Like most kids, both of my daughters adore animals. But my youngest daughter, Erin, is a real animal nut. She'll choose a zebra or a cow toy over a princess dress or Barbie doll any day. She knows the difference between a baiji (a rare river dolphin) and an okapi (the bizarre horse/zebra cross,) and her favorite question to ask new acquaintances is, "What's your favorite animal?"

When she was a baby, she loved to flip through animal board books just to look at the pictures and learn animal names. But now that she is a little older (she just turned three), she wants a little more info with each picture. Still, she's not quite ready for the the technical details — and delicate pages — of the "big kid" animal books.

Enter the padded-board book series from Tiger Tales. Each page is filled with pictures and facts about her favorite animals. And more importantly, the pages are sturdy enough to hold up to a 3-year-olds ... umm ... vigorous reading style. The book is marketed for the 9-12 reading level, but my six year old, a beginning reader, can read each page with ease.

Got a young animal lover in your house? You can't go wrong with this padded board book series on animals.

Wild books for young readers
Animal book series captures the interest of young readers.