The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate
Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all. Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line. Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home–and his own art–through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.
Gorilla, Monkey & Ape, by Ian Redmond
Photographed in full color. Take a close-up look at the amazing behavior of our nearest relatives. Learn why howler monkeys burst into song at dawn, what it really means when a mandrill yawns, and why the biggest primate is a vegetarian
Amazing Gorillas! by Sarah L. Thomson
Amazing Gorillas! is the third paperback title in an exciting series of non-fiction I Can Read Books that features kids’ favorite animals and spectacular photographs from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). The exceptional writing and design of the I Can Read Books-paired with WCS’s global research and conservation efforts, educational programs, and stunning photographs-make this a standout series for children, caretakers, and teachers!
Little Beauty, by Anthony Browne
With his hyper-realistic artwork full of striking detail, the award-winning Anthony Browne tells a story of an unlikely friendship. Once there was a very special gorilla who had almost everything he needed. There was only one thing he didn’t have: a friend. With no other gorillas at the zoo, the keepers try something new. Will the gigantic ape strike a bond with another sort of creature, one as tiny and innocent as a kitten? Sparked by the story of a real gorilla who learned to sign, Little Beauty is a celebration of a most surprising friendship
Good Morning, Gorillas, by Mary Pope Osborne
Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series–The Magic Tree House! Gentle giants or giant monsters? That’s the question Jack and Annie have about gorillas when the Magic Tree House sweeps them to the mountains of Africa. There they meet a group of amazing and sometimes frightening mountain gorillas. Annie knows how to play with the creatures right away. But Jack is left out. Will the gorillas be able to teach him some special magic?
A visit to the St. Louis Zoo is always fun! Before you go, read up on the gorillas you’ll see there.
If you can’t get to the zoo, make your own gorilla! This is a cardboard version of a traditional wooden toy, with a small modification to give it swinging legs. Instructions for the Swinging Gorilla can be found here.