Pet Books for Kindergarten

This list of pet books for kindergarten includes books about fish, dogs, cats, horses, and more. Sure to thrill your beginning readers!

Each one of these books would make a great addition to your pet activities for preschoolers and kindergarteners.

You can read these books to pre-readers. Kindergarteners can strengthen their reading skills reading them independently.

Either way, the bright illustrations and simple stories are sure to engage little ones.

Pet Books for Kindergarten

Below, I’ve featured just a handful of easy reader books that will engage your young readers.

You should be able to find them at your local library or bookstore. If you can’t find them locally, you can click each image cover to purchase them on Amazon.

Max Has a Fish (Penguin Young Readers, Level 1)Hot Dog (Step into Reading)Otter: What Pet Is Best? (My First I Can Read)


Max Has a Fish – Max loves his pet fish–it can swim, eat, and even blow bubbles. But Max is incredibly disappointed to learn that his fish can’t dance. Is there another animal that can dance with Max?

Hot Dog – Poor Dog. He’s awfully hot! But Mom won’t share her lemonade. Cat won’t share his shady spot on the porch. And Skunk’s making a real stink about sharing his hollow log. What does a hot Dog have to do to get cool?

Otter: What Pet Is Best? – On her next adventure, Otter tries to choose the perfect pet for her and Teddy.

Our Pets: Leveled Reader (Levels 6-7) (Rigby PM Shared Readers)DK Readers L2: LEGO® Friends Perfect Pets (DK Readers Level 2)The Dog That Dug for Dinosaurs (Ready-to-Reads)


Our Pets – Six children describe their pets. Each pet has its own name, looks, and likes. Each owner has a job in taking care of his or her pet.

LEGO® Friends Perfect Pets – Emma, Mia, Stephanie, Olivia, and Andrea have all kinds of pets. Meet the girls’ puppies, cats, horses, birds, and bunnies. Find out what it takes to look after a pet. Learn how fun it can be!

The Dog That Dug for Dinosaurs – There once was a little dog named Tray. He lived in England with his owner, Mary Ann Anning. Besides Mary Ann, Tray loved one other thing: He loved to dig for dinosaur bones. Together he and Mary Ann found small bones, big bones, and even entire skeletons! People came from all around the world to see the bones they found.

That Bad, Bad Cat! (Penguin Young Readers, Level 2)Little Lucy (Step into Reading)Twinky the Dinky Dog (Step into Reading)


That Bad, Bad Cat! – What a bad, bat cat! He tears the pillows, he eats the plants, and he even scratches the furniture. He just won’t behave! But his family loves him anyway. 

Little Lucy – Lucy likes to run. She likes to bark. She likes to chew and howl. But when Bobby and his family take her to a lake, she finds out there’s one thing she doesn’t like—the water!

Twinky the Dinky Dog – Meet Twinky the Dinky Dog, whose only problem is that he doesn’t feel dinky at all. With his spunky mix of determination, practice, and bravery, Twinky is about to show the entire town that he is – most definitely – not dinky at all. 

Little Lucy Goes to School (Step into Reading)When Tiny Was TinyBrave Norman: A True Story


Little Lucy Goes to School – What does Bobby do all day at school? Lucy wants to know! So when Bobby’s mom takes her there, Lucy takes off! She finds the lunchroom. She finds the library. But can she find Bobby?

When Tiny Was Tiny – When Tiny was a puppy, he fit inside a shoe. He fit in a bag, and he even fit in a pocket. Then Tiny grew, and now he is too big for his doghouse. He is too big to lick his friend’s face–yuck! 

Brave Norman : A True Story – Norman is a dog who cannot see. One day, he is at the beach when he hears a girl in the water calling for help. Can Norman lead the girl to safety?

Puppy Parade (Penguin Young Readers, Level 2)My Weird School: Class Pet Mess! (I Can Read Level 2)Ninja at the Pet Shop (Scholastic Reader, Level 1: Moby Shinobi)


Puppy Parade – Scout is entering a puppy parade! Scout is sure that when the awards are handed out at the end of the parade, she will win one of the important ribbons. Will it be for best behaved? Or most beautiful? Or friendliest? 

My Weird School: Class Pet Mess! – Mr. Cooper’s class is getting a pet! Alexia hopes it is something cool, like a snake. But is she ready to take care of the pet, or will it be one weird mess? Join A.J. and the gang from Ella Mentry School as they show young readers why they attend the weirdest—and most fun!—school around.

Ninja at the Pet Shop – Moby is helping animals at the pet shop. Moby tries to give the dogs baths, feed the animals their treats, and play with all the pets, but each try ends in a funny mess. Moby wants to help the pets, but he worries his ninja skills aren’t right for the job. Then, the snake gets loose from its tank, and it’s Moby’s time to shine!

Which of these books about xxx will you read first?

Round Out Your Unit with These Activities

Children will love acting out their favorite puppy stories with these puppy finger puppets.

This adorable set of wooden kittens stacking game are sure to be your child’s new favorite toy. When children learn to stack toys on top of each other they are developing fine motor skills which later will help them hold a pencil or crayon properly. 

Teach children how dogs grow and change with this life cycle of a dog worksheet. They’ll love learning how their favorite animals change over their lifetime.

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