In honor of World Giraffe Day (June 21), wouldn’t it be fun to cuddle up with the kiddos and read some entertaining children’s books featuring giraffes!
I’ve joined in with some fellow bloggers to sharing kid activities about giraffes… be sure to check them out!
Children’s Books Featuring Giraffes
Giraffes Can’t Dance: Giraffes Can’t Dance is a touching tale of Gerald the giraffe, who wants nothing more than to dance. With crooked knees and thin legs, it’s harder for a giraffe than you would think. Gerald is finally able to dance to his own tune when he gets some encouraging words from an unlikely friend. With light-footed rhymes and high-stepping illustrations, this tale is gentle inspiration for every child with dreams of greatness.
A Giraffe and a Half: A Giraffe and a Half is fifty! This special anniversary edition celebrates the milestone with vintage full-color jacket artwork. Shel Silverstein’s riotous rhyming picture book about a boy and his giraffe was published the same year as his famous tale The Giving Tree. Filled with Shel Silverstein’s iconic line drawings and wildly funny rhymes, this book will keep children laughing up to the very end.
Sophie la girafe: Peekaboo Sophie! (Sophie La Giraffe): 2014 National Parenting Publications Honors Award Winner. With fun flaps that open to reveal colorful pictures of Sophie la girafe and her friends, Peekaboo! Sophie la girafe: Peekaboo Sophie! invites children to their favorite game of peekaboo with their favorite toy. Featuring simple text that encourages parent-child interaction, baby-appropriate touch-and-feel elements, and large appealing flaps for little hands to flip, this volume is a great opportunity to introduce babies to books, and to develop imagination, thinking, and memory skills.
How Do Giraffes Take Naps?: It’s naptime in the animal kingdom, and everyone from puppies to giraffes is curling up to get some rest. Whether it’s snoozing under the sea or nesting high in the trees, little ones will enjoy learning about the various ways their favorite animals get their sleep.
Big Bed for Giraffe (Hello Genius): Little Giraffe is too big for his crib and must move into a big bed. It’s hard at first, but Little Giraffe soon finds out how comfy his new bed can be. Sweet dreams, Little Giraffe!
The Giraffe That Walked to Paris: Here is the beguiling true story of the first giraffe ever to live in Europe. The year was 1826, and the giraffe belonged to the pasha of Egypt, who decided to give her as a gift to the king of France. The giraffe journeyed first by boat to Marseilles, then on foot through the towns and villages of France, all the way to Paris. Her arrival in the capital was celebrated with a splendid royal parade, and everywhere she went she caused a sensation.
Abigail: Abigail the giraffe loves counting. One day, she tries to count the spots on her friend Ladybug, but the little bug scurries away. Abigail tries to count Zebra’s stripes and Cheetah’s spots, but her friends just won’t stand still! After several more unsuccessful attempts, Abigail begins to wonder if there is anything at all that she can count. Then, she has an idea.
Giraffes Ruin Everything: In this mischievously funny picture book, friends come in all shapes and sizes. In case you were wondering, here’s an incomplete list of things giraffes ruin: Birthday parties; Going to the movies; Playing at the park; Hide and Seek; Everything else. Yes, that’s right. Giraffes ruin everything. But what happens when our narrator gets into a tricky situation? Perhaps he’ll find giraffes aren’t so bad after all . . .
Giraffe Sounds?: Winner of the 2009 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards- Silver Medal. Take a trip to the jungle. If a tiger roars, and a bear growls, what sound does a giraffe make? Come take a walk in the remote African jungle and ask one yourself in this festive storybook packed with enough laughter for the entire family. If you want to take a second trip from the jungle to the farm, we suggest you get the second book in the series, Llama Sounds?. This book was written for children preschool ages 1-4 years to teach beginner animal sounds.
There’s a Giraffe in My Soup: What if you found a giraffe in your soup, an alligator in your entreé, an elephant on the table, or even an ostrich in your dish? In this debut picture book from author-illustrator Ross Burach, an assortment of hairy, scary animals pop out from under the lid at a restaurant! Jam-packed with adorable illustrations and an assortment of animal puns, this kid-friendly story is sure to delight fans of books by Jon Klassen and Oliver Jeffers!
The Giraffe Who Was Afraid of Heights: Modeled after The Wizard of Oz, this enchanting story describes a young giraffe who suffers from a fear of heights. On his way to the doctor, he befriends a monkey who is afraid of climbing and a hippo who is a afraid of water. What causes the three new friends to face and overcome their fears?
The Nearsighted Giraffe: Giraffe can’t see very well. But when her animal friends make her a pair of glasses, she decides she would look silly with them! Instead of wearing them, and to prove to her friends she doesn’t need glasses, Giraffe starts putting on protective clothing to stop her hurting herself every time she trips up or stumbles. After a series of mishaps, Giraffe is wearing a helmet, trousers, boots, a rubber ring, a bell and a ladder and the other animals think she looks ridiculous! They put the glasses on her at night, and when Giraffe catches her reflection in the water pool in the morning she is shocked! After taking off all the new clothes, she is left with the glasses and finds she looks rather smart!
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Kid Activities for World Giraffe Day
I’ve joined in the fun with some fellow bloggers to share some kid activities to celebrate World Giraffe Day! These unit study resources may contain affiliate links.
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