Books about the Forest Habitat
and Forest Animals

The forest habitat is home to many perennial 'favorites' -- forest animals like bears, chipmunks, foxes, beavers, owls, and more. This makes it a popular setting for children's books! And, it's a habitat that is generally quite familiar to children, and thus a great pick for early, 'starter' lessons on habitats. Plus, along with ponds and rivers, it's probably the best habitat to focus on when teaching children how to make scientific observations in the natural world. (Kids love 'nature walks'!) We hope this list of the ten best children's books on the forest habitat and forest animals helps!


Ancient Ones
The World of Old-Growth Douglas Fir 

by Barbara Bash
2nd grade - 6th grade


Afternoon on the Amazon   
Magic Tree House series
by Mary Pope Osborne

3rd grade - 5th grade


The Rainforest Grew
All Around

by Susan Mitchell
Kindergarten & Up


One Small Place
in a Tree

by Barbara Brenner
2nd grade - 4th grade


Dark Emperor
& Other Poems of the Night
by Joyce Sidman
3rd grade - 5th grade


One Small Square: Woods
by Donald Silver
2nd grade - 5th grade


One Small Square: Tropical
Rain Forest

by Donald Silver
2nd grade - 5th grade


Rain Forests  
by Insiders Series
3rd grade - 6th grade


The Magic School Bus
in the Rain Forest

A Book about Rain Forest Ecology
by Eva Moore

1st grade - 5th grade


DK Eyewitness: Jungle
Discover Life in the Tropical
Rain Forest

3rd grade & Up


A Walk in the Forest series
Boreal Forest, Deciduous Forest,
and Rain Forest

3rd grade - 6th grade




Enjoy the books!

Betsy, Cindy, and Virginia (the teachers/sisters behind this website)

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