Wednesday, July 8, 2015

12 Picture Books about Frogs & Toads

After receiving a review copy of Toad Weather in the mail recently, I compiled this list of picture books, all of which involve a frog and/or a toad.

  • Toad Weather by Sandra Markle, illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez
    On a rainy day, Ally's mother takes Ally and her grandmother outside to see something amazing  - a toad migration! This is a great STEM-themed title for families to read together. 
  • Jump, Frog, Jump! by Robert Kalan, illustrated by Byron Barton
    In this cumulative story about the food chain, a frog must jump to avoid various dangers and stay alive.  
  • Frog Went a-Courtin' by John Langstaff, illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky
    A beloved folk song about the marriage of a frog and a mouse is fully illustrated in this classic picture book originally published in 1955. 
  • City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems, illustrated by Jon J. Muth
    When a city dog visits the country, he makes fast friends with a frog, only to wonder where he has gone when he returns during the winter. (This is a surprisingly serious and poignant story for funny man Mo Willems!)
  • Frog and Fly by Jeff Mack
    In a series of simple stories, a frog meets a fly and finds a way to outsmart him - until one day the tables are turned! This is a perfect picture book for beginning readers to enjoy on their own.
  • The Frogs and Toads All Sang by Arnold Lobel, illustrated by Adrianne Lobel
    This lesser-known Arnold Lobel work, published years after his death and illustrated by his daughter, is a collection of rhyming stories about frogs and toads. 
  • Tuesday by David Wiesner
    This winner of the 1992 Caldecott Medal is nearly wordless, and it depicts one surreal Tuesday night on which frogs rise on their lilypads and levitate ominously through their town.
  • A Home for Bird by Philip C. Stead
    With help from Skunk and Porcupine, a toad named Vernon makes it his mission to find a home for the small, silent blue bird he has found. 
  • Seven Little Rabbits by John Leonard Becker, illustrated by Barbara Cooney
    In this rhythmic, repetitive tale, seven little rabbits make their way down the road to visit their old friend toad, but many of them are waylaid by the temptation to nap. 
  • Ribbit by Rodrigo Folgueira, illustrated by Poly Bernatene
    The peaceful lives of a group of frogs are upset when a pig comes along and begins to act as they do. 
  • Leap Back Home to Me by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Matthew Cordell
    No matter how far the baby frog leaps from his mother, she always welcomes him home again with open arms. (Like Matthew Cordell? Check out this list of books he has illustrated!)
  • I Took My Frog to the Library by Eric A. Kimmell, illustrated by Blanche Sims
    This imaginative introduction to proper library behavior explores what could happen if kids brought their pets to the library.
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