The board books on today's list talk about the characteristics that define different species.
A Tale of Tails by Elizabeth H. Macpherson, illustrated by Garth Williams (ISBN: 9780375833601)
A little boy questions why he doesn't have a tail when so many other animals do. Each illustration shows a different animal and briefly describes its tail.
Tails Chasing Tails by Matthew Porter (ISBN: 9781570618529)
A parade of animals chase each other through the pages of this cleverly designed book. The front half of each animal appears alongside the tail of the next, so readers have the opportunity to guess which animal is coming up. I reviewed this book in detail here.
Who Can Swim? by Sebastien Braun (ISBN: 9781406338263)
This lift-the-flap book introduces young readers to some swimming animals. Because it is so simple, this is an ideal book for children under 12 months.
This lively version of the favorite children's song focuses on the behaviors of different jungle animals. Monkeys clap, lions roar, and elephants stamp their big feet.
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle (ISBN: 9780061119729)
For busy toddlers, this book about animal movements is a great way to learn about animals and get the wiggles out at the same time. (For best results, ham it up when reading this book to your children. You'll be surprised how quickly they pick up the movements once they've seen you do them!)