Animal Fiction for Grades 3–5

This list features chapter books in which animals act like real animals. For fantasies about animals, please see the Animal Fantasy list. Additional animal stories may be listed with Classics. All these 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
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, a pet hamster at Longfellow School, learns he has an important role to play helping his classmates and teacher. (124 pp.)
J Birney
ClaryThe Bolds
Two hyenas from Africa find a pair of passports and move to England. (266 pp.)
J Clary
CreechSaving Winslow
When his dad brings home a sick, newborn donkey, Louie names him Winslow and takes care of him. (165 pp.)
J Creech
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
FalatkoTwo Dogs in a Trench Coat Go to School
Sassy and Waldo dress up in a trench coat and attend school to help out their boy, Stewart. (184 pp.)
J Falatko
FreemanStrudel's Forever Home
When Jake adopts Strudel, he vows to be as brave and loyal as his owner. (184 pp.)
J Freeman
GrayAtticus Claw Breaks the Law
The world's greatest cat burglar receives an anonymous message from gang leader Jimmy the Magpie and gets right on the case. (212 pp.)
J Gray
HarrisTua and the Elephant
Can nine-year-old Tua get a captive elephant to a refuge without being caught herself? (202 pp.)
J Harris
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
Seventy-fifth anniversary edition of the classic story about a collie's a 1,000-mile journey home. (248 pp.)
J Knight
LaReauInfamous Ratsos
Louie and Ralphie Ratso try to be tough, but they always end up accidentally doing good deeds. (55 pp.)
J LaReau
LaskyThe Capture
Four owls band together to escape captivity and return to their home in the Forest of Tyto. (226 pp.)
J Lasky
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
McKayLulu and the Duck in the Park
Despite a rule against it, Lulu brings an abandoned duck egg to school. (184 pp.)
J McKay
MillsCody Harmon, King of Pets
Cody Harmon has nine pets, so when the school holds a pet show fundraiser, it should be his time to shine. (136 pp.)
J Mills
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
Coo, a ten-year-old girl raised by pigeons, goes to live with humans—until she learns her flock is in mortal danger. (407 pp.)
J Noel
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
ParryA Wolf Called Wander
A young wolf cub separated from his pack journeys 1,000 miles and finds a new home. From a true story. (243 pp.)
J Parry
Pax and Peter were inseparable until war forced them apart. Still, they found their way back to one another. (276 pp.)
J Pennypacker
RosoffGood Dog, McTavish
When Ma Peachey takes up yoga, her family falls apart--until McTavish comes to the rescue. (104 pp.)
J Rosoff
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
WallisShai and Emmie Star in To the Rescue
Shai is a busy kid, but that doesn't stop her from helping a stray animal. (119 pp.)
J Wallis
WhiteCharlotte's Web
Wilbur the pig is desolate to discover he is destined to become dinner, until his spider friend Charlotte helps him. (184 pp.)
J White

Last Updated: 4/20


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