If you are a regular reader you will know that one of the things I love to share most are great non-fiction books for tots ! Long-gone...

Non-Fiction for Tots: Animal Habitats

Saturday, January 13, 2018 BookBairn 6 Comments

If you are a regular reader you will know that one of the things I love to share most are great non-fiction books for tots! Long-gone are the days of stodgy and heavy non-fiction books that have facts and photos. Non-fiction for children in general, and specifically for toddlers, has developed into a stylish and engaging genre in children's book publishing.

And this brilliant series by Madeline Rodgers is the perfect example of how non-fiction for toddlers can be graphic and exciting to explore! Aimed specifically at toddlers, each book in the series features five animals from six different environments and all are explored through rhyme and pictures. Explore the polar regions in 'The Polar Pack' meeting penguins, polar bears, snowy owls, a walrus and reindeer. In 'The Safari Set' you can follow a hippo, giraffe, elephant, lion and zebra across the plains of Africa. 'The Jungle Crew' features a monkey, tiger, tree frog, parrot and toucan swinging, prowling, jumping and flying through the heights of the jungle rainforest. And three new releases - 'The Forest Folk', 'The Marine Team' and 'The Sky Guys' extend the series across a variety of environments from the depths of the ocean, the coral reef, the forests of America, the woodlands of the UK; and share birds as varied as flamingos, owls and pelicans. These books really have all the world covered!

Each animal stars across four pages with a short-playful rhyme that tells children a little about the creatures they are exploring! And the final page in the board book has each animal saying hello and telling a short fact about themselves.

The illustrations are vibrant and modern that will fascinate young readers and the colourful and bright depiction of the environments will more than likely have them wanting to explore the world! They are a brilliant design-led collection that will entertain as much as the educate.

And BookBairn can testify that these are well designed for tots: the board books are super-durable and can endure even the hardiest reading - from being used to make a tower to being stepping stones for BookBairn's play - she loves them to play with as much as she enjoys the illustrations and rhyme inside. She particularly enjoys looking at the back cover and seeing which animals will be inside and then trying to find them inside.

We were accidentally sent two sets of these books so I donated them to BookBairn's nursery when they were doing a project on animal habitats and they have been a huge hit! I love it when we can put the perfect books into little hands. That's what it's all about!

Happy reading, book-tower-building, stepping stone playing and animal spotting!
Mummy and BookBairn xx

*Disclaimer: These books were sent to us by the publisher and we were truly delighted to receive them. Words and opinions are our own.


  1. I loved books on animals when I was very young - I can remember (only just) having a set of “I spy” books. This series on animal habitats looks fantastic and I love the individual title of each book. Happy reading, BookBairn.... and building, stepping etc.

    1. I loved our I Spy books - you can still get them! These are great fun!

  2. We have all of these, such a lovely collection for both younger children and those a little older. Thanks for sharing with #readwithme

  3. I love the look of these books, so stylish. It's lovely to see such engaging books for little ones. #readwithme

    1. Absolutely agree! Books for tots and toddlers are getting better all the time.