Top 10 Best Animal Books for 9-year-olds

In these amazing animal books, kids can discover all their favourite furry friends performing courageous deeds, going on adventures, helping humans and so much more! These brilliant animal books for 9-year-olds feature wonderful wolves, heroic horses, remarkable rabbits, daring dogs and lots more.

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1. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Joan Aiken

Long ago, in a time that never happened, England was teeming with wolves. However, Bonnie and her cousin Sylvia quickly realise that danger often lies closer to home. Their new governess, Miss Slighcarp, is horrible. She shuts Bonnie in a cupboard, fires the faithful servants, and sends the cousins far away, to a place they'll never be found. Can they outsmart the spiteful Miss Slighcarp and her network of dodgy dealers? This gripping adventure will captivate young animal-lovers.

2. James and the Giant Peach

Roald Dahl

James Henry Trotter lives with two ghastly old hags. He's very lonely, until one day, something extraordinary happens. At the end of the garden, a peach starts to grow and grow and grow. Inside that peach are very unusual and very large insects, all waiting to take James on an enthralling adventure. Where will they go - and what will happen to the horrible aunts who block their way? Discover this exciting tale from wonderful storyteller, Roald Dahl.

3. Animalium

Jenny Broom

Discover more than 160 animal specimens in Animalium, the first in a series of engrossing virtual museums. Browse the galleries, open 24/7 for your edification and amusement, and uncover a collection of curated exhibits on every page, accompanied by informative text. Perfect for animal fans, learn about everything from the simple sponge to the enormous elephant.

4. War Horse

Michael Morpurgo

In this gripping tale, a horse named Joey witnesses the deadly reality of battle from both sides of the trenches in the First World War. He will come to understand the chaotic power of war, and the boundless beauty of peace. His owner, Albert, is determined to bring his beloved horse home safely. This engrossing story is a favourite with kids, parents and teachers alike, and has been adapted for film and stage.

5. Bear Grylls: Spirit of the Jungle

Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls's take on Rudyard Kipling's famous adventure, The Jungle Book, follows teenager Mak as he heads to India to live with his family. He's happiest when holed up in his room playing computer games and practising magic tricks, and finds himself out of his depth in the hustle and bustle of his new city. That's when Mak's dad suggests a trip - into the jungle. What will happen when Mak's parents are washed away, and he's left with only animal friends to help him out?

6. Watership Down

Richard Adams

This wonderful classic, set in the stunning English countryside, is a thrilling tale of courage, adventure and survival. It follows a band of rabbits, fleeing the destruction of their home by a developer. A pair of strong-hearted brothers must try to lead the group to the safe haven of Sandleford Warren, trying to evade danger at every turn, hoping that at the end of their journey, they'll find their mysterious promised land.

9. Animal Science

Nicola Davies

Animal-lovers will be captivated by this colourful series, which covers everything from the sounds animals make to the yucky things that come out of their bottoms! With bold, bright illustrations and plenty of humour, these books explore the fascinating topic of natural history in brilliant depth, discussing tough survivors, animal communication, dangerous creatures, big and little animals, parasites and - of course - poo.

10. Jet the Rescue Dog

David Long

Discover the remarkable true stories of a number of inspiring animals, including Jet, an Alsatian who searched the ruins during the Blitz to uncover survivors, and Sergeant Stubby, the dog who caught a spy. The incredible instinct, intelligence, courage and devotion that animals showed through the wartime era are wonderfully portrayed in this moving book. Uplifting, touching and at times heart-breaking, kids will be captivated by these extraordinary true stories.

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    Can you go a little faster? Can you run? Long ago, at a time in history that never happened, England was overrun with wolves. But as Bonnie and her cousin Sylvia discover, real danger often lies closer to home. Their new governess, Miss Slighcarp, doesn't seem at all nice. She shuts Bonnie in a cupboard, fires the faithful servants and sends the cousins far away from Willoughby Chase to a place they will never be found. Can Bonnie and Sylvia outwit the wicked Miss Slighcarp and her network of criminals, forgers and snitches?
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    Welcome to the museum! There are more than 160 animal specimens to be discovered in Animalium, the first in a series of virtual museums. Wander the galleries - open 365 days a year - and discover a collection of curated exhibits on every page, accompanied by informative text. Each chapter features a different branch of the tree of life, from the simple sponge to the enormous elephant.
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    Sure to inspire budding vets and children who have an interest in the animal kingdom, this all-encompassing Animal Science Collection covers everything from the sounds that come out of animals' mouths to the more yucky things that come out of their bottoms.

    Fully illustrated and exploring the magic of natural history in fascinating depth, the six books cover tough survivors, animal communication, dangerous creatures, big and little animals, parasites and, of course, poo.

    Perfect for fact fans aged 7 and over who enjoy the likes of Horrible Geography and Horrible Histories, this collection will have children laughing and learning in equal measure.
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    Meet Jet, the Alsation who searched through ruins during the Blitz bombings to find survivors; Sergeant Stubby, the dog who caught a spy and many more heroic animals in Jet the Rescue Dog and Other Extraordinary Stories of Animals in Wartime.

    Dogs, horses, cats and even birds, camels and elephants saved thousands of lives through their instinct, intelligence, courage, bravery and devotion throughout the wartime era and this book celebrates them all.

    Written by David Long and illustrated by Peter Bailey, these are poignant, moving and ultimately uplifting true stories about the brave and silent animal heroes of wartime. The beautiful hardback will appeal to animal-loving readers aged 9 and over.
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    A phenomenal worldwide bestseller for over forty years, Richard Adams' spellbinding classic Watership Down is one of the best-loved novels of all time.

    Set in the beautiful English countryside of the Berkshire Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage, and survival follows a band of very special rabbits fleeing the destruction of their home by a developer. Led by a stout-hearted pair of brothers, they leave the safety of Sandleford Warren in search of a safe haven and a mysterious promised land, skirting danger at every turn.
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    Scarlet has always said to her brother, Red, that one day they'll fly far, far away to Trinidad, where thousands of scarlet ibis fill the skies. Red is different to other children, and Scarlet is used to looking after her brother. They'll be together forever! But not everything lasts forever...

    One day they are split up and sent to live away from one another. Scarlet must now do whatever it takes to get her and her brother back together!

    A stunning and deeply moving novel from Gill Lewis, the acclaimed author of Sky Hawk, the story of unconditional sibling love will touch the heart of every reader. An ideal book for children aged 9 and up, and fans of Lewis's previous novels White Dolphin Moon Bear.
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    This special anthology features the very best stories about cats and dogs from the world of children's literature, chosen by bestselling author and Battersea Cats and Dogs Home patron Jacqueline Wilson.

    The book features personal new pieces from many authors about their own treasured pets, with contributions from Michael Morpurgo, Philip Pullman, Malorie Blackman and more.

    Including a brand new story by Jacqueline herself, Leonie's Pet Cat, as well as extracts from treasured classics such as The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith and modern favourites from Anne Fine and Patrick Ness, this is a collection to enjoy and share for many years.

    For every copy sold, a significant donation will be made to Battersea Cats and Dogs Home.
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    The animals of The Jungle Book came roaring back onto the big screen in the Disney film earlier this year and now Bear Grylls is offering his own contemporary take on Rudyard Kipling's classic adventure with Spirit of the Jungle.

    A reimagining of the famous story, this heart-stopping adventure is just as exciting as Bear Grylls' bestselling fiction and follows the teenager Mak as he heads to live in India with his family. Happiest playing computer games and practising magic tricks in his room, he's out of his depth when he arrives in this new country. For a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, Mak's dad suggests a trip into the jungle.

    This is when disaster strikes... the family are caught up in a monsoon along the Wainganga River and Mak's parents are washed away. Alone in the jungle and having to deal with poachers, poisonous snakes and evil monkeys, Mak must learn to survive. However, he finds help and friendship from other jungle creatures as he makes it his mission to get back to civilization.
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    Phizz-whizzing new branding for the world's No.1 storyteller, Roald Dahl! Exciting, bold and instantly recognisable with Quentin Blake's inimitable artwork. James Henry Trotter lives with two ghastly hags. Aunt Sponge is enormously fat with a face that looks boiled and Aunt Spiker is bony and screeching. He's very lonely until one day something peculiar happens. At the end of the garden a peach starts to grow and Grow and Grow. Inside that peach are seven very unusual insects - all waiting to take James on a magical adventure. But where will they go in their Giant Peach and what will happen to the horrible aunts if they stand in their way? There's only one way to find out. "A true genius...Roald Dahl is my hero". (David Walliams). Now you can listen to James and the Giant Peach and other Roald Dahl Audiobooks read by some very famous voices, including Kate Winslet, David Walliams and Steven Fry - plus there are added squelchy sound effects from Pinewood Studios! Also 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.