Take a peek at these 29 pond books for little learners and watch your preschool, pre-k, & kindergarten students become little scientists and explorers! These books are great additions to your classroom library to show kids the different animals that live in a pond habitat. Sneak a peek at how I do a whole classroom pond theme with my pond activities and centers blog post.
Snag these pond-themed classroom resources to help your little learners grow! I have created some Pond Math & Literacy Centers, a Little Learners Science Unit All About Ponds, and a Camping Dramatic Play Unit.
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Five Little Ducks is a fun book about a Momma Duck counting and keeping track of her ducklings. This version has a QR code you can scan and sing along with the book. What a cool way to include technology!
10 Little Rubber Ducks is a count-along book as 10 little rubber ducks are flipped overboard and float to all ends of the Earth. Your little explorers will love combing the globe for the lost ducks!
All Eyes on the Pond is a fun book told through the eyes of the creatures that live in the pond. The text is rhyming, and the illustrations are amazing! Your little learners will read about turtles, frogs, snails, bats, dragonflies, and so much more.
Down By The Cool Of The Pool is a silly rhyming book about dancing animals! Your little learners will develop problem-solving skills, early literacy skills, and memory and comprehension skills.
Fish Eyes is a counting book with fish eye cutouts and a friendly fish to guide them through the book. They won’t even notice they are learning with this fun pond book.
More Pond Books for Little Learners
Five Green and Speckled Frogs is a fun counting book with patterns, rhyming, and a sing-a-long! The perfect book to meet all the needs of a pond book for little learners.
Good Morning, Pond is a book about the routines of the pond animals as morning begins. The frogs croak, and the bugs fly. What else happens as the pond awakes from a sleepy night?
Grumpy Bird is the perfect book for shaking off the grumpies and getting ready for the day. Your little learners will be giggling as Bird gets grumpier and grumpier, but pretty soon, he feels better. It turns out exercise and friends can make the grumpies go away!
Hooray for Birds! is a rhyming text that your students will want to join you while reading. All the bird noises are so fun to make, and they will learn about a day in the life of many different kinds of birds. The pictures are colorful, and the story will keep your littles interested!
Even More Pond Books for Little Learners
In the Small, Small Pond is the perfect book for a pond life study! The bright pictures and rhyming text share the lives of the animals and insects that live around the pond.
In the Tall, Tall Grass is an excellent book to accompany the book above! Illustrated in the same bright fashion and written with rhyme, these books are great for little learners. This one talks about the animals that live in the grass around the pond.
Jump, Frog, Jump! is a tale that continues throughout the story, building off the previous page. It all begins with one silly frog! Your little learners will jump at the chance to pretend to be a frog!
Mouse Count is the perfect tool to incorporate math into your reading time. Practice counting forwards and backward as the mice try to escape being lunch for the snake!
My River uses both sides of the pages to bring the river to life! Readers will learn about the animals that live in and on the banks of the river. It even shows the children that play along the shore.
One Duck Stuck is a counting book about the creatures that live around the water. The author uses rhyming, counting, and many onomatopoeia words to keep little learners interested and intrigued!
Fiction Pond Books for Little Learners
Over and Under the Pond is a neat book that shows the ecosystem under the water. So many plants, insects, and wildlife make their home under the water, and this book talks about them. Your little learners will love seeing what can’t be seen with their own eyes.
Over in a River is a great choice to teach about rivers all over North America. The author shares about the animals and the rivers. The artwork is bright and colorful, and your students will enjoy looking at it. There is also a song to go along with the book!
Pond Walk is a fun book about Momma and Buddy spending the day at a pond. Momma tells Buddy about all the animals and plants they see, and he sketches them in his sketch pad. He really wants to see a turtle! There is a turtle craft included in the back of the book.
Row, Row, Row Your Boat is a book that features cure characters that act out this classic rhyme. There are new lyrics added too. Your students will want you to read this over and over again and will join in too! The illustrations are bright and kid-friendly!
Ten Tiny Tadpoles is a nice tool to have to include math in your storytime. It goes over counting and basic subtraction skills. The tadpoles are cute and colorful, and the book features pop-up sections to really wow your little learners!
The Big Wide-Mouthed Frog is a silly book about what aquatic animals eat. The frog asks all his friends what they like to eat, even the crocodile that likes to eat frogs…
The Croaky Pokey! will definitely get some giggles out of your little learners. A fly asks some frogs to play croaky pokey, and they happily oblige! The frogs dance and hop while trying to catch that fly for their lunch! Your students will love all the goofy dance moves and will want to wiggle with the frogs!
The Very Quiet Cricket is an adorable story about a baby cricket that can’t make a noise. He asks all the other animals to share their nice, but he can’t seem to find his noise. Then, he meets a pretty girl cricket, and things change. The book features a cricket noise on the last page.
Turtle Splash! is a counting book for little learners. They will count the turtles as they go into and get out of the water. It enforces math skills while teaching kids about pond wildlife.
Ducks and Their Ducklings is a great nonfiction text that teaches little learners about ducks. The book is written for pre-k, preschool, and kindergarten students with its simple vocabulary and colorful pictures.
Frogs! is written by National Geographics for Kids, and your little learners will love it! The photos are awesome and will get lots of giggles and grosses from everyone! The book is packed with tons of facts about frogs that will be perfect for your pond unit.
Life in the Pond is a book full of movement! Take a look at all the creatures that live in a pond and how busy they are all day long. Your students will enjoy the photos and action words in this book.
A Couple More Nonfiction Texts
Tadpole to Frog: Animals Grow Up teaches pre-k students, preschoolers, and kindergarteners all about the life cycle of frogs. The photos show each step in the life cycle, and your little learners will learn so much information from the text. A great science lesson would be to grow some frogs in your classroom if you can get some.
Turtles is a book that features stunning photos and lots of information perfect for your little scientists! It is written with easy vocabulary and just enough information to intrigue young students but not overwhelm them. The students will love to look at the pictures and see turtles up close and personal.
Now that you have tons of ideas for pond books for little learners, you are ready to explore my other resources to make your pond unit a huge learning success! Check out my ideas for pond activities and learning centers and snag the freebie!
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For more of my favorite books, check out my themed Book List Blog Series that features themed book lists to accompany your lessons and activities! These are sure to keep your library shelves full! If there is a book list for a theme you need, just let us know so we can create it for you!