To continue the zoo theme from the past couple of posts, we will share 10 children’s zoo books or magazines that we have read to our kids and enjoyed. These are probably all geared toward the preschool crowd, except the magazines may appeal to younger elementary-aged children. Below we have given a short review of each book, along with a key Bible verse that you can share and discuss with your children while reading with them.
1> Color Zoo // Bright and vivid colors and shapes make this the perfect book for babies and preschoolers. It is engaging and creative, using cutout shapes to form different animals. // “For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through Him and for Him.” > Colossians 1:16
2> Curious George Visits the Zoo // If your little ones like monkeys, then this might be the perfect book for them. In typical George fashion, he gets into a bit of mischief but actually ends up saving the day. // “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” > Deuteronomy 31:8
3> Put Me in the Zoo // This classic rhyming book is good for early readers and as a read-aloud for younger ones. // “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” > Ephesians 2:10
4> Good Night, Gorilla // The simple text and cute illustrations of this book are great for babies and toddlers and make it a bedtime favorite. (We also get lots of laughs when the mommy opens her eyes.) // “You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thoughts from afar.” > Psalm 139:2
5> A Sick Day for Amos McGee // It’s a heartwarming story about friendship and caring for others. // “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” > Philippians 2:3-4
6> If I Ran the Zoo (Classic Seuss) // Inspire creativity and imagination with the fantastical story by Dr. Seuss. // “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” > Proverbs 16:9
7> Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? // The distinct Eric Carle-style of illustration can help teach babies and preschoolers their colors and animals. // “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” > Hebrews 4:13
8> National Geographic Kids // Not only do these magazines include stunning photography of various animals, but it also has educational articles, different activities and neat fact cards. // “By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.” > Hebrews 11:3
9> Zoobooks // Each monthly Zoobook magazine features a certain animal and gives interesting and valuable information. // “O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.” > Psalm 104:24
10> Our Day at the Zoo // Read about how some kids spend the day at the zoo imitating the animals. This is a local book created for the “Read for Adventure” partnership between the Oklahoma City Zoo and the Metropolitan Library System. If you check out this book from any of the 19 Metro Library locations, you can receive a FREE voucher for four to the Oklahoma City Zoo from the library staff. The program continues until March 31, 2018, and you can check out the book multiple times. // “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.” > Ephesians 5:1
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