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. Some have funny, outlandish animal characters. Others feature wild animals in brave adventures or beloved family pets taking care of their humans. What tall these books have in common is their ability to connect with readers For more great, engaging reads, check out our Best Book Series and Picture Books.

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Fetch

age 3+

Spare text and evocative art capture dog's beach adventure.

By: Jorey Hurley (2015)
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Hush, Little Bunny

age 3+

Papa bunny protects his little one in sweet spring tale.

By: David Ezra Stein (2019)
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I'm Not Scared, You're Scared!

age 3+

Funny, sweet adventure story of friendship and facing fears.

By: Seth Meyers (2022)
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Ladybug Girl and the Rescue Dogs

age 3+

Lulu helps dog adoption effort in cute series finale.

By: Jacky Davis (2018)
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Kitten's First Full Moon

age 3+

Kids will connect with Kitten and her dilemma.

By: Kevin Henkes (2004)
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The Lion & the Mouse

age 3+

Retold fable with out-of-this-world art; a true keepsake.

By: Jerry Pinkney (2009)
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Little Cub

age 3+

Old Bear finds Little Cub, ends loneliness in sweet story.

By: Olivier Dunrea (2012)
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Move Over, Rover!

age 3+

Award winner is an especially fun read-aloud.

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My Friend Rabbit

age 3+

Award-winning book with great preschool lessons.

By: Eric Rohmann (2002)
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The Tale of Peter Rabbit

age 3+

Beatrix Potter's first and one of her best.

By: Beatrix Potter (1902)
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Bear Came Along

age 4+

Bear finds he's not alone in fun, eye-opening adventure.

By: Richard T. Morris (2019)
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The Cat Who Liked Potato Soup

age 4+

Homespun tale of an uppity cat and grumpy old man.

By: Terry Farish (2007)
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Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type

age 4+

Farm animals go on strike in funny, award-winning book.

By: Doreen Cronin (2000)
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Cornbread & Poppy, Book 1

age 4+

Friendship tale is full of suspense and surprises.

By: Matthew Cordell (2022)
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Hello Goodbye Dog

age 4+

Warm story of girl and her exuberant therapy dog.

By: Maria Gianferrari (2017)
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If You Plant a Seed

age 4+

Garden critters offer relatable lesson on kindness, sharing.

By: Kadir Nelson (2015)
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Life

age 4+

Dreamy, meditative book ponders life's deeper meaning.

By: Cynthia Rylant (2017)
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Noodle and the No Bones Day

age 4+

TikTok's canine star comes to life in darling picture book.

By: Jonathan Graziano (2022)
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Paris-Chien: Adventures of an Expat Dog: Paris-Chien, Book 1

age 4+

Terrier adapts to new Paris home in charming dog tale.

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This Is a Moose

age 4+

Misfit moose defies expectations in funny movie-shoot tale.

By: Richard T. Morris (2014)
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