30 Incredible Animal Chapter Books From Pre-K to Middle School


From the earliest phases of learning to read to the middle school years, animal stories have always captivated the minds of young readers. With vibrant characters, exciting adventures, and moral lessons, animal-centered chapter books serve as an excellent introduction to literature. Pre-K to middle school students can build both their reading skills and love for books with these 30 incredible animal chapter books.

1. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

2. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

3. The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden

4. Stuart Little by E.B. White

5. Poppy by Avi

6. Babe: The Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith

7. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

8. Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard & Florence Atwater

9. The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

10. Abel’s Island by William Steig

These first ten selections are perfect for elementary-aged children who are developing their reading skills and nurturing their love for literature. From heartwarming tales of friendship and loyalty to exciting adventures full of challenges and triumphs, these stories teach important life lessons while entertaining young readers.

11. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

12. Redwall series by Brian Jacques

13. Warriors series by Erin Hunter

14. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

15. Guardians of Ga’Hoole series by Kathryn Lasky

16. Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery, written by Deborah & James Howe

17. Hank the Cowdog series by John R. Erickson

18. Element.Magic a House Mystery by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle & Emily Jenkins.

19. Chasing Redbird by Sharon Creech

20. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

For middle school students, these next ten titles offer more complex plots and characters while maintaining the animal-centered themes. These books help young readers expand their imagination and build stronger reading comprehension skills.

21. Watership Down by Richard Adams

22. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

23. Dolphin Island by Arthur C. Clarke

24. White Fang by Jack London

25. Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat

26. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

27. The Call of the Wild by Jack London

28. My Side of the Mountain series by Jean Craighead George

29. Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

30. The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford

This final set of titles includes classic novels and tales that have stood the test of time, as well as lesser-known gems waiting to be discovered by new generations of readers.


These 30 incredible animal chapter books for Pre-K to middle school students provide a diverse and enriching literary experience that can spark life-long reading habits. With engaging stories that impart valuable life lessons, these books serve as a gateway to a world of adventure, learning, and fun for children on their reading journey.6

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