7 Children’s Books About Rainforests

There are many wonderful children’s books about rainforests. Here are our favorites.

My children checking out the Amazon River exhibit at our local aquarium.

Way Up High in a Tall Green Tree by Jan Peck and Valeria Petrone. A playful rhyme about a young girl greeting rainforest animals before heading to bed. Ages 1+


“Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” said the Sloth by Eric Carle. A lovely story about being who you are that also introduces kids to rainforest animals. Ages 2+



Looking Closely in the Rainforest by Frank Serafini. An introduction to rainforest plants and animals, with a simple but captivating format. On one page readers see a small portion of a rainforest plant or animal and are asked to guess what it is, and on the following page readers see the entire rainforest plant or animal. My kids love all of Frank Serafini’s Looking Closely… books. Ages 2+

Fernando’s Gift by Douglas Keister. An engaging, true story about a boy and his family who live in and work to preserve the Costa Rican rainforest. Fernando’s Gift is a favorite story at our house. Ages 3+

The Rainforest Grew All Around by Susan Mitchell and Connie McLellan. A cumulative rhyme and adaptation of the song The Green Grass Grew All Around. The Rainforest Grew All Around is a fun read aloud. At the back of the book, there is a recipe for rainforest cookies, made with ingredients that initially came from rainforests. Ages 3+

Rain Forests by Nancy Levinson and Diane Hearn. A well written, informative introduction to rainforests. Diane Hearn’s gorgeous, detailed illustrations of various tropical and temperate rainforests show children that rainforests vary by location.  Ages 4+


The Forever Forest: Kids Save a Tropical Treasure by Kristin Joy Pratt Serafini. This book tries to do a lot: tell the story of a boy Peter’s walk in a rainforest, provide readers with information about rainforest animals, and share a group of kids’ efforts to protect the rainforest by creating a rainforest preserve. While these three strands are not blended flawlessly, The Forever Forest is an inspiring read. Ages 5+

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2 Responses to 7 Children’s Books About Rainforests

  1. I can’t wait to get back to the library! Great list. I love how one of your kids is a blur. That I how most of my shots come out. (Gotta love kids who are always in motion)

  2. great books we love them all

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