5 Books About Pets That’ll Instantly Fetch a Toddler’s Attention

Are you looking for the perfect book to captivate your little ones and get their imaginations running wild? We’ve rounded up an exciting lineup of 10 books about pets that’ll instantly fetch their attention – from silly fish tales to adventurous canine escapades. Whether your preschoolers are already animal lovers or yet to be introduced to the wonderful world of creatures, these titles are sure to fetch the attention of all children.

Books about pets include Some Pets by Angela Diterlizzi, What Pet Should I Get? By Dr. Seuss, Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings, and Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev.

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Some Pets by Angela Diterlizzi

Books About Pets

Let’s go to the pet show with this first book: Some Pets by Angela Diterlizzi. As all of the pets, from dogs to cats, snakes to hamsters, and horses to chickens, compete in different activities at the pet show, the author doesn’t actually name them. Instead, she describes an action the pets do, making the reader use the illustrations to figure out what is happening in the story. Get those literary brains working!


What Pet should I get?

by Dr. Seuss

Our next book about pets is What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss. In this story, a brother and a sister visit a pet store and, of course, cannot decide on which pet to get! The end of this book leaves the reader hanging, which is the perfect opportunity for your preschoolers to make an inference.


Can I Be your Dog?

by Troy Cummings

Next up, we read Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings. A dog without a home writes letters to those living on Butternut Street, hoping to find a place to live. But letter after letter, the answer is always no. But little does Arfy know that someone has noticed all of his letters and thinks he’ll make the perfect partner and friend. Who do you think will adopt him?


Strictly No Elephants

by Lisa Mantchev

I heard this phrase that I absolutely love: I’d rather be excluded for who I include than included for who I exclude. Our next book about pets, Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev exemplifies this phrase perfectly. 


When a boy is excluded from the Pet Club for having an elephant, he creates his own Pet Club with all sorts of unique and unusual pets around the neighborhood. I love that this book incorporates the lesson that we should include someone despite our differences.


Gilbert goldfish Wants a Pet

by Kelly DiPucchio

Last up, we read Gilbert Goldfish Wants a Pet by Kelly DiPucchio. In this story, Gilbert seems to have everything he could ever want: a castle, a treasure chest full of gold, and delicious flakes every day. But the one thing he wants the most in the world is a pet of his own. See which animals come into Gilbert’s home and who will make the perfect pet for him.


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With stories full of bubbly illustrations and heartwarming characters, these books about pets will help young readers explore themes related to our four-legged friends and learn valuable life lessons along the way too! So brighten up story time with these picks. Your toddlers won’t want to put them down!

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