Picture Books About Gorillas

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Little Gorilla

written and illustrated by Ruth Lercher Bornstein

Little Gorilla is loved by everyone in the jungle as he begins to grow. But as he grown, he's still loved. A simple story that means a lot to young, but growing, children.


Good Night, Gorilla

written and illustrated by Peggy Rathmann

This nearly wordless board book is an instant classic. The clever gorilla outsmarts the oblivious zookeeper, by lifting his keys and liberating each animal right after the zookeeper says goodnight to it. After the animals follow the zookeeper home (he still doesn't notice), and go to bed in his room (he STILL) doesn't notice, the zookeeper's wife figures it all out and saves the day. You will have to read this one over and over, but you won't get bored.


One Gorilla: A Counting Book

written and illustrated by Atsuko Morozumi

This book has beautiful, vivid illustrations, and is narrated by a gorilla who travels the world, counting different types of animals as he goes. Your child will enjoy finding the animals on each page.


Gorilla! Gorilla!

by Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Tony Ross



written and illustrated by Anthony Browne

In this haunting picture book, a lonely girl longs for her father to take her to the zoo to see the gorilla, but he's always busy working. She finds a way to go anyway. (And, note the gorilla faces on the Mona Lisa, Whistler's mother and Superman in the background.)