Great Books for Animal-Loving Kids

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No matter what type of animal your child likes, you can find a book to match those interests. Animals can be superheroes, villains, and every type of character in between.

These books, which range from pictures only to chapter books, will spark your child’s imagination and create a sense of excitement that even the best TV shows may not capture!

“Babe, The Gallant Pig” by Dick King-Smith

We’ll start off with a classic. Dick King Smith’s book is about a pig who encompasses some of the best human traits — manners, intelligence, and compassion. Babe wants to be a sheepdog and has to convince his owner that he should be roaming the fields instead of on the table for Christmas dinner.

This book was developed into a successful movie that was nominated for an Academy Award in 1996.

“How to Be an Elephant: Growing Up in the African Wild” by Katherine Roy

Elephants are a mainstay of children’s literature, but you’ve probably never seen them in quite this way. This picture book is based on the experiences of real-life elephants during their first two years of life. It provides some great lessons in how animals grow and adapt to their communities.

Open this one up for discussion by asking your child to draw comparisons between baby elephants and baby humans.

“Ranger in Time: Rescue on the Oregon Trail” by Kate Messner

Dogs make great heroes in children’s books, and Ranger the golden retriever is no exception. After doing some digging in the backyard, he’s transported back in time to help a family trying to cross the Oregon Trail to the American West.

Ranger quickly bonds with his new family and will make you fall in love with him by the time the book is finished. This chapter book also provides history lessons about what it was like for families heading west in the 1800s.