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The Best Children’s Books About Animals

“What are the best books about Animals?” We looked at 233 of the top Animal books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 12 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Animal” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 200+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 12 Kids Books About Animals

12 .) Amazing Animal Journeys written by Chris Packham

Amazing Animal Journeys

Lists It Appears On:

  • Families Online
  • Families Online

Every year billions of animals migrate from one part of our planet to another. Travel around the world to meet some of the masters of migration as they take you with them on some incredible journeys.

11 .) Animalium written by Jenny Broom


Lists It Appears On:

  • Families Online
  • Natural Beach Living

Welcome to Animalium. This museum is open all hours. It houses an astonishing collection of more than 160 animals for visitors of all ages. Learn how animals have evolved, see inside the dissection laboratory, and discover the amazing variety of habitats on Earth.

10 .) Dog’s Colorful Day written by Emma Dodd

Dog’s Colorful Day

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fantastic Fun And Learning
  • Pre Kinders

Dog starts the day with just one black spot on his ear. But wherever he goes, he runs into different things, all of which leave their mark. By the time he finally arrives home, Dog has ten spots. Then it’s bath time.

9 .) Harry the Dirty Dog written by Gene Zion

Harry the Dirty Dog

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fantastic Fun And Learning
  • Pre Kinders

When a white dog with black spots runs away from home, he gets so dirty his family doesn’t recognize him on his return as a black dog with white spots.

8 .) Let’s Get a Pup! Said Kate written by Bob Graham

Let’s Get a Pup! Said Kate

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fantastic Fun And Learning
  • Read Brightly

When Kate and her parents visit the animal shelter, an adorable puppy charms them, but it is very hard to leave an older dog behind.

7 .) Oh, Theodore! written by Susan Katz

Oh, Theodore!

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fantastic Fun And Learning
  • Read Brightly

A young boy acquires his first pet, a guinea pig named Theodore, and learns what Theodore likes to eat, what things scare him, the sounds he makes, how he likes to play, and where he likes to hide.

6 .) Pete the Cat written by James Dean

Pete the Cat

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fantastic Fun And Learning
  • Pre Kinders

With 8 colorful tabs, this sturdy board book will introduce the littlest Pete the Cat fans to Pete and his super-cool group of friends, including Callie, Grumpy Toad, Gus, and more. This fun new format is perfect for even the tiniest paws!

5 .) Tails are Not for Pulling written by Elizabeth Verdick

Tails are Not for Pulling

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fantastic Fun And Learning
  • Read Brightly

Simple text and illustrations encourage careful handling and awareness of pets.

4 .) The Pigeon Wants a Puppy written by Mo Willems

The Pigeon Wants a Puppy

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fantastic Fun And Learning
  • Pre Kinders

The pigeon really, really wants a puppy, but when a puppy arrives the pigeon changes its mind.

3 .) The Story of Ferdinand written by Munro Leaf

The Story of Ferdinand

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • One Green Planet

Ferdinand likes to sit quietly and smell the flowers, but one day he gets stung by a bee and his snorting and stomping convince everyone that he is the fiercest of bulls.

2 .) What Pet Should I Get? written by Dr. Seuss

What Pet Should I Get?

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fantastic Fun And Learning
  • Read Brightly

A boy wants all of the pets in a pet store but he and his sister can choose only one. End notes discuss Dr. Seuss’s pets, his creative process, and the discovery of the manuscript and illustrations for “What Pet Should I Get?”

1 .) May I Pet Your Dog? written by Stephanie Calmenson

May I Pet Your Dog?

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fantastic Fun And Learning
  • Pre Kinders
  • Read Brightly

Harry the dog explains how to safely meet him and his friends.

The 200+ Additional Best Children’s Animal Books

13125 True Stories of Amazing Animals Families Online
145 Elephants One Green Planet
15A Boy and a Jaguar One Green Planet
16A Cat and a Dog Pre Kinders
17A Fish Out of WaterHelen Palmer
Fantastic Fun And Learning
18A Kid’s Best Friend One Green Planet
19A Nest Is Noisy 
Natural Beach Living
20A Seed Is Sleepy 
Natural Beach Living
21A Storytelling of RavensKyle LukoffGoodreads
A Walk on the Beach: Into the Field Guide
Natural Beach Living
23About Birds: A Guide for Children 
Natural Beach Living
24All the Water in the World 
Natural Beach Living
25An Oak Tree’s Life (Watch It Grow) 
Natural Beach Living
26Animal Families Online
27Animal Babies in Polar LandsEditors of KingfisherGift Of Curiosity
28Animal GroupsJill EsbaumGoodreads
29Animal Opposites Families Online
30Animals – 400 reusable stickers Families Online
31Animals – Fingerprint Activities Families Online
32Animals in School Families Online
33Antionette Pre Kinders
34Arctic Fox: Very Cool!Stephen PersonGift Of Curiosity
35Arctic FoxesEmily Rose TownsendGift Of Curiosity
36Are You My Mother?P.D. EastmanGoodreads
37Avati: Discovering Arctic EcologyMia PelletierGift Of Curiosity
38Baa Humbug One Green Planet
39Beetle BoyM. G. LeonardThe School Run
40Beyond the Pond 
Natural Beach Living
41Big Bear, Small MouseKarma WilsonGoodreads
42Big Red BarnMargaret Wise BrownGoodreads
43Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?Bill Martin Jr.Goodreads
44Buddy UnchainedDaisy BixGoodreads
45Bunny Roo, I Love YouMelissa MarrGoodreads
46Can We Save the Tiger?Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Vicky WhiteBook Trust
47CAT Pre Kinders
48Charlotte’s WebE. B. WhiteThe School Run
49Children Make Terrible Pets Pre Kinders
50Claude in the CityAlex T. SmithThe School Run
51Cookie’s Week Pre Kinders
52Coyote SummerMimi TheboBook Trust
53Creaturepedia Families Online
Curiositree: Natural World: A Visual Compendium of Wonders from Nature – Jacket unfolds into a huge wall poster!
Natural Beach Living
Curious Kids Nature Guide: Explore the Amazing Outdoors of the Pacific Northwest
Natural Beach Living
56Dave Loves Chickens One Green Planet
57Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap BookRod CampbellGoodreads
58Discovering AnimalsNeepin AugerGoodreads
59Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!Mo WillemsGoodreads
60Don’t Let Them DisappearChelsea ClintonGoodreads
61Douglas, You Need Glasses! Imagination Soup
62EllieMike WuGoodreads
63Endangered Animals of Antarctica and the ArcticMarie AllgorGift Of Curiosity
64Everything Spring (Picture the Seasons) 
Natural Beach Living
65Fancy Nancy: Puppy PartyJane O’ConnorGoodreads
66Feather NY Times
67Flip Flap Safari Families Online
68Floss Pre Kinders
69Foxes Live HereIrmengarde EberleGoodreads
70Froggy Gets a Doggy Pre Kinders
Gamba: An Optimistic Mountain Gorilla Tale
 One Green Planet
72Gaston Pre Kinders
73Giraffe Meets Bird Imagination Soup
74Giraffes Can’t DanceGiles AndreaeGoodreads
75Go, Dog. Go!P.D. EastmanGoodreads
76Goyangi Means Cat One Green Planet
77Groovy Joe: Dance Party CountdownEric LitwinGoodreads
78Groovy Joe: Ice Cream and DinosaursEric LitwinGoodreads
79Grumpy Pants Imagination Soup
80Have You Seen My Cat? Pre Kinders
81Hello HelloBrendan WenzelGoodreads
82Henry the Fourth Pre Kinders
Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth
Natural Beach Living
84Hobbes Goes Home One Green Planet
85Horrible Bear! Imagination Soup
86How Do Dinosaurs Love Their Cats? Read Brightly
87How to Be a Wildflower: A Field Guide 
Natural Beach Living
How to Be an Elephant: Growing Up in the African Wild
 NY Times
89How to Draw Amazing Animals Families Online
90Hush Little Polar BearJeff MackGift Of Curiosity
91I am the Dog I am the CatDonald Hall
Fantastic Fun And Learning
92I Don’t Know What to Call My Cat Pre Kinders
93I Took the Moon for a Walk 
Natural Beach Living
94I Wanna IguanaKaren Kaufman Orloff
Fantastic Fun And Learning
95Ice Bear and Little FoxJonathan LondonGift Of Curiosity
96Ida, AlwaysCaron LevisGoodreads
97If an Armadillo Went to a RestaurantEllen FischerGoodreads
98If You Give a Cat a Cupcake Pre Kinders
99If You Give a Dog a Donut Pre Kinders
100If You Give a Mouse a CookieLaura Joffe NumeroffGoodreads
101If You Were a Panda BearWendell MinorGoodreads
102If You Were a PenguinWendell MinorGoodreads
103In Arctic WatersLaura CrawfordGift Of Curiosity
Inky’s Great Escape: The Incredible (and Mostly True) Story of an Octopus Escape
 NY Times
105Just a Dream“ Natures Path
106Just So Stories Families Online
107Kitten’s First Full MoonKevin HenkesGoodreads
Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling, The
Natural Beach Living
Lift the Flap Questions and Answers About Animals
 Families Online
110Lion & Tiger & Bear Tag! You’re It! Imagination Soup
111Little DevilsRobert J. BlakeGoodreads
112Little Owl’s Night 
Natural Beach Living
113Living in the ArcticNeil MorrisGift Of Curiosity
114Lola Plants a Garden 
Natural Beach Living
115Lost and FoundOliver JeffersGoodreads
116Make Way for DucklingsRobert McCloskeyGoodreads
117Mama Cat Has Three Kittens Pre Kinders
118Miss Rumphius 
Natural Beach Living
119Moon: A Peek-Through Picture Book 
Natural Beach Living
120My Little Polar BearClaudia RuedaGift Of Curiosity
National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia: 2,500 Animals with Photos, Maps, and More! (Encyclopaedia)
Natural Beach Living
National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs That Squeak, Soar, and Roar! (Stories & Poems)
Natural Beach Living
National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry: More than 200 Poems With Photographs That Float, Zoom, and Bloom! (Stories & Poems)
Natural Beach Living
124Nature AdventuresMick Manning and Brita GranstromBook Trust
Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World (Julia Rothman)
Natural Beach Living
126Night Animals 
Natural Beach Living
127NightsongAri BerkGoodreads
128North: The Amazing Story of Arctic MigrationNick DowsonGift Of Curiosity
129Not All Animals Are Blue: A Big Book of Little DifferencesBéatrice BoutignonGoodreads
130Ocean Families Online
131OliviaIan FalconerGoodreads
132On Meadowview Street“ Natures Path
Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature
Natural Beach Living
134Over and Under the Pond 
Natural Beach Living
135Over in the Arctic: Where the Cold Winds BlowMarianne BerkesGift Of Curiosity
136Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef 
Natural Beach Living
137Owl Moon 
Natural Beach Living
138PaxSara PennypackerThe School Run
139Peep Inside Animal Homes Families Online
140Pet Show Pre Kinders
141Pets at the WhitehouseMarge Kennedy
Fantastic Fun And Learning
142Piggy HandsomePip JonesThe School Run
143Planting a Rainbow 
Natural Beach Living
144Please, Puppy, Please Pre Kinders
Polar Animals (Animal Planet Animal Bites)
Natural Beach Living
146Polar Bear MorningLauren ThompsonGift Of Curiosity
147Polar BearsGail GibbonsGift Of Curiosity
Natural Beach Living
149Pretty Animal Postcards Families Online
150Put Me in the ZooRobert LopshireGoodreads
151QuackersLiz WongGoodreads
152Quentin Blake’s Amazing Animal Stories Families Online
153Red & Lulu NY Times
Natural Beach Living
Seeds and Trees: A children’s book about the power of words
Natural Beach Living
156Skunk on a String Imagination Soup
157Sky DancerGill LewisBook Trust
158Snail & Worm Imagination Soup
159Someday, NarwhalLisa MantchevGoodreads
160Something About a BearJackie MorrisBook Trust
Song of the Wild: A First Book of Animals
 NY Times
162Sparky! Read Brightly
163Splat the Cat Pre Kinders
164StellalunaJanell CannonGoodreads
165Step-by-Step Drawing Animals Families Online
166Strictly No ElephantsLisa Mantchev
Fantastic Fun And Learning
167Tall Tall Tree 
Natural Beach Living
168The Animal Book Families Online
169The Animals of Farthing Wood Families Online
170The Best Book of Polar AnimalsChristiane GunziGift Of Curiosity
171The Big Book Of BugsBarbara Taylor, illustrated by Yuval ZommerBook Trust
172The Blobfish BookJessica OlienGoodreads
173The Chameleon That Saved Noah’s Ark Imagination Soup
174The Cow Loves CookiesKarma WilsonGoodreads
175The Curious Garden 
Natural Beach Living
176The Doghouse Pre Kinders
177The Farmer’s Away! Baa! Neigh!Anne Vittur KennedyGoodreads
178The Forgotten Rabbit Read Brightly
179The Great EscapeMegan RixThe School Run
180The Great Gracie Chase Pre Kinders
181The House at Pooh CornerA.A. MilneGoodreads
The Kid’s Guide to Exploring Nature (BBG Guides for a Greener Planet)
Natural Beach Living
183The Kissing HandAudrey PennGoodreads
184The Last WildPiers TordayThe School Run
185The Legend of Podkin One-EarKieran LarwoodThe School Run
186The Lion and the MouseJerry PinkneyGoodreads
187The Little Gardener 
Natural Beach Living
188The Lost WordsRobert Macfarlane, illustrated by Jackie MorrisBook Trust
The Midsummer Tomte and the Little Rabbits
 Imagination Soup
190The Miraculous Journey of Edward TulaneKate DiCamilloThe School Run
191The Night Gardener 
Natural Beach Living
192The Perfect Dog Imagination Soup
193The Poky Little PuppyJanette Sebring LowreyGoodreads
194The Polar Bear Son: An Inuit Tale retoldLydia DabcovichGift Of Curiosity
195The Raft 
Natural Beach Living
196The Secret Life of SquirrelsNancy RoseGoodreads
197The Sheep-pigDick King-SmithThe School Run
198The Snow BearMiriam MossGift Of Curiosity
The Tree Book for Kids and Their Grown-Ups
Natural Beach Living
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever
Natural Beach Living
201The Variety of Life 
Natural Beach Living
202The Velveteen RabbitMargery Williams BiancoGoodreads
203The Very Hungry CaterpillarEric CarleGoodreads
The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps
Natural Beach Living
205The Wild FolkSylvia V LinsteadtThe School Run
206The Wilderness WarJulia GreenBook Trust
207The Wolf WilderKatherine RundellThe School Run
208The Wolves of CurrumpawWilliam GrillBook Trust
209They All Saw a Cat Pre Kinders
210This Moose Belongs to MeOliver JeffersGoodreads
211Three Little Kittens Pre Kinders
212Treat Imagination Soup
213Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book 
Natural Beach Living
214Two Mice Imagination Soup
215Unlovable Pre Kinders
216Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt 
Natural Beach Living
Urban Roosts: Where Birds Nest in the City“
 Natures Path
218Ursa’s Light Imagination Soup
219Varjak PawS. F. SaidThe School Run
220Waiting for IceSandra MarkleGift Of Curiosity
221Walruses of the ArcticSara Swan MillerGift Of Curiosity
Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa“
 Natures Path
223We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt 
Natural Beach Living
224Welcome Home, Bear: A Book of Animal HabitatsIl Sung NaGoodreads
225Westlandia“ Natures Path
226What Will Fat Cat Sit On? Pre Kinders
227When Anju Loved Being an Elephant One Green Planet
228When the Mountains RoaredJess ButterworthThe School Run
229When We Were Very YoungA.A. MilneGoodreads
230Who Lives Here? Polar AnimalsDeborah HodgeGift Of Curiosity
Natural Beach Living
232Wolf Camp Imagination Soup
233Yucky WormsViv French, illustrated by Jessica AhlbergBook Trust

13 Best Kids Animal Book Sources/Lists

Book Trust 10 fantastic children’s books about wildlife, chosen by Nicola Davies
Families Online 21 amazing books for children who love animals
Fantastic Fun And Learning Books About Pets for Kids
Gift Of Curiosity 20 books about Arctic animals for kids
Goodreads Popular Childrens Animals Books
Imagination Soup 18 Picture Books Starring Animal Characters
Natural Beach Living 50 Best Children’s Books About Nature
Natures Path The 10 Best Books for Kids About Animals & Nature
NY Times Bookshelf: Picture Books for Animal-Loving Children
One Green Planet 10 Amazing Children’s Books That Will Inspire Your Little One to Stand
Pre Kinders Books about Pets for Kids
Read Brightly 8 Books That Show Kids How to Treat Animals
The School Run Best children’s books for animal lovers