Best Animal Books for Kids

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)
Kids will connect with Kitten and her dilemma.
By Kevin Henkes
(2004)
Retold fable with out-of-this-world art; a true keepsake.
By Jerry Pinkney
(2010)
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Old Bear finds Little Cub, ends loneliness in sweet story.
By Olivier Dunrea
(2012)
Award winner is an especially fun read-aloud.
By Karen Beaumont, Cari Best
(2007)
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Award-winning book with great preschool lessons.
By Eric Rohmann
(2007)
Beatrix Potter's first and one of her best.
By Beatrix Potter
(2003)
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Homespun tale of an uppity cat and grumpy old man.
By Terry Farish
(2007)
Garden critters offer relatable lesson on kindness, sharing.
By Kadir Nelson
(2015)
Terrier adapts to new Paris home in charming dog tale.
By Jackie Clark Mancuso
(2014)
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Misfit moose defies expectations in funny movie-shoot tale.
By Richard T. Morris
(2014)
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Mouse makes a ballerina his friend in charming tale.
By Jan Carr
(2014)
Delightful classic about a bear adopted by a London family.
By Michael Bond
(2008)
Lots of laughs on the farm in fun, silly chicken tale.
By Doreen Cronin
(2014)
Silly cowboy adventure perfect for new chapter-book readers.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2014)
Beautiful art befits charming friendship story set in Paris.
By Mo Willems
(2015)
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Excellent bridge from chapter books to novels.
By E.B. White
(2003)
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Gentle, much-loved classic delights all ages.
By E.B. White
(2006)
A lively, universal story of unlikely friendships.
By Dick King-Smith
(2003)
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Sweet, funny squirrel adventure great read-alone or -aloud.
By Lynne Rae Perkins
(2014)
Brave mouse adventure a modern classic; great read-aloud.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2004)
Exciting story of misunderstood rat who becomes a hero.
By W.H. Beck
(2012)
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Great story, characters make mouse journey instant classic.
By Richard Peck
(2011)
Engrossing fantasy has high-seas adventure, talking cats.
By Lynne Jonell
(2015)
Tearjerker about country boy and his hound dogs.
By Wilson Rawls
(2005)
Harrowing but uplifting story of orphan saved by dogs.
By Bobbie Pyron
(2014)
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Compelling, heartrending story of boy and fox in dystopia.
By Sara Pennypacker
(2016)