Children's Books About Animals

Kids love animals -- and they love books about animals, too. From dog books to bear books to bunny books and pig books, our list of favorite animal "tails" is full of great picks.

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Fetch Book Poster Image
Spare text and evocative art capture dog's beach adventure.
By Jorey Hurley
(2015)
(2015)
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Ladybug Girl and the Rescue Dogs Book Poster Image
Lulu helps dog adoption effort in cute series finale.
By Jacky Davis
(2018)
(2018)
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Kitten's First Full Moon Book Poster Image
Kids will connect with Kitten and her dilemma.
By Kevin Henkes
(2004)
(2004)
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The Lion & the Mouse Book Poster Image
Retold fable with out-of-this-world art; a true keepsake.
By Jerry Pinkney
(2010)
(2009)
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Little Cub Book Poster Image
Old Bear finds Little Cub, ends loneliness in sweet story.
By Olivier Dunrea
(2012)
(2012)
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Move Over, Rover! Book Poster Image
Award winner is an especially fun read-aloud.
By Karen Beaumont, Cari Best
(2007)
(2006)
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My Friend Rabbit Book Poster Image
Award-winning book with great preschool lessons.
By Eric Rohmann
(2007)
(2002)
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The Tale of Peter Rabbit Book Poster Image
Beatrix Potter's first and one of her best.
By Beatrix Potter
(2003)
(1902)
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The Cat Who Liked Potato Soup Book Poster Image
Homespun tale of an uppity cat and grumpy old man.
By Terry Farish
(2007)
(2007)
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Hello Goodbye Dog Book Poster Image
Warm story of girl and her exuberant therapy dog.
By Maria Gianferrari
(2017)
(2017)
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If You Plant a Seed Book Poster Image
Garden critters offer relatable lesson on kindness, sharing.
By Kadir Nelson
(2015)
(2015)
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Life Book Poster Image
Dreamy, meditative book ponders life's deeper meaning.
By Cynthia Rylant
(2017)
(2017)
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Paris-Chien: Adventures of an Expat Dog Book Poster Image
Terrier adapts to new Paris home in charming dog tale.
By Jackie Clark Mancuso
(2014)
(2013)
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This Is a Moose Book Poster Image
Misfit moose defies expectations in funny movie-shoot tale.
By Richard T. Morris
(2014)
(2014)
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Toe Shoe Mouse Book Poster Image
Mouse makes a ballerina his friend in charming tale.
By Jan Carr
(2014)
(2014)
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Good Rosie! Book Poster Image
Lonely dog makes friends in relatable picture book.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2018)
(2018)
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Hudson and the Puppy: Lost in Paris: Paris-Chien, Book 3 Book Poster Image
Dog helps homeless pup in charming Paris adventure.
By Jackie Clark Mancuso
(2018)
(2018)
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A Bear Called Paddington Book Poster Image
Delightful classic about a bear adopted by a London family.
By Michael Bond
(2008)
(1958)
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The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure Book Poster Image
Lots of laughs on the farm in fun, silly chicken tale.
By Doreen Cronin
(2014)
(2014)
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Leroy Ninker Saddles Up: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume One Book Poster Image
Silly cowboy adventure perfect for new chapter-book readers.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2014)
(2014)
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The Poet's Dog Book Poster Image
Talking dog helps stranded kids in gentle book about grief.
By Patricia MacLachlan
(2016)
(2016)
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The Story of Diva and Flea Book Poster Image
Beautiful art befits charming friendship story set in Paris.
By Mo Willems
(2015)
(2015)
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Stuart Little Book Poster Image
Excellent bridge from chapter books to novels.
By E.B. White
(2003)
(1945)
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Bad Kitty Camp Daze Book Poster Image
Silly identity mix-up reveals sweet lesson on getting along.
By Nick Bruel
(2018)
(2018)
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Charlotte's Web Book Poster Image
Gentle, much-loved barnyard classic delights all ages.
By E.B. White
(2006)
(1952)
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The Nocturnals: The Mysterious Abductions Book Poster Image
Sweet, wacky series start has strong values, scary moments.
By Tracey Hecht
(2016)
(2016)
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Babe the Gallant Pig Book Poster Image
A lively, universal story of unlikely friendships.
By Dick King-Smith
(2003)
(1985)
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Belly Up: FunJungle, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Action-packed zoo mystery has gross and graphic parts.
By Stuart Gibbs
(2013)
(2011)
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Broken Pride: Bravelands, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Intense, sometimes violent start to rich, vivid animal saga.
By Erin Hunter
(2017)
(2017)
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Guardians of the Taiga: Wild Rescuers, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Minecraft wolf-girl heroine shines in exciting book debut.
By StacyPlays
(2018)
(2018)
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Nuts to You Book Poster Image
Sweet, funny squirrel adventure great read-alone or -aloud.
By Lynne Rae Perkins
(2014)
(2014)
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Podkin One-Ear: Longburrow, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Brave rabbits meet scary monsters in exciting series start.
By Kieran Larwood
(2017)
(2017)
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Raffie on the Run Book Poster Image
Subway rat aims to rescue brother in swift urban adventure.
By Jacqueline Resnick
(2018)
(2018)
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The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread Book Poster Image
Brave mouse adventure a modern classic; great read-aloud.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2003)
(2004)
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Saving Winslow Book Poster Image
Gentle, moving story about loving bravely despite risk.
By Sharon Creech
(2018)
(2018)
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Word of Mouse Book Poster Image
Exciting, funny tale of blue mouse packs positive messages.
By James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein
(2016)
(2016)
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Foxheart Book Poster Image
Girl and dog pal face riveting, intense fight to save magic.
By Claire Legrand
(2016)
(2016)
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Malcolm at Midnight Book Poster Image
Exciting story of misunderstood rat who becomes a hero.
By W.H. Beck
(2012)
(2012)
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Secrets at Sea Book Poster Image
Great story, characters make mouse journey instant classic.
By Richard Peck
(2011)
(2011)
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The Sign of the Cat Book Poster Image
Engrossing fantasy has high-seas adventure, talking cats.
By Lynne Jonell
(2015)
(2015)
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Where the Red Fern Grows Book Poster Image
Tearjerker about country boy and his hound dogs.
By Wilson Rawls
(2005)
(1961)
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The Dogs of Winter Book Poster Image
Harrowing but uplifting story of orphan saved by dogs.
By Bobbie Pyron
(2014)
(2014)
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No Better Friend: Young Readers Edition: A Man, a Dog, and Their Incredible True Story of Friendship and Survival in World War II Book Poster Image
Remarkable account of dog and radar man in POW camp.
By Robert Weintraub
(2016)
(2016)
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Pax Book Poster Image
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Compelling, heartrending story of boy and fox in dystopia.
By Sara Pennypacker
(2016)
(2016)
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