Animals, Middle Grade Fiction

Word of Mouse by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

Grades 3-5


Patterson and Grabenstein team up once again and bring young readers a story about a small mouse with a big personality. Isaiah is a special kind of mouse: he can read, write and talk to humans, too! When he is separated from his very large family, he relies on the friendships that he makes along the way to get him through this tough time. The most special friend he makes is an equally lonely human girl named Hailey, and the two become inseparable. Will Isaiah be able to reconnect with his family or will they be gone for good?

Animals, Middle Grade Fiction

Moo by Sharon Creech

Grades 3-6


From the author who wrote Love That Dog and Hate That Cat comes Moo, her newest novel in a mix of poetry and prose. When Reena’s family moves from the city to rural Maine, at first, she doesn’t know what to expect. Instead of exploring all Maine has to offer, including delicious lobster and blueberries, Reena and her brother Luke are forced to work for their neighbor Mrs. Falala and care for her farm animals, including her stubborn Cow, Zora. This story teaches us that our lives can change for the better if we’re open to it.

Adventure, Animals, Middle Grade Fiction

Pax by Sara Pennypacker

Grades 3-6


Peter rescued Pax the fox when he was little after his family was killed. From that moment on, Peter became “his boy.” When Peter’s father enlists in the war, Peter is sent to live with his grandfather and forced to release Pax back into the wild. Guilt immediately washes over Peter, and he sets out to find his beloved friend again. Will the two reunite or will Pax be lost forever?

Animals, Award/Honor Books, Picture Books

They All Saw A Cat by Brendan Wenzel

Ages 3-6


This book highlights observation and imagination as a cat walks through its world and is seen by various animals in different ways. They see the cat in different colors and forms. Some see a black and white cat, some see a rainbow-colored cat. Some see him clearly and some see him fuzzily. How will you see the cat?

This is a 2017 Caldecott Honor book.

Animals, Independent Reading

Owl Diaries: Eva Sees a Ghost by Rebecca Elliott

Grades 2-3


Eva is an owl who likes to write in her diary about what she loves, like drawing, funky hats, and playing with her friends. Then one day, Eva sees a ghost! But, she’s the only one who saw it. None of her friends or family believe her! Will she be able to convince them? To find out, read Owl Diaries: Eva Sees a Ghost by Rebecca Elliott.