Animal Fiction for Grades 3–5

These animal stories can be found in the Children's (J) Fiction section. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Author Title Call Number
ApplegateThe One and Only Ivan
Ivan, a gorilla who lives in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, must find a better life for Ruby, a baby elephant. (305 pp.)
J Applegate
AtwaterMr. Popper's Penguins
The unexpected delivery of a crate containing an Antarctic penguin changes the life of Mr. Popper. (138 pp.)
J Atwater
Poppy the mouse urges her family to move next to a cornfield, but Mr. Ocax, a terrifying owl, has other ideas. (146 pp.)
J Avi
BirneyThe World According to Humphrey
Humphrey, pet hamster at Longfellow School, learns he plays an important role in helping his classmates and teacher. (124 pp.)
J Birney
ClearyThe Mouse and the Motorcycle
A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy and discovers the joys of motorcycling. (158 pp.)
J Cleary
DiCamilloBecause of Winn-Dixie
India Opal describes all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie. (182 pp.)
J DiCamillo
FarleyThe Black Stallion
When they are shipwrecked, Alec must build trust with a wild stallion and keep them both alive until they can be rescued. (275 pp.)
J Farley
FarmerThe Warm Place
When Ruva, a young giraffe, is captured and sent to a zoo in San Francisco, she does everything she can to get home. (152 pp.)
J Farmer
FineDiary of a Killer Cat
Tuffy the pet cat defends himself against accusations of terrifying other animals and murdering the neighbor's rabbit. (58 pp.)
J Fine
HenryMisty of Chincoteague
Two youngsters determine to win a Chincoteague pony at the island's yearly auction. (173 pp.)
J Henry
HoweBunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery
Could the Monroe family's new rabbit be a vampire? It's up to Harold the dog and Chester the cat to find out. (92 pp.)
J Howe
HurwitzPeeWee's Tale
A young guinea pig learns to survive in the natural world while trying to find his way back home. (104 pp.)
J Hurwitz
King-SmithBabe: The Gallant Pig
A piglet comes to Farmer Hogget's farm, where he is adopted by an old sheepdog and accomplishes amazing things. (130 pp.)
J King-Smith
KnightLassie Come-Home
A collie undertakes a 1000-mile journey in order to once again meet her former master at the school gate. (248 pp.)
J Knight
LisleHighway Cats
A hard-bitten group of mangy highway cats is changed forever after the mysterious arrival of three kittens. (118 pp.)
J Lisle
McCall-SmithAkimbo and the Elephants
On an African game preserve, Akimbo devises a dangerous plan to capture a ring of elephant poachers. (68 pp.)
J McCall-Smith
When he finds a lost beagle, Marty tries to hide it from the dog's real owner, a man known to mistreat his dogs. (144 pp.)
J Naylor
NolanDown Girl and Sit: Smarter Than Squirrels
Two dogs try to keep the world safe from squirrels, the paper boy, and a frightening creature named Here Kitty Kitty. (64 pp.)
J Nolan
O'BrienMrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
Needing help, a widowed mouse visits the rats whose former imprisonment in a laboratory made them wise. (233 pp.)
J O'Brien
When a newborn bat is separated from his colony during migration, he grows in ways that prepare him for even greater journeys. (217 pp.)
J Oppel
SeldenThe Cricket in Times Square
A country cricket lands in the middle of New York City, where he and his new friends put his musical skills to use. (132 pp.)
J Selden
StauffacherGator on the Loose!
Chaos ensues when Keisha's father brings an alligator home and it escapes from the bathroom. (149 pp.)
J Stauffacher
SteigAbel's Island
Cast away on an uninhabited island, Abel, a very civilized mouse, is tested as he struggles to survive and return home. (117 pp.)
J Steig
WhiteCharlotte's Web
Wilbur, a pig, is desolate to discover he is destined to become dinner, until his spider friend Charlotte helps him. (184 pp.)

Last Updated: 3/15


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