Best Animals Books for 12 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 animals books for 12 year olds. Please click Read Review to read book reviews on Amazon. You can also click Find in Library to check book availability at your local library. If the default library is not correct, please follow Change Local Library to reset it.

1. Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans

by: Rush Limbaugh
Release date: Oct 29, 2013
Number of Pages: 225
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America’s #1 radio talk-show host and multi-million-copy #1 New York Times bestselling author presents a book for young readers with a history teacher who travels back in time to have adventures with exceptional Americans.

MEET RUSH LIMBAUGH’S REALLY GOOD PAL, RUSH REVERE!

Okay, okay, my name’s really Rusty—but my friends call me Rush. Rush Revere. Because I’ve always been the #1 fan of the coolest colonial dude ever, Paul Revere. Talk about a rock star—this guy wanted to protect young America so badly, he rode through those bumpy, cobblestone-y streets shouting “the British are coming!” On a horse. Top of his lungs. Wind blowing, rain streaming…

Well, you get the picture. But what if you could get the real picture—by actually going back in time and seeing with your own eyes how our great country came to be? Meeting the people who made it all happen—people like you and me?

Hold on to your pointy triangle hats, because you can—with me, Rush Revere, seemingly ordinary substitute history teacher, as your tour guide across time! “How?” you ask? Well, there’s this portal. And a horse. My talking horse named Liberty. And—well, just trust me, I’ll get us there.

We’ll begin by joining a shipload of brave families journeying on the Mayflower in 1620. Yawn? I don’t think so. 1620 was a pretty awesome time, and you’ll experience exactly what they did on that rough, dangerous ocean crossing. Together, we’ll ask the pilgrims all our questions, find out how they live, join them at the first Thanksgiving, and much more.

So saddle up and let’s ride! Our exceptional nation is waiting to be discovered all over again by exceptional young patriots—like you!

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Children’s Books > Animals > Horses

2. Rush Revere and the First Patriots: Time-Travel Adventures With Exceptional Americans

by: Rush Limbaugh
Release date: Mar 11, 2014
Number of Pages: 256
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America’s #1 radio talk-show host and multi-million-copy #1 New York Times bestselling author presents the second book in a series for young readers with a history teacher who travels back in time to have adventures with exceptional Americans.

Rush Revere rides again! Saddle up with Rush Limbaugh’s really good pal for a new time-travel adventure.

“Whoa there, young historians! Before we go rush, rush, rushing off anywhere, I’d like a moment. I’m Liberty, Rush Revere’s loquacious equine companion—his trusty talking horse! Always at the ready to leap from the twenty-first century into America’s past, that’s me. When he says ‘Let’s go!’ I’m so there. I’m jazzed, I’m psyched, I’m—”

“Ah, excuse me, Liberty?”

“Yeah, Rush?”

“Usually you say ‘oh no, not again!’ and ‘while we’re in colonial Boston, can I try the baked beans?’”

“Okay, fine—you do the talking. I’ll just be over here, if you need me.…”

Well, he’s sulking now, but I couldn’t be your tour guide across time without Liberty! His name says it all: the freedom we celebrate every July Fourth with fireworks and hot dogs (and maybe some of those baked beans). But how did America get free? How did thirteen newborn colonies tell the British king where he could stick his unfair taxes?

Jump into the bustling streets of Boston in 1765, where talk of revolution is growing louder. I said LOUDER. You’ll have to SHOUT to be heard over the angry cries of “Down with the king!” and “Repeal the Stamp Act!” that fill the air. You’ll meet fierce supporters of liberty like Samuel Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and my idol, Paul Revere, as they fearlessly defy British rule. It’s an exciting, dangerous, turbulent, thrilling time to be an American…and exceptional young patriots like you won’t want to miss a minute. Let’s ride!

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Children’s Books > Animals > Horses

3. Rush Revere and the American Revolution: Time-Travel Adventures With Exceptional Americans

by: Rush LimbaughKathryn Adams LimbaughKathryn Adams Limbaugh
Release date: Oct 28, 2014
Number of Pages: 257
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THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION HAS BEGUN—AND RUSH REVERE, LIBERTY THE HORSE, AND THE TIME-TRAVELING CREW ARE READY TO RIDE INTO THE ACTION!

Join us on this incredible time-travel adventure!

Liberty, my wisecracking horse, our old friends Cam, Tommy, Freedom, and I are off to meet some super-brave soldiers in the year 1775. Yep, that’s right. We’ll be visiting with the underdog heroes who fought for American independence, against all odds—and won! But not before eight very real years of danger and uncertainty. Be a part of Rush Revere’s crew as we rush, rush, rush into a time when British rule had become a royal pain, and rebellion was in the air. We’ll be on hand to see two lanterns hung in the Old North Church, prevent a British spy from capturing Paul Revere, and grapple with danger at the battles of Lexington, Concord, and Bunker Hill.

The extra special part of this trip is that right here in the twenty-first century, Cam’s dad is a soldier fighting in Afghanistan, and Cam has been pretty angry that he is away. Visiting with exceptional American heroes like Dr. Joseph Warren and George Washington, racing along after Paul Revere on his midnight ride, and seeing the Declaration of Independence signed make Cam see his own dad in a new and special way.

But don’t worry. Along with the danger, excitement, and patriotism, there will still be time to stop for a delicious spinach, oats, and alfalfa smoothie. No, wait—that one’s for Liberty. The kids and I voted for strawberries.

Now let’s open the magic portal to the past!

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Children’s Books > Animals > Horses

4. Sir Sydney Dinkum

by: Martha GoldMarc ReillyPolina Ipatova
Release date: Oct 01, 2015
Number of Pages: 140
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FULL COLOR EDITION OF THE AWARD WINNING HILARIOUS CHILDREN’S ADVENTURE WITH A “COOL FACTOR THAT’S OFF THE SCALE!”  

Sir Sydney Dinkum is a story “WORTH CHEERING FOR” which is filled with “LAUGHTER & ADVENTURE.” 

The page turning tale features “masterful” and “brilliant” full color illustrations.  People of every age can appreciate the fun and charming adventures of Sydney and that folks, is guaranteed!”

THE BLACK AND WHITE ILLUSTRATED EDITION IS ALSO AVAILABLE.

Can you imagine Crocodile Dundee as an animal? Paddington Bear in shining armor? Or Winnie the Pooh on a noble steed? Meet Sir Sydney Dinkum a rascally koala bear from the Outback of Australia who believes he can be The World’s Next Big Hero. Like Dr. Doolittle he has the super power to talk to all animals, including humans! Like Don Quixote, he believes it’s his job to right the wrongs of the world! But is this just an Impossible Dream? Can a koala really be dubbed knight? Can a little marsupial armed with a boomerang make a difference in the world? Or will Sydney make a mess of things, as usual?

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Children’s Books > Animals > Bears

5. Bunnicula in a Box: Bunnicula; Howliday Inn; The Celery Stalks at Midnight; Nighty-Nightmare; Return to Howliday Inn; Bunnicula Strikes Again; Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan Crow (Bunnicula and Friends)

by: James HoweC. F. Payne
Release date: Aug 27, 2013
Number of Pages: 1136
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Lock up your veggies and get out your garlic—the complete Bunnicula collection is now available as a boxed set!

Something wicked this way hops… Join Harold, Howie, Chester, and of course, Bunnicula for seven thrilling adventures—all together for the first time in one fur-raising boxed set!

This complete collection includes paperback editions of Bunnicula, Howliday Inn, The Celery Stalks at Midnight, Nighty-Nightmare, Return to Howliday Inn, Bunnicula Strikes Again, and Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan Crow.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Rabbits

6. The Nearly Calamitous Taming of PZ: A laboratory dog’s search for love

by: Martha RitterMatt Ryan
Release date: Feb 21, 2015
Number of Pages: 236
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A charming, classic adventure tale about the scary, crazy, and heart-thumpingly joyful plunge into connecting with others

A foxhound has spent her life behind bars, known only by the PZ-5934 tatoo in her ear. In this story inspired by the life of a real lab dog, PZ knows nothing but a laboratory cage. She has never even seen the sun. But a superpowered diva ladybug named Dottie changes all that.

The unlikely pair undertake a hilarious and adventurous road trip through civilization and finally find a home with Olivia, a restless, solitary girl, who has secrets of her own. Unexpected adventures await the dog, the girl, and the ladybug, as a shocking, hidden part of their town reveals itself and everyone must sort out when to trust and when to battle.

The Nearly Calamitous Taming of PZ–lyrical and approachable, with resonant details–has both humor and heart. Although intended for children eight through twelve, its classic unfolding and off-beat characters tickle the fancy of adults as well. It is both an adventure story and a tale with many layers–about overcoming obstacles, mining experience for what matters, and doing what is necessary, though not always desirable, for friendship. Ultimately, it is about the joy of a hard-won connection.

The classic illustrations–with a contemporary edge–reflect this fresh, poignant, wise, and sometimes downright wacky book.

“Not since Kafka has an insect risen to this level of artistic genius.”–Dottie

BradleyStreetPress@Tamingpz.com

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Children’s Books > Animals > Bugs & Spiders

7. A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens: Best Breeds, Creating a Home, Care and Handling, Outdoor Fun, Crafts and Treats

by: Melissa Caughey
Release date: Apr 01, 2015
Number of Pages: 144
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Chickens make wonderful pets, and Melissa Caughey provides all the information kids need to raise healthy chickens and have lots of fun doing it. Covering everything from feeding, housing, and collecting eggs to quirky behaviors and humane treatment, Caughey’s engaging advice helps children understand the best ways to care for their chickens. Spark enthusiasm with creative activities like chicken forts and a veggie piñata for the flock, and feed more than the imagination with egg-centric dishes like Mexican egg pizza. 

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Children’s Books > Animals > Birds

8. The Rat Prince

by: Bridget Hodder
Release date: Aug 23, 2016
Number of Pages: 272
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The dashing Prince of the Rats–who’s in love with Cinderella–is changed into her coachman on the night of the big ball. And he’s about to turn the legend (and the evening) upside down on his way to a most unexpected happy ending!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs & Squirrels

9. Horse Diaries #7: Risky Chance (Horse Diaries series)

by: Alison HartRuth Sanderson
Release date: Sep 13, 2011
Number of Pages: 178
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For all lovers of horses and history, it’s the next book in the popular Horse Diaries series. Born in California at the start of the Great Depression, Risky Chance is a gray thoroughbred who was born to race. Life at the track and being spoiled by his jockey’s young daughter, Marie, is all Chance could ask for. He loves nothing more than running fast and winning. But after an accident, Chance discovers a side of horse racing that has little to do with glory.

Like Black Beauty, this moving novel is told in first person from the horse’s own point of view and includes an appendix full of photos and facts about thoroughbreds, horse racing, and the Great Depression.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Horses

10. The Odyssey

by: Gillian CrossNeil Packer
Release date: Sep 11, 2012
Number of Pages: 178
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A bold re-envisioning of The Odyssey, told with simplicity and style — perfect for fans of graphic retellings and mythology enthusiasts alike.

Odysseus faces storm and shipwreck, a terrifying man-eating Cyclops, the alluring but deadly Sirens, and the fury of the sea-god Poseidon as he makes his ten-year journey home from the Trojan War. While Odysseus struggles to make it home, his wife, Penelope, fights a different kind of battle as her palace is invaded by forceful, greedy men who tell her that Odysseus is dead and she must choose a new husband. Will Odysseus reach her in time? Homer’s epic, age-old story is powerfully told by Carnegie Medalist Gillian Cross and stunningly illustrated by rising talent Neil Packer.

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Children’s Books > Animals

11. Adventures of Rush Revere: Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims, Rush Revere and the First Patriots, Rush Revere and the American Revolution

by: Rush LimbaughKathryn Adams Limbaugh
Release date: Dec 01, 2015
Number of Pages: 736
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Saddle up with Rush Limbaugh’s really good pal Rush Revere, his wisecracking horse Liberty, and the whole Time-Traveling Crew for an epic American history adventure with this special boxed set edition of the New York Times bestselling series for young readers.

Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Hold on to your pointy triangle hats. We’ll begin by joining a shipload of courageous families journeying on the Mayflower in 1620. Yawn? I don’t think so. 1620 was an awesome time, and you’ll experience that rough, dangerous ocean crossing too. Together, we’ll ask the pilgrims all our questions, find out how they live, and join them at the first Thanksgiving.

Rush Revere and the First Patriots: Jump into the bustling streets of Boston in 1765, where talk of revolution is growing louder. You’ll meet fierce supporters of liberty, such as Samuel Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Paul Revere, as they fearlessly defy British rule. It’s an exciting, turbulent, thrilling time to be an American.

Rush Revere and the American Revolution: We’re off to meet some super-brave heroes who fought for American independence in 1775, against all odds—and won! We’ll be on hand to see two lanterns hung in the Old North Church, prevent a British spy from capturing Paul Revere, and dodge musket balls at some famous battles.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Horses

12. The View at the Zoo

by: Kathleen Long BostromGuy Francis
Release date: Mar 31, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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A new format for this humorous twist on a visit to the zoo.

As morning dawns, the zookeeper makes his rounds, exhorting the animals to wake up, comb their hair, and stand up straight. Soon their human visitors arrive, and the observations begin to flow:

My, what silly things they do, all these creatures at the zoo.
Walking on all kinds of feet, dancing to an inner beat.
Babies riding on their backs, on their bellies, snug in sacks.
Hear the silly sounds they speak, as they howl and squawk and shriek!

But just who is talking about whom?

With a clever twist of text and bright and festive illustrations, this picture book will have children begging for a trip to the zoo. Ages 4 to 8.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Zoos

13. A Whale of a Tale!: All About Porpoises, Dolphins, and Whales (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library)

by: Bonnie WorthAristides Ruiz
Release date: May 23, 2006
Number of Pages: 48
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Onboard a vessel that would make Jacques Cousteau green with envy, the Cat and Co. take to the high seas in search of whales, dolphins, and porpoises—those aquatic mammals known as cetaceans. While learning how cetaceans stay warm without hair, have teeth or baleen, swim in troops, spyhop, spin, breach, and see via ecolocation, kids are introduced to almost 20 different species—including sperm, right, humpback, and blue whales; Gulf, spectacled, and finless porpoise; and boto, common, hourglass, and bottlenose dolphins. A shipshape selection for summer reading!

“The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library shows young readers that books can be entertaining and educational at the same time. This is a wonderful series!” —Barbara Kiefer, Ph.D., Charlotte S. Huck Professor of Children’s Literature, Ohio State University

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Children’s Books > Animals > Mammals

14. Adventure Hilton Head: The Legend of the Dolphin Locket (Vacation Adventure Girl Book 1)

by: Ginger FoxJules Turknett
Release date: May 30, 2015
Number of Pages: 175
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Looking for some great summer reading material? Then check out Adventure Hilton Head: The Legend of the Dolphin Locket, the first installment in the new “Vacation Adventure Girl” series.

Book Description: School’s out for Maddie Mackenzie, which means it’s time for a vacation to her favorite spot: Hilton Head Island! But when she gets there, she finds that something’s amiss. Strange wildfires breaking out in the forests. Dolphins being driven from the island. And ten-year old Maddie is determined to uncover just what’s behind it.

Join Maddie on a vacation adventure unlike any she’s had. One that takes her to a magical part of the island she never knew existed and puts her right at the center of a battle that threatens to destroy the place she loves so dearly.

Here’s what girls are saying about The Legend of the Dolphin Locket:

“This book was so great! I stayed up all night reading, I couldn’t put it down…If you love mystery, adventure, and magical books then this book is definitely for you!…I’m dying to read the next book.” —- Ella B. (age 10)

“If I had three words to describe The Legend of the Dolphin Locket, I would say ‘Adventurous, fun, and awesome!!!”….I cannot wait for the next Vacation Adventure Girl book to come out!” —- Sofia (age 10)

“I am constantly searching for books with confident, charming female characters for my 7 year old daughter–that don’t involve princesses or fairies…This book does not disappoint…a perfect read for a trip to the beach.” —- A (mom)

“The book is easy to follow, hard to put down, makes you think you are there…Everyone should read it, perfect for the summer!” —- Natalia Sofia

“My daughter (7.5) and I enjoyed reading this book together. Delightful read!” —- ATL Mom

“The book…was hard to put down. It was a book that made you feel like you were there witnessing the adventures unfolded. I can’t wait to read the next adventure!” —- Catherine (age 10)

“‘Awesome, entertaining, great drawings’, were my seven year old daughter’ response after reading the book…She looks forward to the next book of the series!” —- swongtx76 (mom)

“My nine year old daughter loved this book. She was totally into it from the second she started reading which is very hard to do. She liked the mystery of it all and loved telling me a play by play and what was happening. Looking forward to seeing more in this series.” —- Sheila S. (mom)

“We love this book!! My 9 yr. old daughter read this book and she absolutely loved it! My daughter is looking to read more books in this series!!” —- kmw123 (mom)

“This book was packed with mystery, fantasy, and adventure! I can’t wait to read Vacation Adventure Girl #2!!” —- Isabel

“This book is a page turner! Loved the references to Hilton Head. The friendship between the two girls and the mystical creatures of Hilton Head were so magical!” —- Jennifer B.

Head over to vacationadventuregirl.com to learn more about this refreshing new girls chapter book series!

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Children’s Books > Animals > Mammals

15. The Last Akaway-A Spirit Animal Adventure

by: Gary Karton
Release date: Feb 25, 2014
Number of Pages: 273
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2013 Bronze Moonbeam Award Winner (Pre-Teen Fantasy)

What’s an Akaway?

An Akaway is a rare and magical creature that connects you to your spirit animal. Once you’ve connected, you have all the special powers that your spirit animal possesses.

But those powers are in serious jeopardy when the diabolical Uncle Skeeta tricks 11-year-old Brody Boondoggle into helping him steal the Akaway’s spirit.

Now, aided by his skeptical big brother, Jake, and guided by his quirky Grammy, Brody must lead the way on an adventure to defeat Uncle Skeeta, save the last Akaway, and protect the special powers of kids everywhere.

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Children’s Books > Animals

16. Pacha’s Pajamas: A Story Written by Nature (Morgan James Kids)

by: Aaron AblemanDave Room
Release date: Apr 05, 2016
Number of Pages: 200
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First-Of-Its-Kind Animated Young Reader Book

This animated book is blowing kids’ minds! Hovering a mobile device over the images in the book BRINGS THEM TO LIFE with animated and educational videos. Works with the FREE interactive Augmented Reality app, Pacha Alive. The videos feature the voices of celebrities including Cheech Marin, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Agape Youth Choir and 30 young artists.

Pacha’s imagination is bigger than the Andes Mountains, homeland of her ancestors. The plants and animals on Pacha’s PJs come alive in her dreams and she journeys with them to learn more about herself. After a stress-induced asthma attack, her magical pajamas carry her into an epic dream where she encounters a handful of critters lamenting the state of their home. Disguised as a little gorilla, Pacha joins in and together they decide to organize a Nature Festival that brings all species together.

Full of musical plants and dancing animals, the PACHA JAMMA festival is a worldwide call-to-action to save the planet from destruction. Despite her reluctance, Pacha is chosen to be the Director of Action over an infuriated Mr. Tick, President of the New Food Order, which seeks to support the continued growth of the human population and settlements. Pacha senses that the angry tick is scheming to disrupt PACHA JAMMA. With the help of her plant and animal friends, Pacha races against time to decipher a cryptic puzzle which outlines Mr. Tick’s dastardly plans. Just as she solves the puzzle, a massive hurricane hits PACHA JAMMA. While waiting out the storm, Pacha discovers Mr. Tick’s underground hideout, where she learns the full extent of Mr. Tick’s plans.

After the storm, the festival jubilantly reopens with a great feeling of connectedness across all species. But Pacha has a hard time celebrating knowing Mr. Tick’s intentions. Can Pacha pull together a team to stop Mr. Tick’s plans to disrupt PACHA JAMMA?

The book includes lyrics of tens of award-winning songs and a Dream Journal for recording dreams.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Sleep

17. Cat in the City

by: Julie SalamonJill Weber
Release date: Sep 04, 2014
Number of Pages: 208
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A tender and beautifully illustrated debut children’s book from a New York Times bestselling team

A city savvy stray cat named Pretty Boy has always managed to make it on his own. He’s as vain as they come, and he won’t admit to being dependent on anyone. But as he discovers the pleasures of friendship, he learns that home really is where the heart is. Or, at the very least, home is where his friends are. And with friends all around New York City, Pretty Boy will always have a place to call home.

The author and illustrator team who brought us the New York Times bestseller The Christmas Tree introduce an unforgettable animal adventure in the tradition of A Cricket in Times Square and The One and Only Ivan. The result is a story that will captivate readers of all ages with its warmth and wit.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Cats

18. Old Granny Fox (Dover Children’s Thrift Classics)

by: Thornton W. Burgess
Release date: Jun 23, 2010
Number of Pages: 96
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Winter’s here, and there’s a carpet of deep snow covering the Green Forest and the nearby meadow — which means Reddy Fox and Granny Fox are having trouble finding food. Reddy, of course, is full of reckless ideas, such as getting into Farmer Brown’s chicken house in daylight.
Using the wisdom she’s acquired over the years, Granny overrules many of Reddy’s foolhardy suggestions, taking the conceit out of a youngster who thinks he knows more than anyone else. Granny also teaches Reddy quite a bit about patience, common sense, and resourcefulness.
A timeless fable by master storyteller Thornton W. Burgess, Old Granny Fox will delight youngsters with an entertaining story while teaching important lessons — in a painless and enjoyable way — about wildlife, the environment, and personal conduct.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Foxes & Wolves

19. Chicken: A Comic Cat Memoir

by: Terese JungleTerese Jungle
Release date: Dec 21, 2015
Number of Pages: 82
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A great read for kids and cats of all ages 🙂

Chicken is a soulful expression of the love between cat and person as it collides with the powerful tide of family, friends, loss, and the invisible forces that connect us.

Double Gold Winner in the 2016 Global E-book Awards for Best Children’s Nonfiction and Best Pet Nonfiction! For anyone who has ever loved a cat, Chicken‘s true story is a graphic novel that touches the heart. From funny to emotional, sweet to silly, thoughtful to mystical, this true cat memoir captures it all in 72 full-color, smile-making illustrations with bonus fun facts about cats and their habits.

“A beautiful, tenderly told story that’s appropriate for both children and adults. If you pay attention to all the little doodles, background decoration and the notes scattered throughout the illustrations, there’s a second story brewing just for adults. Look carefully, there are little gems buried in the details of the illustrations!”

— The Hungry Monster

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Children’s Books > Animals > Cats

20. Chronicles of Ancient Darkness #3: Soul Eater

by: Michelle PaverGeoff Taylor
Release date: Feb 19, 2008
Number of Pages: 352
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It’s winter, and Wolf, Torak’s beloved pack-brother, has been captured by an unknown foe. In a desperate bid to rescue him, Torak and Renn must brave the frozen wilderness of the Far North.

As they battle for survival amid howling blizzards and the ever-present menace of the great white bear, their friendship is tested to the breaking point, and Torak is forced to get closer to his enemies than ever before. . . .

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Children’s Books > Animals > Foxes & Wolves

21. Finny and the Boy from Horse Mountain

by: Andrea Young
Release date: Feb 23, 2016
Number of Pages: 320
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Against the backdrop of the high-moneyed and sometimes unscrupulous equestrian sport of show jumping, Finny, a fifteen-year-old girl in California, adopts an emaciated, untrained horse without her parents’ knowledge. Soon after adopting Sky, Finny meets Joe, a sixteen-year-old, who has run away from his cruel uncle in Montana. His love for horses and desire to be a trainer match Finny’s dream of competing in the show jumping arena?against rich girls on fancier horses?and together, they train Sky to become a first-rate show jumper.

But the path is fraught with danger. Sky is not like other horses and is so destructive and difficult he gets them kicked out of the barn where Finny has been working and training. Helped by a kind woman who owns a horse rescue, Joe is able to prove both his and Sky’s incredible talents. When Joe is kidnapped by his violent uncle, Finny and Sky are the only ones who can save him. In a breathtaking finale, Sky and Finny must enter the underworld of the rodeo circuit, an after-hours, illegal race, where they will risk their lives to save the boy they love. Young demonstrates a masterful ability to set a breakneck pace and keep it up until the end of the novel. Finny and Joe are enduring characters who are sure to appear in upcoming sequels.

Sky Pony Press, with our Good Books, Racehorse and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of books for young readers?picture books for small children, chapter books, books for middle grade readers, and novels for young adults. Our list includes bestsellers for children who love to play Minecraft; stories told with LEGO bricks; books that teach lessons about tolerance, patience, and the environment, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Horses

22. Slippers For Hannah (The Farmers Wife Series) (Volume 1)

by: Brenda Anderson
Release date: Oct 08, 2014
Number of Pages: 28
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Slippers for Hannah is a favorite of my Grandchildren. They love the pictures of the live farm animals and enjoy the story as the animals try to help one another solve a problem in the barnyard. As I have read this book to schools, library story hour and other events it is so cute how the children come up with solutions of how they would work out this problem. The story line is fun and uplifting as the animals show friendship and love to one another. This is a fun story that can be enjoyed over and over.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Farm Animals

23. The Fairy Swarm (The Imaginary Veterinary)

by: Suzanne SelforsDan Santat
Release date: May 03, 2016
Number of Pages: 240
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“Ten-year-olds Ben Silverstein and Pearl Petal have had quite a busy summer as apprentices of Dr. Woo, veterinarian for imaginary creatures. When a swarm of sugar fairies escapes into Buttonville, Ben and Pearl must protect the townspeople, keep the fairies safe, and outsmart the dangerous poacher, Maximus Steele”–
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Children’s Books > Animals

24. The Mistmantle Chronicles, Book Five: Urchin and the Rage Tide

by: M.I. McAllister
Release date: Jul 20, 2010
Number of Pages: 272
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The animals of Mistmantle have enjoyed a long period of peace and prosperity since the violent Raven War. Their tranquility is disrupted when tidal waves threaten  to destroy the island. Mossberry, a squirrel with delusions of grandeur, sees the impending disaster as an opportunity to rise to power…and his reckless decisions will put many citizens in harm’s way. Urchin of the Riding Stars must stop Mossberry and usher everyone to safety before it is too late. Along the way, the ultimate sacrifice must be made for the survival of all. Deeply moving and packed with adventure, this is a fitting conclusion to the beloved Mistmantle Chronicles.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs & Squirrels

25. The Time Seekers

by: D. A. SquiresKelly Arnold
Release date: Nov 23, 2015
Number of Pages: 536
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Alexandra St. Germaine is dreading going back to school.

The Pine School is not a typical school and her sixth-year teacher, Miss Blueberry, is not typical either. And things get off to a rather disastrous start, leading to some shocking changes in Classroom #6.

At home, the elegant Chadwick Manor, Alexandra’s constant companion is a blue and gold macaw parrot named Taco. He is a kind-hearted and intelligent bird, with an impressive vocabulary and very definite opinions. All is well until one dark and stormy night, when Taco and Alexandra find their world quite upended. Two wet and windswept figures are standing in the Chadwick foyer–with their pets–and the winds of change begin to blow.

Mystery and magic sweep into Dark Harbor, along with the chilly fall weather . . . a teacher whose face is hauntingly familiar, the bewitching night of All Hallows’ Eve, time travel to a Salem Witch Trial, strange Miss Ima from the Book Nook, and a magical key which unlocks a tragic past.

The Time Seekers is a children’s novel for elementary (grade four and above) through middle school age children. In the tradition of Stuart Little, Charlotte’s Web, and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, The Time Seekers takes flight with two anthropomorphized birds: a macaw parrot and a common raven (who only speaks French), yet remains grounded in authentic human emotions and experiences . . . friendship, love, redemption and forgiveness, and never giving up.

With more than 500 pages (64 chapters, Prologue and Epilogue), some French language, The Time Seekers’ Map, and over 30 pen and ink illustrations, as The Time Seekers is opened, so, too, is a portal to a classic adventure story. An alchemy of magic and human emotion, woven into a tapestry of New England locales (Maine and Cape Cod), The Time Seekers truly belongs on the family bookshelf to be enjoyed by readers of all ages.

“You have no idea where childhood ends and maturity begins . . . it is all endless and all one.”

                           P. L. Travers
              Author of the Mary Poppins books

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26. Christian the Lion

by: Anthony BourkeJohn Rendall
Release date: Mar 10, 2009
Number of Pages: 128
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As Ace and John, two friends, are searching for holiday gifts in London, they come across a lion cub for sale in Harrods, the famous department store! Unable to bear the thought of leaving the cub, Ace and John take him home and name him Christian. After a year of fun and mischief Christian has grown up, and Ace and John realize that their pet needs to be among other lions and deserves to live free, in his natural environment. Luckily, friends help introduce Christian to the African wild.

Christian the Lion tells the riveting true story of one animal’s ability to adapt to life in the wild, and captures the unexpectedly enduring connection between man and animal.

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27. Cody Cowboy (The Cowboy Ranch Book 1)

by: Kim Stone
Release date: Aug 15, 2016
Number of Pages: 25
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Cody Cowboy rides into town in his debut adventure! The first in a planned Cowboy Ranch series, Cody Cowboy introduces Cody, his fun family, and his quirky animals to young readers everywhere.

Cody works hard at the Cowboy Ranch. Every morning he feeds the cows and horses and looks after the old rooster, Shaggy, and the dogs, Otis and Gibbs. One day, the whole family heads into town for the county fair.

Cody enters his family’s cows in the fair, but he’s nervous about the competition. Complicating matters is his mischievous little brother, Clint, and Clint’s high-spirited pony, Boloney. Readers will follow Cody as he makes new friends, looks after his younger brother, and chases after Boloney.

Throughout the book, author Kim Anderson Stone promotes positive values like a strong work ethic and personal responsibility. Cody is a wonderful role model for young readers. With simple story lines and charming characters, Cody Cowboy is also a perfect stepping-stone on the road to longer books. For parents looking to transition their children from picture books to chapter books, Cody Cowboy is a winner!

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Children’s Books > Animals > Farm Animals

28. Murder in the Middle Pasture #4 (Hank the Cowdog)

by: John R. EricksonGerald L. Holmes
Release date: Aug 01, 1998
Number of Pages: 144
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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Hank the Cowdog is head of Ranch Security in this action-packed adventure series that will tickle funny bones of adults and children alike.
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29. Murder in the Middle Pasture #4 (Hank the Cowdog)

by: John R. EricksonGerald L. Holmes
Release date: Aug 01, 1998
Number of Pages: 144
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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Hank the Cowdog is head of Ranch Security in this action-packed adventure series that will tickle funny bones of adults and children alike.
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30. The Dragon in the Library (Dragon Keepers #3)

by: Kate KlimoJohn Shroades
Release date: May 25, 2010
Number of Pages: 224
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Dragon keepers Jesse and Daisy need help!

Emmy, their rapidly growing dragon, has become a real grouch, saying she’s missing “something,” and the cousins don’t have a clue what that something is. Jesse and Daisy go online to ask Professor Andersson, their favorite dragon expert, for help and end up seeing him being kidnapped!

The kidnapper is none other than Sadie Huffington, the girlfriend of their enemy, St. George the Dragon Slayer. She has hatched a wicked scheme to use the professor to both find St. George and capture Emmy. Now the dragon keepers and their dragon must storm Sadie’s castle and rescue the professor from the witch and her pack of vicious dog-men!

In this third fantasy book in the Dragon Keepers series, Kate Klimo introduces readers to a magical library filled with shelf elves and reveals the secrets of the gigantic red book that Jesse and Daisy discovered in The Dragon in the Sock Drawer. She keeps the action and adventure flying while bringing both heart and imagination to this tale of two kids and a dragon, growing up together.

The Dragon Keepers series is perfect for kids who crave books about dragons and magic but are caught betwixt and between—too old for Magic Tree House and not yet ready for Eragon and the Inheritance cycle.

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