Book of the Month: April - Dear Zoo

This month’s book of the month is the timeless classic, Dear Zoo. First published in 1982 in a lift-the-flap format, this simple yet addictive story is now available in touch-and-feel, noisy, cloth, buggy and many interactive formats! In this article, we take a look at what makes this such a popular book.

What makes Dear Zoo such a popular book?

  • The fact that this book is about animals makes it great for babies and toddlers. There is so much opportunity to make funny noises and actions for each animal, making this a very engaging books for all ages.
  • The repetition of this book using the same lines on every page gives it a pleasing rhythm and some predictability. These elements have been used in many popular books as it makes the book more pleasurable for little ones to listen to and, eventually, join in with.
  • The use of adjectives throughout the book expands children’s vocabulary and starts to engage them in thinking about characteristics. This can be expanded on by sensory play or describing objects in the immediate surroundings.
  • The bright, bold illustrations on the white background make this book visually appealing and stimulating even for younger readers. We also love the facial expressions on the animals!

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See our families reading Dear Zoo.

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Win a copy of Dear Zoo!

We have 5 copies of Dear Zoo to give away. All you have to do is send us your answer to the below question via the 'Contact Us' page or by emailing us at

Which animal is kept at the end of the book?

1. A lizard

2. A kangaroo

3. A puppy


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  1. No purchase necessary to enter the prize draw
  2. This prize draw is open to UK residents aged 18 years or over, with the exception of employees of the Promoter, their families, agents and anyone else connected with this promotion.
  3. Entries must be received by midnight 30th April 2015. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any entries that are incomplete, illegible, corrupted or fail to reach the Promoter by the relevant closing date for any reason. Proof of posting or sending is not proof of receipt. Entries via agents or third parties are invalid. Entries become the property of the Promoter and are not returned.
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  6. The winner will be notified via email or post by 10th May 2015. The winner must claim their prize within 14 working days of the Promoter sending notification. If the prize is unclaimed after this time, it will lapse and the Promoter reserves the right to offer the unclaimed prize to a substitute winner selected in accordance with these rules.
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