Top 10 Best Animal Books for Children

Featuring all the best-loved furry and feathery friends - from faithful puppy pals to heroic horses, brilliant birds to wonderful wolves - young animal-lovers will adore these amazing animal books, ordered by target age. For all the best animal books for children, look no further than this paw-some list.

1. Peppa Pig Stories


These bright, bubbly storybooks star the much-loved (and very sweet!) little Peppa Pig. Peppa has all sorts of fun adventures, such as going on holiday, playing basketball, and even meeting the Queen! Her friends and family have their own exciting stories, too. With so many characters to cherish, and heaps of charm and fun, young animal-lovers will adore these tales.

2. The World of Peter Rabbit Tales

Beatrix Potter | 3+

This enchanting series of books features an assortment of adorable animals and the exciting adventures they share. These tales have delighted young readers for generations, introducing youngsters to unforgettable characters like Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle Duck and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, all illustrated in a gentle and delicate style.

3. The Sheep-Pig

Dick King-Smith | 5+

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.

4. Puppy Academy Series

Gill Lewis | 5+

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!

5. The Wolf Wilder

Katherine Rundell | 7+

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.

6. Sky Hawk

Gill Lewis | 7+

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...

7. James and the Giant Peach

Roald Dahl | 9+

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.

8. War Horse

Michael Morpurgo | 9+

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.

9. Black Beauty

Anna Sewell | 9+

Black Beauty is a handsome, sweet-natured animal with a strong and courageous spirit. He lives an idyllic life in fresh green pastures with his mother, Duchess, and their kindly master. But when his owners are forced to sell him, Black Beauty goes from a tranquil life of comfort to one of hard labour and cruelty. Can he survive in the hands of men who treat animals so heartlessly? Horse fans will love this treasured classic.

10. Animal Farm

George Orwell | 14+

When Mr Jones of Manor Farm forgets to feed his animals one day, they decide to revolt under the leadership of two pigs. The animals take over the farm, vowing to eliminate all of the unacceptable inequalities of the farmyard. The renamed 'Animal Farm' is reorganised to benefit all - but as time passes, ideals are corrupted and something new, unexpected and sinister emerges. This book is a brilliant satirical reflection of the Russian Revolution 1917 and the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union.

  • AADNS 14 years +
    George Orwell
    14 years +
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    Mr Jones of Manor Farm is so lazy and drunken that one day he forgets to feed his livestock. The ensuing rebellion under the leadership of the pigs Napoleon and Wellington leads to the animals taking over the farm. Vowing to eliminate the terrible inequities of the farmyard, the renamed Animal Farm is organised to benefit all who walk on four legs. But as time passes, the ideals of the rebellion are corrupted, then forgotten. And something new and unexpected emerges. Telling the story of a revolution that went wrong, Animal Farm is George Orwell's brilliant satire on the corrupting influence of power.

  • The World of Peter Rabbit Complete Collection - 23 Books - Collection - 9780723275923 - Beatrix Potter
    WOPR 3 years +
    3 years +
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    Beautifully presented in hardback and featuring the classic white jackets, this complete boxed collection of Beatrix Potter's beloved Peter Rabbit books is a must for every child - and will make the perfect Christmas or christening gift.

    Having enchanted young readers for generations, the timeless books in this charming set also include publisher's notes describing how she worked with her publisher to create the charming stories.

    Format: hardback
    Every hardback book in this collection has dimensions of 140 x 105mm
  • AWK2 7 years +
    Gill Lewis
    7 years +
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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.
  • WHQ2 9 years +
    Michael Morpurgo
    9 years +
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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 piece of literature, there's never been a better time to read the book.
  • 6BLB 9 years +
    Anna Sewell
    9 years +
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    Fans of Watership Down and Charlotte's Web will love this classic tale of a spirited horse, Black Beauty by Anna Sewell.

    A handsome, sweet-tempered animal with a strong spirit, Black Beauty lives a life of luxury in the fresh green meadows with his beloved mother, Duchess, and their kind master. But when his owners are forced to sell him, Black Beauty goes from a life of comfort and kindness to one of hard labour and cruelty. Can Black Beauty survive in the hands of men who treat animals so cruelly?

    Winner of multiple awards and professional accolades, Black Beauty is a must-have title for every bookshelf for children aged nine and up.
  • Puppy Academy Collection - 4 Books - Collection - 9780192744203 - Gill Lewis
    PYAC 5 years +
    Gill Lewis
    5 years +
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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.
  • JGH2 7 years +
    Roald Dahl
    7 years +
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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.
  • Peppa Pig Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9780241275771
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    This is a new collection of Peppa stories that comes in a big, green bag. It will delight fans of the star of the popular cartoon.

    With 10 stories to read through (all different from our previous collection - which you can find by searching product code PIGB), the books follow Peppa as she plays basketball; goes on holiday; and even meets the Queen. Her friends and family also have a chance to shine - George gets a brand new dinosaur toy; and Grampy Rabbit blasts off into space.

    With bright and bold artwork in every book and the familiar characters, this is an oink-some collection for young children who love all things Peppa!
  • AOVOZ 7 years +
    Katherine Rundell
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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.
  • PXG2 5 years +
    Dick King-Smith
    5 years +
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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.