Dear Zoo

Book cover for Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell. Picture of a lion in a red crate

Dear Zoo is a classic lift the flaps book that is still a favourite with kids today. The zoo sends a series of unacceptable animals until the last one – perfect!

Great for learning about different zoo animals, adjectives and colours. It’s also a good one for acquiring basic sentence structure.

See reviews and purchase options here or watch the storytelling videos.

Kids Club English Resources

Specific Dear Zoo resources are on their way. In the meantime, you might be interested in these resources that feature wild jungle animals and language of description.

Storytelling videos

Dear Zoo song

Zoo songs

Digital Zoo Animal Games

Play these zoo games directly on mobile, tablet, computer or interactive whiteboard. Pause the timer by clicking on the time in the top right corner.

Dear Zoo - What's in the box?

In each box there is an animal from Dear Zoo. Can the children guess the animal before they open the box?

Flip Tiles

This game is great for teaching then practising the animal vocabulary. See some ideas below.

  1. Memory challenge – Tap the settings icon in the bottom left hand corner. Click ‘Show all tile backs’. Reveal the animals one by one, getting the children to repeat and do actions each time. Alternatively, get the children to choose the leaves to flip over. After they are all revealed, flip them back. Can they remember what is where?!
  2. What’s Missing? – Get the children to turn around. Press ‘eliminate’ on one of the tiles. Can they identify what’s missing?