Animal books to read at home:
Reading list and activities for ages 0-12 years
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Share these animal-themed children’s books with your child and try the fun related activities that you can do at home.

The Ugly Five (BCD)

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Ages 0-5

The Ugly Five (BCD)

The Ugly Five by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler


Show your child the front cover of The Ugly Five. Discuss the following questions:
  • Do you know the names of any of the animals on the front cover?
  • What does ugly mean? Is it a nice word to use? How might these animals feel if you said they were ugly?

Open the story on the first page, which shows lots of different African animals in the savannah. Which of these animals can your child name? Encourage them to point at the animals they know and say their names. As you read the story, encourage your child to join in with the repeating words. Ask if they can work out what the next number will be.

When you have finished reading the story, ask whether your child likes the ending? Discuss why the babies say that they are “The Lovely Five”? How might this make the animals feel?

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