March 2017

Reading Recommendations · Hippos

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden’s baby hippopotamus, Fiona, has captivated the world, leaving most of us gushing. If you need more than just the regular Fiona Fix, try these adorable children’s books from the Library all about hippos.
Cover of Big Little Hippo

Big Little Hippo

Valeri Gorbachev
Little Hippo is the youngest in his family...and the smallest. Although everyone promises he’ll grow, Little Hippo doesn’t want to wait. He wants to be big RIGHT NOW! But when he helps a creature even tinier than himself, Little Hippo learns that it’s the size of his heart that counts most of all.

Holly’s Day at the Pool

Benson Shum
Most hippos love the water but not Holly. When it comes to getting in her pool, she imagines the worst: icebergs and icy water, penguins and seals!
Cover of Hippos are Huge

Hippos are Huge

Jonathan London
Hippos have razor-sharp tusks, weigh as much as fifty men, and can run twenty-five miles per hour! Follow these hefty hulks as they glide underwater, play tug-of-war, swat balls of dung at one another, and nuzzle their young in the mud.

Hippos Can’t Swim and Other Fun Facts

Laura Lyn DiSiena and Hannah Eliot
Did you know that hippos can’t swim? This hilarious book is full of fun facts about all sorts of animals, from sleepy ants to jellyfish that glow!
Cover of Duck and Hippo in the Rainstorm

Duck and Hippo in the Rainstorm

Jonathan London
Best friends Duck and Hippo have fun in a rainstorm. When a terrible wind sends Duck's umbrella flying into the air-- with Duck holding on-- what can Hippo do?

Mouse and Hippo

Mike Twohy
Mouse creates a painting for his new friend Hippo—and Hippo returns the kindness in an unlikely way—in this delightful story about doing your best to make a friend happy!
Cover of A Hippo in Our Yard

A Hippo in Our Yard

Liza Donnelly
Sally tries to tell her family that a hippo, a tiger, zebras and koalas are in their yard, but no one pays attention until they hear that the zoo animals have escaped; now everyone panics except for Sally!


John Green
The zoo isn't what it used to be. It's run down, and Hippo hardly ever gets any visitors. So he decides to set off for the outside with his friend Red Panda.
Cover of Hiccupotamus


Steve Smallman
The jungle animals are having a musical celebration! Mouse squeaks, Bird tweets, and Centipede taps his feet. Then more animals hear the music and want to join in, as Monkey, Warthog, and Crocodile bring their own music-making talents to the group. But what is that silly Hippo doing?

Hello Hippo, Goodbye Bird

Kristyn Crow
A hippo and a bird become unlikely friends.
Need more suggestions? Contact your local library and a reference librarian will be happy to assist you.