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Picture Books About Book-Loving Animals

Posted about 1 year ago by Patti L

Calvin Can't Fly : The Story of a Bookworm Birdie by Jennifer Berne

Calvin can't fly : the story of a bookworm birdie by Jennifer Berne ; illustrated by Keith Bendis

Calvin the starling can’t fly. When his brothers, sisters and cousins were learning all of the bird tasks such as flying, pulling up worms and chasing bugs, Calvin was learning to read.

What will happen when fall comes and birds fly south? Can Calvin’s love of books be worth much if he can’t fly? "Calvin Can’t Fly" is a delightful story for bookworms of all ages! It is one of the titles in the 101 Picture Book Challenge.

Audience: PreK-2

More Picture Books About Book-Loving Animals

Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss
Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss

When the children go back to school, the animals on the farm are bored, so they go into the library in town trying to find something to do.

Rufus Goes to School by Kim T. Griswell

Rufus Leroy Williams III wants to go to school to learn to read but the principal at first refuses because Rufus is a pig.

Rufus Goes to School by Kim T. Griswell
Otto the Book Bear by Katie Cleminson
Otto the Book Bear by Katie Cleminson

Otto lives in a book in a house but when no one is looking he comes to life to read his favorite stories and practice his writing, until he is left behind and must set out in search of a new home.

Bats at the Library by Brian Lies

Bored with another normal, inky evening, bats discover an open library window and fly in to enjoy the photocopier, water fountain, and especially the books and stories found there.

Also available in Read-Along Audio, eBook, eAudio and DVD.

Bats at the Library by Brian Lies
Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates
Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates

Dog loves books so much that he decides to open a book store.

Also available in eBook.

Goodnight, Baby Bear by Michael Shoulders

Nightly, the members of a bear family that value books and reading share a personally inscribed book and a cookie with Baby Bear to celebrate milestones and memorable days in his life. Includes a recipe for honey oatmeal cookies.

Also available in eBook.

Goodnight, Baby Bear by Michael Shoulders
Read the Book, Lemmings! by Ame Dyckman
Read the Book, Lemmings! by Ame Dyckman

A literate fox attempts to teach a trio of overzealous lemmings to read in order to save them from their habit of jumping off cliffs.

Hooray for Books! by Brian Won

While Turtle seeks his favorite book, each of his friends offer his or her favorite to thank him for sharing.

Hooray for Books! by Brian Won
Bunny’s Book Club by Annie Silvestro
Bunny’s Book Club by Annie Silvestro

Bunny loves reading so much that he begins sneaking into the library at night to borrow books, and soon his friends want to join him.

Doris the Bookasaurus by Diana Murray

A dinosaur who loves reading teaches her brothers that playtime and books work perfectly together.

Doris the Bookasaurus by Diana Murray

What is the 101 Picture Book Challenge?

101 Picture Book Challenge - book cover collage

The 101 Picture Book Challenge is a list of recent and classic picture books that we think are great and want you to read.

This is the latest in a series of blog posts exploring some of the things we love about these books.

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Huebner Collection

Read the books and then see the original artwork in person! This is a small sample of books represented in the Huebner Collection.