Animal Story Books

Featuring furry friends having all sorts of fun adventures, we have a huge variety of animal books available. Whether your child loves woodland creatures or exotic wildlife, you'll find a book or collection below, with great prices guaranteed.

  • VRJ2 9 years +

    Varjak Paw (Paperback)

    SF Said

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    Cats, martial arts and a heart-warming story - we can't recommend S. F. Said's Varjack Paw series enough! Illustrated by the talented Dave McKean, this is the third book and continues to follow the adventures of Varjak.

    A Mesopotamian Blue kitten, Varjak learns about the Way from his grandfather and sets off on a journey of self-discovery. As he leaves home for the first time, he must learn how to survive in a terrifying city full of dangerous dogs, cat gangs and the mysterious Vanishings.

    A Gold Smarties Prize winner that has been described as 'The Karate Kid directed by David Lynch', this is an exciting and enchanting book that will have readers aged 9+ purring with delight.
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  • SZP2 5 years +

    The Sheep-pig (Paperback)

    Dick King-Smith

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    Adapted into the 1995 film Babe, the Sheep-pig is a classic story by Dick King-Smith about an orphaned piglet who just wants to fit in...

    Babe was won by Farmer Hogget at a fair and was soon adopted by kind-hearted sheep-dog fly. He learns so much from Fly but knows he can never be a sheep-dog. But perhaps there's a chance he can be a sheep-pig?
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  • HGE2 7 years +

    The Hodgeheg (Paperback)

    Dick King-Smith

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    Dick King-Smith, best-loved author of Babe the Sheep-pig and countless other enchanting animal stories, has created another heroic animal character who will captivate young readers.

    Max the Hedgehog is a bright little animal with wits as sharp as his spines, so can he overcome the problem of how to cross the road to the park safely? Young animal lovers aged 7+ will enjoy this touching tale.
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  • CWE2 7 years +

    Charlotte's Web (Paperback)

    EB White

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    A much-loved story by Stuart Little author E. B. White, and beautifully illustrated by Garth Williams, Charlotte's Web is the ideal book to read aloud and share with all the family.

    One spring morning, a little girl called Fern rescues a piglet and names him Wilbur. But then Wilbur is sent to live on a farm where he meets Charlotte: a very clever and very beautiful large grey spider. They become the best of friends and, when Wilbur is faced with a dreadful fate - the butcher's chop! Charlotte must come up with a very clever way to try and save him...

    The perfect gift for young readers aged 7 and above, the poignant and touching tale continues to entertain and engross readers over 50 years since its original publication. Quite simply, a children's classic!
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  • DKSS 7 years +

    Dick King-Smith's Sophie Collection - 6 Books (Collection)

    Dick King-Smith

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    In this set of six stories from Babe, the Sheep-Pig and the Queen's Nose author Dick King-Smith, children will get to meet Sophie - everyone's favourite farmer-to-be!

    Throughout the books the small but very determined Sophie meets snails, horses, ducks and cats and has a number of adventures. Written especially for children aged 7 and over, these are very appealing stories that will strike a chord with any young animal lover.

    With award-winning illustrator Hannah Shaw's illustrations providing a contemporary look, these are simply awesome animal adventures.
    Format: paperback
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  • WAM2 9 years +

    War Horse (Paperback)

    Michael Morpurgo

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    In War Horse, award-winning children's author Michael Morpurgo allows readers to understand the horror of the First World War by recounting the experiences of a farm horse who is commandeered to join the front line.

    The unbeatable storytelling skills of Michael Morpurgo make War Horse a stunning, unputdownable tale that won't fail to move all readers from 9+.

    As Steven Spielberg's epic film version gained a whole new audience for this stunning novel, there's never been a better time to read the book.
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  • RYLR 7 years +

    The Royal Rabbits Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    Santa Montefiore

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    The Hobbit meets Fantastic Mr Fox meets Watership Down in this charming collection from renowned storytellers and bestselling authors Santa Montefiore and Simon Sebag Montefiore.

    Packed with fun, fantasy and adventure, The Royal Rabbits of London tells a madcap story about a secret society that will do anything to protect the royal family from the horrible Ratzis. In Escape From the Tower, the Ratzis are back and plotting chaos up in the Shard, but it gets worse when weakling Shylo Tawny-Tail is kidnapped.

    The Great Diamond Chase will have you eager to turn the pages when a precious diamond is stolen from Buckingham Palace. Can the Royal Rabbits uncover the culprit and rescue the diamond in time?

    Format: paperback
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  • UNIA 7 years +

    Unicorn Academy Collection - 4 Books (Collection)

    Julie Sykes

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    With their eye-catching jackets and enchanting plots, these chapter books will introduce children to the joys of Unicorn Academy - a place packed with magic.

    Written by Julie Sykes and illustrated by Lucy Truman, these adventure stories focus on different girls and their favourite unicorns and will delight fans of Rainbow Magic.
    Format: paperback
    • £6.99
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  • MMAC 9 years +

    Michael Morpurgo Audio Collection - 28 CDs (Audio)

    Michael Morpurgo

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    With 10 unabridged stories across 28 CDs and an approximate running time of 29 hours, this collection of audiobooks from Michael Morpurgo is full of simply wonderful stories.

    Including the likes of Private Peaceful, Born to Run and War Horse - the book that inspired both the long-running West End play and blockbuster film directed by Steven Spielberg - these are wonderful stories that will be listened to over and over again. The whole family will be captivated on long journeys.

    The books are read by a host of actors and celebrities including Derek Jacobi, Jenny Agutter, Luke Treadaway and even Michael himself!

    Format: CD (unabridged) Please note that the audio is non-transferable and must be played on a device suitable for CDs.

    CDs in this collection:
    War Horse (Discs 1-3), The Butterfly Lion (Discs 1-2), Kaspar (Discs 1-2), Private Peaceful (Discs 1-4), Farm Boy, Born to Run (Discs 1-3), Kensuke's Kingdom (Discs 1-3), Shadow (Discs 1-3), An Elephant in the Garden (Discs 1-4), The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips (Discs 1-3)
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  • DKC2 7 years +

    The Diary of a Killer Cat (Paperback)

    Anne Fine

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    Simply told, beautifully illustrated and with a gripping plot, Carnegie Medal winner Anne Fine's story of a ferocious feline is a satisfying read to stretch a beginner reader.

    Ellie is horrified when her cat Tuffy drags in a dead bird, and even more so when he follows that with a dead mouse. Tuffy's just doing what comes naturally, but he'll need to change his ways or he'll end up in even more trouble.

    Written from Tuffy's point of view, The Diary of a Killer Cat is funny, gripping and purr-fect.
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  • WOF2 9 years +

    Wolf Brother (Paperback)

    Michelle Paver

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    Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver is a haunting prehistoric adventure that will appeal to children from 9+.

    When his father is killed by a bear that has been taken over by a demon, 12-year-old Torak is left living alone in the forest but he has a quest to follow. As his father dies, he tells Torak that it's up to him to find and get help from the Mountain of the World Spirit, so that the bear can be prevented from destroying others.

    Terrifying adventures lie in wait for Torak. Can he succeed in his quest? Michelle Paver's skilful storytelling will enthral and entrance!
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  • DKCD 6 years +

    Dick King-Smith: The Classic Audio Collection - 10 CDs (Audio)

    Dick King-Smith

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    Dick King-Smith's stories of animals and farm life have been cherished by generations of readers and this awesome audio collection contains nine of his best, including The Sheep-pig (famously adapted into the film Babe).

    Box size 130 x 130mm, approximate running time 9 hours 22 minutes
    Ages 6 plus

    CDs in this collection:
    Billy the Bird, The Catlady, Friends and Brothers, Funny Frank, George Speaks, How Green Was My Mouse, Lady Lollipop, Ninnyhammer and The Sheep-pig - Discs 1-2.
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  • RWI2 9 years +

    Running Wild (Paperback)

    Michael Morpurgo

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    Running Wild, by award-winning author Michael Morpurgo, tackles some big, contemporary issues including the destruction of the Indonesian rainforest and illegal animal trafficking.

    At the centre of the story is a boy's heart-warming friendship with an elephant who saves his life and a group of orphaned baby orang-utans who see him as a surrogate mother. Readers aged 9 and over will love this adventure story, although there are some sad themes.
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  • MYLP 7 years +

    New My Little Pony Collection - 12 Books (Collection)

    G. M Berrow

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    Join Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy and all the other characters from Equestria - a place full of magic and friendship - in this perfect My Little Pony collection.

    With 12 first chapter books to read through, this is a bumper collection of stories that are ideal for children (aged 7 and over) who are just starting to read chapter books.

    These are heart-warming stories that My Little Pony fans will enjoy over and over again: Twilight Sparkle casts a crystal heart spell; Pinkie Pie enjoys a rocking pony party; and Princess Celestia has to help with a royal rescue.

    Each book also contains bonus activity pages packed with puzzles, games and fun.

    Format: paperback
    • £13.99
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  • NBAW 9 years +

    Nina Bawden Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    Nina Bawden

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    Nina Bawden's children's books were a huge influence on the likes of Michael Morpurgo and this three-book collection contains some of her most beloved and inspirational work.

    Carrie's War is a moving story about evacuees that finds Carrie and her brother being sent to Wales and living away from home for the very first time; The Peppermint Pig has a family welcoming a tiny pig into their home and reveals how his naughtiness and clever nature kept a family happy in the most difficult of times; and Keeping Henry asks whether a squirrel can really be a suitable pet.

    Format: paperback
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  • GRLR 5 years +

    Gracie La Roo Collection - 6 Books (Collection)

    Marsha Qualey

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    This lively collection features six fun stories that follow Gracie La Roo, a synchronized swimming pig extraordinaire!

    She is the star of her team, the Water Sprites, but she is also the youngest of the bunch. Follow Gracie as she manages fame, works on her confidence and navigates tricky situations while nurturing her talent.

    With their humorous characters and relatable plots, these stories are perfect for helping children build confidence, form friendships and learn to speak up.

    Format: paperback
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  • SPCT 7 years +

    Supercat Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    Jeanne Willis

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    Supercat is the all-action feline that every cat lover will want to get to know. This collection includes three of Jeanne Willis' laugh-out-loud stories following his high-flying adventures.

    Tiger was an ordinary pet until he licked a toxic sock and found himself transformed into a superhero! Ever since this incredible thing happened, he's had to have his paws about him and your young readers will love hearing about his battles with the evil Count Backwards....

    The Count kidnaps the Queen and makes all the parents at a fun fair disappear. Will Supercat save the day?

    Format: paperback
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  • PUPY 7 years +

    Puppy Patrol Collection - 10 Books (Collection)

    Jenny Dale

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    Prepare to join Puppy Patrol with these 10 charming stories from Jenny Dale.

    From a mischievous teacher's pet to a naughty pair called Sugar and Spice and puppies who want to find their mother to a super-famous dog, these are barking good stories.

    With their popular theme and accessible text, these are perfect for newly independent readers.

    Format: paperback
    • £9.99
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  • FMO2 9 years +

    My Family and Other Animals (Paperback)

    Gerald Durrell

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    Gerald Durrell's My Family And Other Animals will enthral confident readers aged 9 and over who enjoy animal stories.

    Based on the author's own childhood obsessions, this is a lively and entertaining story that whisks the reader away to the stunning island of Corfu on a series of adventures involving scorpions, snakes and more. It's thrilling and very funny, too!

    Fans of My Family And Other Animals may also enjoy Gill Lewis' Sky Hawk.
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  • TONC 7 years +

    Toto the Ninja Cat and the Great Snake Escape (Paperback)

    Dermot O'Leary

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    From one of the UK's best-loved broadcasters, this hilarious book is a must-read for animal-loving children and would be purr-fect for fans of The Aristocats and The Secret Life of Pets!

    Toto the cat and her brother Silver live footloose and fancy-free in a townhouse in London. Toto is almost totally blind, and learned to trust her senses from a ninja cat-master who taught her back in Italy where they were born. By day, Toto and Silver seem to be ordinary cats, but by night, they love to have adventures.

    One evening, Toto learns that a king cobra has escaped from London Zoo. With help from a very posh cat and two hungry tigers, Toto and Silver must investigate. Can they find the giant snake before it's too late?
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  • WNL2 8 years +

    The Wind in the Willows (Paperback)

    Kenneth Grahame

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    A classic of children's literature, The Wind in the Willows is written by Kenneth Grahame and this edition features the beautiful original artwork from E.H. Shepard, the illustrator of Winnie-the-Pooh.

    Mole pokes his nose out of his burrow and discovers that the outside world is a very exciting place. On his travels he meets brave Ratty, kind old Badger and the rascally Mr. Toad and they all head off on an adventure together.

    A charming story from start to finish, this is a classic animal adventure full of iconic characters. A must for every child's bookshelf.
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  • APCS 9 years +

    A Pony Called Secret Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    Olivia Tuffin

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    From the author of The Palomino Pony series, this exciting collection features three perfect pony stories and is filled with adventure and a genuine love of horses!

    Using funny antics from her own ponies, Olivia Tuffin writes with real heart and knowledge of the equestrian world. And in this heartwarming series, readers see Alice follow her dream of achieving success with her young strawberry roan pony, Secret.

    After struggling with Secret's training, a chance encounter with the mysterious Finn changes everything. And when Alice finally joins pony club, she is thrilled to be invited to super-popular Hannah's party. But as snow begins to fall and a pony escapes, Alice and Finn rush to the rescue...Can their friendship survive the storm?

    Alice finally reaches the Olympia Horse Show with Secret, but she soon runs into trouble with the competition - a suspicious girl named Leah. On the night before the big day, Secret is stolen and Alice's dream turns into a nightmare. It must be impossible for Alice and Finn to track him down!

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  • HLNP 7 years +

    Helen Peters Collection - 6 Books (Collection)

    Helen Peters

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    Described as 'a modern James Herriot for young readers', Helen Peters' heart-warming stories are all inspired by life on a farm.

    Suitable for children aged 6 and over, the six books in this collection focus on cute critters including a duckling called Button, a lamb called Lucky and a goat called Willow.

    The charming and traditional nature of the stories is sure to delight animal lovers and there's even a Christmas story (A Kitten Called Holly) to add extra sparkle.

    Format: paperback
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  • JBO2 9 years +

    The Jungle Book (Paperback)

    Rudyard Kipling

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    The Jungle Book is a classic children's book that older generations will love to share with young readers.

    In it, Rudyard Kipling weaves an extraordinary tale of one child's friendship with the animals in the Indian jungle.

    The characters of Baloo the bear, Bhageera the panther and evil tiger, Shere Khan, roar off the page and will captivate the hearts and minds of young readers from 9+.
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Books about animals have the ability to captivate kids' minds, teaching them all about the natural world while broadening their minds with plots and topics in a fun, enjoyable way. Kids go wild for animals, which is part of the reason animal tales are just so popular.

Tales that teach

Animal books are a great way to introduce children to interesting and important ethical and moral questions. While the stories will be firmly grounded in the realms of fantasy, they're a calm and caring way to slowly get kids thinking about themes such as cause and effect and proper relationships.

All sorts of authors

From classic titles by the likes of A. A. Milne and Rudyard Kipling, to newer books by authors such as Gill Lewis and Pippa Funnell, we stock a wide range of authors writing on an equally diverse range of topics. What's more, you can pick up whole collections of works by particular authors for a low price – perfect for filling up an avid young reader's bookshelf.

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Take a look through our selection of animal tales and books – all guaranteed to be fun, furry and fantastic for young readers.