Animal Books For Lower Elementary Children (and Kindergartners, too!)

It’s no secret that most children of a certain age are completely enamored with animals. This love starts when they are quite young but grows to a fever pitch somewhere between ages five and nine. Luckily, the Montessori curriculum caters to this passion and provides many zoology lessons and activities.

In case your child is experiencing this fantastic phenomenon and you’d like to support that learning at home, we have curated a small list of amazing books you may not have heard of before. Take a trip to your local library or bookstore, or we have provided links here for ordering or more information.

The Frog Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta, illustrated by Ralph Masiello

If your child ends up enjoying this book, know that Pallotta has created many alphabet books on a range of subjects, many of them animal-related. Although alphabet books generally tend to be created with toddlers in mind, these books are most definitely for older children and appeal even to third graders. With beautiful illustrations and interesting factual information, each page highlights a different frog or amphibian, ranging from the ichthyostega (the very first amphibian which is now extinct), to the goliath frog (the world’s largest frog), to the brightly-colored blue-legged strawberry frog.

Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives by Lola M. Schaefer, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal

“In one lifetime, this caribou will grow and shed 10 sets of antlers.” “In one lifetime, this alligator will build 22 nests and lay 550 eggs.” “In one lifetime, this female red kangaroo will birth 50 joeys...So many hoppy birthdays!” Schaefer combines elementary-aged children’s love of animals with their simultaneous love of math and numbers in this incredible book. After gathering available data and determining averages, she shares fascinating facts on each page, with more detailed information about the animals and math for interested readers at the end of the book.

The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Globe

“There was a girl in the village who loved horses. She would often get up at daybreak when the birds were singing about the rising sun. She led the horses to drink at the river. She spoke softly and they followed. People noticed she understood horses in a special way.” This Caldecott medal winner beautifully honors native American tradition while telling the tale of a girl who was so connected to the h