PAWS to Read: Summer Reading Recommendations for Kids

A list of books for kids featuring animals, recommended by Oakland Public’s Children’s Librarians.

Here at the library, we’re busy preparing for our annual Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme? PAWS to Read! You can’t sign up for the program until Saturday, but you *can* spark the Summer Reading spirit by getting your paws on some of our favorite animal books at the library:


Bone by Bone book coverIncredible Life of Balto book cover The True Story of Ten Dogs book coverTarra & Bella book coverUnusual Creatures book coverWho Has These Feet? book coverWild Animal Neighbors book cover

// Bone by Bone: Comparing Animal Skeletons // The Incredible Life of Balto /Stay: The True Story of Ten Dogs /Tarra & Bella: The Elephant and Dog who Became Best Friends /Unusual Creatures: A Mostly Accurate Account of Some of the Earth's Strangest Animals /Who has These Feet? // Wild Animal Neighbors: Sharing our Urban World //

Early Readers

 Cat the Cat book coverPig Wig book coverRabbit & Robot book cover The Big Picture book cover

// Cat the Cat, Who is That? // Pig Wig // Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover // Zelda and Ivy: The Big Picture //

Moving Up

 Bad Kitty School Daze book coverBattle Bunny book coverCatwings book coverLulu and the Dog from the Sea book cover

// Bad Kitty: School Daze // Battle Bunny // Catwings // Lulu and the Dog from the Sea //

Chapter Books

 Because of Winn-Dixie book coverThe Familiars book coverHighway Cats book coverMoominvalley in November book coverMrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh book coverThe One and Only Ivan book coverStick Dog book coverThe Wind in the Willows book cover

// Because of Winn Dixie // The Familiars // Highway Cats // Moominvalley in November // Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH // The One and Only Ivan // Stick Dog // The Wind in the Willows //

Picture Books

 Bay Bear Sees Blue book coverThe Best Pet of All book coverCity Dog, Country Frog book coverCount the Monkeys book coverThe Long, Long Line book coverMr. Tiger Goes Wild book coverPlease Take me for a Walk book coverRead to Tiger book coverWho Sank the Boat? book cover

// Baby Bear Sees Blue // The Best Pet of All // City Dog, Country Frog // Count the Monkeys // The Long, Long Line // Mr. Tiger Goes Wild // Please Take me for a Walk // Read to Tiger // Who Sank the Boat? //