6 Children’s Books for Pet Lovers of All Ages

I’ve already done posts about cats, dogs, and animals in general. Books starring animals are also included in just about every other topic post. There are just a LOT of books about animals for kids! So here are our favorite children’s books about pets. It probably helps Boy Detective live vicariously since a household pet isn’t on our agenda right now. (He’s so oppressed!)

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One Word From Sophia by writer Jim Averbeck and illustrator Yasmeen Ismail. This book! Y’all! Just stop whatever you’re doing and read this book. That’s not so much to ask, right? You won’t be sorry. There’s something for everyone in this book: a multi-racial family, a strong girl character, a compelling slideshow, public opinion polling, big words, a tutu, and some great hair. The girl is Sophia, who has a deep, desperate yearning for a pet giraffe. It’s her One True Desire. Her birthday’s coming up. She’s thought of all the angles… but none of them are working on her family. What’s she going to do?! I had so much fun reading this out loud. Averbeck’s prose flows beautifully, and even C-Man was cracking up as Sophia was shot down with proposal after proposal. Her grandmother’s reaction is the best. Ismail’s art just explodes with joy. I hope she had as much fun drawing the characters as I had looking at them. In a world where books with leading characters of color are sadly lacking, this is a fantastic book for increasing diversity in children’s literature. Bravo!

Hondo and Fabian by Peter McCarty. I love McCarty’s gift for understatement, especially when his words say one thing and the picture tells a different and funnier story. His art in this book, and Fabian Escapes, is done in a soft style but has the right amount of energy for the story. And this cat and dog’s adventures and misadventures will ring true for anyone who’s ever lived with pets.

John Willy and Freddie McGee by Holly Meade. I never thought I’d like a book about guinea pigs, since I don’t really care much for actual guinea pigs. But the exuberance of these two guinea pigs escaping their cage in search of adventure and excitement totally won me over. Their experience in the pool table is too funny, since I would never have expected that to be one of their destinations.

Granny Gomez & Jigsaw by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Scott Magoon. This book is all about the love, and Granny Gomez is an extremely cool lady. She has a number of interesting hobbies such as watching cooking shows, doing puzzles, gardening, playing drums, and rock climbing. But she’s lonely, since neither her Petunias and tulips can’t exactly provide friendly conversation. (If they did, this would be a totally different book.) So her friend William brings her a surprise – a pet pig! Yet it’s not too long before Jigsaw isn’t little anymore, and they have to figure out a solution for their living quarters. I have never wanted to live in a barn before, but honestly, I was tempted by the end of this book.

A Pet for Petunia, by Paul Schmid. Petunia wants a pet skunk. She NEEDS a pet skunk. She’ll DIE if she doesn’t have a pet skunk! If only her parents would agree. Schmid captures Petunia’s pleading and indignation perfectly with only a black colored pencil (?) and 2 colors of paint. It’s not a complicated story, but it’s funny and the zinger at the end left me wishing for a sequel.

Memoirs of a Goldfish by Devin Scillian, illustrated by Tim Bowers. The first laugh in this book is on just Day Two of the goldfish’s diary. I thought that was a good sign. I was right. Each of the unwelcome additions to the goldfish’s bowl is described by an increasingly anguished fish, until something has to give! Even though the end was no surprise to me, Scillian paces the humor and the plot so well, I didn’t mind. And Boy Detective thought it was fantastic.

And that’s the list of our favorite children’s books about pets! If you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments – and thanks for sharing on social media or with friends!

17 thoughts on “6 Children’s Books for Pet Lovers of All Ages

  1. Alli

    What a great collection of books about pets! My youngest grands would get a kick out of these pet related stories. My oldest grand is so into the Hardy Boys! :)

  2. Skye

    Stephanie, make sure you hit up the geeky posts too then. Robots and dragons and science fiction oh my!

    Reginia, that’s so awesome that you used that book in class! I have to track down any other books by that guy.

    Alli, we are waiting for the right time for the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. He’s started getting into detective stories so it’s coming soon…

    Louida, at this rate, your librarian is going to start wondering what happened – or maybe not, since I get the impression your gals love books!

  3. Skye

    Patti, I figure if we have to basically read every kids’ book in the Austin Public Library system, y’all should benefit from what we learned!

  4. veronica

    I love this post! We have not read any of these books yet, but I did see the Hondo & Fabian one at the library and it looked good. We love Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes.

  5. Skye

    Brenda, there is a reason you don’t like many picture books. It’s because so many of them are really bad. I try not to be too negative in my posts but this series is the result of sifting through the entire Austin Public Library system for five YEARS of reading with a kid who tears through books like nobody’s business. And I have read SO many bad things during that time. I really vowed to make all of the books in this series ones that I would even tell a grownup to read.

    Veronica, Kitten’s First Full Moon is gorgeous! How did I forget that for my cat post?

    Megan, I expect you’ll have a whole shelf just of dog and puppy books! :)

    Pary Moppins, that looks too cute! Our library doesn’t have it so I’ll track it down some other way.

  6. Skye

    Glad I could help! There are so many good kids’ books about animals, it’s definitely been a challenge organizing these posts and narrowing it down to the best ones.

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