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Children's Fiction Featuring Pets or Other Animals


Mouse House by Rumer Godden

  • Pub Date: 1957 (original)
  • Grades 1-3 interest
  • A little mouse goes in search of a house. 


Mister Cleghorn's Seal by Judith Kerr

  • Pub Date: 2015
  • Grades 1-4 Interest
  • Mr. Cleghorn rescues a seal pup left on his own. 


Hissy Fitz by Patrick Jennings


Little Cat's Luck by Marion Dance Bauer

  • Pub Date: 2016 
  • Grades 2-5 interest
  • See also: In Verse 
  • My review: here


My Pet Human by Yasmine Surovec 

  • Pub Date: 2015
  • Grades 2-4 interest


The Tiny Hero of the Ferny Creek Library by Linda Bailey

  • Pub Date: 2017
  • Grades 3-5 interest
  • See also: Books & Libraries
  • On the blog: Library Heroes  
  • A bug who lives in a school loves books and tries to save the library from being turned into a testing center. 


The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems

  • Pub Date: 2015
  • Grades 2-4 interest
  • A dog and a cat explore each other's worlds. 


Beyond the Laughing Sky by Michelle Cuevas


Wishtree by Katherine Applegate 

  • Pub Date: 2017
  • Grades 4-6 interest 
  • See also: Nature
  • In this book, narrated by a tree, there are all sorts of animal characters. 


Catlantis by Anna Starobinets

  • Pub Date: 2016
  • Grades 4-6 interest  
  • See also: Imported 
  • A silly fantasy about cats with magical powers. 


Granted by John David Anderson

  • Pub Date: 2018
  • Grades 4-6 interest
  • See also: Searching, Wishes 
  • A fairy gets a chance to grant her first wish, but it's not as easy as she thought it would be. Along the way she makes friends with a dog.


Forest of Wonders by Linda Sue Park

  • Pub Date: 2016
  • Grades 4-6 interest
  • Raffa accidentally gives a bat the ability to talk and the two of them become friends. 


This Little Piggy: An Owner's Manual by Cyndi Marko

  • Pub Date: 2017
  • Grades 1-3 interest
  • A girl tries to convince her family to get a pet pig. 


Most Perfect Thing in the Universe by Tricia Springstubb

  • Pub Date: 2021
  • Grades 4-6 interest
  • Loah has an interest in birds, and her mother is an ornithologist. 


Saucy by Cynthia Kadohata

  • Pub Date: 2020
  • Grades 4-6 interest
  • Becca is determined to rescue a piglet she finds. 

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