Reading books about animals to children is not only fun. Many works about cats, dogs and our other pets teach us to know the world, to distinguish good from evil, and develop sympathy for our neighbors. Girls and boys find answers to “eternal questions” about friendship, love, family relationships in books about animals.
Books about animals for children under 5 years old
There are a lot of Russian folk tales, where the main characters are animals. They simultaneously amuse and teach kids, explain what is right and wrong, good and evil. “Goby-straw barrel”, “Cat and the fox”, “Turnip”, “Teremok” - these are just a few of these stories, familiar to all of us from childhood.
Many publications with Russian folk tales are on sale - this one, for example, contains 11 tales, each of which is illustrated by the artist Evgeny Antonenkov
Among the works of modern authors, it is worth noting the "Great Book of Nature" by Nikola Davis and Mark Heard. Easy-to-read poems by children will open them the world of animals (both wild and domestic), birds and insects. Each small piece is presented in such a beautiful and poetic way that even adults read it with pleasure.
There are few such wonderful books. She is truly artistic, illustrations convey the atmosphere and mood. Poems are wonderful, kind, easily perceived even by the smallest child.
The Big Book of Nature teaches kids the beauty of the world
Poems and stories of Nikolai Nosov - all Soviet children grew up on them, but these works have not lost their relevance now. The writer has many stories about pets suitable for reading to preschoolers. "Live hat", "Bobik visiting Barbosa", "Boyfriend" and many other stories will amuse both adults and kids.
Nikolay Nosov - a master who created incredibly funny stories for young readers
The most popular fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm tell about the magical adventures of people (Cinderella, Rapunzel, Boy with a Finger, King the Thrushbeard, etc.). But storytellers also have a cycle where animals act as heroes. The most famous of them are “The Bremen Town Musicians”, “The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids”, “The Friendship of Cats and Mice”. Other classics of magical literature also have magical stories about animals:
- "Puss in Boots" by Charles Perrault.
- The ugly duckling by Hans Christian Andersen.
- “Burenushka”, “White Duck”, “Hen” by Alexander Afanasyev.
Sergey Mikhalkov has many poetic and prosaic stories about animals. Kids should definitely be introduced to The Three Piglets (Sergei Mikhailovich translated and adapted the English folk tale), Puppy, Kittens, etc.
For his contribution to children's literature, Sergei Mikhalkov was awarded the G.Kh. Andersen
The verses of Agnia Barto are considered the easiest for children to remember. It is recommended to memorize them with children, as it is very useful for the development of memory.
Most Agni Barto’s poems are written for preschoolers or primary school children
If you want to read a good, but instructive fairy tale to the child about the importance of helping others, then Home is a great option (by Celine Claire). A touching story takes the soul of even the most severe adults.
I really love such books, few words, but a lot of meaning. And besides, after reading it is possible to conjecture, discuss. I read the fairy tale “Home” to my sons (2.5 and 4 years old), they listen and consider pictures with interest. Recommend.
The tale "House" resembles "Teremok", but in an unusual interpretation
If your child likes the cartoon “Kitten named Woof”, then he should give a whole collection with stories about this kid. Posted by Grigory Oster.
The child is 5 years old, he reads with pleasure. And this is our first book, which the son independently mastered after the Primer.
Stories about a kitten named Woof are read with pleasure by children of different ages
“Little Tales” by Vladimir Suteev are masterpieces of children's literature. Short clear texts with great meaning, understandable even to kids. The main participants in the stories are animals that master the world and find themselves in unusual situations.
Good, simple tales. Bought for a two-year-old daughter - just right. The baby listens, opening her mouth, laughs and asks to read more.
Suteev’s “Little Tales” are suitable for children from two years old
Books about animals for children 6-7 years old
Do you want to laugh with your children? Then read them the "Smart Dog Sonya" by Andrey Usachev. The cycle of small stories about the mischievous cur was already a classic of humorous prose.
Every day, Ivan Ivanitch went to work, and the dog Sonya sat alone in her sixty-sixth royal apartment and was terribly bored. This is probably why all sorts of interesting stories happened to her. After all, when it becomes very boring, you always want to do something interesting.
"Smart dog Sonya"
Sonya is never discouraged - because if you think carefully, you can find a way out of any situation.
Charlotte's Web of Alvin Brooks White is both a touching and funny story. His main character is a piglet who wanted to be friends with everyone, starting with his master's daughter and ending with the smallest and scariest spider.
And all this is due to the fact that someone was able to timely consider the kindness, beauty and nobility of a modest little creature, only true friendship can create such miracles. Not so often there are those who know how to be friends and find the right words.
Alvin Brooks White
This work is an international bestseller.
“Fox Mickey's Diary” (author - Sasha Cherny) - this book is conducted on behalf of a little dog, who in her own way talks about what is happening to her and her little mistress Zina. It is written very ironically, so reading without a smile will definitely not work.
When the puppy arranges a very small puddle on the floor - he is poked into it with his nose; when the same little brother Zinin does the same, the diaper is hung on a rope, and he is kissed on the heel. People are full of injustices.
Fox Mickey's Diary
Mickey’s Fox Diary was written over a century ago, but is still read with great pleasure
“Uncle Fedor, the Dog and the Cat” is a work of Eduard Uspensky, which does not need a special presentation. Who has not seen a series of cartoons about a trinity from Prostokvashino? But few read books about them, but in vain. In the paper version, the adventures of friends are conveyed in more detail and with much more funny moments. In addition, there are stories that were not made into films - for example, about how Uncle Fedor went to school or tried to rid the village of a malicious ghost.
In stores, books are sold with illustrations as in a cartoon, and there are options with drawings representing familiar characters in a completely new way.
Books about animals for schoolchildren
Anton Chekhov “Kashtanka” is a classic that everyone should get to know. Just remember how in childhood you yourself were worried about a red dog who was lost, but who managed to find happiness and care.
Kashtanka is part of the primary school curriculum, but it can also be read by children who are not yet in school
Jack London “White Fang” - the story of an amazing animal (half wolf, half dog). Read as an adventure detective. In the end, good conquers evil, as it should be in any book for children.
White Fang never climbed into his eyes, did not fuss and jump to prove his love, never rushed towards, but waited on the sidelines - but he always waited.
This book is about the power of love, fidelity and devotion, about true friendship between animals and humans.
Paul Gallico is the author of the book Thomasina and a true expert on cats (23 representatives of this species lived in his house). He managed to create an amazingly touching story about a little girl's love for a red cat. By the way, the book is included in the list of “medical” works that psychologists recommend for reading to children who have experienced emotional distress. It is believed that this book is able to return hope for the best.
An unusual lyric story for children about the many faces of love: love is life and salvation. Despite the small volume, the book covers a wide range of problems: faith and religion, family, social, cruelty to animals. The book is one of those that is remembered and does not let go.
Two films were shot based on the book - The Three Lives of Thomasina in 1964 and Crazy Lory in 1991
The Incredible Journey by Sheila Barnford talks about the adventures of three friends - a pair of dogs and a Siamese cat who, by the will of fate, lost their owners and had to go all over the country in their search. “One for all and all for one” - this motto of the musketeers is perfect for this story. Only incredible unity and ingenuity helped the animals overcome a steep mountain, a dangerous desert, a dark forest and a stormy river, deceive the villains and, finally, get to their home.
This is a good book to read for children and adults. The characters of animals are described in an amazing way, and the author does not humanize the heroes of this adventure, they don’t speak to him, they don’t think humanly, but they are alive, real, we see their fears, joys, experiences.
"Incredible journey" tells how a couple of dogs and a cat managed to overcome 500 km of a dangerous path in search of their owners
Ernest Seton-Thompson has written hundreds of animal stories and stories. The most popular are included in the collection, which is reprinted in thousands of print runs around the world. It included fascinating stories about the bold wolf Lobo, the unusual pigeon Arno, the touching fox Domino, the brave bull terrier Snap and the unusual cat Analostanka, stubbornly striving from luxury to native slums.
The book of my childhood. I read in about grade 3. I was absolutely delighted. I can safely say that Seton-Thompson's stories influenced me - I remember all of them.
By the way, in our country the stories of Ernest Seton-Thompson were first translated by Korney Chukovsky
Funny and sad, instructive and entertaining - books about animals are different. This article provides only a small part of the "treasury" of classical and modern literature about our smaller brothers. Reading such works will be useful for children (and sometimes for some adults) - it will allow you to take a fresh look at our world and teach a good attitude towards others.