September 07, 2016


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Our 6 Favorite Monkey Themed Children's Books

favorite monkey books
Whether you're celebrating the arrival of your Year of the Monkey baby or just reading to your own mischievous chimp, take a look at 6 of our favorite monkey themed childrens' books from our team of book lovers.

The Chimpanzees of Happytown by Giles Andrade

Chimpanzees of Happy Town BookChimpanzees of Happytown inside image

My kids love anything by Giles Andrade (who wrote Giraffes Can't Dance as well) because of his fun, bouncy rhymes and bright, detailed pictures. The story, about a free-thinking Chimp spreading joy in a lifeless town is perfect in lesson and note for pre-schoolers. ~ Samar

100 Hungry Monkeys by Masayuki Sebe

100 Monkeys book cover100 Monkeys by Masayuki Sebe inside book

This is not just an ordinary counting book. This is playful a picture book with beautiful illustrations done by Japanese author/illustrator Masayuki Sebe. My children get so excited to find something new every time we read this book. We learn about colors, counting, shapes, different types of fruits and many more, all from these 100 monkeys. ~Joyce

A Treasury of Curious George by Margret and H.A. Rey

Treasury of Curious George CoverTreasury of Curious George Inside book

No monkey book is complete without a Curious George collection! The 60 year old character is a source of laughter, nostalgia, and poignant moments - a hit in our house with every member of the family. Get the entire compilation - it is worth it for a curl up on the couch. ~Aquin

Night Monkey, Day Monkey by Julia Donaldson

Night Monkey Day Monkey coverNight Monkey Day Monkey inside book

I loved reading this book out loud - just to have the words, "Don't be daft!" roll off my tongue on every page. As always, from Julia Donaldson (author of The Gruffalo), the story is told in sing-song style with bright, beautiful illustrations. Think we were doing multiple readings a day of this book at one point.  ~Samar

Little Monkey by Roger Priddy

little monkey by roger priddy coverlittle monkey roger priddy inside book

Little monkey off to play, wonder who he will meet today? This little monkey and my children go on an adventure together to meet new friends everyday! Sometimes we get to meet the tall giraffe, sometimes we need to escape from the hungry croc, but the best part is to listen out for the lion's ROAR! This simple texture book with bold illustrations is our family's all time favorite. ~Joyce

Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne

voices in the park book covervoices in the park inside book

Anthony Browne is an amazing and award winning children's book author. My boys love his books for the beautiful illustrations and I love his multi-layered stories. Told from the perspective of 4 different people visiting the park, this book is a great springboard for conversation about emotions and mood - a great way to engage pre-schoolers. ~Aquin

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Samar Shaheryar
Samar Shaheryar


Samar Shaheryar is the co-founder of Baby Hero and has worked on global issues affecting women and children for 15 years. She is a mother to three spunky, multi-cultural kids and currently lives in Hong Kong.

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