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.
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
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
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
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 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
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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