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Tales with Tails: Animal stories for Upper Elementary Kids


Tales with Tails: Animal stories for Upper Elementary Kids

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Are you tired of reading about humans? Interested in learning what life might be like from the eyes of your pet–or even the neighborhood squirrel? Check out the list below, which includes stories from the perspective of various animals, from rabbits and mice to dogs and otters. These novels and graphic novels are best for older elementary kids who are looking for tales from a bird’s (or a raccoon’s, or a bat’s…) eye view.



The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt

Odder by Katherine Applegate

odder cover

Duet by Elise Broach

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
A True Home by Kallie George

Journey Beyond the Burrow by Rina Heisel
Podkin One-Ear by Kieran Larwood
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien

Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel

Nuts to You by Lynne Rae Perkins


Firstborn by Tor Seidler
Good Dogs with Bad Haircuts by David Sidorov
Appleblossum the Possum by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Charlotte’s Web by EB White



Cat on the Run series by Aaron Blabey

InvestiGators series by John Patrick Green

A Cat Story by Ursula Murray Husted

Pawcasso by Remy Lai

The Flying Light by Yuanhao Yang

~Abby Henkel, Library Assistant

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