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Animal Stories for Grades 3 - 6

Dogs
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 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.
JPB Newman, Leslea.Hachiko Waits.

Hachiko waits for his owner at the train station, unaware that the man has died.

Cats
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.
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.
JX Fine, Anne.Diary of a Killer Cat.Tuffy defends himself against accusations of terrifying other animals.
J Hiaasen, Carl.Scat.Nick and Marta try to uncover an illegal drilling operation that endangers a Florida panther.
JX Hooks, William.Pioneer Cat.A pioneer girl smuggles a cat aboard the wagon train taking her family from Missouri to Oregon.
J Hunter, Erin.Into the Wild.Rusty the housecat meets the four clans of wild cats. Series: Warriors.
JX LeGuin, Ursula.Catwings.Four winged cats leave the city for a safe place to live. Series: Catwings.
J Said, S.F.Varjak Paw.

Varjak Paw leaves his home and sets out to save his family from the evil Gentleman. Series: Varjak Paw.

Rodents
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.Tale of Despereaux.Small Despereaux attempts to save a princess.
JX Hurwitz, Joanna.PeeWee’s Tale.A guinea pig learns to survive in the real world. Series: Park Pals Adventure.
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 McAllister, Margaret.Urchin of the Riding Stars.A squirrel leads a group of animals to defend their island kingdom against evil forces. Series: Mistmantle Chronicles.
J O’Brien, Robert.Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.Mrs. Frisby encounters very intelligent lab rats.Series: Rats of NIMH.
JX Reiche, Dietlof.I, Freddy.

Freddy learns how to read and write on a computer and escapes captivity. Series: Golden Hamster Saga.

Horses
JX Duey, Kathleen.Katie and the Mustang.

Katie befriends an unbroken mustang. Series: Hoofbeats.

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 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.
JPB Lasky, Kathryn.Capture.Soren is rescued by a special school for orphaned owls.  Series: Guardians of Ga’Hoole.
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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