Animal Fiction

Books that prominently feature animals in the plot or as main characters. Includes talking animals, animal rescues, magical animals, and locations such as zoos. Many share elements with Fantasy or Adventure & Survival.

Animal-Led Fantasy

Animals with human traits, and sometimes magic powers.

The Bat-Poet - Randall Jarrell

Catwings - Ursula K. Le Guin

Guardians of Ga’Hoole [series] - Kathryn Lasky

Mice of the Round Table - Julie Leung

Mouseheart - Lisa Fielder

Poppy [series] - Avi

Redwall [series] - Brian Jacques

Return to the Willows - Jacqueline Kelly

The Royal Rabbits of London - Santa Montefiore

Seekers [series] - Erin Hunter

The Tale of Despereaux - Kate DiCamillo

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp - Kathi Appelt

Warriors [series] - Erin Hunter


Animal Heroes

Animals with jobs that involve search & rescue, etc.

Babe: The Gallant Pig - Dick King Smith

Cracker!: The Best Dog in Vietnam - Cynthia Kadohata

Darling: Mercy Dog of World War I - Alison Hart

Ice Dogs - Terry Lynn Johnson

A Million Shades of Gray - Cynthia Kadohata

Mountain Dog - Margarita Engle

Strongheart: Wonder Dog of the Silver Screen - Candace Fleming

Trouble the Water - Frances O’Roark Dowell


Animal Humor

You thought you wanted that pet… but think again!

Because of Winn-Dixie - Kate DiCamillo

A Coyote’s In the House - Elmore Leonard

The Fast and the Furriest - Andy Behrens

Finding Zasha - Randi Barrow

Guinea Dog - Patrick Jennings

Hazy Bloom and the Pet Project - Jennifer Hamburg

Maxi’s Secrets - Lynn Plourde

Slacker - Gordon Korman

Summer of the Monkeys - Wilson Rawls

The Worm Whisperer - Betty Hicks

Magical & Mythical Animals

Creatures that exist only in legend, come to life.

Elementals #1: Ice Wolves - Amie Kaufman

The Guardian Herd: Starfire - Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

The Song from Somewhere Else - A.F. Harrold

Touching Spirit Bear - Ben Mikaelsen

The Zoo at the Edge of the World - Eric Kahn Gale


Animal Rescue

Who rescued whom? <3

A Bear Named Trouble - Marion Dane Bauer

A Boy Called Bat - Elana Arnold

Buddy - M.H. Herlong

Chained - Lynne Kelly

Gaby, Lost and Found - Angel Cervantes

Just a Dog - Michael Gerard Bauer

Lassie Come-Home - Eric Knight

Little Dog, Lost - Marion Dane Bauer

Maybe a Fox - Kathi Appelt

The One and Only Ivan - Katherine Applegate

One Dog and His Boy - Eva Ibbotson

Rain Reign - Ann M. Martin

Runt - Marion Dane Bauer

Sheep - Valerie Hobbs

Shiloh - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Tua and the Elephant - R.P. Harris

When Friendship Followed Me Home - Paul Griffin

Wild Girl - Patricia Reilly Giff

Wish - Barbara O’Connor


Animal Survival

Animal or Human protagonist survives the wilderness… and predators!

Island of the Blue Dolphins - Scott O’Dell

Julie of the Wolves - Jean Craighead George

Lassie Come-Home - Eric Knight

Never Say Die - Will Hobbs