Learning about all the colorful animals, insects, and plants in a rainforest make for a fun storytime theme!
The children really enjoyed The Frog With the Big Mouth by Teresa Bateman. It’s a humorous tale about a little Argentine wide mouthed frog that goes around the rainforest to brag about his fly-eating abilities. At the end of the book there are notes about the Toco Toucans, Coatis, Capybaras, Jaguars and Argentine wide-mouthed frogs, also known as Argentine horned frogs.
The Parrot Tico Tango by Anna Witte is a wonderful cumulative rhyme in which a greedy parrot snatches delicious fruit from his animal friends in the rainforest until he can hold no more.
I used the book Rain Forests by Nancy Smiler Levison with a flannel board activity for the preschoolers.
I handed out animals, insects and plants mentioned in the book and read the pages about the four layers of the rainforest: emergent, canopy, understory and the forest floor.
As I read about each layer, I invited the children to put the corresponding trees, plants, and animals on the flannel board. The preschoolers really enjoyed learning about the animals in each layer and helping to create a rainforest.
Here are two more nonfiction books about the rainforests:
Wow! Rain Forest Animals by Carolyn Franklin
Rain Forest Revealed by Jen Green
Other great rainforest picture books to read to preschoolers are:
Way Up High in a Tall Green Tree by Jan Peck
If You’re Happy and You Know it Jungle Edition by James Warhola
Slowly Slowly said the Sloth by Eric Carle
If I were a Jungle Animal by Tom and Amanda Ellery
We’re Roaming in the Rainforest: An Amazon Adventure by Laurie Krebs and Anne Wilson
Jungle Drum by Deanna Wundrow
The Umbrella by Jan Brett
The Great Kapok Tree by Lynn Cherry
The Rainforest Grew All Around by Susan K. Mitchell