June Books – Animals

Here are the books we read in Itsy Bitsy Story Time in June!

The Best Pet Ever
by Victoria Roberts
illustrated by Rebecca Allwright

best pet ever
This is one of my all time favorite Story Time finds! Desperate for a pet a young girl tries to make her own – feeding a mitten, leashing a pet rock, floating a candy wrapper in a bowl, and of course her favorite – a big pink balloon. Each pretend pet has its limitations though and she yearns for a real pet of her own. Delightful ending that all the kids love!

Bark George
by Jules Feiffer
bark george

FUNNY book!  Poor George the puppy can’t bark, but makes many other animal sounds instead. The kids and grown ups all thought this book was hysterical and there is just enough repetition for the group to join in!  Perfect read-aloud!

by Emily Gravett


All sorts of dogs make for a fun book for dog lovers and a great side lesson in opposites!  Simple text and gorgeous illustrations.

Matilda’s Cat
by Emily Gravett
matildas cat

Another delightful Emily Gravett book this one is about a young girl playing with her very patient cat… who doesn’t really love the games as much as she loves Matilda! A picture surprise near the end makes this very fun to read back to back with Dogs.

Monkey and Me
by Emily Gravett
monkey and me

Yes, I do really like Emily Gravett!  Her books are perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. Not only are the gorgeous, they are a lot of fun to read with a group… and of course, they work well with this month’s theme!  Monkey and Me provides a wonderful guessing game as we try to interpret which animals this young girl and her toy monkey are pretending to be.  Delightful!

Barnyard Dance
by Sandra Boynton
barnyard dance

An animal themed Story Time would not be complete without some foot stomin’ hand clappin’ fun! This is a perfect lap bounce book for babies or a jump and dance along book for toddlers.

Where’s My Mommy
by Carol Roth
illustrated by Sean Julian
wheres my mommy

I found this cute title at the Philadelphia ALA Midwinter Convention and it is one of my son’s favorites. A little kitten wakes up from a nap and cannot find her Mommy so she asks her barnyard friends for help. Cute repetition, great chance to practice animal sounds and a fun guessing game all in one sweet story!

by Scott M. Fischer

Another great move along read aloud book. Fun rhymes too!  Lots of bouncing and jumping!

1 2 3 To the Zoo
by Eric Carle

123 to the zoo

Eric Carle + counting + zoo animals + train = perfect join in, getting close to the end of Story Time book.

Does a Cow Say Boo?
by Judy Hindley
illustrated by Brita Granström
does a cow say boo

Hilarious and quite a crowd pleaser, this book continually asks ‘does a ____ say boo?” and then we can all answer NO together – which you know toddlers love – and give the right answer – which toddler’s also love. The kids LOVED the ending!

by Maria Torres Camarusti
illustrated by Stephanie Peterson

Also a good last book choice for Story Time – lots of flaps reveal the answers to animal questions.

Baby Animals
by Gyo Fujikawa
baby animals

This was my book when I was a baby! Simple text, sweet illustrations and a gentle reminder that we should always be gentle and kind to animals.




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