Top 10 Best Animal Books for 7-year-olds

Find all the kids' animal favourites in these brilliantly beastly books, including rascally rabbits, daring dogs, brave birds and feisty foxes! For the very best animal books for 7-year-olds, look no further than the list below.

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1. The Wind in the Willows

Kenneth Grahame

This unforgettable classic stars Mole, who pokes his nose out of his burrow and discovers that the world is a very exciting place. He comes to meet brave Ratty, kind old Badger and the pesky Mr. Toad, and they all set off on a thrilling adventure together. Charming and engaging, children will adore this delightful tale.

2. The Brer Rabbit Stories

Enid Blyton

Follow the adventures of the mischievous little Brer Rabbit, who loves to play tricks on his buddies - and sometimes gets his comeuppance! These charming and fun tales will enchant young readers and animal-lovers.

3. The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

Roald Dahl

This classic, hilarious Roald Dahl tale stars Billy, a boy whose biggest wish is to turn the old, abandoned building nearby into a sensational sweetshop. But then he discovers that a giraffe, a pelican and a monkey have turned the building into the premises of the Ladderless Window-Cleaning Company! Join this bizarre team as they meet the richest man in all of England, and there's a chance for Billy's delicious dream to come true...

4. Shadow

Michael Morpurgo

This shocking and powerful tale stars Shadow the Springer Spaniel, a dog who embarks on a perilous journey with a young Afghan boy and his mother, travelling from their war-torn homeland to the refuge of a relative's home in Manchester, England. This captivating story will thrill animal-lovers and young adventurers.

5. How to Train Your Dragon

Cressida Cowell

Hiccup was an awesome sword-fighter and dragon-whisperer, the greatest Viking hero that ever lived - but there was a time, before all that, when Hiccup was a shy, quiet and thoughtful individual, a gentle person who had no idea how to be a tough, strong hero! Discover Hiccup's journey alongside his almighty dragon, Toothless, beginning with this first spellbinding story, and join him on his adventures throughout the sensational How to Train Your Dragon series.

6. Owls of Blossom Wood

Catherine Coe

These enchanting fantasy adventures follow Katie, Eva and Alex as they hide inside a hollow tree trunk and find themselves whisked away to a magical wood where they've been transformed into owls! Discover their spellbinding adventures in this enthralling place. Will they be able to solve the woodland's problems and find a missing fawn, attend an otter couple's wedding, persuade some striking bees to work again, and throw a surprise party for Bobby the badger? Discover the magic of these brilliant bird books - they're a hoot!

7. The Wolf Wilder

Katherine Rundell

In the snowbound woods of Russia, Feodora and her mother live in a cosy house, just ten minutes away from a pack of wolves. Feodora's mother is a wolf wilder, and Feo a wolf wilder in training. A wolf wilder teaches tamed animals how to fend for themselves, fight, run and be wary of humans - in short, be wild again. But when the lethal Russian Army threatens her very existence, Feo must go on the run. Embark on a daring adventure, featuring love, resilience, revolution, and - of course - wolves.

8. Sky Hawk

Gill Lewis

When Callum finds Iona on his farm, he and his friends try to chase her away - but she runs into the dark, snowy hills of the mountain. Worried for her well-being, Callum finds her freezing-cold and shivering, but refusing to leave. She is guarding a secret, a rare bird, hidden in the shadowy forest above the murky waters of the loch. A deal is made, and Iona shares her secret with Callum. But the promise they make to keep their secret will change Callum's life forever...

9. Fantastic Mr Fox

Roald Dahl

Boggis, Bunce and Bean are three horrid, grouchy farmers. None of them are particularly smart, so how can Mr Fox possibly resist stealing food from their farms? But now, these three foul farmers want to get their own back. Can Mr Fox escape their guns, their plots to kill him, protect his beloved wife and children - and not starve in the process? Fast-paced, funny and full of fun, kids will love this Roald Dahl classic.

10. The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop

Clare Balding

This awesome animal tale follows horse-mad 10-year-old Charlie Bass, who manages to accidentally buy a racehorse! The stag, named Noble Warrior, looks tough, strong, fit and healthy - but there's a problem. He refuses to leave his stable without his best buddy, a mischievous palomino pony called Percy. Charlie wants Noble Warrior to become a world-class champion, but it's not looking likely. However, with the family farm close to being repossessed, Noble Warrior may be their only hope...

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    What are you looking for? Adventure! Excitement! Fun! Friendship! Join in the delights and disasters on the riverbank with Mole and his new friends. With sensible Ratty, wise Badger, fun-loving Toad, and the dastardly stoats and weasles, there's never a dull moment! Oxford Children's Classics present not only the original and unabridged story of The Wind in the Willows in a stunning new edition, but also help you to discover a whole world of new adventures with a vast assortment of recommendations and activities.
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    Long ago, the world was full of dragons. But what happened to them? Where are they now? These pages are taken from the notebooks of Viking Hero Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third when he was just a boy. A keen dragonwatcher, Hiccup paints a picture of the brilliance and fire and spirit of that lost dragon world.

    Featuring dragon profiles, dragon anatomy, dragon riding tips and lots more must know info e.g. how to spot the difference between an arsenic adderwing and a glow worm (you don't want to mix those two up) and what to do when confronted with a Hellsteether. This is a must for all keen dragonwatchers out there...
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    Feodora and her mother live in the snowbound woods of Russia, in a house full of food and fireplaces. Ten minutes away, in a ruined chapel, lives a pack of wolves. Feodora's mother is a wolf wilder, and Feo is a wolf wilder in training. A wolf wilder is the opposite of an animal tamer: it is a person who teaches tamed animals to fend for themselves, and to fight and to run, and to be wary of humans. When the murderous hostility of the Russian Army threatens her very existence, Feo is left with no option but to go on the run. What follows is a story of revolution and adventure, about standing up for the things you love and fighting back. And, of course, wolves.
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    Phizzwhizzing new cover look and branding for the World's NUMBER ONE Storyteller! The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me is a classic Roald Dahl story. Billy's biggest wish is to turn a weird old wooden house into a wonderful sweet shop. But then he finds a giraffe, a pelly and a monkey living inside - they're the Ladderless Window Cleaners! Who needs ladders when you've got a giraffe? They become best friends and when they meet the richest man in all England, there's a chance Billy's scrumptious-galumptious dream just might come true...Listen to THE GIRAFFE AND THE PELLY AND ME and other Roald Dahl audiobooks read by some very famous voices, including Kate Winslet, David Walliams and Steven Fry - plus there are added squelchy soundeffects from Pinewood Studios! Look out for new Roald Dahl apps in the App store and Google Play - including the disgusting TWIT OR MISS! and HOUSE OF TWITS inspired by the revolting Twits.
  • Owls of Blossom Wood Collection - 6 Books - Collection - 9781407177625 - Catherine Coe
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    Swooping in and adding this collection of Owls of Blossom Wood stories to your child's bookshelf would be a very wise idea. They're a hoot!

    Perfect for fans of Rainbow Magic, the fantasy adventures have easy-to-follow plots and beautiful illustrations and will be eagerly read time and time again. They follow Katie, Eva and Alex as they hide inside a hollow tree trunk at the bottom of Katie's garden and find themselves whisked away to a magical wood where they've been transformed into owls.

    When they get there, it turns out the wrens have lost their voices and don't want to leave their nests. Will the girls (or owls, as they now are) be able to bring back the birdsong in time for a magical concert.They also have to take charge and solve woodland problems; find a missing baby fawn, attend a couple of otters' wedding; persuade some striking bees to start working again; and throw a surprise party for Bobby the badger.
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    No one know horse racing better than Clare Balding. In this reader, she gives children aged 7 and over an insight into what it feels like to own a horse.

    Suitable for fans of Dick King-Smith and Gerald Durrell, this amazing animal tale follows the horse-mad 10-year old Charlie Bass as she manages to accidentally buy a racehorse. Named Noble Warrior, the stag looks the part - he's strong, fit and healthy. But there's one issue...

    He refuses to leave his stable without his best friend, a naughty palomino pony called Percy. Charlie wants Noble Warrior to be a champion, but with Derby Day not far away, it's not looking likely. The family farm is also close to being repossessed and Noble Warrior may be their only hope!
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    Especially redesigned to celebrate the Roald Dahl 100 celebrations, Fantastic Mr Fox is a funny story about a quick-witted fox who likes to hatch plans - but will he be able to outsmart the farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean?

    Boggis is a chicken farmer who only eats boiled chickens smothered in fat; Bunce is a duck-and-goose farmer whose dinner gives him a beastly temper; and Bean is a turkey-and-apple farmer who only drinks strong cider... however, none of them are all that smart so is it any surprise the clever Mr Fox is always creeping down the valley and helping himself to their food? When he hears of their plan to Bang-Bang-Bang shoot him dead, Mr Fox comes up with a thoroughly fantastic plan.

    Fast paced and full of brilliant characters, the story is (of course) accompanied by Quentin Blake's iconic illustrations.
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    If you've never read these timeless tales of Brer Rabbit, you're in for a treat!

    Brer Rabbit is a mischievous character who loves to play tricks on his pals but occasionally gets his comeuppance.

    A great collection of stories that showcase Enid Blyton's classic storytelling charm perfectly.
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    From the best-loved author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo, Shadow is a powerful and treacherous tale of a young Afghan boy, Aman, his mother and canine companion, Shadow the Springer Spaniel.

    After being nursed back to health after appearing in the mouth of the Afghan cave, the trio embark on a dangerous journey from their war-torn homeland to the refuge of a relative's home in Manchester, England.

    A compelling story of courage, love and hope, Shadow is sure to impress both readers aged 7+ and their parents.

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
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    Gill Lewis combines believable and likeable characters with a heart-warming and bittersweet tale of friendship and loss. Callum and Iona live in the wilds of Scotland and become close friends when they make an amazing discovery that will change their lives forever.

    Sky Hawk is a beautiful and thought-provoking tale and sure to appeal to readers who love Michael Morpurgo's The Butterfly Lion and Running Wild.

    Contains some mild swearing.