My favorite animal when I was a child was always the panda. Their black and white faces are so cute that kids can’t help but be drawn to them (and even adults). When it comes to the fluffy panda bear, it doesn’t seem like most bears look anything like their teddy bear counterparts. Somehow they look like big, cute fur babies. It doesn’t matter if your child doesn’t want to stop carrying around his stuffed panda bear. Here are 7 books they’ll love!
Baby Panda Chews Bamboo, by Ben Richmond
This new non-fiction book is full of beautiful pictures that show a baby panda growing up from birth to adulthood. This book comes from the American Museum of Natural History, and it’s great for kids who want to learn more about pandas and their lives. It has a lot of interesting panda facts and close-up pictures of pandas doing all kinds of things that they do every day. The text is short and easy to read, making it great for young readers and people who read aloud.
Panda Kindergarten, by Joanne Ryder and Katherine Feng
Panda Kindergarten is another great non-fiction book for young kids. It tells the story of the cubs who live at the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda at Wolong Nature Preserve, which is called Panda Kindergarten. There, the cubs learn important skills that will help them when they grow up and go out into the wild. In this book, the cubs are shown in full color. This makes it even more interesting to read.
Mission: Panda Rescue: All About Pandas and How to Save Them, by Kitson Jazynka
Another interesting non-fiction book about pandas. This one is for slightly older readers (10-12), and it has more information about pandas. The book is part of National Geographic’s Animal Rescue series, which focuses on animals that are in danger of being lost. It has a lot of information about pandas and conservation efforts, with pictures of pandas that are both cute and interesting.
Please, Mr. Panda, by Steve Antony
The first book in the Mr. Panda series by Steve Antony is about a cute panda named Mr. Panda. He has a bunch of donuts in a basket. He’s willing to give them away to other animals, but only if they behave. The brightly colored donuts in this story are a good contrast to the rest of the black-and-white animals in it, which makes it very interesting for young children.
Dear Panda, by Miriam Latimer
For any kid who has ever wanted to be friends with a panda, or who has ever been afraid of making new friends. Because Florence doesn’t want to start a new school with no one to be her friend, she asks the panda who lives next door to be her friend. Finally, he agrees, and thanks to him, Florence has made new friends at school who love pandas as much as she does!
Chu’s First Day of School, by Neil Gaiman and Adam Rex
It’s a favorite of my young son. This picture book is about an adorable young panda named Chu who goes to school for the first time. When Chu is nervous about his first day at school, he is told by his parents that the other students will like him and be nice to him, which helps. Sweet and fun, this story shows kids that it’s OK to be nervous. Young animal lovers will love this school because Chu can make friends with a lot of different kinds of animal friends there.
Pandas on the Eastside, by Gabrielle Prendergast
People of all ages love pandas, not just young kids If you know a middle-grade reader who likes pandas, this book is for them. There are two pandas being held in a warehouse near where I live in Canada in the 1970’s. When I was 10, I learned that they were. She is afraid of what might happen to them, so she asks her friends and neighbors to help these poor animals. You can relate to Journey’s passion for the pandas in this book because she is a girl who loves them.
The Panda Problem by Deborah Underwood
Has it ever been your biggest problem that you don’t have a problem? Is it true that even pandas have #firstworldproblems?
When a book breaks the third wall, which is a term in theater, it lets the characters in it know that they aren’t real people.
The narrator tells the story of a panda who has a “big problem,” but the panda’s main character is very angry about it. They have a lot to eat, great views from their bamboo trees, and sunny weather. The narrator says that every story needs a problem to solve. This makes the panda the problem, not the other way around! The panda doesn’t like the narrator, so he plays the banjo really bad and then introduces a second panda who does the same thing. This book is a lot of fun to read to kids because the panda is so obnoxious that it makes them laugh out loud. This book makes me want to play with my mischievous side, which comes out from time to time.
The Black & White Factory by Eric Telchin
A penguin, a zebra, and a panda all have the same thing. They are all black and white. Three black and white animals take you on a top-secret tour to see how black and white products are made, like salt and pepper shakers and dice. They also show you how black and white products like chess pieces, tuxedos, and dice are made. There are a few rules that aren’t written in black and white: No mess. None of them. There will be no surprises. EVER.
During the tour, however, some color has leaked into the bar code room. The reader must try to rub and tilt the book so that it comes off, which spreads more colors. We don’t know how our black and white animals will act. There were parts of this book that made me laugh, and it’s good for kids who like to color inside the lines.