Have a frog fanatic in your life? These children's books about frogs are not only educational, but contain beautiful illustrations. Perfect for a frog unit study or as new additions to your kids' book basket.
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Why Learn about Frogs Through Books?
Books have the power to transform you to another place. Frog books let you imagine being in the rainforest, ponds, and wetlands.
Maybe you are like me and you spent countless hours watching and catching frogs during your childhood. Flipping through the pages of these books will bring you right back to those moments.
Let's be honest, frogs can either be captivating or gross and slimy. I guess you have figured out that I find them fascinating. And if you are curious, yes, that is me in the grainy photo above. If you are reading this post, then either you are like me or have a child who is like me.
However, not every child enjoys catching frogs with bare hands and that is okay! Books allow them to learn about these amazing amphibians without all of the sliminess.
But, don't be surprised if a once reluctant child begins to show interest in pond life after reading a few good books about frogs.
Also, make sure to share your favorite children's books about frogs. I love hearing from you in the comments below.
Spark your child's interest with these printable frog bookmarks. Free PDF download can be found at the bottom of this post.
Topics to Explore
- Anatomy of a Frog
- Different Species of Frogs
- Life Cycle of a Frog
- Unique Characteristics of Frogs
- A Variety of Ecosystems
- Facts about Frogs
What Ages are these Books Written for?
- Middle School
The great thing about informational texts, which many of the books on this list are, is they really can be for any age. Let me explain, toddlers may not know all of the complex vocabulary, but they can learn through images.
Texts written in simple form can simplify a complex topic for older children. You know your own kids, sometimes a mix of a few different types is the perfect solution.
If you are doing a science unit study on frogs and amphibians, then you can't go wrong with these books. I personally flipped through and read each of these books and can tell you they are great.
Let's get to the books!
Frog Books for Young Learners
These easy readers are perfect for young children. Little learners will be able to practice reading skills while learning about these amphibians. Not only for preschoolers, these frog books are great for toddlers, kindergartners, and elementary aged kids.
However, if you are looking for frog books for preschoolers, don't stop with early readers. Young kids can look through books made for older children as well. Flipping through the images and discussing what they see is important for little learners.
Tale of a Tadpole
Karen Wallace's easy reader Tale of a Tadpole is perfect for early readers. Each page has real life images with text. Along with the life cycle there are facts about frogs for kids.
I love that this informational text has a table of contents, glossary, and index. Overall, this book is not too babyish for early elementary kids to enjoy. If you are looking for some ideas for frog vocabulary for a unit study, this book is a great resource.
The Frog and Toad Series
Now, I know these books are not 100% science based, but I feel you can't mention children's books about frogs without Frog and Toad. Arnold Lobel is know for his I Can Read books with the classic characters, Frog and Toad.
These two best friends go out on adventures together. If reading with a child, one person can be frog while the other reads toad's lines.
Set up as chapter books, you can easily read one story. However, you may find you can hardly stop at just one story. One of my favorite's is the Kite featured in Days with Frog and Toad.
The Frog and Toad books are Caldecott Honor books. Books are available individually or as part of a set.
These are some of my favorite bedtime stories to read. Even if your the only one doing all the reading, it's fun to change your voice to match the personality of the characters.
Frog Picture Books
Illustrations and images in children's books are just as important as text. Young children learn through images as they make observations and connections.
Even older children enjoy a book with beautiful imagery. If you read the bee books for kids post then you know how much I appreciate a book's illustrations.
All of the books listed below are not only educational, but have wonderful pictures.
Fanatical About Frogs
Owen Davey's information packed book Fanatical about Frogs is a perfect pick for frog enthusiasts. Instead of real life images, the book features unique artwork created by the author himself.
The creative imagery will inspire your kids to learn more about these amazing amphibians. Not only are the illustrations beautiful, but the paper the book is printed on is high quality. Both the cover and inside pages have a matt finish that gives this book a vintage feel.
This book includes a table of contents along with an index. I love when educational books include these two important sections. Teaching kids how to search for information within a book using them is an important life skill.
A Frog's Life
Irene Kelly's children's book, A Frog's Life is full a wonderful read. Full of information including a frog's diet, internal anatomy, and habitat. Margherita Borin's watercolor illustrations are gorgeous!
There are many different species of frogs show in this book. Each has a label so kid's can identify the different types. If you are looking for a colorful book done in watercolor, check out this children's book about frogs.
All About Frogs
Kids can learn about the difference frogs and toads. The life cycle of a frog along with how frogs survive in their environment. Fun facts about frogs are included within each section.
Arnosky's an award winning author and illustrator presents information in way that will get your kids excited to learn about frogs. Don't be surprised if they request a visit to a local pond after reading this book.
The Frog Book
If you are familiar with Steve Jenkin and Robin Page's The Beetle book, then you will already be familiar with their style of text. The Frog Book is also beautifully illustrated.
The pictures alone are captivating, making this book perfect for toddlers up to older learners. Labeled diagrams, fun facts, survival strategies, and so much more!
Even the most frog enthused child will learn something new from reading this book. One consideration for young learners is that the text is small. However, the illustrations are large and colorful.
A perfect book to read together with your young child. Older learners will enjoy flipping through the pages and reading them independently.
Gail Gibbon's is well known for her educational books written for children. The new and updated Frogs book has a few added pages. Written in story form, the text is large enough for young readers to see.
In true Gail Gibbon's fashion, labels, vocabulary terms, and scientific facts are included throughout the book. This book is geared towards young children up until elementary school.
If you are looking for a read aloud book that is full of facts, this is a great pick. Kids can stop and point to information as you read. Starting from adult frogs laying eggs, this book follows the life cycle of a frog.
Frog Books About Ponds and Ecosystems
Learning about frogs is the perfect opportunity to learn about where frogs live. Ponds, rivers, rain forests, and marshes are full of frogs and other aquatic life.
Fun fact, frogs need to live in freshwater which is why you will not find them at the ocean.
Eyewitness Pond and River
If you teach your kids science at home and have not checked out the Eye Witness Series of kid's books you are missing out. Packed with real life images and information, you are guaranteed to learn something new from these books.
Eyewitness Pond and River by Steve Parker, focuses on ponds and rivers as an ecosystem. Each double page spread has a new topic. Information about aquatic plants, animals, and seasonal changes can be found in this book.
A table of contents, additional resources, and a glossary are all included in this book. Eyewitness books are true informational texts. Unlike a typical story, kids might want to focus on one section of the book at a time.
I'm already really into nature and ecosystems, but this book makes me want to head outside and observe nature to a whole new degree.
Over and Under the Rainforest
If you kids are interested in learning about the habitat where poison dart frogs are found then they will love this book. Kate Messner, Over and Under the Rainforest's author, beautifully writes about a child's walk through the rainforest.
Christoper Silas Neal, the book's illustrator creates stunning artwork. The scale of the book is large which only adds to the effect while reading. You will feel that you are in the rainforest with them.
Now, this book is not only about poison dart frogs, in fact they are only mentioned briefly, but you get a feel for their habitat. It is relatively easy, to observe bull frogs at pods, but tropical frogs are a different story.
There are resources for further learning at the back of the book along with a glossary. This book does not disappoint.
More Frog Resources
For more frog fun, make sure to check out 52 frog coloring pages for kids. Printable frog life cycle sheets, counting frogs, along with different frog species
Local libraries are full of not only great books, but learning resources. Make sure to check out their selection of frog books for kids.
As a thank you for being a reader of this blog, make sure to download your free printable frog bookmarks. Black and white to allow your kids to have fun coloring them their favorite colors.