The following books are recommended as good animal stories.  An asterisk after the authorís name means that this book is part of a series.  Your librarian can help you with additional suggestions of books to read by these and other authors.

Grades 1 & 2

Annie's Pet, by Barbara Brenner
Annie decides to buy a pet with her birthday money.

Are You My Mother?, by P.D. Eastman
A baby bird hatches out of his egg and begins to search for his mother.

The Clover County Carrot Contest, by John Himmelman
All the beavers in the Wright family are trying to grow the biggest carrot.

Fox on Stage, by James Marshall *
Fox makes a film, takes part in a magic show and performs in a play.

Harry and the Lady Next Door, by Gene Zion *
Harry doesn't like the way the lady next door sings, how can he stop her?

Henry the Sailor Cat, by Mary Calhoun*
Henry, the Siamese cat, goes sailing with his family, and gets a lot more excitement than he planned on.

If You Give a Moose a Muffin, by Laura Joffe Numeroff*
Moose starts out by wanting jam for his muffin and ends up doing all kinds of things.

Leo and Emily's Zoo, by Franz Brandenberg *
Leo and Emily find animals they didn't know they had at their zoo.

Morris Goes to School, by Bernard Wiseman *
A moose in school?  Morris wants to learn how to count and read.

Oliver, Amanda and Grandmother Pig, by Jean Van Leeuwen *
When grandma comes for a visit, Amanda and Oliver discover how special she really is.

Sammy the Seal, by Syd Hoff
Sammy  wants to know what the world is like outside the zoo.

Tiger Is a Scaredy Cat, by Joan Phillips
Tiger is afraid of everything until he helps a baby mouse.

Grades 3 & 4

Animals Who Have Won Our Hearts, by Jean Craighead George (599)
Ten true stories that describe the bravery, intelligence and unusual feats of some beloved and famous animals.

Beware the Mare, by Jessie Haas
After gramp gets a good bargain on a mare for Lily, he suspects that something may be wrong with the horse.

The Boy Who Ate Dog Biscuits, by Betsy Sachs
Billy has to convince his parents that he is responsible enough to have a pet dog.

Bunnicula, a Rabbit-Tale of Mystery, by Deborah & James Howe *
Chester the cat suspects that Bunnicula is really a vampire bunny!

Cat Walk, by Mary Stolz
A young cat born on a farm in Vermont goes on a long journey in search of a name and a home.

The Case of the Elevator Duck, by Polly Berrien Berends
An eleven-year-old detective finds a duck in the elevator of his apartment building and begins to search for its owner.

Charlotte's Web, by E. B. White
The classic tale of Wilber, the pig, and his good friend Charlotte, the spider, who saves his life.

The Chicken Gave It to Me, by Ann Fine
Andrew gets a book from a chicken who is on a campaign against cruelty to chickens.

The Dog That Called the Signals, by Matt Christopher *
Mike has an unusual mind reading dog that can transmit football plays from the sick coach's house.

Dolby and the Woof Off, by Barbara Steiner
Can Bo train Dolby well enough to win the Woofies Dog Food contest?

The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, by Paul Goble
An Indian girl finds happiness living with wild horses.

Guinea Pigs Don't Talk, by Laurie Myers
Lisa, the new girl at school, gets into trouble when she and a couple of classmates play a series of tricks on each other using the class guinea pigs.

Harvey's Mystifying Raccoon Mix-Up, by Eth Clifford *
Harvey and his cousin, Nora, must solve a mystery which involves a prowler, a haunted attic, some criminals and a smarter than average raccoon.

It Goes EEEEEEEEEEEEE!, by Jamie Gilson
Patrick knows about bats from books, but is he brave enough to go see real bats?

It's Not Easy Being George, by Janice Lee Smith *
George would like to go everywhere with Adam Joshua, but there are some places where a dog can't go.

Jane Martin, Dog Detective, by Eve Bunting
Jane Martin uses her detective skills to search for lost animals.

Mishmash, by Molly Cone *
A dog called Mishmash moves in with Pete and helps him adjust to a brand new neighborhood.

Mr. Popper's Penguins, by Richard & Florence Atwater
When Mr. Popper is presented with a penguin, the Popper family finds that having an unusual pet can be a lot of fun!

Only One Woof, by James Herriott (J 636.73)
Gyp is a great sheepdog, but he never barks.

Sebastian (Super Sleuth) & the Baffling Bigfoot, by Mary Blount Christian *
The old english sheepdog detective has a new mystery to solve which involves a stolen purse, an Inn in the woods and a mysterious thief who may be Bigfoot!

Snakes Are Nothing to Sneeze At, by Gabrielle Charbonnet
Annabel keeps trying to find a pet that won't make her father sneeze.

Socks, by Beverly Cleary
The happy life of the cat Socks is disrupted when a new baby appears in the house.

The Summer House Cat, by Michele Granger
Charlotte wants to take Annie, the stray cat, home, but her parents don't want a cat.

Three Terrible Trins, by Dick King-Smith
Nothing can stop Thomas, Richard and Henry, not the cats or the farmer, because they are special mice.

Grades 5 & 6

Agnes the Sheep, by William Taylor
Belinda and Joe inherit Agnes and have to keep her from destroying everything.

Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell
The classic story about a beautiful black horse.

The Black Stallion, by Walter Farley *
A boy trains a wild Arabian Stallion.

The Cat That Was Left Behind, by C. S. Adler
A lonely foster child finds a cat to take care of.

The Cricket in Times Square, by George Selden
Chester, a cricket from rural Connecticut, is introduced to city life in New York.

Danger Dog, by Lynn Hall
Thirteen-year-old David is determined to save the life of a dangerous Doberman Pinscher.

The Great Squirrel Uprising, by Dan Elish
The squirrels are taking over Central Park, can they really get the people out of the park?

Hotel for Dogs, by Lois Duncan
Bruce and Liz set up a secret hotel for stray dogs.

The Midnight Fox, by Betsy Byars
When Tom spends a couple of months on his aunt and uncle's farm he becomes very concerned about a black fox.

Misty of Chincoteague, by Marguerite Henry *
Paul and Maureen have been trying to get the Phantom, will they ever own the wild horse?

My Cousin the Poodle, by Jo Dereske
Barbara and Tommy aren't sure they like Terry Berry, a poodle who acts like a spoiled child.

Old Yeller, by Fred Gipson
The story of a boy and the dog he loves set in the 1860's in the Texas Hill country.
Pets, Vets & Marty Howard, by Joan Davenport Carris *
Twelve-year-old Marty Howard works at a veterinary clinic and sees the pleasant and not so pleasant tasks of a veterinarian.

Rascal, by Sterling North (J 599.74443)
In this true story, the author recalls how he spent a wonderful boyhood year with his pet raccoon, Rascal.

Ride a Dark Horse, by Lynn Hall
Something suspicious and dangerous is going on at the horse farm where seventeen-year-old Gusty works.

Shiloh, by Phyllis R. Naylor
Marty tries to hide a lost beagle from its mean-spirited owner who is known to mistreat dogs.

Sounder, by William Armstrong
A poor black sharecropper and his family fight for survival with the love and devotion of their dog, Sounder.  (Newbery Medal)

The Summer of the Falcon, by Jean Craighead George
June is training Zander, a sparrow hawk, but can she train him well enough to live as a wild bird?

Wolf at the Door, by Barbara Cochran
When Lee adopts a mistreated wolf, she doesn't think that she is going to end up with a whole pack.

Zucchini, by Barbara Dana
A shy boy loves a homeless ferret.

This booklist was prepared by Faye Lieberman, Franklin Square Public Library and Ilene Leibowitz, North Merrick Public Library.  Art work, by Rachel S. Fox, Port Washington Public Library.  Printed and distributed, by the Nassau Library System, Caroline Ward, formerly Childrenís Services Manager.

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