Animal stories are those in which the main character is an animal or a person closely associated with animals. Horse stories can be found on a separate list.

Younger readers:

Bumble by Alison Prince PRIN
Bumble the hamster, so called because of his big bum, belongs to Rosie. He knows it's his job to keep Rosie happy. But when he tries Hide and Seek, Rosie's parents panic and insist Bumble has to stay in his cage.

The Magic Bone series by Nancy E Krulik KRUL
Sparky the sheepdog puppy digs up a magic bone that transports him to London, where he makes new friends, sees the sights, and gets into a bit of trouble.

Alfie’s Great Escape by Kate Irwin IRWI (black spot)
When he falls out with his best friend, Alfie the baboon thinks he'd be better off living with humans. After all, they're never mean and they never argue. Or do they...?

The Kitten With No Name by Vivian French FREN (black spot)
Poor lost Kitten. He doesn't have a name or a home to call his own. All he wants is to find a warm and cosy place where someone will love him. Will anyone help this little kitten?

Agatha Parrot and the Zombie Bird by Kjartan Poskitt POSK
We had a battle of magic at Odd Street School! A magician came to do a show and he tried to hatch a scary zombie bird out of a silver egg. Eeky-freak!

The Battersea Dogs and Cats Home series by Sarah Hawkins BATT
Heart-warming tales based on real events at the Battersea Dogs and Cats home in the UK.

The RSPCA series by various authors RSPC
Charming tales based on real life animal rescues, featuring kittens, bunnies, ponies and more.

The Magic Kitten series by Sue Bentley BENT
Cute books about kittens—what’s not to like?!

The Little Bridge Farm series by Peter Clover CLOV
Welcome to Little Bridge Farm, where every animal has a story. A warm-hearted series of farmyard tales.

Snake and Lizard by Joy Cowley COWL
A collection of stories about the friendship between Snake and Lizard.

The Little Animal Ark series by Lucy Daniels DANI

The Invisible Dog by Dick King-Smith KING
The story of a girl who tries to satisfy her yearning for a dog by introducing an imaginary Great Dane called Henry to the house. Her wish comes true and she is allowed a real Henry - but there's more than a hint that old Mrs Garrow, with her cackling laugh and black cat, may have been involved.

Jack Russell: Dog Detective series by Darrel & Sally Odgers ODGE
Jack Russell is the detective with a nose for crime.

The Little Dolphin series by Lucy Daniels DANI
Little Dolphin and his friends in Urchin Bay always have fun and adventures together in their underwater world.


Middle readers:

Shadow by Michael Morpurgo MORP
When Shadow, a bomb-sniffing spaniel, goes missing in the middle of war-torn Afghanistan, his soldier-owner is devastated. Meanwhile, Shadow makes friends with a local Afghan boy, and sees a whole other side of the war. But as Christmas draws ever closer, the question is - will Shadow and his trainer ever be reunited...?

My Dog Doesn’t Like Me by Elizabeth Fensham FENS
Eric was given a dog for this eighth birthday - that was nearly a year ago. The dog, named Ugly (because he is just that), settles into Eric's family but is not attached to Eric in any way. In fact, Ugly prefers everyone else in the family! Eric has several crazy ideas to make Ugly love him, but Ugly is not swayed. Eric slowly comes to realise that in order to win over Ugly, he has to put in time, effort and most importantly, show him love and affection.

The River Singers by Tom Moorhouse MOOR
Something was approaching the burrow. Something deadly. Something that made Sylvan's fur bristle with fear . . .Knowing their lives are under threat, Sylvan and his brother and sisters have no choice but to abandon their burrow for ever. Together they set out on an epic journey along the Great River; but with dangers lurking at every turn, will they ever find a safe place to call home?

The Dog Days of Charlotte Hayes by Marlane Kennedy KENN
Eleven-year-old Charlotte is not a dog person but does not like that the rest of her family neglects their Saint Bernard puppy, and so with a lot of determination and a little sneakiness, she works on finding a good home for the gentle giant.

A Dog's Way Home by Bobbie Pyron PYRO
After a car accident strands them at opposite ends of the Blue Ridge Parkway, eleven-year-old Abby and her beloved sheltie, Tam, overcome months filled with physical and emotional challenges to find their way back to each other.

The Princess and the Foal by Stacy Gregg GREG
Inspired by a real-life princess, the unforgettable story of how a truly special horse heals a girl's broken heart.

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo DICA
The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.

Alex, the dog and the unopenable door by Ross Montgomery MONT
Join Alex and his very surprising dog on an epic, silly adventure to discover what lies at the heart of the Forbidden lands...

Everything for a dog by Ann. M. Martin MART
Charlie is coming to terms with a heart-breaking tragedy with only his beloved dog to comfort him. Henry wants a dog more than anything in the world but his parents just say no. Bone is a homeless dog searching for a place to belong. All three live very different lives... A powerful, moving novel about two boys and one dog whose stories are woven together in the most surprising of ways.

Toes by Tor Seidler SEID
Toes, the seven-toed kitten, leaves home to escape the terrible teasing from his siblings.


Non-fiction books:
Non-fiction books about animals can be found at 599.
Non-fiction books about pets can be found at 636.