosses the plains on safari and encounters several animals before bedtime.

5. Mung-Mung
By Linda Sue Park

Animal noises sound different in each language! Newbery winner Linda Sue Park introduces a lovely ensemble of familiar characters with international noises that may surprise you. It’s also a great way for children to play with phonetics, as they try to pronounce the different words.

6. Have You Heard the Nesting Bird?
By Rita Gray

Learn the words of birds! Minimal rhyming text is paired with beautifully crafted illustrations to display a wildlife exhibit in book form. From sparrows to cardinals and blue jays, two youngsters follow the language of the birds on a neighborhood stroll.

7. Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?
By Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle

A timeless classic, this book can be sung, acted out or simply read by child or parent. Eric Carle’s famous bold and vibrant illustrations complement Bill Martin Jr.’s rhythmic text. A favorite from one of the most powerful author/illustrator teams in children’s literature.

8. What Does the Fox Say?
By Ylvis

Based on their hugely successful YouTube video, the Norwegian duo Ylvis (brothers Bård and Vegard Ylvisåker) bring you the print version of their silly song, “What Does the Fox Say?” While it’s widely agreed upon that foxes do not, in fact, say “Ring-Ding-Ding-Ding-Dingeringeding” or “Wa-Pa-Pa-Pa-Pa-Pa-Pow,” as suggested in the song, the other animal noises are pretty accurate, and well worth the laughs during story time.

9. Can You Growl Like a Bear?
By John Butler

Click like a dolphin, trumpet like an elephant and growl like a bear! Practice the sounds of your favorite wild animals in this gorgeously illustrated and gently written book by John Butler. Mimic the sounds as quietly as you can for a perfect read before bedtime.

About Danielle Steinberg

Danielle Steinberg

Danielle received her Masters in Education which led her to a spot on the PBS Parents team in 2011. She now works full time as a producer of content and social media for PBS Digital Studios and continues to work as a web producer for PBS Parents.

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