In honour of World Elephant Day, this week I’m sharing a selection of fantastic books, which also celebrate a trunked protagonist! Which ones have you read with your children? ‘Five Minutes’ Peace’ will forever be a favourite of mine!
- The Slightly Annoying Elephant – David Walliams
What’s big, blue, bossy, and turns up uninvited?
A slightly annoying elephant, of course!
A magnificently warm and funny picture book from two remarkable talents.
- That’s Not My Elephant – Fiona Watt
A touchy-feely board book with simple, repetitive text, tactile patches and bold illustrations suitable for babies and toddlers. A little, white mouse appears on every page, for children to spot.
- Five Minutes’ Peace – Jill Murphy
All Mrs. Large wants is five minutes’ peace from her energetic children, but chaos follows her all the way from the kitchen to the bath and back again.
- Elmer – David McKee
Happy 30th Birthday, Elmer!
Elmer is different. Elmer is patchwork.
The grey elephants all love him, but he soon starts to wonder what it would be like to be just the same as them…
Full of colour, wisdom and pathos, little readers will love this classic tale at bedtime.
- An Elephant in the Garden – Michael Morpurgo
A thrilling and moving novel about an extraordinary animal caught up in a very human war, for anyone who loved The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips or The Butterfly Lion…
By the award-winning former Children’s Laureate and author of War Horse.
- You Can’t Take an Elephant on the Bus – Patricia Cleveland-Peck
You can’t take an elephant on the bus …
It would simply cause a terrible fuss!
Elephants’ bottoms are heavy and fat
and would certainly squash the seats quite flat.
This riotous picture book is filled with animals causing total disaster as they try to travel in the most unsuitable vehicles. A real romp of a book, with hilarious rhyming text and spectacular illustrations.
- How the Elephant Got His Trunk – Anna Milbourne
Rudyard Kipling’s classic ‘Just So’ story, retold for young readers. According to this much-loved fable, elephants didn’t always have long trunks – that is, until one day when the elephant’s child could contain his curiosity no longer, stepping closer than he should have to the Crocodile.
- How Much Poo Does an Elephant Do? – Mitchell Symons
Let Mitchell Symons be your guide into the weird and wonderful world of trivia. Camels are born without humps. Walt Disney, creator of Mickey Mouse, was scared of mice. Only 30% of humans can flare their nostrils. A group of twelve or more cows is called a flink. And an elephant produces an eye-wateringly pongy 20 kilos of dung a day!
If you love the look of these books, don’t forget to check out our Top Books for Preschoolers too!