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DOGS

Avi. The Good Dog
What happens when McKinley, a good, reliable, and trustworthy sled dog, meets Lupin, a wolf who is urging the domesticated dogs to join her pack? (Older)

Carris, Joan. Welcome to the Bed and Biscuit
The animals of a kindly veterinarian overcome their feelings of jealousy when a rescued puppy joins their “family.” (Younger)

Crisp, Marty. White Star: A Dog on the Titanic
Excitement at first, then disaster strikes as Sam builds a strong friendship with one of the dogs on the Titanic in 1912. (Older)

DiCamillo, Kate. Because of Winn-Dixie
A mischievous dog befriends a lonely young girl in a new town and helps her make new friends. (Middle)

Faller, Regis. Polo: the Runaway Book * (graphic novel)
Polo the dog gets a new book as a gift, but when he falls asleep, a little creature that looks like a ball of light takes it. Polo has some fantastic adventures as he looks for his book. (Younger)

Grogan, John. Marley: a Dog Like No Other
The true story of a Labrador Retriever who always gets into trouble and has many exciting adventures. (Older)

Martin, Ann. A Dog’s Life: The Autobiography of a Stray
Squirrel, a loveable stray dog, tells the story of her adventurous life. She mistrusts humans and suffers losses until she meets Susan. (Older)

Morgan, Clay. The Boy Who Spoke Dog
Shipwrecked on an island near New Zealand, Jack, an orphaned cabin boy, gets close to a group of sheepdogs who protect the local sheep from wild dogs. (Older)

Nolan, Lucy. Down Girl and Sit*
The silly adventures of the loveable dog, Down Girl, her friend Sit, and Down Girl’s owner who is known as Rruff! (Younger)

O’Connor, Barbara. How to Steal A Dog
Homeless and desperate, Georgina persuades her brother to help her get money by stealing a dog so they can claim the reward. (Older)

Patterson, Nancy. The Winner’s Walk
Case wants to excel in something, but can't seem to compete with the rest of his family until he gets an award-winning dog, Noah. When Case realizes all of Noah's talents, he has to make the hardest decision of his life. (Middle)

HORSES

Byars, Betsy. Little Horse On His Own
Little horse gets separated from his family and ends up with big horses on a farm.  Through a stroke of luck, Little Horse finds home. (Younger)

Crebbin, June. Horse Tales
A collection of 14 horse stories and legends from around the world. (Middle)

Haas, Jessie. Jigsaw Pony
Twins Kiera and Fran finally learn to share when they receive Jigsaw, an old but intelligent pony. (Younger)

MacLean, Christine. Mary Margaret Meets Her Match
Mary Margaret is excited about going on vacation to a dude ranch. Unfortunately, horseback riding is harder than it looks. Will she ever be able to get out of the kiddie corral? (Middle)

Ryan, Pam Munoz. Paint the Wind
Maya discovers that she has the love of wild horses in her heart, just like her mother. When she gets stranded in the wilderness with her special horse, will she have the strength and confidence to survive? (Older)

Saunders, Susan. Lucky Lady
Being sent to her Texas grandfather’s ranch, twelve-year-old Jamie learns how to help an abused horse and to survive a harrowing experience. (Older)

Silverman, Erica. Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa*
Kate has a stubborn cowhorse, Cocoa. Even though they are best friends, they sometimes disagree. (Younger)

WILD ANIMALS

Bauer, Marion. Bear Named Trouble
Jonathan, the ten-year-old son of an Alaskan zookeeper, makes a “connection” with a lonely brown bear. Based on what happened to a real bear. (Middle)

Delaney, M.C. Birdbrain Amos: Mister Fun*
Amos the hippo is worried that his tick bird buddy, who lives on a nest on his head, has found a new friend. Amos sets off on a big adventure to prove to her that he’s really fun to be with. (Middle)

Fleischman, Sid. The White Elephant
White elephants are to be treated as sacred guests. Run-Run is given one as a punishment but makes the situation into a treasure. (Older)

Hatkoff, Isabella. Owen and Mzee: the True Story of a Remarkable Friendship *
The incredible story of how a baby hippo orphaned in the 2004 tsunami became a close companion to a giant tortoise. (Middle)

McCall Smith, Alexander. Akimbo and the Lions*
Akimbo, an African boy, helps an injured lion cub heal and releases it into the wild. He’s charged by an elephant and cornered by a lion in his adventures. (Middle)

Wallace, Bill. Coyote Autumn
Twelve-year-old Brad secretly rescues and raises an orphaned coyote pup. Should he continue to train him or let him live free in a wildlife refuge? (Older)

CATS

Armstrong, Alan. Whittington
As Whittington, a descendent of the famous Dick Whittington’s cat, tells the exciting story of his ancestor, a boy who is listening overcomes some reading difficulties. (Older)

Fine, Anne. Diary of a Killer Cat
Tuffy the cat humorously tells how he relates with his owners and acts like a cat! (Younger)

Harper, Charise. Fashion Kitty * (graphic novel)
After a stack of fashion magazines falls on Kiki Kitty's head while she is blowing out the candles on her birthday cake, Kiki turns into Fashion Kitty. She is a feline superhero who saves other kitties from fashion disaster. (Middle)

Holm & Hamel. The Stink Files: The Postman Always Brings Mice *
Written from a British cat’s point of view, this adventure story is also very funny! (Middle)

Kehret, Peg. Spy Cat
Pete the cat helps solve some burglaries. He rescues his boy Benjie from the burglars who had planned to let him freeze to death. (Older)

Nagda, Ann. Meow Means Mischief
Rama has to deal with a new house, a new school, and now her “boring” grandparents are coming to stay. With the help of a stray cat, Rama and her grandmother learn something about each other. (Younger)

Naylor, Phyllis. Carlotta’s Kittens and the Club of Mysteries
Written from the cats' point of view, learn how these cats teach Carlotta's kittens survival skills. (Middle)

Singer, Marilyn. Cats to the Rescue
A collection of heartwarming stories of cats helping their “owners” and other tales of cats from history. (Middle)

PIGS & RODENTS

Birney, Betty. Trouble According to Humphrey*
In this third book about Humphrey, the loveable, loyal hamster takes his job as classroom pet very seriously. (Middle)

DiCamillo, Kate. Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride *
Mr. Watson's Saturday drive with his favorite pig, Mercy, turns into an adventure when Mercy finds herself behind the wheel. (Younger)

Holm, Jennifer. BabyMouse: Queen of the World * (graphic novel)
Sassy Baby Mouse’s vivid imagination carries her through the ups and downs of finding a first friend. (Middle)

Jonell, Lynne. Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat
With help from her new friends (human and animal), Emmy tries to save her parents from the effects of some highly unusual rodent potions. (Middle/Older)

Kenah, Katharine. Best Seat in the 2nd Grade*
Sam loves sitting next to the class pet, a hamster named George Washington, but he doesn't like that he is never picked to be Hamster Helper. How can he spend more time with G.W.? (Younger)

Reiche, Dietlof. Haunting of Freddy: Book 4 in the Golden Hamster*
The funny adventure of Freddy, a golden hamster, and his pals: a cat, two guinea pigs, and his owner as they experience mysterious events with ferrets, rabbits, and a hunter. (Middle)

BIRDS

Loizeaux, William. Wings
Ten-year-old Nick rescues, raises, and comes to love a baby mockingbird. Will Marcy try to fly away or will Nick be able to let her go when it’s time? (Middle)

Mitchard, Jacquelyn. Rosalie, My Rosalie
Henry Marie becomes a “mama” to a duckling and learns about taking care of a white domestic duck. (Middle)

Naylor, Phyllis. Cuckoo Feathers
When two pigeons that Sarah wants as pets move from her apartment’s ledge to the building next door, Sarah tries to figures out how to get Coo and Cuckoo to come back. (Younger)

CLASSICS

De Jong, Meindert. Hurry Home, Candy
The dog was lost. He had no name and no one to love him. He had only himself, and he was afraid until he found a place he could call home forever. (Middle)

Eckert, Allan. Incident at Hawk’s Hill
A shy, lonely six-year-old wanders into the Canadian Prairie and spends a summer under the protection of a badger. (Older)

George, Jean Craighead. Julie of the Wolves
Alone and stranded in Alaska, a young Eskimo girl has only a pack of Arctic wolves to help her survive. (Older)

King-Smith, Dick. Babe, The Gallant Pig
Can this special pig learn to handle and protect a flock of sheep as well as a sheepdog? (Middle)

Mowat, Farley. Owls in the Family
Every child needs to have a pet -- no one could argue with that! But what happens when your pet is an owl and your owl is terrorizing the neighborhood? (Middle)

Naylor, Phyllis. Shiloh
Eleven-year-old Marty finds Shiloh, an abused beagle, and has to decide what is the right thing to do. Should he return Shiloh to his abusing owner or try to take care of Shiloh himself in secret? (Older)

White, E.B. Charlotte’s Web
Wilbur, the pig, is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer's Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him. (Middle/Older)

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Monroe County Library System
Children's Services Librarians
2008.