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KCLS Recommends: Children's - Animal Stories

Duke By Larson, Kirby Book - 2013 J LARSON All copies in use Availability details Holds: 10 on 14 copies

Annotation:In 1944 Hobie Hanson's father is flying B-24s in Europe, so Hobie decides to donate his beloved German shepherd, Duke, to Dogs for Defense in the hope that it will help end the war sooner--but when he learns that Duke is being trained for combat he is shocked, frightened and determined to get his dog back. Ages 9-12

Audrey (cow)
Audrey (cow) An Oral Account of A Most Daring Escape, Based More or Less on A True Story By Bar-el, Dan Book - 2014 J BAR-EL Available in some locations

Annotation:Longing for a life filled with poetry and the green pastures beyond the farm where she is destined for the slaughterhouse, Audrey the cow enlists the help of human and animal friends to stage a daring escape. Ages 8-12

The One and Only Ivan
The One and Only Ivan By Applegate, Katherine Book - 2012 J APPLEGATE Available in some locations Holds: 22 on 112 copies

Annotation:When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life. Ages 8-12

Mousenet By Breitrose, Prudence E. Book - 2011 J BREITROSE Available in some locations

Annotation:Sent to live with her chef father and his wife in Oregon after having stayed with her inventor uncle and scientist mother in Cincinnati, ten-year-old misfit Megan is lonely until she starts working with some computer-savvy mice to try to save Mouse Nation--and the planet. Ages 6-9

Bird & Squirrel on the Run!
Bird & Squirrel on the Run! By Burks, James Book - 2012 J BURKS Available in some locations Holds: 5 on 32 copies

Annotation:Bird and Squirrel outwit Cat and become best friends in this zany adventure. Cat is waiting around every bend, and he's one pesky feline. Ages 6-10

Stubby the War Dog
Stubby the War Dog The True Story of World War I 's Bravest Dog By Bausum, Ann Book - 2014 J940.483 BAU Available in some locations

Annotation:Move over, Rin Tin Tin. Here comes Sgt. Stubby! That German shepherd star of the silver screen may have been born behind enemy lines during World War I, but Stubby, the stump-tailed terrier, worked behind enemy lines, and gained military honors along the way. Ages 9-12

Mr. and Mrs. Bunny-- Detectives Extraordinaire!
Mr. and Mrs. Bunny-- Detectives Extraordinaire! By Horvath, Polly Book - 2012 J HORVATH Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 30 copies

Annotation:Middle-schooler Madeline's hippy parents have been kidnapped from Hornby Island, Canada, by foxes and Madeline, upon discovering that she can understand animal languages, hires two rabbit detectives to find them. Ages 6-9

Moses The True Story of An Elephant Baby By Perepeczko, Jenny Book - 2014 J599.671392 PER Available in some locations

Annotation:Meet Moses, an orphaned elephant baby from Malawi, Africa, who is curious, loving, and full of mischief! Ages 6-12

Owen & Mzee
Owen & Mzee The Language of Friendship By Hatkoff, Isabella Book - 2007 E599.635139 HAT Available in some locations

Annotation:Continues the story of the unusual friendship between Owen, a young orphaned hippo, and Mzee, a 130-year old Aldabra tortoise. Ages 6-12 years

The World According to Humphrey
The World According to Humphrey By Birney, Betty G. Book - 2004 J BIRNEY Available in some locations Holds: 6 on 47 copies

Annotation:Humphrey, pet hamster at Longfellow School, learns that he has an important role to play in helping his classmates and teacher. Ages 6-9

Animals Welcome
Animals Welcome A Life of Reading, Writing, and Rescue By Kehret, Peg Book - 2012 J636.083209 KEH Available in some locations

Annotation:A proprietor from a Washington State wildlife sanctuary shares true stories about some of the most remarkable animals she has worked with, including a mother cat and kittens who were shot with a pellet gun, a bear who was targeted by a poacher. Ages 9-12

Because of Winn-Dixie
Because of Winn-Dixie By DiCamillo, Kate Book - 2009 J DICAMILLO Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 80 copies

Annotation:Ten-year-old Opal has trouble making friends in her new town, until a big, ugly dog at the Winn-Dixie store comes crashing into a grocery display and into her life, changing everything. Ages 9-12

The Cheshire Cheese Cat
The Cheshire Cheese Cat A Dickens of A Tale By Deedy, Carmen Agra Book - 2011 J DEEDY Available in some locations

Annotation:A community of mice and a cheese-loving cat form an unlikely alliance at London's Cheshire Cheese, an inn where Charles Dickens finds inspiration and Queen Victoria makes an unexpected appearance. Ages 8-12

The Diary of A Killer Cat
The Diary of A Killer Cat By Fine, Anne Book - 2006 J FINE Available in some locations

Annotation:Tuffy the pet cat tries to defend himself against accusations of terrifying other animals and murdering the neighbor's rabbit. Ages 6-8

Dog Lost
Dog Lost By Lee, Ingrid, 1948- Book - 2008 J LEE Available in some locations

Annotation:After living happily in a warm home with an eleven-year-old boy, a pit bull terrier is forced to survive on the streets, where its brave deeds surprise many residents who dislike or fear pit bulls. Ages 9-12

The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook
The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook By Rocklin, Joanne Book - 2012 J ROCKLIN Available in some locations

Annotation:As ten-year-old Oona and younger brother Fred conspire to break their sick cat Zook out of the veterinary clinic, Oona tells the story of Zook's previous lives. Ages 9-12

Hachiko Waits
Hachiko Waits By Newman, Lesléa Book - 2009 J NEWMAN Available in some locations

Annotation:Professor Ueno's loyal Akita, Hachiko, waits for him at the train station every afternoon, and even after the professor has a fatal heart attack while at work, Hachiko faithfully continues to await his return until the day the dog dies. Based on a true story. Ages: 9-12

A Home for Dixie
A Home for Dixie The True Story of A Rescued Puppy By Jackson, Emma, 1992- Book - 2008 E636.70832 JAC Available in some locations

Annotation:This book describes the excitement of meeting a rescued dog, Dixie, and the process a family goes through as they adopt her. Ages 6-9

Hoot By Hiaasen, Carl Book - 2002 J HIAASEN Available in some locations Holds: 9 on 55 copies

Annotation:Three middle-school students fight to save the endangered burrowing owls living on the construction site of Mother Paula’s All-American Pancake House. Ages 9-12

Kate & Pippin
Kate & Pippin An Unlikely Love Story By Springett, Martin Book - 2012 E SPRINGETT Available in some locations

Annotation:Photographs and simple text reveal the true story of a fawn which, abandoned by her mother and brought to live on a farm, is raised by Kate, a Great Dane which has never had puppies of her own. Ages 6-12

Little Dog Lost
Little Dog Lost The True Story of A Brave Dog Named Baltic By Carnesi, Mônica Book - 2012 E636.7 CAR All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 18 copies

Annotation:In this true story, a little dog finds himself flowing down a river on a piece of ice and is washed out to sea before he can be rescued. Ages 6 - 9

Lost and Found
Lost and Found Three Dog Stories By LaMarche, Jim Book - 2009 E LAMARCHE Available in some locations

Annotation:Three stories about being lost, being found, finding home, and, most importantly, about the dogs that help us find the way. Ages 6-8

The Mouse Family Robinson
The Mouse Family Robinson By King-Smith, Dick Book - 2008 J KING-SMITH Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 25 copies

Annotation:After a close call with the cat who stalks the hallways, a family of wild mice, including adventurous, young Beaumont and elderly Uncle Brown, emigrates to a more mouse-friendly house down the block. Ages 6-10

Nate the Great and the Big Sniff
Nate the Great and the Big Sniff By Sharmat, Marjorie Weinman Book - 2001 E SHARMAT Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 55 copies

Annotation:Three stories about being lost, being found, finding home, and, most importantly, about the dogs that help us find the way. Ages 6-10

Nubs The True Story of A Mutt, A Marine & A Miracle By Dennis, Brian, 1971- Book - 2009 E636.70929 DEN Available in some locations

Annotation:Nubs, an Iraqi dog of war, became part of Dennis's human "pack" until duty required the Marines to relocate a full 70 miles away--without him. So began an incredible journey that would take Nubs on a mission that would touch the hearts of people all over the world. Ages 6-8

Ribsy By Cleary, Beverly Book - 2007 J CLEARY Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 46 copies

Annotation:Separated from his owner, Henry Huggins, in a shopping center parking lot, an ordinary city dog begins a string of bewildering adventures. Ages 9-12

Shelter Dog Blues
Shelter Dog Blues By White, Jamie Book - 2010 J WHITE Available in some locations

Annotation:A collarless Martha lands in an animal shelter and makes new animal friends on whose behalf she organizes a dog show to help them find families. Ages 6-9

Shiloh By Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds Book - 2000 J NAYLOR Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 67 copies

Annotation:When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog's real owner, a mean-spirited man known to mistreat his dogs. Ages 9-12

Socks By Cleary, Beverly Book - 2008 J CLEARY Available in some locations

Annotation:The happy home life of Socks the cat is disrupted by the addition of a new baby to the household. Ages 9-12

War Horse
War Horse By Morpurgo, Michael Book - 2007 Y MORPURGO Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 55 copies

Annotation:Joey the horse recalls his experiences growing up on an English farm, his struggle for survival as a cavalry horse during World War I, and his reunion with his beloved master. Ages 9-12

The World's Greatest Elephant
The World's Greatest Elephant By Helfer, Ralph Book - 2006 J791.320929 HEL Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 21 copies

Annotation:Born on the same day in the same German town, Bram and his elephant, Modoc, grew up side by side with an incredible bond that would lead to a series of adventures with danger at every turn. Ages 9-12

Young Fredle
Young Fredle By Voigt, Cynthia Book - 2011 J VOIGT Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 24 copies

Annotation:Fredle, a young mouse cast out of his home, faces dangers and predators in the outside world. Ages 6-8


These are books about animals and with animals as the main characters. This list includes picture books, chapter books and graphic novels as well as fiction and nonfiction. Ages 6-12 years.

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