Story Time Starter — Animal Buddies

Story Time Starter

Cuddly kittens and playful puppies make a wonderful story time topic. But, why stop at cute and cuddly pets? How about gorillas and hippos, or bears and tortoises? These can be great animal buddies, too! We have made a list of our favorite animal buddies books for you to read!

Some of these stories are about true animal friends that are unique, like Suryia & Roscoe: The True Story of an Unlikely Friendship by Bhagavan “Doc” Antle & Thea Feldman or Owen & Mzee: A Day Together by Isabella Hatkoff. Others are great stories about animals being friends, such as Pip & Squeak by Ian Schoenherr and Will You Be My Friend? by Nancy Tafuri.

Here’s a look at more great animal buddies:

Animal Buddies Collage

Animal Buddies Book List (Word document/.doc file)

Rhymes help develop your child’s early literacy skills. Here are some animal rhymes and fingerplays!

Animals on the Bus (to the tune of “The Wheels on the Bus”)
The pigs on the bus go oink, oink, oink,
Oink, oink, oink, oink, oink, oink.
The pigs on the bus go oink, oink, oink,
All through the town.
(Substitute other animals and the sounds they make.)

One is a Dog
(count on fingers)
One is a dog that says bow-wow!
Two is a cat that says meow!
Three is a crow that says caw caw!
Four is a donkey that says hee-haw!

Pets
Hop, hop, hop like your bunny.
Run, run, run like your dog.
Walk, walk, walk like your cat.
Jump, jump, jump like your frog.
Swim, swim, swim like your goldfish.
Fly, fly, fly like your bird.
Then sit right down and fold your hands,
And don’t say a single word.

Two Little Blackbirds
Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill;
One named Jack, the other named Jill.
Fly away, Jack.
Fly away, Jill.
Come back, Jack.
Come back, Jill.

Add some music and songs from our music collection:

  • Animal Playground (Songs: Animal Crackers, No More Monkeys, If a Dinosaur Was My Friend, Mbube)
  • Six Little Ducks (Songs: Six Little Ducks, Old MacDonald Had a Farm, Going to the Zoo, Little White Duck)
  • Three Little Kittens (Songs: Three Little Kittens, Fiddle-I-Fee, Three Little Fishes)
  • Whaddaya Think of That? (Songs: The Animal Fair, I Know a Chicken, Wimoweh, I Love My Rooster, The Cat Came Back)

Finally, finish your story time with an awesome craft!

Enjoy!

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