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Ribbeting Reading Lists

A reading list for every reading interest and level.


  • Ages 4 and under: Rabbits and Raindrops by Jim Arnosky and Joy Peskin
  • Ages 4-8: The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams and William Nicholson
  • Ages 4-8: The Runny Babbit by Shel Silverstein
  • Ages 9-12: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo and Bagram Ibatoulline
  • Ages 13 and up: Watership Down by Richard Adams


  • Ages 4 and under: Ollie by Olivier Dunrea
  • Ages 4-8: Owl Moon by Jane Yolen and John Schoenherr
  • Ages 4-8: Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken by Kate DiCamillo and Harry Bliss
  • Ages 8-12: Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
  • Ages 13 and up: Alex and Me by Irene Pepperberg


  • Ages 4 and under: Absent-Minded Toad by Javier Rondon, Marcela Cabrera
  • Ages 4-8: Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel
  • Ages 9-12: The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • Ages 10 and up: Jennifer Murdley’s Toad by Bruce Coville


  • Ages 4 and under: Buzz-Buzz Busy Bees by Dawn Bentley, Melanie Gerth, and Heather Cahoon
  • Ages 4 and under: Bees, Bees, Bees by Charles Reasoner
  • Ages 5-8: Honeybee’s Busy Day by Richard Fowler
  • Ages 8-11: The Life and Times of the Honeybee by Charles Micucci
  • Ages 12 and up: Queen Must Die and Other Affairs of Bees and Men by William Longgood and Pamela Johnson


  • Ages 2-7: I Like Monkeys Because… by Pete Hansund and Patricia Casey


  • Ages 4 and under: Monday the Bullfrog by Matthew van Fleet
  • Ages 4-8: The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer, Steve Johnson, and Lou Fancher
  • Ages 8-12: Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Slippery Salamander by Donald J. Sobol and Warren Chang
  • Ages 13 and up: The Salamander Spell by E.D. Baker


  • Ages 3-8: For Pete’s Sake by Ellen Stoll Walsh
  • Ages 4-8: The Foolish Tortoise, and The Greedy Python by Richard Buckley and Eric Carle


  • Ages 4 and under: Carlo Likes Counting by Jessica Spanyol
  • Ages 4-8: Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees
  • Ages 4-8: The Giraffe Who Was Afraid of Heights by David A. Ufer and Kirsten Carlson
  • Ages 5-6: The Giraffe Who Cock-a-Doodle Doo’d by Keith Faulkner
  • Ages 8-12: The Giraffe the Pelly and Me by Ronald Dahl and Quentin Blake
  • Ages 13 and up: Tall Blondes by Lynn Sherr


  • Ages 3-7: Lots and Lots of Zebra Stripes by Steven R. Swinburne


  • Ages 2-7: Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too? By Eric Carle

Giant Pandas:

  • Ages 3-7: Panda Bear, Panda Bear: What Do You See? By Bill Martin and Eric Carle   


  • Ages 4-8: Ellison the Elephant by Eric Drachman and James Muscarello


  • Ages 4 and under: Baby Lemur by Susan Hellard
  • Ages 4-8: The Adventures of Larry the Lemur by Ralph Castaneda
  • Ages 8-12: Lemurs, Lorises, and Other Primates by Patricia A. Martin
  • Ages 13 and up: Shadows in the Dawn: The Lemurs of Madagascar by Christopher Knight, Kathryn Lasky

Komodo Dragons:

  • Ages 5 and under: The Komodo Dragon’s Jewels by Diane Redfield Massie
  • Ages 4-8: Turnip Soup by Lynne Born Myers, Christopher A. Myers, and Katie Keller   
  • Ages 8-11: Your Safari Dragons: In Search of the Real Komodo Dragons by Daniel White and Julia Flossie Truscott
  • Ages 12 and up: Dragon Lizards of Komodo: An Expedition to the Lost World of the Dutch East Indies (1972) by W. Douglas Burden


  • Ages 2-7: The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle
  • Ages 5-9: Anasi and the Moss-Covered Rock by Eric A. Kimmel
  • Ages 4-8: The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt and Tony DiTerlizzi
  • Ages 4-8: The Very Ugly Bug, The Very Busy Bugs, and Barthello’s Wing: The Tale of a Very Brave Bug by Liz Pichon

The Environment:

  • Ages 4-8: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • Ages 4-8: The Lorax by Dr. Suess
  • Ages 4-8: Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel and David Cartrow
  • Ages 4-8: Our Apple Tree by Gorel Kristina Naslund and Kristina Digman
  • Ages 5-9: The Shaman’s Apprentice: A Tale of the Amazon Rainforest by Lynne Cherry and Mark J. Plotkin


  • Ages 3-6: Guess What I Am by Anni Axworthy
  • Ages 3-10: Actual Size by Steve Jenkins
  • Ages 4-8: The Wartville Wizard by Don Madden
  • Ages 4-8: Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
  • Ages 5-9: What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? by Robin Page and Steve Jenkins
  • Ages 6-12: Disney’s Wonderful World of Animals by William R. Koehler