Happy World Wildlife Day! This day is a special day to celebrate all the beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people. We put together a list of great books that celebrate this special day.

189 Canaries

Written by Dieter Böge
Illustrated by Elsa Klever
Translated by Laura Watkinson
Ages 6-10

In a cozy room in northern Germany, a yellow canary sings rolling melodies to the miners and carpenters of the Harz mountains. But today a bird dealer has come, and he will take the canary far, far away from everything he knows. The journey leads onto trains and steamships, across Europe and even the Atlantic. At last the canary arrives in a room in New York where he hears a strangely familiar song…

This beautiful, poignant book introduces readers to the little-known history of a beloved songbird. Lushly illustrated in rich colors, 189 Canaries is an unforgettable story about music, migration, and the search for home. 

Animal Supermarket

Giovanna Zoboli
Simona Mulazzani

Another dazzling book from a critically acclaimed team

Where do animals get their food? At the grocery store, of course! At the animal supermarket, polar bears happily prowl the seafood section, cats stock up on bottles of milk, and mice crowd around the cheese counter.

From the award-winning duo who created I Wish I Had. and The Big Book of Slumber (both Eerdmans) comes another imaginative story that will delight animal lovers of all ages.


The Bear and the Duck

Written and illustrated by May Angeli

Ages 4-8
HARDCOVER

One late winter day, a strange noise startles Bear out of his slumber. Grumpily searching for the source, he finds Duck, trapped in the thicket—but not for long. Bear frees Duck with a few scoops of his big paws, and their friendship begins. The more time the two spend swimming, exploring, and telling stories, the less Bear wants to go back to his lonely old life.  As spring turns to summer, and summer turns to fall, what else will change?


Bear with Me

Written and illustrated by Noemi Vola
Ages 4-8

What do you do with a bear who won’t leave? When a bear comes to stay, no one expects him to stay too long! But his arrival changes everything, from sleeping to shopping to hanging out with friends. If even dinosaurs and math problems can’t drive him away, what are you supposed to do?

Featuring quirky, energetic illustrations, this amusing tale suggests we can learn to live with even the most unbearable company.


“This book will likely resonate with readers living with their own bears.” —Kirkus Reviews 


The Big Book of Slumber

Giovanna Zoboli
Simona Mulazzani

A stunning lullaby book that will both delight and soothe

All creatures of the world find time to rest. And in this charming lullaby book, countless cozy animals settle down in their beds. Bears lie under their blankets, the fox snuggles beneath a tree in the light of the moon, and the monkey tucks his banana close beside him.

This brilliant pairing of author and illustrator brings us a vibrant yet elegant bedtime book that is sure to enchant young readers as they drift sweetly into their own dreams.


The Blue Hour

Isabelle Simler

HARDCOVER; Published: 2/20/2017

ISBN: 978-0-8028-5488-9

Price: $ 19.00

42 Pages

Trim Size, in inches: 9″ x 12.75″

Ages 4 to 8

A lovely and tranquil celebration of nature

The sun has set, the day has ended, but the night hasn’t quite arrived yet. This magical twilight is known as the blue hour. Everything in nature—sky, water, flowers, birds, foxes—comes together in a symphony of blue to celebrate the merging of night and day.

With its soothing text and radiant artwork, this elegant picture book displays the majesty of nature and reminds readers that beauty is fleeting but also worth savoring.


The Book that Kibo Wrote

Written and illustrated by Mariana Ruiz Johnson Translated by Lawrence Schimel

Ages 4-8

Releases April 26

One night under the acacia trees, Kibo writes a story about home. His neighbor Naki reads his words, binds them into a book, and brings it to the city. There Camilo devours Kibo’s story, remembering his childhood in the savannah. The next day he shares the book and his memories with his friend Simon. Soon Simon starts writing new songs about distant lands. Where will Kibo’s book go next, and what will it spark for its next reader? 

Featuring a charming cast of animal characters, The Book that Kibo Wrote showcases the power of stories to connect readers across the globe.


The Christmas Feast

Written by Nathalie Dargent
Illustrated by Magali Le Huche

Ages 4-
HARDCOVER
32 Pages

When Wolf, Weasel, and Fox steal a turkey for their Christmas feast, no one expects the meal to have her own ideas about the celebration. Don’t they want to fatten her up first? Haven’t they even hung up mistletoe or baked gingerbread? But the more time the three friends spend with Turkey, the less anyone wants the fun to end…

Perfect for holiday story times, this festive book will provide plenty of laughs with its witty narration, amusing characters, and playful illustrations.



The Crow and the Peacock

Written and illustrated by Jo Fernihough

Ages 4-8

HARDCOVER; Coming Soon: 4/27/2021

ISBN: 978-0-8028-5568-8

32 Pages

Crow sets out on a journey to find the happiest bird alive. Could it be the lovely dove, the musical nightingale, or the elegant swan? But each bird has their own reason to not be content, even the glamorous peacock. Perhaps all of Crow’s searching will help him discover the real secret to happiness.

The Crow and the Peacock retells a classic fable with warmth, personality, and a dose of humor. Energetic prose and vibrant illustrations encourage young readers to consider the dangers of comparison and the meaning of contentment.


Do You Have a Dog?

By: Eileen Spinelli Geraldo Valério

Ages 4-8
HARDCOVER
26 Pages

This follow-up to Do You Have a Cat? introduces readers to a whole new collection of historical figures — Admiral Richard Byrd, Jackson Pollack, Annie Oakley. Eileen Spinelli’s whimsical, rhyming text and the colorful and energetic paintings of Geraldo ValTrio help bring these dog owners to life.



The Dog That Nino Didn’t Have

Edward van de Vendel
Anton Van Hertbruggen

A beautiful exploration of happiness and hope

Nino doesn’t have a dog, but he likes to imagine that he does. His imaginary dog chases squirrels and plays in the lake with him. His imaginary dog licks the tears off Nino’s face and helps Nino feel less lonely while his dad is traveling. But when Nino gets a real dog, it’s not quite what he expected. As he spends more time with his dog, though, Nino learns how to be content with what he has, but that doesn’t stop him from continuing to dream.

This award-winning book beautifully depicts the art of finding a balance between imagination and reality.


For Every Little Thing

Poems and Prayers to Celebrate the Day
Edited by June Cotner and Nancy Tupper Ling
Illustrated by Helen Cann

How do you find joy in ordinary moments? How do you mark small wonders like the return of the fireflies or a friend’s helping hand?

Arranged from waking up to falling asleep, For Every Little Thing is an engaging collection of the day and its delights. This inspirational anthology gathers classic selections, modern prayers, and new poems from multiple cultures and faiths. From Emily Dickinson to Amma, from Ken Nesbitt to Rabbi Rami M. Shapiro, fifty-one voices encourage children to be present and thankful at all hours.

Accessible language and richly detailed illustrations celebrate simple pleasures like slurping noodles and splashing in puddles. Perfect for sharing around the table or at bedtime, For Every Little Thing will awaken a sense of gratitude in readers of all ages.


Fur, Fins, and Feathers

Written and Illustrated by Cassandre Maxwell 

A fascinating and factual book that will delight animal lovers

Ages 5 to 9

Abraham Dee Bartlett knew from a young age that he wanted to spend his life working with animals. But in Victorian London, there weren’t many jobs that provided an opportunity to do that. Still, Abraham spent years gaining knowledge and pursuing his dream until he eventually became superintendent in the London Zoo. Driven by his compassion for the animals, Abraham dramatically improved the conditions of the zoo to ensure that the animals could be happy and healthy.

With engaging back matter and charming illustrations, Cassandre Maxwell’s book brings to life the little-known story of the man who helped to create the modern zoo.

The Gift

Written by Alain Serge Dzotap
Illustrated by Delphine Renon

HARDCOVER
Ages 3-7
February 15
Written by Alain Serge Dzotap Illustrated by Delphine Renon

When Leo opens his birthday presents, he receives an amazing gift: a pen! Inside it, Papa says, are many beautiful things.  But how do you get them out? None of his friends can guess. Super-Zombo doesn’t get anywhere by blowing on it, and Coco-Tembo thinks it’s too tiny to hold anything important. Maybe Leo’s mama will know how to reveal all the wonders inside… 


I Wish I Had . .

Written by Giovanna Zoboli
Illustrated by Simona Mulazzani

With its sharp eyes, the blackbird can see every blade of grass in the meadow. The wings of the wild goose can carry it far away. And the song of the whale fills the wide ocean. Each animal has skills and beauty wholly unique to itself. And in this lyrical book, a child describes the skill and the beauty possessed by various animals.

Giovanna Zoboli’s fluid and lyrical descriptions, complemented by Simona Mulazzani’s bright and charming illustrations, will leave the reader charmed by its sense of wonder and awe.


The Last Tiger

Written and illustrated by Petr Horacek

Ages 4-8

HARDCOVER

ISBN: 978-0-8028-5552-7

36 Pages

When hunters invade the jungle, all the animals try to hide—except the tiger. He is strong, proud, and powerful; why should he flee like a bird or a monkey? But the humans are even more fearless than the tiger is, and he soon finds himself in a cage in the city. Will he ever see his home again?

Illustrated in glowing colors, The Last Tiger is a thoughtful fable about the dangers of pride and the value of freedom.

Leave a Message in the Sand

Poems about Giraffes, Bongos, and Other Creatures with Hooves

Written by Bibi Dumon Tak
Illustrated by Annemarie van Haeringen

What would a boar text to a pig, a camel post on a dating site, or a goat shout from the mountaintops? In this unforgettable poetry collection, even-toed ungulates take the spotlight. Ever asked a giraffe about the clouds, read an okapi’s letter to the editor, or debated which gnu would win the race across the Serengeti? Playful poems and whimsical illustrations feature hoofed creatures from all around the world, from Siberian musk deer to African dik-diks to South American vicuñas. 

Weaving together humor, scientific detail, and a poignant concern for conservation, Leave a Message in the Sand introduces readers to wild creatures with even wilder things to say.


Letters From Bear

Written by Gauthier David
Illustrated by Marie Caudry

Bear can’t imagine a whole winter without her friend, so when Bird migrates south, Bear decides to follow. She’s never left the forest before, but that won’t stop her from crossing oceans and mountains—and sending letters along the way. But a surprise is waiting for Bear on the beach… 

Richly told in amusing letters and lush illustrations, this adventurous story invites readers to consider just how far they’d go for their friends. 


Manger

Edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Illustrated by Helen Cann

There is a legend that describes how, at midnight on Christmas Eve, all creatures are granted the power of speech for one hour. In this rich collection, Lee Bennett Hopkins and a dozen other poets imagine what responses they might offer. The poems represent a diverse group of animals, but all come together with one singular purpose: celebrating the joy of the miraculous event.

This collection of graceful poems provides readers with a Nativity story unlike any other — at times gently humorous, at times profound, but always inviting readers to appreciate the wonder of Christmas. This book is a perfect gift for the holiday


My Wild Cat

Written and Illustrated by Isabelle Simler
Ages 5-9

A cat is no ordinary pet! Sure, he may look harmless as he snoozes on the sofa, or under the rug, or on top of the radiator. Sure, he may seem sweet as he snuggles a stuffed animal, but don’t let that fool you! When you least expect it, he’ll pounce…

“Feline fanciers will be immediately charmed by the unnamed, yellow-eyed black cat who prowls the pages of this French import. . . . With evident affection and sly humor, this paean to a beloved pet perfectly captures this (and thus every) cat’s allure.” —Kirkus Reviews (Starred)


A Perfect Day

Jennifer Yerkes
Ages 3-7

Acclaimed author-illustrator Jennifer Yerkes presents the sights and sounds of an ecosystem in motion. Told with bold, vibrant art and playful onomatopoeia, A Perfect Day is a spectacular reminder to stop and listen to nature.


Plume

Written and illustrated by Isabelle Simler
Ages 3 to 7

n this lovely book, young readers are introduced to a variety of beautiful birds, from the familiar chicken to the exotic ibis. But lurking in the background of every page is a cat, who also seems very interested in the birds.

With its funny illustrations and engaging concepts, this clever counting book will invite readers to linger over every page.

The Second Sky

Written by Patrick Guest
Illustrated by Jonathan Bentley

Ever since he first hatched, Gilbert has wanted to fly. But with his big, clumsy feet and small, fluffy wings, learning to fly is a bigger challenge than Gilbert anticipated. His fellow penguins tell him to give up, but Gilbert is sure that if he keeps trying, he’ll be able to soar…

Young readers will fall in love with this sweet, motivating story about overcoming obstacles and discovering your hidden talents.


The Secret Cat

Katarina Strömgård
Ages 4 to 8

An imaginative book for anyone who’s ever wanted a pet

“Swedish artist Strömgård illustrates her tale with intricately drafted pen-and-ink figures. . . . Her visions are beautifully developed, portraying the narrator and the other pet owners as distinct and engaging individuals. And a dramatic confrontation and a nick-of-time rescue conjure just enough excitement for bedtime.” —Publishers Weekly

Sleep Like Me

Written and Illustrated by Tatia Nadareishvili
Ages 3-7

A little boy can’t fall asleep, so he asks the animals how they do it. Will he doze off if he floats on his back like an otter? If he keeps one eye open like a duck? If he hangs upside down like a bat? Nothing seems to help, but all this trying is getting tiring…

This whimsically illustrated book features the real sleeping habits of ten different animals. Whether you snooze like a whale or nod off like a giraffe, Sleep Like Me is the perfect bedtime story for restless nights.

The Story of Bodri

Written by Hédi Fried
Illustrated by Stina Wirsén
Translated by Linda Schenck
Ages 6-10

A book inspired by the author’s experiences and a thoughtful introduction to the Holocaust for young readers. Strikingly honest prose and illustrations share an unforgettable story about a faithful dog, a family in danger, and the power of hope in unimaginable circumstances.

Sweet Dreamers

Isabelle Simler

Ages 4 to 8

A gorgeous bedtime book from an award-winning creator

From the celebrated creator of Plume and The Blue Hour comes another enchanting animal book. Countless cozy animals are settling in for the night, but they all sleep in different ways. A bat dreams upside down, a hedgehog
snuggles into a pile of leaves, and a humpback whale spins in its sleep like a ballerina.

With its poetic language and lush illustrations, Sweet Dreamers will dazzle young readers as they drift off to sleep themselves. 


Vote for Me!

Written by Martin Baltscheit
Illustrated by Marc Boutavant

Ages 4 to 8

HARDCOVER

ISBN: 978-0-8028-5543-5

40 Pages

The lion loves elections—he wins every time. But when the mouse decides to run for president, other animals offer up their own candidates. Each one has a cause to champion: the ant wants a busier schedule, the German shepherd wants more law and order, and the wildebeest just wants everyone to live in peace. With so many options, how can the animals ever decide?

Amusingly told through vibrantly colored illustrations, Vote for Me! introduces readers to the wild process of selecting a good leader.


The Writer

Written by Davide Cali Illustrated by Monica Barengo

HARDCOVER
Ages 4-8

A dog has an important job to do, especially if his human is a writer. Without a dog by his side, the writer would forget to eat. He’d never get out of his pajamas, and he’d probably stare at the computer all day long. But even the best French bulldog can’t do everything. Maybe this perfect pair needs someone new in their lives… 

Illustrated in warm, earthy tones, this witty story reflects the ways dogs change our lives for the better. Our canine friends can make—and find—the best companions.