Froggy Book List

Here are some brief reviews of froggy books, mostly children's books. I've omitted the many editions of fables and fairy tales like The Frog Prince.

Frog and Toad Are Friends
Frog and Toad Together
Days with Frog and Toad
Frog and Toad All Year
by Arnold Lobel

These are children's books suitable for beginning readers. They feature Frog, who is wise and gentle, and Toad, who tends to be rather impatient but has a good heart. That's Toad pictured up at the top of this page. These books won Newbery and Caldecott honors.

Commander Toad in Space
Commander Toad and the Dis-Asteroid
Commander Toad and the Big Black Hole
Commander Toad and the Planet of the Grapes
Commander Toad and the Intergalactic Spy
Commander Toad and the Space Pirates
by Jane Yolen, with illustrations by Bruce Degen

Commander Toad is the captain of the space ship Star Warts. Lieutenant Lily, Doc Peeper, and Jake Skyjumper make up the rest of the crew. These books were written for slightly more advanced readers and are full of outrageous puns and satire on popular movies that have more appeal than the actual stories.

by David Wiesner

Tuesday evening, around eight, is when the frogs magically begin to fly. Follow them as they float out of their pond and into a nearby town. This is a picture book with no text; the watercolor illustrations are wonderfully detailed. Winner of the 1992 Randolph Caldecott medal.

The Adventures of Grandfather Frog
by Thornton W. Burgess

This is one of a series of classic children's books from the early 1900s, now republished in a new Dover edition. Grandfather Frog has an unfortunate tendency to leap without looking first, and this is the story of the misadventures that ensue.

The Wind in the Willows
by Kenneth Grahame

Read about the adventures of Mr. Toad in one of the classic children's books of all time. There are several beautiful illustrated editions available, and also an online edition (but with no pictures, alas).

This story was also adapted into a play called Toad of Toad Hall by A.A. Milne.

The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher
by Beatrix Potter

Another classic children's book, originally published in 1906. From the creator of the "Peter Rabbit" series. Here is an online edition without pictures.

by Gerald Donaldson

This book was one of the inspirations for the Froggy Page! It's a collection of pictures, verse, stories, and facts about frogs, presented with a sense of fun and whimsy.

Frogs and the Ballet
by Donald Elliott with illustrations by Clinton Arrowood

Dancing frogs demonstrate the finer points of ballet in clever pen-and-ink illustrations. This is the book that inspired me to start drawing the cartoons that appear on the Frogs on Ice page.

One Frog Can Make a Difference
by Kermit the Frog

Kermit pokes fun at self-help books. Chapters include "French for Frogs", "What Color Is Your Lily Pad?", and my favorite, "The Frogal Gourmet".

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Sandra Loosemore