Applegate, Katherine. The One and Only Ivan. (FIC APP) Ivan has been a captive gorilla for years in a circus-themed mall. Ivan’s even somewhat of a celebrity because he loves to paint and draw. After making a promise to an old friend about a baby elephant that has joined the animals at the mall, Ivan must find a way to use his talents to give the baby elephant a better life.
Avi. The Good Dog. (FIC AVI) McKinley, a malamute, is torn between the domestic world of his human family and the wild world of Lupin, a wolf that is trying to recruit dogs to replenish the dwindling wolf pack.
Avi. Poppy's Return. (FIC AVI) Poppy is a clever mouse who has been asked to return to her family home in a time of trouble. But what will her family think of her oldest son who has painted himself to look like his best friend, a skunk, who has come along on the journey? Even more important is whether they will be able to save Poppy’s family home from destruction.
Bauer, Marion Dane. Little Dog, Lost. Stories in Verse (FIC BAU) A determined boy, a lost dog, and a lonely man cross paths and change lives in this novel told entirely in verse.
Bauer, Marion Dane. Runt. (FIC BAU) Runt, the smallest wolf cub in the litter, seeks to prove himself to his father King and the rest of the pack and to earn a new name.
Birney, Betty G. The World According to Humphrey. (FIC BIR) Humphrey adores Ms. Mac and is heartbroken when she leaves the class to another teacher. It isn’t until later in the book that Humphrey understands why Ms. Mac felt the students in Room 26 needed him more than she did. More Humphrey books available from this series.
Byars, Betsy, et. al. Dog Diaries: Secret Writings of the WOOF Society. (FIC BYA) We’ve all heard dogs barking in the night, and now we know that they’ve gathered to share their stories. The WOOF Society--Words of Our Friends--is determined keep dogs informed of their history.
Briggs, Anita. Hobart. (FIC BRI) The future looks bleak for four pigs who believe they are about to be made into bacon. However, they decide to follow their dreams of becoming an acrobat, a poet, a singer, and a dancer. Will their dreams come true?
Cazet, Denys. Minnie & Moo and the Seven Wonders of the World. (FIC CAZ) Thinking that the farmer will have to sell the farm if he doesn’t raise enough money, Minnie and Moo, along with the other farm animals come up with a plan to raise enough money to save the farm.
Christian, Peggy. The Bookstore Mouse. (FIC CHR) A mouse living in an antique bookstore spends his days eating words and pages from books. Little does he suspect that these words will save him after he falls into a book about a dragon.
Deedy, Carmen Agra. The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale. (FIC DEE) Skilley (a cheese loving cat) and Pip (a well-read mouse) come to an agreement to keep them both safe at the pub where they live, which also happens to be a popular gathering place for writers such as Charles Dickens himself! Unfortunately, Oliver is the new cat who doesn’t want any part of the deal and could put them all in danger.
DiCamillo, Kate. The Tale of Despereaux. (FIC DIC) A mouse who has fallen in love with a princess, a king who has outlawed soup, a servant girl with a desire to become a princess, and a sly rat with plans for revenge are the main characters in a tale of love, adventure, and forgiveness.
Fiedler, Lisa. Mouseheart. (FIC FIE) Hopper is a mouse who narrowly escapes being eaten by a snake only to find himself in a kingdom of rats in an underground civilization. On his quest to find his brother and sister, Hopper learns some terrible secrets about Atlantia and about his true identity. Hopper isn't sure whom he can trust, and if he's wrong, it could mean life or death for his siblings!
Gleitzman, Morris. Toad Rage. (FIC GLE) Limpy’s quest to find out why humans hate cane toads takes him from his swamp home all the way to the Olympics in Sydney, Australia. Toad Heaven and Toad Away are other books in the series.
Howe, James. Bunnicula. (FIC HOW) Chester the cat is convinced that the new pet is actually a vampire bunny, and Chester will do just about anything to convince Harold the dog that Bunnicula must go. Other books in this series include: The Celery Stalks at Midnight, Bunnicula Strikes Again, Howliday Inn, Return to Howliday Inn, and Nighty-Nightmare.
King-Smith, Dick. The School Mouse (FIC KIN) Her ability to read has always made Flora an outcast with the other mice, but reading has saved her life more than once. Now she must use her special talent to save the other mice living at the school. Many other animal fiction titles are available by this author.
Lieb, Josh . Ratscalibur. (FIC LIE) The rat Joey's uncle gives him turns out to to a magical (ratgical) rat that transforms Joey into a rat after biting his finger. After changing forms, Joey pulls out Ratscalibur, the spork in the scone, and sets out on an adventure to deliver an important message to King Uther in hopes of saving the kingdom of Ravalon. Joey also hopes to get help from a sqagician named Squirrelin so that he can return to his human form.
McGhee, Alison. Firefly Hollow. (FIC MCG) Firefly's dream is to fly to the moon, and Cricket's dream is to catch a baseball, but no one in either of their nations understands their need to follow their dreams. Thankfully they've found each other and a miniature giant named Peter whose dreams often remind him of the friend he has lost. Together with Vole, Firefly, Cricket, and Peter help each other chase their dreams despite the risks. Will it be worth it in the end?
Oppel, Kenneth. Silverwing (FIC OPP) Being the runt of the Silverwing bats in his colony make Shade’s life difficult, but after he gets separated from his family and friends during a storm, Shade faces challenges and dangers he never imagined. Other books in this series include: Sunwing and Firewing.
Patterson, James. Word of Mouse. (FIC PAT) Having blue fur is just one of the many things that makes Isaiah a unique mouse. In fact, Isaiah can read, write, and even talk to humans, even though most of them don't listen. After getting separated from his family, Isaiah will need to rely on his special talents to survive in a world filled with crazy cats, evil owls, and horrified humans.
Perkins, Lynne Rae. Nuts to You. (FIC PER) While out in the community with his friends, Jed the gray squirrel is carried off by a hawk. Despite the danger to themselves, Jed's horrified friends heroically attempt to find and rescue him. By some miracle, Jed survives a fall from the hawk's grasp and determinedly sets out to return to his home. Danger and difficulty as well as unexpected friendships face each of them as they work towards their goals.
Sloan, Holly. Appleblossom the Possum. (FIC SLO) Since the day she was born Appleblossom the opossum and her 12 siblings have been warned by Mama to stay away from hairies (dogs) and monsters (humans). Learning to care for herself is made more difficult by the fact that Appleblossom is a very curious opossum. In fact, her curiosity is what leads to her downfall...literally...when she tumbles down the chimney into a monster's house. Her siblings and a new acquaintance try their best to rescue Appleblossom before it's too late.
Watts, Frances. Secret of the Ginger Mice. (FIC WAT) Triplet Allistair is a ginger colored mouse who was kidnapped away from his brother and sister, fell from the sky, and landed on Tibby Rose, another ginger colored mouse whose existence has been kept a secret from everyone except the aunt and uncle who've cared for her after her mother died when Tibby Rose was just a baby. The two mice set off on an adventure to return Allistair to his home, but find danger as they try to remain hidden from the spies and villagers who are hostile to all mice with ginger coloring. They're in for a much bigger adventure than they ever imagined, but will they and their loved ones live to tell the tale? Sequel = Spies of Gerander
Wolf-Morgenlander, Karl. Ragtag. (FIC WOL) Ragtag might be considered a runt, but this fearless young swallow becomes a leader in the Feathered Alliance against the Talon Empire.