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The Best Books about the Frog Life Cycle for Young Children

With every theme we do with our toddlers and preschoolers we like to add some books to our book basket to read aloud and let them explore. These frog life cycle books are great to add to the collection especially when we are raising tadpoles on our nature table or visiting the pond and studying the pond life there.

So dip into our best books for children about the frog life cycle that you and they can read together.

collage of frog books with a picture of a frog in the pond above a carton frog with books to read with tots text and then 5 covers of books all about the life cycle to read with preschoolers and toddlers

Children’s books about the frog life cycles

Life cycles are one of the things we love to teach to our toddlers and preschoolers.

Alongside fun activities, printable games, and crafts we always incorporate a reading element. From stories and picture books to early readers and non-fiction it introduces them to a wide range of different print rich media. It also encourages them to have a life long love of reading.

These books about the frog life cycle for toddlers and preschoolers are our pick of the best and great for accompanying any frog craft and activity you do as well.

collage of books about frogs for toddlers and preschoolers

If you are looking for more general frog books rather than just about the frog life cycle then check out our frog books for toddlers and preschoolers.

Frog Life Cycle Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers

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The Teeny Weeny Tadpole

The Teeny Weeny Tadpole by Sheridan Cain was a favourite book of my own children whenever the tadpole tank appeared on the nature table. It’s a story of a little tadpole that faces lots of dangers as it grows into a frog.

A Frog’s Life Cycle

We picked up a second hand copy of A Frog’s Life Cycle by Mary R Dunn and it became one of our favourite non-fiction books. With macro photos of the development of the tadpoles and frog spawn this is great to match to what is happening in your own tank or the pond.

From Tadpole to Frog Scholastic Reader Level 1

Another non-fiction book with a little more text to read together than A Frog’s Life Cycle above. From Tadpole to Frog by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld is aimed at those starting to learn to read and perfect for older preschoolers and those that want to know more.

And The Bullfrogs Sing: A life-Cycle Begins

Another beautiful story And The Bullfrogs Sing: A Life-Cycle Begins by David L Harrison is wonderful to read together and follows the life cycle of the bullfrog from mating calls to tadpoles and back again.

We particularly love the illustrations of the pond and pond life in this book and the calming colours as well. As our toddlers and preschoolers got older this was one that they have kept.

FRom Tadpole to Frog

If you haven’t discovered the Let’s Read and Find Out series yet, it’s one that I always check out first to see if they have any book on the science topic we are studying. From Tadpole to Frog by Wendy Pfeffer introduces the frog life cycle, but also answers the question that came up every time we studied frogs – where do they go in winter!

This is one that I cross over to our Pond Life as well as although talking about frogs it puts it in perspective of ponds as well.

Circle of Life: Life Cycle of the Frog

The Circle of Life: Life Cycle of the Frog by Cathryn Conolly goes into much more detail than some of the other books mentioned above about the cycle, sharing double page spreads with information about the stages as well as interesting facts.

For my non-fiction loving preschoolers this was a favourite. They liked the photographs and loved to have the extra facts read out to them.

Fredrick the Frog

Another children’s picture book about the lifecycle of the frog. Fredrick the Frog by Ida P Leggett. This book is beautifully illustrated and follows Fredrick from the frog spawn to fully grown frog.

Be aware that there is a Christian focus to the book and it may not suit everyone but we have included it as it is wonderful.

A Frog’s Life

With watercolour illustrations, A Frog’s Life by Irene Kelly makes a wonderful addition to reading about the subject of frogs and their metamorphosis. But, it’s much more as well. This book details the characteristics of frogs in general from skeleton to how they feed and much much more.

National Geographic Kids: Tadpole to Frog

The National Geographic Kids: Tadpole to Frog is another great beginner reader or read aloud fiction book for preschoolers and older kids. Although we introduced this series to our kids as toddlers it was more to look at the photographs and discuss them with them.

As preschoolers and as they learnt to read this series has been fantastic to increase their confidence and for them to learn.


All of our kids have loved any Gail Gibbons books we pick up and Frogs doesn’t disappoint. This non-fiction book is filled with facts about the frog life cycle and frogs themselves.

How Does a Frog Grow?

How does a Frog Grow? by DK is aimed at toddlers in this board book with flaps young toddlers and preschoolers can explore the frog life cycle and learn about the different stages of development.

Tale of a Tadpole

Another DK book this time their early readers series Tale of a Tadpole by Karen Wallace covers the frog life cycle in simple language and easy to read together text. Like the other early readers’ books in this list these are ideal for your children as they begin their journey to independent readers.

Frog Life Cycle Activities

Want to do some fun activities with your toddlers and preschoolers about the frog life cycle check out these ideas below.

DIY Frog Life Cycle Story Stones and resources for kids to learn
Printable Frog Life Cycle Game that can be used as a memory game, to play snap or to teach the life cycle of the frog through a simple sequencing activity. Simply download, print and play.
5 picture collage with a text break in the middle text reads frog life cycle books for toddlers and preschoolers the top picture is of a clump of frog spawn in a pond below the text there are 4 covers of frog life cycle books written especially for young children

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