Books About Animals for Children

Picture Books

The helpful puppy by Kim Zarins ; illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully

Click, clack, moo: cows that type by Doreen Cronin ; pictures by Betsy Lewin

Click, clack, moo: cows that type by Doreen Cronin ; pictures by Betsy Lewin

My farm friends by Wendell Minor

Chicken, chicken, duck! by Nadia Krilanovich

Gilbert Goldfish wants a pet by Kelly DiPucchio; illustrated by Bob Shea

Purple Little Bird by Greg Foley

Animals home alone by Loes Riphagen

Dear Tabby by Carolyn Crimi; illustrated by David Roberts

Mini racer by Kristin Dempsey; illustrations by Bridget Strevens

Balancing act by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Mr. Putney's quacking dog by Jon Agee

Hibernation station by Michelle Meadows; illustrated by Kurt Cyrus

The great monster hunt by Norbert Landa; [illustrations] Tim Warnes

Extraordinary pets by Harriet Ziefert; illustrated by Barroux

If I ran the zoo, by Dr. Seuss by Seuss, Dr

Meow said the cow by Emma Dodd


Ducks in a row by Jackie Urbanovic, based on the art of Jackie Urbanovic

Pearl and Wagner: four eyes by Kate McMullan; pictures by R.W. Alley

Flyboat to the rescue! by Melinda Richards; illustrated by Michael Zodorozny, Little Airplane Productions

Front-page news by adapted by Jodie Shepherd; adapted from the screenplay "Front Page News" by Scott Gray; illustrated by Carlo Lo Raso

Frog and toad together by Arnold Lobel

Arthur's classroom fib by Marc Brown

Frog and toad are friends by Arnold Lobel

Pets at the party: a Pet Club story by Gwendolyn Hooks; illustrated by Mike Byrne

Chapter Books

Where the red fern grows: the story of two dogs and a boy by Wilson Rawls

Geronimo Stilton, secret agent by Geronimo Stilton

Trundle's quest by Allan Jones; illustrated by Gary Chalk

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell; adapted by John Escott; illustrated by Neil Reed

Bad to the bone boxer by T.T. Sutherland

Nuts: a novel by Kacy Cook

Ellie McDoodle: best friends fur-ever by written and illustrated by Ruth McNally Barshaw

The diary of a killer cat by Anne Fine; pictures by Steve Cox

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Mrs. Frisby and the rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien; illustrated by Zena Bernstein

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Charlotte's web by E.B. White; pictures by Garth Williams

The last polar bears by written and illustrated by Harry Horse

The magic finger by Roald Dahl; illustrated by William Pene Du Bois

Goldie by Ellen Miles

Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner; illustrated by Marcia Sewall

The black stallion and Flame by Walter Farley


How animals work by David Burnie

Where else in the wild?: more camouflaged creatures concealed—and revealed: ear-tickling poems by David M. Schwartz and Yael Schy; eye-tricking photos by Dwight Kuhn

Owen and Mzee: the true story of a remarkable friendship by told by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, and Paula Kahumbu; photographs by Peter Greste

Tarra & Bella: the elephant and dog who became best friends by text and photography by Carol Buckley

Winter's tail: how one little dolphin learned to swim again by told by Juliana Hatkoff, Isabella Hatkoff, and Craig Hatkoff

Knut: how one little polar bear captivated the world by told by Isabella, Juliana, and Craig Hatkoff, and Gerald R. Uhlich; with photographs by Zoo Berlin

101 animal secrets by Melvin + Gilda Berger

Animal aha!: thrilling discoveries in wildlife science by Diane Swanson

Animals up close: zoom in on the world's most incredible creatures by Igor Siwanowicz

Super crocs & monster wings: modern animals' ancient past by Claire Eamer

Unusual animals by Elisabeth de Lambilly-Bresson

Hiding in rain forests by Deborah Underwood

What can live in the mountains? by Sheila Anderson

Harp seals: animals of the snow and ice by Elaine Landau

Amazing water frogs by Meish Goldish

Eyewitness endangered animals by written by Ben Hoare and Tom Jackson

A bald eagle's world by written and illustrated by Caroline Arnold

Top 10 small mammals for kids by Ann Graham Gaines

Extreme pets! by author, Jane Harrington; designer, Bill Henderson

Great pets!: an extraordinary guide to more than 60 usual and unusual family pets by Sara Stein

Dogs by Seymour Simon

Cats by Seymour Simon