Topic Books about Pets and Animal for Children EYFS & KS1

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That Pesky Rat 

by Lauren Child

At night, when Rat is tucked up in his crisp packet, he looks up at all the cosy windows and wonders what it would be like to belong to somebody. To be an actual pet. Follow his journey as he finds a real home of his own.

Strictly No Elephants 

by Lisa Mantchev

Today is Pet Club day. There will be cats and dogs and fish, but no elephants are allowed. Now it is time for a boy and his tiny pet elephant to show them what it means to be a true friend. Imaginative and lyrical, this story captures the magic of friendship and the joy of having a pet.

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The Detective Dog 

by Julia Donaldson

Peter’s dog Nell is always solving mysteries and finding all of Peter’s lost toys. When she’s not cracking cases, Nell goes to school with Peter and listens to the children read. But one day they arrive to find all the books have disappeared! Who could have taken them, and why? Nell's on the case!

This Moose Belongs to Me

by Oliver Jeffers

Most of the time, Wilfred's moose, Marcel, was a very obedient pet. But one day, while deep in the woods, someone else claims the moose as their own…Is Marcel really Wilfred’s pet after all? A beautifully-illustrated, witty and thought-provoking story, exploring the concept of ownership and wildlife.

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The Great Dog Bottom Swap 

by Peter Bently

The day has arrived for the Dogs' Summer Ball. It's so high class, that each dog must remove their bottom before they are allowed inside the hall. But in the middle of all the frivolity something unexpected happens and the dogs have to make a hasty exit... with or without the correct bottom! 

Odd Dog Out by Rob Diddulph

It's a dog's life in the big city. But one dog doesn’t quite fit in and it’s lonely. She’s willing to travel all over the world to find her place, but it takes a different kind of journey to discover that where she’s meant to be is right back where she started. A beautiful story of diversity and celebrating uniqueness.

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Kipper's New Pet by Mick Inkpen

Kipper's friend Pig only wants a pet for his birthday so Kipper buys him a hamster called Roly. But before he knows it, Kipper has missed the party and completely fallen for little Roly and cannot bear to give him away. A sweet story about the bond we can have with our pets.

Mog and the V.E.T

by Judith Kerr

One day Mog is chasing a butterfly when something happens to her paw. “She’ll have to go to the vee ee tee,” Mrs Thomas spells out. But Mog hates going to the vet! A great story for children to explore what happens to their pets at the vets.

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Oliver & Patch 

by Claire Freedman

Oliver is finding the city a lonely place but when he finds a lost dog he makes his first friend.The trouble is, he knows that someone is missing their dog just as much as he is loving having him, so, with a heavy heart, Oliver sets about doing the right thing.

Missing Jack by Rebecca Elliot

Toby's cat, Jack, is THE best cat EVER. But Jack is getting old - and Toby will miss his furry best friend terribly when he's gone. In this charming and beautifully illustrated book, explore the difficult subject of a child's first experience of the death of a pet with warmth and sensitivity. 

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If I had a Dinosaur 

by Gabby Dawnay

A girl dreams of having her own pet. But what kind of animal would be best? As she plays with her toy dinosaur, inspiration strikes. When she sleeps, the dinosaur from her daydreams stands with its head poking through the window, making her dreams come true.


by Helen Stephens

One scruffy dog needs a home and one lonely boy wants a dog. There is great drama along the way before the two can finally be together, and Fleabag at long last finds the loving home he's been looking for.

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Wanted: The Perfect Pet 

by Fiona Roberton

What Henry wanted more than anything in the whole wide world... MORE than chips ... MORE than a cowboy costume.... was a DOG.

A lovable tale of adventure and friendship and the lengths some will go to find it.

Thank Goodness for Bob

by Matthew Morgan

Max is a child who worries. A lot.

Thank goodness for Bob the dog, who shows Max that the best way to deal with worries is to share them with a friend. Told with sensitivity and a sense of fun, this story encourages empathy and illustrates the importance of talking about worries.

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Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey

Pig is bad-tempered, rude and he never, ever shares. Friendly sausage dog Trevor is always trying to persuade Pig to play, but without success. When Pig is asked to share his toys, his greed finally backfires and something unexpected happens to him. Will Pig the Pug learn his lesson at last? A hilarious picture book about learning to share.

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Jacob O'Reilly Wants a Pet

by Lynne Rickards

Like many children, Jacob wants a pet. He's desperate for an animal to look after, but mum and dad don't fancy the idea. Then they suggest that he start a pet-sitting business, and all hell breaks loose...

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Aaaarrgghh, Spider!

by Lydia Monks

Spider wants to be a pet. But the family whose house she lives in are terrified of her! Whenever she tries to show them what a great pet she would make, they scream, ”AAAARRGGHH, SPIDER!” A delightfully funny story about fitting in, tolerance and making friends. 


The Wild Woods by Simon James

Grandad and Jess are walking together in the woods when they see a squirrel. Jess wants to take it home with her as a pet, but Grandad says that you can't tame a squirrel. As Jess follows the creature deeper into the woods, she discovers more natural wonders and comes to understand that her grandad is right – the squirrel's proper home is the wild woods.

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The Great Pet Sale

by Mick Inkpen

Everything in the pet shop must go, even the rat with half his whiskers missing! "I'm only 1p. Choose me" he calls. But first, the little boy must look through all the other animal bargains. A great story for introducing money and addition.

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Everything Pets

by James Spears

Find out everything you ever wanted to know about pets – whether scaly, slithery, four-legged, or feathered. Filled with fabulous photos and fun facts, this is a must-have for all young animal lovers.

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