Top 10 Best Animal Books for 5-year-olds

From brilliant bear adventures to daring dog deeds, from sensational snake stories to riveting rabbit reads, you'll find all the best animal books for 5-year-olds in the paw-some list below.

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1. Winnie-the-Pooh

A. A. Milne

Winnie-the-Pooh is one of the most recognisable and adorable characters in children's literature, and you and your little one can join him and all his friends in his enchanting adventures. Starring best-loved characters such as Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore and Christopher Robin, children are guaranteed to be enthralled by these classic tales.

2. Magic Animal Friends

Daisy Meadows

This spellbinding series follows two friends, Lily and Jess, who discover a magical, secret world in which the animals can talk! However, the wicked witch Grizelda is on the hunt and trying to ruin the animals' lives... Follow the girls' adventures as they have to save a baby bunny, help Evie Scruffypup to break the spell the witch has cast on her, battle dragons with a squirrel called Sophie Flufftail, and lots more!

3. The Snake Who Came to Stay

Julia Donaldson

The bestselling author of The Gruffalo presents this wonderful story starring Polly, who sets up a pets' holiday home for the summer and has to contend with greedy guinea pigs, pesky parrots and ssslithering sssnakes! Mum grows more exasperated by the day! And will Polly be able to find missing snake Doris before it finds its guinea pig prey? An exciting tale for all youngsters, including reluctant and dyslexic readers.

4. Snug

Michael Morpurgo

This poignant tale follows Lisa and her beloved cat, Snug. Everywhere Lisa goes, Snug follows. But as Snug grows older, he spends more time away from home, and one night he comes home all beaten up. Then, he disappears. This touching story about friendship will move young readers.

5. The Sheep-Pig

Dick King-Smith

Farmer Hogget wins Babe the pig in a guess-the-weight-of-the-pig competition. With the assistance of kindly sheepdog Fly, the little piglet seems to settle in well to life on the farm - but also harbours a rather strange ambition for a pig... Kids will be laughing, smiling and gasping at this thrilling, classic story.

6. Puppy Tales

Holly Webb

These uplifting stories feature some of the most cute and cuddly animals in the world: puppies! Max pines for Molly when she's at school, so sets off to find her when he spots an open window - but the world is much bigger than he expected! In Timmy in Trouble, what will happen when a new puppy starts upsetting the family cat? Read these and many more enchanting puppy tales.

7. Collect-a-Pet Stories

These gorgeous stories for early readers are perfect for animal-lovers. With a focus on ponies, rabbits, kittens and puppies, each book comes with a free pet pendant! These short rhyming tales are told with sweet illustrations and are designed to help develop reading skills. They also include fascinating facts about the animals featured.

8. Puppy Academy Series

Gill Lewis

If your child loves animals and adventure stories, this is the series for them! It features the adventures of four dogs - Murphy, Star, Pip and Scout - as they assist the emergency services. Star must help a lamb in need, whilst Pip trains to be a helper for a girl in a wheelchair. Murphy faces a huge challenge on the beach, whilst Scout must track down a sausage-stealing thief!

9. The Enormous Crocodile

Roald Dahl

This splendiferous story from the legendary Roald Dahl features a crocodile who's planning what to munch for lunch. It has to be juicy and it has to be delicious... how about a child, just like you? This grumptious brute is getting hungrier and hungrier! This riveting read is great for fans of more exotic beasts.

10. A Bear Called Paddington

Michael Bond

When Mr and Mrs Brown stumble across a small, polite bear in Paddington Station, they are startled to find a curious label around his neck, which reads: 'Please look after this bear. Thank you.' This begins a long line of hilarious stories featuring the adorable bear and his marvellous adventures! This funny, endearing classic has delighted children for generations.

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    Journey to Hundred Acre Wood with this quality reprint of A.A. Milne's classic stories that have been pored over for generations. Featuring the wonderful original colour illustrations from E.H. Shepard, this enjoyable collection of Winnie-the-Pooh stories is a must-have for every child's - and grown-up's - bookshelf.

    Beautifully presented, this charming book includes the timeless adventures of Pooh Bear and his much-loved friends, and this collectable edition of tales sees the Bear for All Ages get into a tight place, nearly catch a Woozle, and discover the wrong sort of honey - amongst many other things!

    A gift that is sure to be cherished by any young reader.
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    In Michael Bond's A Bear Called Paddington, Mr and Mrs Brown stumble across a small, polite bear in Paddington Station with a label around his neck which reads, "Please look after this bear. Thank you." It's the start of lots of hilarious stories in which Paddington Bear encounters all kinds of adventures, leaving his inimitable sticky imprint wherever he goes. The ultimate in funny and endearing classic chapter books to read with children aged five and older!

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
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    Part of the Little Gems series of Michael Morpurgo books, Snug tells the poignant story of Lisa and her beloved cat.

    Everywhere Lisa goes, her cat Snug follows. But as he grows older, he spends more time away from home and one night he comes home all beaten up - and then he disappears.

    Especially designed for those who struggle with reading (including dyslexic children), this is an illustrated story about animals and friendship from the former Children's Laureate and author of War Horse and Private Peaceful.
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    These charming early readers are just great for any child who has a love of animals. Focusing on ponies, rabbits, kittens and puppies, each book even comes with a free pet pendant!

    Short stories told in rhyme with cute illustrations throughout, the books will help develop reading skills and include fun facts about all the animals featured.

    Suitable for children aged 5+, the books feature great stories and amazing animals - what's not to love?
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    Daisy Meadows' Rainbow Magic series has introduced so many children to the joys of reading and now she's set to enchant even more young readers with the Magic Animal Friends series.

    Lily and Jess are two friends who love animals, so it's a dream come true when they find themselves in Friendship Forest - a secret world where all the animals can talk! However, it's not long before the animals need the pals' help. Wicked witch Grizelda is on the hunt and is trying to ruin the animals' lives...

    Throughout these sparkling stories (ideal for children aged 5 and over who are just starting to read independently), Lily and Jess have to save a baby bunny called Lucy Longwhiskers from the clutches of Grizelda; help Evie Scruffypup the dog break the spell that the witch has put on her; and battle dragons with a squirrel named Sophie Flufftail.

    The glittery jackets just add to the appeal of these amazingly accessible stories.
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    With its phizz-whizzing new cover to celebrate 100 years since Roald Dahl was born, The Enormous Crocodile is a snappy book children will love reading.

    The croc is planning what to have for his lunch. He wants to have something juicy and delicious and he's getting hungrier... but what does he fancy eating? The grumptious brute is looking for someone to tuck into... someone like your children!

    This full-colour edition of the book features illustrations by Quentin Blake (who else?).
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    Holly Webb is always a popular author with children and this collection includes 10 books focusing on a perennially popular theme - adorable puppies!

    The stories are uplifting and great for children who are just starting to read independently. They have appealing front covers and will be read over and over again.

    There's Max, an Old English Sheepdog puppy who forms a bond with Molly. Max pines for Molly when she's at school so sets off to find her when he spots an open window. But the world is bigger than he expects and soon he's lost; Jess the Border Collie is miserable when Chloe's big brother Will breaks his leg and is in hospital for weeks; and Timmy in Trouble finds a new puppy upsetting a family cat. Can the animals become friends?

    All illustrated by Sophy Williams, these books will inspire and entertain any little animal lovers.
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    Part of the Little Gems series of first chapter books, this clever and funny story from The Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson is perfect for the younger end of the 5-8 age range.

    Fully illustrated, the former Children's Laureate's story follows Polly as she sets up a pets' holiday home for the summer. With a house full of greedy guinea pigs, pesky parrots and slithering snakes, Mum is getting more and more fed up - and then Doris the snake goes missing!

    Can Polly find Doris before the snake finds the guinea pigs?
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    Written by Gill Lewis, an acclaimed author of animal tales, the Puppy Academy books each focus on a different dog and the challenges they face as they help the emergency services.

    Murphy is used to being top dog, but faces a huge challenge when he has to earn his Surf Rescue Badge on the beach. Will he be brave enough?; border collie Star wants to be a sheepdog and when she goes to help a lamb in need, she gets far more than she bargained for; while Pip is training to be a helper for a young girl in a wheelchair. Will she like him?

    Finally, there's Scout who wants nothing more than to be a police dog like her parents. There's a sausage thief on the loose, can she track the thief down?

    Amazing animal stories for younger children, complemented by fantastic illustrations from Sarah Horne.
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    Dick King-Smith's story of the little orphaned piglet who longs to become a sheep-dog will charm and entrance young readers aged 5 and over.

    Farmer Hogget wins Babe in a guess-the-weight-of-the-pig competition. With the help of kindly sheep-dog Fly, the young piglet settles in to life on the farm but he also harbours a strange ambition for a pig...

    Lots of laughs and plenty of suspense make this a touching story to share with young readers. Fans of The Sheep-Pig will also enjoy reading Charlotte's Web by E.B. White.