7 Jewish Children's Books for Animal Lovers

Are your kids all about animals? These adorable children’s books feature casts of animal characters and lessons about caring for animals, or the mitzvah of tz'ar balei chayim.

Adam’s Animals by Barry L. Schwartz

Recommended for ages 4 to 5

Here in the Garden of Eden, Adam has a big job: God has asked him to name all the animals from A to Z! Some of them you've heard of and some may be new to you.

Chicken Man by Michelle Edwards

Recommended for ages 4 to 5

An Israeli kibbutz is the setting for this tale in which a man always does his best regardless of the job he is given, though he’d prefer to be working in the chicken coops.

Fox Walked Alone by Barbara Reid

Recommended for ages 4 to 5

Fox joins other animals walking two-by-two toward a mysterious destination. Where in the world are they headed?

A Hen for Izzy Pippik by Aubrey Davis

Recommended for ages 6 to 7

What’s a girl to do when she finds a chicken and can’t return it to its owner? How long should she wait before calling the bird (and its many offspring!) her own? Shaina seems prepared to wait forever for Izzy Pippik to return.

How to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham

Recommended for ages 4 to 5

All the grownups in the city were too busy to notice. Only a small child saw the injured pigeon lying helplessly on the sidewalk. This quiet story of a boy, a bird, and a broken wing relates the power of compassion, patience, and hope.

Ketzel, The Cat Who Composed by Leslea Newman

Recommended for ages 7 to 8

Moshe was a composer -- and he was inspired by the sounds he heard every day in Israel. But one day he heard a very small sound -- and it came from Ketzel the kitten! Ketzel went home with Moshe and helped him make beautiful music.

A Parakeet Named Dreidel by Isaac Signer

Recommended for ages 7 to 8

A parakeet shows up at David’s family’s window one snowy Hanukkah night. When they can’t track down his owners, they happily adopt him as their own pet. But many years later David meets the bird’s original owner, Zelda. How can they both keep the parakeet?