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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Spare text and evocative art capture dog's beach adventure.
By Jorey Hurley
(2015)
(2015)
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Kids will connect with Kitten and her dilemma.
By Kevin Henkes
(2004)
(2004)
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Retold fable with out-of-this-world art; a true keepsake.
By Jerry Pinkney
(2010)
(2009)
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Old Bear finds Little Cub, ends loneliness in sweet story.
By Olivier Dunrea
(2012)
(2012)
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Award winner is an especially fun read-aloud.
By Karen Beaumont, Cari Best
(2007)
(2006)
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Award-winning book with great preschool lessons.
By Eric Rohmann
(2007)
(2002)
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Beatrix Potter's first and one of her best.
By Beatrix Potter
(2003)
(1902)
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Homespun tale of an uppity cat and grumpy old man.
By Terry Farish
(2007)
(2007)
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Warm story of girl and her exuberant therapy dog.
By Maria Gianferrari
(2017)
(2017)
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Garden critters offer relatable lesson on kindness, sharing.
By Kadir Nelson
(2015)
(2015)
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Dreamy, meditative book ponders life's deeper meaning.
By Cynthia Rylant
(2017)
(2017)
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Terrier adapts to new Paris home in charming dog tale.
By Jackie Clark Mancuso
(2014)
(2013)
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Misfit moose defies expectations in funny movie-shoot tale.
By Richard T. Morris
(2014)
(2014)
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Mouse makes a ballerina his friend in charming tale.
By Jan Carr
(2014)
(2014)
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Delightful classic about a bear adopted by a London family.
By Michael Bond
(2008)
(1958)
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Lots of laughs on the farm in fun, silly chicken tale.
By Doreen Cronin
(2014)
(2014)
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Silly cowboy adventure perfect for new chapter-book readers.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2014)
(2014)
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Talking dog helps stranded kids in gentle book about grief.
By Patricia MacLachlan
(2016)
(2016)
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Beautiful art befits charming friendship story set in Paris.
By Mo Willems
(2015)
(2015)
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Excellent bridge from chapter books to novels.
By E.B. White
(2003)
(1945)
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Gentle, much-loved barnyard classic delights all ages.
By E.B. White
(2006)
(1952)
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Sweet, wacky series start has strong values, scary moments.
By Tracey Hecht
(2016)
(2016)
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A lively, universal story of unlikely friendships.
By Dick King-Smith
(2003)
(1985)
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Action-packed zoo mystery has gross and graphic parts.
By Stuart Gibbs
(2013)
(2011)
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Intense, sometimes violent start to rich, vivid animal saga.
By Erin Hunter
(2017)
(2017)
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Sweet, funny squirrel adventure great read-alone or -aloud.
By Lynne Rae Perkins
(2014)
(2014)
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Brave mouse adventure a modern classic; great read-aloud.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2004)
(2004)
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Exciting, funny tale of blue mouse packs positive messages.
By James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein
(2016)
(2016)
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Girl and dog pal face riveting, intense fight to save magic.
By Claire Legrand
(2016)
(2016)
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Exciting story of misunderstood rat who becomes a hero.
By W.H. Beck
(2012)
(2012)
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Great story, characters make mouse journey instant classic.
By Richard Peck
(2011)
(2011)
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Engrossing fantasy has high-seas adventure, talking cats.
By Lynne Jonell
(2015)
(2015)
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Tearjerker about country boy and his hound dogs.
By Wilson Rawls
(2005)
(1961)
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Harrowing but uplifting story of orphan saved by dogs.
By Bobbie Pyron
(2014)
(2014)
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Remarkable account of dog and radar man in POW camp.
By Robert Weintraub
(2016)
(2016)
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Compelling, heartrending story of boy and fox in dystopia.
By Sara Pennypacker
(2016)
(2016)
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