Check out these cute and easy chapter books for animal-loving kids. From fictional stories with animals as main characters to nonfiction reads – the list has all. So read about dino fossil hunting or the unusual friendship of animals. Turn the pages and let the fun begin for your young ones!

So Cute! 15 Best Animal Chapter Books For Grades 1-5

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15 Chapter books & series about animals For Kids

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Eva and the New Owl is the 4th book from the popular series Owl Diaries. A new owl named Hailey joined Eva’s class. Read what happens when Hailey became friends with Eva’s friend Lucy. Would Eva lose her best friend?

The journal-like format gives this one a chapter book-type look. This makes it easier for beginner readers to transition. The content is appropriate for K-2. (Ages 6-8 years)

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Dog Finds Lost Dolphins is a animal rescue stories chapter book. Meet Cloud, the black lab, only dog certified to sniff out stranded dolphins. Stationed at Florida, she can sniff out a dolphin from a mile. And even becomes friends with them. They stories are engaging. (Ages 7-10 years)

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Fossils for Kids is a junior scientist’s guide to prehistoric animals on earth. It is filled with fascinating pictures and incredible facts. Children will learn about how fossils form, tips to identify them, and more.

The book mostly covers dinos along with other mammals, reptiles, prehistoric plants. A great book to start the nonfiction journey for elementary kids. (Ages 6-8 years)

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The Secret Zoo is the first book from The Secret Zoo series by Bryan Chick. Find out what happens when one day Megan disappears. The clues lead Noah, Richie, and Ella to the zoo next door. The Clarksville City Zoo is not truly what it seems on the outside.

This popular fantasy novel is full of mysteries and adventure. A good read for late primary graders. ((Ages 7-10 years)

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Best Friends Forever Read true stories of animal friends in this early reader chapter book. Read about unusual friendships. The stories are cute and full of hope.

A good book to start a conversation around. (Ages 6-10 years)

Some more National Geographic Kids animal chapter books.

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Cat Diaries (series) is a collection of short stories for cat lovers. Read the heroic tale of the cats narrated at the annual gathering of the MEOW society. Chico stops a crime. . The Pirate Cat narrates his treasure hunting experience.

The black and white illustrations are eye-catchy. Be ready to be wooed by some feline charm, wit, and strength. (Ages 7-10 years)

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Nutty Study Buddies Pearl Squirrel offers Michael to help him study when Michael struggles with Maths class. What does Michael do? Read in this hilarious 3rd book of the series.

Check out the entire list of The Dead Sea Squirrels. The series is suitable for early chapter book readers. (Ages 6-10 years)

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Sea Monsters is a nonfiction companion of Magic Tree House. Find out how big is a giant squid, what is a dragonfish, and more.

This book celebrates the deep sea and its mysteries. (Ages 7-10 years)

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Ronaldo: The Reindeer Flying Academy is part of the series Ronaldo’s Flying Adventures. Ronaldo wants to win the flying challenge and become Santa’s chief reindeer. Follow Ronaldo’s journey for stamina, self-belief courage.

This illustrated chapter book is suitable for beginner readers. The story is cute, funny, with a heart-warming message. (Ages 7-9 years)

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Dinosaurs is designed for level 2 readers. Each chapter of this nonfiction covers a particular type or period of dinosaurs. Texts are simple with easy vocabulary, encouraging readers to practice reading. There are also quizzes and glossaries at the end.

This chapter book is definitely for the dino-interested little ones. (Ages 6-8 years)

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Narwhal’s School of Awesomeness is a hilarious tale of Narwhal and Jelly becoming substitute teachers for a school of fish. The subjects taught are interesting. Wafflematics,  scavenger hunt, Tag – it is a fun class indeed!

Check out all the other Narwhal and Jelly books from this series. (Ages 6-9 years)

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Gross Out!: Animals That Do Disgusting Things if gross is your child’s favorite, this book will be a sure hit. Read astonishing yacky stories of mole rats, the hagfish, and many more creepy critters.

It is a fun and educational read. (Ages 8-9 years)

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Song for a Whale is a fascinating read about a deaf girl’s connection to a whale. Iris is a deaf tech genius. She hears about Blue 55, a whale who is unable to speak to other whales. Read this heart-warming story of how Iris communicates with the whale.

This book is for advanced elementary graders. (Ages 9+)

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Dragon Mountain from Dragon Realm series is for animal fantasy lovers. Read what a bunch of middle graders would do when they open an ancient mountain. Now they are tasked with saving the Dragon Realm.

The Dragons in this series are full of interesting personalities. This book would surely keep young readers on the hook. (Ages 8-12 years)

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Dog Squad Meet Duke, Fred – the heroes of Dog Squad. Whenever there is trouble, these lovable pups are sure to jump in and rescue.

Check out the entire recommended list of dogs book series for kids. (Ages 8-12 years)

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