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Animal Stories for Grades 3 - 6

J Avi. Good Dog.

McKinley is torn between his human family and a pack of wolves.

J Burnford, Sheila. Incredible Journey. A cat and two dogs travel through the wilderness to find their family.
JX Cleary, Beverly. Ribsy. Separated from his owner, Ribsy has a series of adventures.
J DiCamillo, Kate. Because of Winn-Dixie. Opal describes all the good things that happen because of her big, ugly dog, Winn-Dixie.
J Estes, Eleanor. Ginger Pye. Ginger steals everyone’s hearts in the Pye family, but then someone steals Ginger!
J Gipson, Fred. Old Yeller. A stray dog affects the lives of a pioneer family.
J Hobbs, Valerie. Sheep.

Jack narrates his story of multiple names, homes, and owners.

J Kadohata, Cynthia. Cracker! A soldier in Vietnam bonds with his bomb-sniffing dog.
J Knight, Eric. Lassie Come-home. Lassie treks 1,000 miles to reunite with her master.
J London, Jack. The Call of the Wild The story of a dog that becomes the leader of a wolf pack.
J Martin, Ann. Dog’s Life. Squirrel tells her own story about her life as a stray.
J Naylor, Phyllis. Shiloh. Marty hides a dog from its abusive owner. Series: Shiloh.
J Armstrong, Alan. Whittington. A tom cat asks to join a barn full of rescued animals.
JX Averill, Esther. Jenny and the Cat Club. Jenny wants to join the Cat Club in their many adventures. Series: Jenny Linsky.
JX Bruell, Nick. Bad Kitty School Daze Bad Kitty gets sent off to obedience school. Series: Bad Kitty.
J Cleary, Beverly. Socks. Socks’ life is disrupted by the addition of a new baby to the household.
J Corder, Zizou. Lionboy. A boy has the ability to speak the language of cats. Series: Lionboy.
J DiCamillo, Kate. Tiger Rising. Rob and Sistine scheme to set a caged tiger free.
J George, Jean. The Cats of Roxville Station A young cat fights to survive among a group of feral cats and other creatures.
J Hunter, Erin. The Sun Trail A group of brave young cats sets off in search of a new home. Series: Warriors: Dawn of the Clans.
JX LeGuin, Ursula. Catwings. Four winged cats leave the city for a safe place to live. Series: Catwings.
J West, Jacqueline. The Shadows

Olive finds herself living in a mansion with three talking cats. Series: Books of Elsewhere.

J Avi. Poppy. Poppy must move her family to another field without being seen by a terrifying owl. Series: Poppy.
JX Birney, Betty. World According to Humphrey. Humphrey learns to help his human classmates. Series: Humphrey.
J Cleary, Beverly. Mouse and the Motorcycle. Ralph makes friends with a boy staying in his inn. Series: Ralph S. Mouse.
J DiCamillo, Kate. Flora and Ulysses Flora rescues a squirrel after an accident and discovers that he has amazing powers.
J DiCamillo, Kate. Tale of Despereaux Small Despereaux attempts to save a princess.
J Jacques, Brian. Redwall. Matthias journeys to find a special sword to fight the evil rat, Cluny. Series: Redwall.
J Jonell, Lynne. Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat. Emmy and her talking rat fight an evil nanny. Series: Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat.
J Marciano, John. Harold's Tail Harold the squirrel finds himself homeless on the streets of New York City.
J O’Brien, Robert. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. Mrs. Frisby encounters very intelligent lab rats.Series: Rats of NIMH.
JX Wargin, Kathy-Jo. Mitt, the Michigan Mouse

When Mitts' home, a mitten, is stolen, he sets out on a journey to find it.

J Angus, Sam. A Horse Called Hero

Wolfie and his older sister raise an orphaned foal who lives up to his name.

J Farley, Walter. Black Stallion. After a shipwreck, a boy befriends a horse and trains him to race. Series: Black Stallion.
J Henry, Marguerite. King of the Wind. Sham, an Arabian horse, is brought to England to sire the thoroughbred breed.
J Henry, Marguerite. Misty of Chincoteague. Paul and Maureen are determined to own a pony from Chincoteague Island.
J Ryan, Pam. Riding Freedom. Charlotte disguises herself as a boy to become a stagecoach driver in the 1860s.
J Sewell, Anna. Black Beauty. A horse in 19th century England recounts his adventures.
J Snyder, Zelpha. Gib Rides Home.

Orphan Gib maintains his hopeful outlook when he is forced to help with the horses of a wealthy man. Sequel: Gib and the Gray Ghost.

Check out these JPB paperback series:

  • Chestnut Hill by Lauren Brooke
  • Heartland by Lauren Brooke
  • Phantom Stallion by Terri Farley
  • Pony Pals by Jeanne Betancourt
  • Saddle Club by Bonnie Bryant
  • Thoroughbred by Joanna Campbell
  • Unicorn’s Secret by Kathleen Duey
  • Unicorns of Balinor by Mary Stanton
More Animals
J Atwater, Richard. Mr. Popper’s Penguins. An unexpected penguin changes the life of Mr. Popper.
J Feiffer, Jules. Room With a Zoo. Julie’s room becomes a zoo.
J Gibbs, Stuart. Poached Teddy Fitzroy is the prime suspect when FunJungle's newly-acquired koala goes missing.
J Hodgman, Ann. House of a Million Pets. True and funny stories about the author’s many pets.
JX King-Smith, Dick. Babe. A pig discovers hidden talents.
J Oppel, Kenneth. Silverwing. Shade becomes separated from his bat colony.  Series: Silverwing.
J White, E.B. Charlotte’s Web.

Wilbur tries to escape his fate with the help of his spider friend, Charlotte.

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