Wild Life and Animal Books for Your Home Library

We love how our home library is growing, and the boys now have a selection of wonderful reference books and encyclopedias to read whenever they want. We recently received five amazing Wild Life- Animal themed books from DK Books Canada to add to their library, and they have been a great addition.

See our full list of recommendations below.

Wild Life and Animal Books for Your Home Library {Giveaway}


  1. Sharks and Other Deadly Ocean Creatures Visual Encyclopedia: Brought to life with cutting-edge CGI technology, more than 200 sharks and fierce fish are featured in highly visual profiles. From great white sharks to barracudas, children can explore dangerous waters with age-appropriate texts and photographs. Compare different ocean habitats, body sizes, tails, and more in the eight chapters that cover the different classifications of sharks, including bullhead sharks, ground sharks, and carpet sharks. —-> This is my eldest’s favourite, he loves sharks at the moment and he loves looking at the photos with the names of all of the different sharks and ocean creatures.
    Wild Life and Animal Books for Your Home Library {Giveaway}
  2. Children’s Illustrated Animal Atlas:  A thrilling animal adventure around the globe packed with maps and facts that is perfect for kids ages 6-8. With more than 40 full-color maps packed with information, Children’s Illustrated Animal Atlas zooms in on countries and continents to show key animal habitats and locations around the world. Photographs highlight each continent’s most iconic animals and colorful graphics take a closer look, showing the animals, plants, and habitats found within each country. ——> Our eldest loves geography and he enjoys looking at the maps and learning about animal habitats around the world. Lots of great information.
  3. My Encyclopedia of Very Important Animals: A charming first animal encyclopedia bursting with facts, perfect for little learners ages 4–7 who want to know everything about the creatures they love. From elephants to sharks to penguins, My Encyclopedia of Very Important Animals is bursting with facts about the wonderful world of animals—what they eat, what they do, where they live, and so much more. Kids can even learn what makes an animal an animal, what makes a mammal a mammal, and what it means to be endangered or become extinct. Animal folklore and legends are included to add cultural context and significance.  —–> This is my youngest’s favourite. We have been reading a few pages each night at bed time and he loves it. Lots of easy to digest info for younger little ones. Love it!  Wild Life and Animal Books for Your Home Library {Giveaway}
  4. Did you Know? Animals:  Why do tigers have stripes? How do chameleons change color? Why are flamingos pink? Did You Know? Animals answers all the probing questions kids ask about their favorite animals, organized by group. Children will discover amazing facts about a wide range of animals, from penguins to elephants and snakes to sharks. —-> This book has lots of interesting facts and we quiz each other and try to take turns answering the questions. Great family fun! 
  5. Super Nature Encyclopedia: How can a cheetah accelerate from zero to forty miles per hour in three seconds? How do termites build cooling systems into their homes?What is that Alien-like set of jaws in a moray eel’s mouth for? These questions and more are explored in Super Nature Encyclopedia, an interactive look at the “wow” factor of the natural world-spotlighting Great White Sharks, African Elephants, Emperor Moths, Howler Monkeys and more of the world’s most fascinating and surprising animals in remarkable detail. —–> With stunning visuals and facts, this one is one of my personal favourites. Lots of  extraordinary nature info.


WIN IT: One lucky OneSmileyMonkey reader (Canadian 18+) will win a copy of “My Encyclopedia of Very Important Animals”. Enter to WIN by telling me about your favourite animal below and entering your details on Rafflecopter. Winner will be chosen on October 11, 2017. Good Luck friends!

Disclosure: This is a partnered post with DK Canada Books. However, all opinions and views on this post are 100% my own.

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Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!
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44 responses to “Wild Life and Animal Books for Your Home Library”

  1. Andrea — September 22, 2017 @ 2:40 pm (#)

    My favourite animal is an elephant because I used to have a stuffed elephant and it was my favourite!

  2. Nicole Precourt — September 22, 2017 @ 2:52 pm (#)

    My favorite animals are cats, my daughter’s is a cheetah. Thanks for telling giveaway, love educational books and toy’s.

  3. Elizabeth Hall — September 22, 2017 @ 2:54 pm (#)

    My favourite animal is the giraffe. We were so excited to recently see the new baby giraffe at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.

  4. Michelle T — September 22, 2017 @ 3:09 pm (#)

    My favourite animal is a sloth. We saw them in Panama – they are the oddest creatures but super cuddly.

  5. catherine almond — September 22, 2017 @ 3:19 pm (#)

    I live in British Columbia Canada and my favorite animal is the grizzly bear. They are so huge, they love to fish, and can kick up quite the fuss getting into our garbages.

  6. Janet M — September 22, 2017 @ 3:22 pm (#)

    My favorite animal has always been the elephant. I am constantly amazed by this wonderful loving,intelligent animal.

  7. Kate Hearn — September 22, 2017 @ 4:06 pm (#)

    My favorite animal is the fox. I love that they’re somewhere between a dog and a cat

  8. Jennie Yuen — September 22, 2017 @ 4:28 pm (#)

    My favourite animals are wild cats. They’re beautiful and fierce.

  9. Sandra — September 22, 2017 @ 5:48 pm (#)

    My favourite animal are lions because they are beautiful majestic beasts.

  10. Ashleigh Swerdfeger — September 22, 2017 @ 5:59 pm (#)

    My favourite animal is the peregrine falcon- i love how they fly.

  11. Sylvia Haynes — September 22, 2017 @ 7:33 pm (#)

    My favourite animal is a hippo. I am not sure why but I have loved them for a long time.

  12. M — September 22, 2017 @ 8:37 pm (#)

    My favourite animal is the elephant – love their ears

  13. Carole D — September 22, 2017 @ 10:01 pm (#)

    My favourite animal is the elephant because they are fascinating.

  14. Julie F — September 23, 2017 @ 4:49 am (#)

    I love the orangutans and could watch them playing all day!

  15. Maritess — September 23, 2017 @ 7:56 am (#)

    My favourite animal is the panda. I am excited that we will be having some at the Calgary Zoo.

  16. Jenny Major — September 23, 2017 @ 11:07 am (#)

    I love dogs!

  17. Heather Swanson — September 23, 2017 @ 11:16 am (#)

    I love cats especially my fur babies Jack & Penny

  18. Catherine Brown — September 23, 2017 @ 12:08 pm (#)

    My favourite is the rabbit. We get wild rabbits in our garden every year and they eat the bird seed.

  19. jan — September 23, 2017 @ 3:58 pm (#)

    I love so many – warthogs and giraffes may win out.

  20. Kayla Norris — September 23, 2017 @ 5:10 pm (#)

    Elephants. I have always loved them and how smart and loyal they are to one another.

  21. Fan R — September 23, 2017 @ 6:59 pm (#)

    I like turtles!

  22. Elizabeth Matthiesen — September 23, 2017 @ 7:45 pm (#)

    I love horses and most dogs. I would have loved to have learnt to ride but after the war money was short for a long time.

  23. Gemma — September 23, 2017 @ 9:05 pm (#)

    I love turtles.

  24. Amery D. — September 23, 2017 @ 10:29 pm (#)

    My favourite animal is a dolphin. It looks like they are always smiling.

  25. Jill — September 23, 2017 @ 11:15 pm (#)

    My favourite animals are cats.

  26. Nicole S — September 24, 2017 @ 5:27 am (#)

    My favorite animal s are dolphins.

  27. Pauline Milner — September 24, 2017 @ 6:19 am (#)

    I have always loved skunks! Not the smell, but the little guys are just so cute. I actually have let local vets know that if they find any abandoned babies, I would take one as a pet. They actually make awesome pets. Thanks for the super giveaway opportunity.

  28. Stephanie Barber — September 24, 2017 @ 8:25 am (#)

    I love monkeys. ❤️
    This group of books would be so great to add to my grade 5 classroom library. In the summer months I could bring them home for my daughter to red as well.

  29. Rosanne Robinson — September 24, 2017 @ 2:09 pm (#)

    My favourite animal is the Koala Bear, they’re so cute.

  30. Stephanie LaPlante — September 24, 2017 @ 3:27 pm (#)

    My animals are cats, whether they be big or small. I’m a crazy cat lady.

  31. Rochel S — September 24, 2017 @ 8:25 pm (#)

    My favorite animal is the Giraffe. They just seem so graceful!

  32. Carol Denny — September 25, 2017 @ 4:09 am (#)

    My favorite animals are dogs and giraffes.

  33. Jeannie — September 25, 2017 @ 11:11 am (#)

    My favourite animal is a bear because they are ferocious , yet also can can be cuddly in the stuffie format!

  34. ivy pluchinsky — September 25, 2017 @ 11:25 am (#)

    We love dolphins and cats.

  35. Jon T — September 25, 2017 @ 1:39 pm (#)

    My favourite animal is the Lemur – all types of Lemurs really. I love their agility and personality!

  36. nicky — September 25, 2017 @ 1:54 pm (#)

    I love giraffes as they are neat-looking!

  37. Lisa H — September 28, 2017 @ 4:44 am (#)

    My favourite animal is the lion, They are so majestic and powerful.

  38. Dee — September 28, 2017 @ 5:32 pm (#)

    My favorite animal is an elephant.My favorite animal is an elephant.

  39. Linda — September 28, 2017 @ 7:24 pm (#)

    My favourite animal is the elephant after I rode them on a trip to Thailand.

  40. Mike Gismondi — September 30, 2017 @ 4:54 am (#)

    My favourite animal is the humpback whale. They’re amazing!

  41. Karine — October 4, 2017 @ 9:20 pm (#)

    So hard to chose! I think I like lions the most!

  42. Katrina — October 5, 2017 @ 5:47 pm (#)

    I really like octopus

  43. Debbie F — October 8, 2017 @ 7:44 pm (#)

    My favourite is the elephant.

  44. Erika Letson — October 9, 2017 @ 9:53 pm (#)

    My favourite animal(s) are backyard birds, like Bluejays and Cardinals. They are so pretty!

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