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Llama Llama Books; The Complete Guide to Anna Dewdney

Llama Llama Books; The Complete Guide to Anna Dewdney 14

Anna Dewdney’s Llama llama books have been a staple in our homes since our children were little. Her adorable illustrations, charming rhymes, and endearing way of addressing children’s worries made her a beloved author.

Sadly, in 2016 Anna passed away from brain cancer. Her legacy lives on in her works, and like Dr. Seuss before her, more books are published in her name each year.

There is also a Llama Llama animated series on Netflix with books inspired by that tv series. Jennifer Garner plays the much-loved mama llama in the series, currently with 2 seasons available to view.

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Llama Llama for All Ages

When our kids were younger, Anna Dewdney’s rhyming picture books were the only books in the Llama Llama series. Since then, the publishers have added board books and early reader stories into the mix.

With different stories geared for different ages, and more than 40 books in the collection, it can make finding the perfect book for your child a bit confusing.

Check out the list of the Llama Llama books and the complete works of Anna Dewdney below, divided by age group.

Llama Llama Board Books

There are tons of Llama Llama board books in the Anna Dewdney’s beloved series. We’ve highlighted a few of our favorites here, and included the remainder in the widget below.

The books in this category are aged towards babies and toddlers and help address fundamentals of learning and early reading readiness. For more books to help with developing pre-reading skills for babies and toddlers, check out our Reading Readiness series which has booklists and helpful tips to prepare your child for reading.

Learning with Llama Llama: Colors by Anna Dewdney

This sweet board book was gifted to us for review and I promptly read it to my 14 month old nephew. He happily sat transfixed as he saw all the colors in Llama Llama’s meal.

This is a great one for littles just learning their colors.

Llama Llama Hoppity-Hop by Anna Dewdney

This is an adorable story that can help your baby work on their motor skills. Have them jump when Llama llama jumps, even if for babies that means just bending their knees.

Have them stomp when Llama Llama thumps, touch their toes…you get the picture. I love this one for toddlers who have trouble sitting during story time.

Learning with Llama Llama: Numbers by Anna Dewdney

Get your little one ready for preschool by teaching numbers with Llama Llama. Your toddler will love the cute illustrations and you’ll love that they will be learning numbers 1-10.

More Baby and Toddler Llama Books

Looking for more stories for your little one? Check out the rest of the board book series below.

Llama Llama Picture Books

The Llama Llama hardback picture books are the core of the Llama Llama book series. While the baby books and early readers are made for fans of all ages, this is the collection that endears Anna Dewdney in our hearts.

What makes each of these books so wonderful is how carefully Dewdney tackles everyday anxieties and problems that young children face.

From the first loose tooth to the first day of school, and having trouble sleeping to trouble with bullies, there is a Llama Llama book to help you address any problem your child may be facing.

Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

As the original book in the Lama Llama series, Llama Llama Red Pajama has a special place in our hearts. It’s the story that introduced us to our pal and his amazing Mama Llama.

In this one, Llama Llama is having trouble falling asleep – something every child can relate too, but his behavior has Mama giving him a loving but firm talking to.

Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney

It’s Llama Llama’s first day of preschool and he is overwhelmed with feelings. He is trying to get used to the new toys and new surroundings but he just misses his mama.

Soon he learns that it’s OK to love mama and have fun at school too. This was recently turned into a Netflix book adaptation starring Jennifer Garner.

You can find more books about the first day of school here.

Llama Llama Mess Mess Mess by Anna Dewdney

This is one of the books written after Anna Dewdney passed away, but it’s still great. In this story, Mama Llama wants Llama Llama to help her clean.

When he resists, she has him picture a world where Mama doesn’t clean at all. Upset by how messy the house would be, Llama jumps right in and helps straighten up his toys.

More Llama Llama Picture Books

If you want to round out your collection, you’ll find other classics like Llama Llama Mad at Mama, Llama Llama and the Bully Goat, and more in the widget below.


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Llama Llama Holiday Books

We love the way Anna Dewdney tackles holidays. From Valentines Day to Christmas, and every holiday in between, these are perfect picks for your holiday loving little ones.

Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney

Our favorite llama is back and struggling with the hustle and bustle leading up to Christmas. He wants his gifts, but Mama has a very different gift in mind – time together!

This is a particularly good Christmas book for kids who misunderstand the holiday spirit and are consumed with “things.”

For more Christmas picture books, click here.

Llama Llama Jingle Bells by Anna Dewdney

Short, easy sentences explain holiday festivities to little ones in this charming board book.

Add in the delightful illustrations of Llama Llama and friends, and you’ll see why this is the perfect Christmas book for toddlers.

For more baby and toddler Christmas books, click here.

Llama Llama Trick or Treat by Anna Dewdney

Hang out with Llama Llama as he gets ready for Halloween with his mom and then goes trick or treating with his little animal friends.

For more Halloween Books for babies and toddlers, click here.

More Holiday Books featuring Llama and Mama

Llama Llama Early Reader Books

Llama’s popularity has grown over the years, especially now that there is a series on Netflix. Since the series draws in such a large audience, it’s not surprising that they have snowballed that popularity into a series of early reader books.

Kids love learning to read with books depicting their favorite characters and favorite episodes. There are lot of leveled reading books in the Llama Llama Young Readers collection, but these are our favorites.

Llama Llama Loses a Tooth by Anna Dewdney

Llama has a loose tooth and he wants to put it under his pillow, but he soon realized he lost his missing tooth during his busy day!

Llama goes on a hunt for his tooth, retracing his steps and getting his friends to help in search! Just before bedtime they have success and Llama Llama gets a visit from the tooth fairy!

Llama Llama Learns to Swim by Anna Dewdney

When his friends decide they want to go to the beach, Llama wants to learn how to swim.

Soon Mama Llama is teaching Llama and all of his friends how to swim in the pool. Even Grandpa Llama decides to learn how to swim too!

Read 9 more books about learning to swim here!

Llama Llama Happy Birthday by Anna Dewdney

Llama Llama gets to celebrate his birthday in this adorable story. He wants to play with his friends when he gets a new plane, but no one will play with him.

He feels left out, but Mama tells him not to worry, sometimes things aren’t what they seem and soon he learns that they were actually planning a surprise party!

More Early Reader Books with Llama and Friends

More Books by Anna Dewdney

Anna Dewdney wrote a few other books that we wanted to include below. You’ll even find one about Llama Llama’s best friend, Nelly Gnu.

Did you find any Anna Dewdney books to add to your home library?

Children's Book Club: 'Llama Llama Misses Mama'

The academic year of 2020-2021 was unusual in every possible way. Depending on your locality and your child’s learning needs, adjustments may still be in effect. All I know is the little girl next door is going to kindergarten for the first time. Perhaps she feels a little like Llama Llama in Llama Llama Misses Mama.

“Llama Llama feeling shy…”


“Llama Llama feels so new…”


“Llama Llama feels alone.”

Author and illustrator Anna Dewdney, creator of the Llama Llama books, gives her child-readers and listeners an adorable llama surrogate who is always in his feelings. He also carries around his own stuffed llama, which conveys even more feelings through its expressions, especially its eyes. Without speaking, the stuffed animal is a stand-in for some other emotion Llama Llama is feeling. (It’s hard for a little llama face to show more than one feeling at a time.)

The stories are told in rhyme because Dewdney believed in the power of reading aloud. The Anna Dewdney Read Together Award is given every year to a picture book that not only is a great read-aloud selection but also one that promotes empathy and compassion. The winner is announced during Children’s Book Week.

Although Llama Llama’s first day at school gets off to a rough start, by the end he is playing with friends and drawing. But it isn’t just a matter of getting comfortable in this new place. A lesser teacher might have redirected the anxious student to the toy train or the bookshelf — which this teacher does — and leave it at that. But this teacher addresses the underlying issue: that Llama Llama misses Llama Mama.

Don’t be sad, new little llama! It’s OK to miss your mama. But don’t forget—when day is through, she will come right back to you.”

And at the end of the day, Llama Llama exclaims, in all caps, “MAMA LLAMA! YOU CAME BACK!!!” He throws away his newfound crayons and rushes past his new friends into his mother’s outstretched arms.

Although this story is about Llama Llama missing his mama, she is actually with him quite a lot. In fact, in this 32-page picture book, Llama Mama is in 14 of the illustrations, sometimes twice. It’s a subtle way of saying that even when llamas are temporarily separated, they’re still together.

Dewdney passed away from cancer in 2016. Her books continue, with her longtime partner, Reed Duncan, as administrator of the Anna E. Dewdney Literary Trust, and with the illustrations of J.T. Morrow. You can hear her read her first llama book, Llama Llama Red Pajama. You can also listen to Ludacris rap the story.

At the same time I was reading Llama Llama Misses Mama, I was also reading Llama Llama Mad at Mama, when he and Mama go shopping on a Saturday, interrupting Llama Llama’s play-plans. One minute our little llamas are mad at us, and the next moment they miss us. One day they are filled with holiday drama and the next they give thanks.

One summer day, while riding my bike and listening to a spirited review of Llama Llama books, I saw a real-life llama. He (or she, I can’t say for sure) was standing under a tree, nibbling leaves. I got off my bike to doublecheck my own eyes, and there, off to the side, in the cool shade, just out of sight, was a Llama Mama.

Next Month’s Selection

What happens when a 4-year-old asks for a scary story? Coraline happens, Neil Gaiman‘s very spooky tale! Join us Friday, October 29, for our next Children’s Book Club.

Photo by Steve Slater, Creative Commons, via Flickr. Post by Megan Willome.

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Author: Anna Dewdney
Translator: Tatyana Dukhanova

ISBN: 978-5-00074-312-6
Pages: 32
Weight: 500 g.
Dimensions: 252x260x5 mm.

* The Little Lama series became a #1 New York Times bestseller
* The books were made into an animated cartoon series on Netflix
* 10 million baby llama books have been sold worldwide in the 11 years since the first book in the series was published.

Baby llama got sick. And mom too. But it's easier to get better with mom...

A new book in the famous series about "Llama, red pajamas", which helps children sort out their emotions, resentments and sorrows.

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The llama got snotty, got a fever, and his mother takes care of him. When Lama got better, it turned out that the cold had spread to his mother. So they won't go for a walk again? The lama wanted to be offended, but realized that his help would be very useful to his mother, because he could read a book, bring a drink, and fluff up a pillow.

The Lama Red Pajamas series includes:
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Lama has a sore throat, and children who need to take a nasty medicine will understand his feelings... This story has wonderful rhymes and big juicy illustrations full of priceless emotions on the characters' faces and expressive body language.

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