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DD8 has requested animal books for Christmas...what books would you recommend? She has one of the DK See How They Grow books and really likes it, and asked for another one. I would like to get her some type of Animal Encyclopedia that would be good for her age as well.


She is a good reader, and is reading the chapter book regular readers for Sonlight 3 with no trouble.


I would love suggestions! Thanks! :001_smile:

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James Herriot's Treasury for Children. Wonderful. The illustrations are great too. We also have it as an audiobook and if I had a dollar for every time one of my kids requested the Smudge the Little Lamb story ... well I'd have been able to buy them a lamb.

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How about a subscription to Ranger Rick magazine or ZooBooks magazine? Some of the older readers listed below could also be done as read-alouds. And here are two helpful past threads:

Chapter books about/with animal characters

Animal story books

Enjoy! Warmest regards, Lori D.




- Ginger Pye (Estes)

- Kildee House (Montgomery)

- Daughter of the Mountains (Rankin)

- The Wheel on the School (de Jong)

- Adam of the Road (Gray)

- Black Beauty

- Rikki Tikki Tavi (Kipling)

- Just So Stories (Kipling)

- The Jungle Book (Kipling)

- Wind in the Willows (Grahame)

- The Tale of Despereaux (DiCamillo)

- Redwall Series (Jacques)

- The Reluctant Dragon (Grahame)

- Rabbit Hill (Lawson)





2nd grade reading level

- Billy and Blaze series (Anderson)

- Catwings series (LeGuin)

- Buddy, the First Seeing Eye Dog (Moore)

- Barry, the Bravest St. Bernard

- The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto (Standiford)

- Five True Dog Stories (Davidson)

- Seven True Horse Stories (Davidson)

- Nine True Dolphin Stories (Davidson)



2nd/3rd grade reading level

- Animals Do The Strangest Things (Hornblow)

- Birds Do The Strangest Things (Hornblow)

- Insects Do The Strangest Things (Hornblow

- Fish Do The Strangest Things (Hornblow)

- Reptiles Do The Strangest Things (Hornblow)

- Follow My Leader (Garfield)

- Dolphin Adventure; Dolphin Treasure; Dolphins and Me (Grover)

- Horse Heroes (Petty)

- Man O'War: The Best Racehorse Ever (Mckerly)

- Horse Named Seabiscuit (Duvowski)

- Jumbo (Worth) -- famous PT Barnum circus elephant


3rd grade reading level

- My Father's Dragon (Gannett)

- The Bears on Hemlock Mountain (Dalgliesh)

- Mr. Popper's Penguins (Atwater)

- The Cricket in Times Square (Selden)

- Charlotte's Web (White)

- Christian Liberty Nature Readers


4th grade reading level

- Trumpet of the Swan (White)

- Om-Kas-Toe (Thomasa) -- Blackfoot boy tames a horse for his tribe

- Chucaro: Wild Pony of the Pampa (Kalney)

- Rascal (North)

- Shiloh (Naylor)

- Owls in the Family (Mowat)

- The Mouse and the Motorcycle (McCleary)

- Ben and I (Lawson)

- Mr. Revere and Me (Lawson)

- Basil of Baker Street (Titus)


4th/5th grade reading level

- The Rescuers, Miss Bianca, Miss Bianca in the Orient (Sharpe)


5th grade reading level

- The Black Stallion, The Black Stallion Returns, Island Stallion (Farley)

- My Side of the Mountain (George) -- and sequels

- Where the Red Fern Grows (Rawls)

- Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (O'Brien)

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Your daughter may just be on the cusp of being too old for these books but I love this art book series and think they are great for all ages.




I think an animal encyclopedia is great. I would steer away from the Usborne First Encyclopedia because it's really small and for 6 year olds. I would think a nice big one from National Geographic or DK would be great.

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