5 Rainforest Books for Preschoolers to Explore the Jungle

Dive into a world of vivid colors and lively critters with this selection of rainforest books for preschoolers. These enchanting stories transport young readers to the heart of the jungle, where grumpy monkeys, vibrant tigers, and tropical wonders await. Let’s embark on a literary journey through the pages, making learning a thrilling escapade into the diverse and captivating world of the rainforest.

Rainforest books for preschoolers include If I Ran the Rainforest by Bonnie Worth, Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang, The Secret Life of a Tiger by Przemyslaw Wechterowicz, and The Umbrella by Jan Brett.

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If I ran the Rainforest

by Bonnie Worth

In If I Ran the Rainforest, the Cat in the Hat takes readers on an adventure through the rainforest, introducing them to the diverse plants and animals that inhabit this unique ecosystem. 

Through whimsical rhymes and colorful illustrations, children learn about the interconnectedness of species and the significance of preserving our rainforests.



Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang

Rainforest Books for Preschool

Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang tells the story of Jim Panzee, a lovable monkey who wakes up feeling inexplicably grumpy one day. Despite the attempts of his animal friends to lift his spirits through swinging, swimming, and even dancing, Jim can’t seem to improve his mood.

The story takes a heartwarming turn when Jim’s wise and understanding friend Norman suggests that it’s okay to feel grumpy sometimes. This acceptance allows Jim to embrace his emotions, and, in doing so, he discovers that his grumpiness begins to dissipate.


The Secret Life of a tiger

by Przemyslaw Wechterowicz

All the animals in the jungle think Tiger’s a dangerous animal, but there’s a brave and cheerful side to Tiger that we don’t know about.  


Tiger does silly things for his friends in the rainforest. He chops a delicious fruit salad for the elephants, gives the orangutans hairstyles, hatches parrot eggs himself, hypnotizes ants, and dances with tapirs.


Tiger’s secret life is more wonderful than everyone gathers from their first impressions, which shows that we should get to know people a little better before making snap judgments.



The Umbrella by Jan Brett

Jungle Books

The Umbrella is a children’s picture book written and illustrated by Jan Brett. The story is set in the lush and vibrant rainforest, where a little boy named Carlos goes on an adventurous journey to see the animals and plants.


Carlos starts his journey with a small leafy umbrella, and every animal in the jungle is curious about the umbrella and decides to join him on his journey, though Carlos doesn’t know. 


The clever illustrations by Jan Brett allow readers to see different perspectives of the unfolding events, as various animals such as a coati, a tapir, a monkey, and a jaguar become part of the growing parade beneath the umbrella.


verdi by janell cannon

Snake Books for Kids

Verdi is a children’s picture book written and illustrated by Janell Cannon. The story follows the life of a young python named Verdi, who is vibrant green and proud of it. However, Verdi is not thrilled about the prospect of growing old (I’m with ya, Verdi.) and becoming dull and boring like the older snakes he encounters.


Throughout the book, Verdi tries many tactics to avoid growing up. Despite his efforts, Verdi inevitably matures, and his once bright green color begins to fade. 

In the end, Verdi finds that there is still joy and excitement in his life, even as an older snake.


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