In May and June, we get a chance to celebrate mothers and fathers. Here are some books you can read with your children that show the bond of parenthood in the life of animals.

I Love You More by Megan Roth & Kay Vincent

Take a journey around the world and visit with animals and their moms and dads in this lift-the-flap book. See the animals during the day, and when the flap is lifted, you can see what the animals do at night. From bees to deer to owls, you’ll learn a lot about animals of the forest. In addition to lifting the flaps, the rhyme scheme will keep readers engaged from page to page.



The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

In Margaret Wise Brown’s classic book The Runaway Bunny, a little bunny continuously tries to run away from his mother. He is never successful since his mother’s love causes her to follow him wherever he goes to keep him safe. Children will also enjoy finding the bunny in this book that imitates a game of hide-and-seek.



Little Owl’s Night by Divya Srinivasan

Mother helps Little Owl understand what happens at night in this lovely book. Readers follow Little Owl through his evening of visiting friends before the morning sun shines and he heads back home to his mother to go to sleep.

Different from your typical bedtime story, Little Owl’s Night does not feature rhyming or any human characters. Instead, the story takes the reader through a journey in the night forest as Little Owl observes plants and animals in the night. The story winds down as Little Owl returns to his mother and he falls asleep as she tells him a story as the sun is coming up for the day.

Children will love the cute illustrations on each page, and older children can have conversations with you about how the night forest is different from the day forest they are accustomed to hiking. Readers can also compare their bedtime routine to how Little Owl prepares for bed.

Animal Mothers and Fathers by Mary Lindeen

In this nonfiction, beginning-to-read book, children can learn all about everything mothers and fathers do for their young. It focuses on how the parents keep the babies warm and safe and get them food. Plenty of photos keep readers engaged, and the included science activities and word list help readers understand the life of animals.

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