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Recommended Animal Fiction

Whenever a book or author has won an important award, an abbreviation of the award title is included in parenthesis. For a keyed list of these awards, click here.

Adams, Richard   Watership Down (1972) (Carn)
Applegate, Katherine The One and Only Ivan (2012) (New)
Avi                                        Poppy (1995) (BG-HB) (& 5 sequels)
Bond, Michael                     A Bear Called Paddington (1958) (& 11 sequels)
Burnford, Sheila                 The Incredible Journey (1960)
Dahl, Roald                         Fantastic Mr. Fox (1970)
DiCamillo, Kate                   Because of Winn-Dixie (2000) (NewH)
                                             The Tale of Despereaux (2003) (New)
Farley, Walter                     The Black Stallion (1941)
Grahame, Kenneth             The Wind in the Willows (1908)
Jarrell, Randall                    The Animal Family (1965) (NewH)
Kipling, Rudyard The Jungle Book (1894)
The Second Jungle Book (1895)
Lofting, Hugh                      The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle (1922) (& 11 more Doctor Dolittle books)
London, Jack                       The Call of the Wild (1903)
Sea Wolf (1904)
White Fang (1906)
Mowat, Farley The Dog Who Wouldn't Be (1957)
Owls in the Family (1961)
Naylor, Phyllis                        Shiloh (1991) (New) (& 3 sequels) 
Oppel, Kenneth                   Silverwing (1997) (& 3 sequels)
Pennypacker, Sara Pax (2016)
Pratchett, Terry                  Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents (2001)
Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan    The Yearling (1938)
Rawls, Wilson                        Where the Red Fern Grows (1961)
Roberts, Sir Charles G. D.  Red Fox (1905)
Salten, Felix                         Bambi (1923)
Saunders, Marshall            Beautiful Joe (1895)
Selden, George                   The Cricket in Time Square (1960) (New H)
Seton, Ernest Thompson Wild Animals I Have Known (1898)
Sewell, Anna                       Black Beauty (1877)
Smith, Dodie                       The One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1956)
Steig, William                      Dominic (1972)
The Real Thief (1973)
Abel's Island (1976) (NewH)
White, E. B.                          Stuart Little (1945)
Charlotte's Web (1952)
Trumpet of the Swan (1970)
Brown, Margaret Wise Goodnight Moon (1947)
Brown, Peter Children Make Terrible Pets (2010)
You Will Be My Friend (2011)
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild (2013)
Browne, Anthony Willy the Champ (1985)
Gorilla (1991) (KG)
Zoo (1992) (KG)
Brunhoff, Jean de The Story of Babar (1931)
Babar’s Travels (1932)
Babar the King (1933)
Babar and his Children (1938)
Babar and Father Christmas (1940)
Burningham, John Mr Gumpy’s Outing (1970) (KG)
Cannon, Janet Stellaluna (1993)
Carle, Eric The Very Hungry Caterpillar (1969)
The Very Busy Spider (1984)
The Very Quiet Cricket (1990)
The Very Lonely Firefly (1995)
Do You Want to Be My Friend? (1971)
Slowly, Slowly, Slowly Said the Sloth (2002)
Cronin, Doreen Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type (2000)
Eastman, P. D. Are You My Mother? (1960)
Falconer, Ian Olivia (2000) (CaldH) (& 10 sequels)
Fleming, Denise In the Tall, Tall Grass (1991)
Gag, Wanda Millions of Cats (1928) (NewH)
Gravett, Emily Wolves (2005) (KG)
Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears (2007) (KG)
The Odd Egg (2009) 
Dogs (2009)
The Rabbit Problem (2009)
Again! (2013)
Grey, Mini Three by the Sea (2011)
Henkes, Kevin Kitten's First Moon (2004) (Cald)
Hoban, Russell Bedtime for Frances (1948)
Bread and Jam for Frances (1964)
A Baby Sister for Frances (1964)
A Birthday for Frances (1968)
Best Friends for Frances (1969)
A Bargain for Frances (1970
Hutchins, Pat Rosie’s Walk (1968)
Jarrell, Randall The Bat Poet (1964)
Jeffers, Oliver This Moose Belongs to Me
Klassen, Jon I Want My Hat Back (2011)
This Is Not My Hat (2012) (KG)
Leaf, Munro The Story of Ferdinand (illus. Robert Lawson) (1936)
Le Guin, Ursula K. Catwings (1988)
Catwings Return (1989)
Wonderful Alexander and the Catwings (1994)
Jane on Her Own (1999)
Lionni, Leo Inch by Inch (1960)
Swimmy (1963)
Frederick (1967)
Lobel, Arnold Frog and Toad Are Friends (1970)
Marshall, James George and Martha (1972)
George and Martha Encore (1973)
George and Martha Rise and Shine (1976)
George and Martha One Fine Day (1978)
George and Martha Tons of Fun (1980)
George and Martha Back in Town (1984)
George and Martha Round and Round (1988)
Martin Jr, Bill Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (illus. Eric Carle) (1967)
McCarty, Peter Hondo & Fabian (2003) (CaldH)
Henry in Love (2010)
Chloe (2012)
First Snow (2015)
McCloskey, Robert Make Way for Ducklings (1969)
Numeroff, Laura Joffe If You Give a Moose a Cookie (1985)
Portis, Antoinette A Penguin Story (2009)
Potter, Beatrix The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1902)
The Tale of Gloucester (1903)
The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin (1903)
The Tale of Benjamin Bunny (1904)
The Tale of Two Bad Mice (1904)
The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle (1905)                                                                               
The Tale of the Pie and the Patty-Pan (1905)
The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit (1906)
The Story of Miss Moppet (1906)
The Tale of Mr Jeremy Fisher (1906)
The Tale of Tom Kitten (1907)
The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck (1908)
Samuel Whiskers or The Roly-Poly Pudding (1908)
The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies (1909)
Ginger and Pickles (1909)
The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse (1910)
The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes (1911)
The Tale of Mr Tod (1912)
The Tale of Pigling Bland (1913)
The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse (1918)
The Tale of Little Pig Robinson (1930)
Rey, H. A & Margret Curious George (1941)
Curious George Takes a Job (1947)
Curious George Rides a Bike (1952)
Curious George Gets a Medal (1957)
Curious George Flies a Kite (1958)
Curious George Learns the Alphabet (1963)
Curious George Goes to the Hospital (1966)
Rohmann, Eric My Friend Rabbit (2002) (Cald)
Sendak, Maurice Higglety Pigglety Pop! (1967)
Stead, Philip C.  A Sick Day for Amos McGee (2010)
A Home for Bird (2012)
Steig, William Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (1969) (Cald)
The Amazing Bone (1976) (CaldH)
Doctor De Soto (1982) (NewH)
Doctor De Soto Goes to Africa (1992)
Ungerer, Tomi Crictor (1958)
Van Allsburg, Chris Two Bad Ants (1988)
Watt, Melanie Scaredy Squirrel (2006)
Chester (2007)
Willems, Mo Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (2003) (CaldH)
Young, Ed Seven Blind Mice (1992)