Pet Books for Preschoolers

Your animal-loving kiddos are sure to love this collection of pet books for preschoolers. Cats, dogs, dragons, unicorns, and more!

Whether your little one is begging for a pet or he’s learning to care for the one you have, these story books about pets for preschoolers are sure to start some lively dialogue between you and your preschoolers.

Your animal-loving kiddos are sure to love this collection of pet books for preschoolers. Cats, dogs, dragons, unicorns, and more!

Pet Books for Preschoolers

Below, I’ve featured just a handful of pet-themed picture books that will help your preschoolers celebrate their pets – or the ones their dreaming of!

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

The Perfect PetStrictly No ElephantsCan I Be Your Dog?


The Perfect PetElizabeth really wants a pet. But her parents do not want a pet. Instead they give her a cactus. Even though Elizabeth’s new plant proves to be a good listener, Elizabeth still really wants a pet…

Strictly No Elephants – When the local Pet Club won’t admit a boy’s tiny pet elephant, he finds a solution—one that involves all kinds of unusual animals in this sweet and adorable picture book.

Can I Be Your Dog? – This picture book shares the tale of Arfy, a homeless mutt who lives in a box in an alley. Arfy writes to every person on Butternut Street about what a great pet he’d make. Readers will be happily surprised to learn just who steps up to adopt Arfy.

The Pet Dragon: A Story about Adventure, Friendship, and Chinese CharactersPet Show! (Picture Puffins)The Gift of Haley


The Pet Dragon – Meet Lin and her pet dragon! When the dragon mysteriously disappears, Lin sets off on a journey to find her best friend . . . and readers set off on a journey of learning and discovery.

Pet Show! – How can you enter a pet show when your pet runs away? That’s the question Archie faces when he can’t find his cat to enter in the neighborhood pet show. Fortunately, he does some fast thinking to win a prize.

The Gift of Haley – Meet Haley, a lovable Labrador puppy…and an unstoppable thief! Laugh along with her as she steals her way into Emilys heart, while also stealing anything else she can get her paws on along the way!

A Unicorn Named Sparkle: A Picture BookI Wanna IguanaThe Perfect Pet (Arbordale Collection)


A Unicorn Named Sparkle – When Lucy sees an ad in the newspaper for a unicorn, she sends in her twenty-five cents and waits four to six long weeks for her very own unicorn to arrive. When Sparkle arrives, his ears are too long, his horn is too short, he smells funny–and oh, he has fleas…

I Wanna Iguana – Alex just has to convince his mom to let him have an iguana, so he puts his arguments in writing. He promises that she won’t have to feed it or clean its cage or even see it if she doesn’t want to. 

The Perfect Pet – After begging for a pet, a child’s mother finally says “yes.” But which animal will be the best pet? An elephant won’t fit through the door, and a tiger would be too hard to walk. What’s a child to do?

Look & Learn: PetsOh, the Pets You Can Get!: All About Our Animal Friends (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library)What Pet Should I Get? (Classic Seuss)


Pets – From adorable dogs to cuddly kittens to friendly fish, young readers are introduced to popular family pets and how to care for them.

Oh, the Pets You Can Get! – From the food, shelter, exercise, and medical care they need to the love and companionship they crave, the Cat teaches beginning readers how to keep their pets (and themselves!) healthy, safe, and happy.

What Pet Should I Get? – What happens when a brother and sister visit a pet store to pick a pet? Naturally, they can’t choose just one! 

Just Me and My Puppy (A Little Critter Book)The Night Before the New PetNational Geographic Kids Everything Pets: Furry facts, photos, and fun-unleashed!


Just Me and My Puppy – A perfect way to teach children about the responsibility of caring for a pet!

The Night Before the New Pet – It’s the night before the adoption of a puppy and the whole family can hardly wait. Everyone helps prepare: they buy treats, set up a crate, and discuss what they should name the pet.

Everything Pets – Find out everything you ever wanted to know about our beloved pets–whether scaly, slithery, four-legged, or feathered.

Your animal-loving kiddos are sure to love this collection of pet books for preschoolers. Cats, dogs, dragons, unicorns, and more!

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