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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.