A list of captivating books for tweens who have a soft spot for animals.
Getting Reluctant Readers Hooked
I’ve got some great book suggestions for you, especially if you have a tween who is a bit hesitant about reading but absolutely adores animals. As someone who has taught reluctant readers and raised one myself, I can’t stress enough how important it is to find ways to ignite their love for stories. And there’s one method I’ve found to be exceptionally effective—reading aloud to them, even as they get older. Audiobooks work wonders too!
Kids who struggle with reading may not have discovered the magic of a good story just yet. But once they do, it can become their driving force, helping them overcome any reading challenges that come their way.
A Book List Tailored for Tweens
Without further ado, here’s a list of animal-themed books that cater to varying reading abilities—from easier chapter books to more advanced middle-grade titles for older tweens.
Give your child the power of choice by presenting them with two or more options. We all know that having a say in the matter can make diving into a new book much more enticing.
Fiction Books for Animal-Loving Tweens
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo
Quirky and delightful, this magical realism tale revolves around a girl named Flora and her friendship with a rescued squirrel. Together, they embark on a unique and funny adventure that will warm your heart.
The Curious Cat Spy Club by Linda Joy Singleton
In this mystery series, three kids from different social circles team up to save kittens they find in a dumpster. Join them on their thrilling journey as they uncover the truth behind the kittens’ plight.
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Narrated by a gorilla named Ivan, this touching and realistic story follows Ivan’s life in captivity at a run-down mall. When a young elephant arrives, Ivan is compelled to help her find a better life. Join Ivan and his new friend as they embark on a heartwarming adventure.
Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones, illustrations by Katie Kath
Get ready for an extraordinary farm experience through the eyes of Sophie. This captivating book is written as letters from Sophie to her deceased relatives, filled with insights into the magical chickens that possess fascinating abilities. But Sophie soon realizes that she’s not the only one interested in these exceptional creatures.
Whale of the Wild by Rosanne Parry, illustrated by Lindsay Moore
Embark on an extraordinary adventure with Vega and her brother, two orca siblings separated from their families. Join them as they journey through breathtaking landscapes, encounter different orca pods, and learn about the importance of maintaining balance in nature.
Nonfiction Books for Animal-Loving Tweens
Who Would Win? Whale vs. Giant Squid by Jerry Pallotta, illustrated by Rob Bolster
Discover the fascinating world of ocean carnivores as you dive into this gripping book. Learn about sperm whales and giant squids, and finally, witness their epic battle. Can you predict the victor? This book is part of the addictive Who Would Win? series.
What If You Had Animal Hair!?
Imagine waking up with the hair of a polar bear or a three-toed sloth. In this engaging book, you’ll explore the peculiarities of various animal hairdos, see how they impact daily activities, and learn a thing or two about human hair care as well.
The Superpower Field Guide Moles by Rachel Poliquin, illustrated by Nicholas John Frith
Delve into the underground world of moles with Rosalie, a mole herself. This informational book, part of a compelling series that started with Beavers, strikes the perfect balance between engaging storytelling and educational content.
Ostriches: The Superpower Field Guide by Rachel Poliquin, illustrated by Nicholas John Frith
Prepare to be amazed by the fascinating facts about ostriches. Discover their incredible abilities and peculiarities, from toe claws of death to unique bone structures—this book will leave you in awe of these quirky creatures.
Science Comics: Bats Learning to Fly by Falynn Koch
Accompany a lost little bat as it observes a tour group while trying to find its way. This graphic novel intertwines factual information about bats with a heartwarming story, teaching readers about echolocation, different species, and more.
Primates The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani & Maris Wicks
In this captivating graphic novel, join the remarkable scientific journey of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas, as they dedicate their lives to studying primates. This compelling book weaves together their intersecting stories and showcases their groundbreaking contributions.
Mercy The Incredible Story of Henry Bergh: Founder of the ASPCA and Friend to Animals by Nancy Furstinger
Meet Henry Bergh, a wealthy man who transforms from a lazy individual into an advocate for maltreated animals during the late 1800s. Follow his remarkable and often surprising journey as he devotes his life and resources to saving animals, shedding light on their plight.
Two Truths and a Lie by Ammi-Joan Paquette and Laurie Ann Thompson, illustrated by Lisa K. Weber
Prepare to be challenged with this genius book that dares you to discern fact from fiction. Engaging readers with its conversational tone, lively illustrations, and thought-provoking content, this nonfiction gem will keep you captivated.
Explore More Animal Books
To satisfy your appetite for more engaging reads, check out the following book lists:
- Funny Chapter Books That Kids Love
- Wonderful Children’s Picture Books About Animals
- Fiction Books About Dogs
- Animal Rescue Stories for Children
- Choose Your Own Adventure Books
- Adventure Books for Kids
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