Have you ever read the story of the frog and the librarian? If not, you should. Assuming you have the ability to do so, I’d advise that you do so, but you can’t! When she visits the library, she says, “Book! Book! Book!” to the librarian and is given a book. This is a common occurrence for this particular chicken. The chicken eventually leads the librarian to a pond. Eventually. A giant green bullfrog sits in the middle of the pond and croaks, “Read it! Read it!” “Read it!” Ha! Before I tell any more jokes, I advise you hop off of your lily pad and get one of these fantastic amphibian readings!
Leaps and Bounce, by Susan Hood and Matthew Cordell
A handful of us remain the same as we grow up, from pond to nest to mountain range! It’s possible your experience will differ from mine.) From egg to frog, observe the development of a few pond inhabitants. Awestruck by maturation, the creatures around you can too as they watch with wide eyes. As the frogs grow, they’re having a great time and readers will too. This is an added benefit for your child, who will use the phrase “cheeky whippersnappers” for weeks to come. Children between the ages of three and five
Foo, the Flying Frog of Washtub Pond, by Belle Yang
Changing and growing up is a major theme in this tale, which opens with three pals all the same height. His ego grows even quicker as Foo’s rapidly expanding physique when he begins to alter, though. However, Foo’s boasting about his growth is really a bunch of hot air. He only needs a small amount of deflation to bring him back to reality. Ages 3 to 7
The Frogs and Toads All Sang, by Arnold Lobel and Adrianne Lobel
An amusing poem about a day in the life of an amphibian is presented on each page, along with a charming artwork. Polliwog school (where they only learn how to giggle and wiggle) and the wild frog-and-toad party they all sung about are among the topics covered in the book. This book is a magnificent postmortem collaboration between father Arnold and daughter Adrianne (creator of the famed Frog and Toad oeuvre). Ages 4 to 7
Tad and Dad, by David Ezra Stein
You! And you and your bed-sharing toddler are both included in this. You might identify yourself (as a frog) in this book if your eyes aren’t too swollen from lack of sleep. “He has big buggy eyes, muscular legs, and a gigantic mouth,” says young Tad about his dad, whom he adores. He croons in a high-pitched BUUURRPP that can be heard across the ocean.” There’s a good chance that Tad will accompany Dad wherever he goes; nonetheless, Dad needs some shut-eye to recharge his batteries after a long day’s work. Does this sound familiar to you? It’s a happy ending. This is a novel that should be read aloud to your froglet immediately before bedtime. Ages 3 to 7
999 Frogs Wake Up, Ken Kimura and Yasunari Murakami
Mother Frog is awakened. Spring is sprung. There are still 919 of her children asleep. Do you know what her occupation is? I know what I’d do. To rouse the children, she counts them a few times, and then lets them run around, rousing the other hibernators in the area around them, as well. Froglets scurry around in a joyous romp, chasing after their Big Brother and making a game out of finding other nearby sleepyheads. Some creatures, on the other hand, are better off napping, as they quickly discover. This is me; you’d be better off letting me sleep.) The 999 frogs’ joy is contagious. This exhilarating journey will capture the interest of readers from the very beginning. (4-8 years old)
A Boy, A Dog, and a Frog, by Mercer Mayer
Mercer Mayer’s iconic series of expressive wordless novels begins here, with a young boy and his dog attempting to capture the titular frog. Even though the plot is straightforward, the illustrations manage to communicate a wide range of emotions. Few froggy faces have appeared to be so lifelike. The frog in this book has one of the most empathetic expressions I’ve ever seen on a human face (and the rest of the series.) My first attempts at writing a wordless blurb for A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog didn’t properly reflect my admiration for the book, though I don’t understand why. 2 to 5 years old
Green Wilma, by Tedd Arnold
Whether or not your child’s conduct is developmentally acceptable or something that psychologists and scientists are going to write about, parenting is a perpetual game of guessing. When Wilma’s parents insist she shouldn’t go to school since she wakes up green, leaping, and eating flies, they don’t do much to stop her from hopping out the door and onto the bus. As usual, this crazy tale is kept alive by Tedd Arnold’s trademark rhymes and humorous pictures. As a result of reading this book, I’m looking forward to Arnold’s upcoming book, Fly Guy vs. Green Wilma! (4-8 years old)
And The Bullfrogs Sing: A Life-Cycle Begins by David L Harrison
Yet another lovely tale. In And The Bullfrogs Sing: A Life-Cycle Begins, David L Harrison tells the story of the bullfrog’s journey from mating cries to tadpoles, and back again.
This book’s pond and pond life drawings, as well as the soothing color palette, are very appealing to us. This one has stayed with our older toddlers and preschoolers throughout the years.
A Frog’s Life Cycle by Mary R Dunn
A Frog’s Life Cycle by Mary R Dunn was one of our favorite non-fiction books that we found at a secondhand store. Macro images of the tadpole and frog spawn development make it easy to compare to what you’re seeing in your own tank or pond.
The Teeny Weeny Tadpole by Sheridan Cain
Whenever the tadpole tank emerged on the nature table, my children loved reading Sheridan Cain’s The Teeny Weeny Tadpole. It’s a tale about a tadpole that grows into a frog and encounters a variety of challenges along the way.