5 Best Children’s Books About Animals

Top Childrens books about animals

Do you love to read? Or love reading with your family? Maybe your mom or dad reads to you at night, complete with character voices. If you enjoy escaping to faraway lands and meeting MixedUp characters like Peter Rabbit or Stuart Little, then you’ll love our top picks for the best books with funny, powerful animal protagonists.  

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Published in 1969, this tale has been entertaining young audiences for almost 50 years. This MixedUp caterpillar eats his way through a long list of weird food items before finally becoming a butterfly. The beautiful pictures captivate readers, both young and old.

2. Any book by Dr. Seuss. Horton Hears a Who, Fox in Socks, The Cat in the Hat, The Sneetches, Yertle the Turtle — the doctor sure knew how to create some wacky animals. Whether they’re actual animals like Horton the elephant or completely fabricated like the Sneetches, these books are timeless. Fun fact! Did you know that Dr. Seuss’ real name was actually Theodor Seuss Geisel?

3. A Series of Unfortunate Events. While not technically about animals, A Series of Unfortunate Events follows the Baudelaire orphans to some pretty strange locations. In the second book, The Reptile Room, the orphans find themselves surrounded by all kinds of creepy crawly, slithering creatures sure to entice the reptile lover!

4. Black Beauty. One of the best-selling books of all time, Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty follows the tale of a horse on an English farm, pulling cabs in London and retirement in the country. It has been touching the hearts of young readers since 1877.

5. Where the Wild Things Are. This 1963 book will pique your imagination. Catch up with main character Max and his friends the Wild Things.