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Foxes are known to by sly, cunning, and sneaky creatures. These characteristics come to light in many of these favorite children’s books about foxes through their adventurous, funny, and witty stories. Maybe don’t trust a fox, but you can definitely trust that these fox stories are going to be a hit at reading time!

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Top 10 Books About Foxes

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Little Fox in the Forest
Written & illustrated by Stephanie Graegin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Fans of Aaron Becker’s Caldecott Honor winner Journey will love this utterly enchanting wordless picture book in which two friends follow a young fox deep into the woods and discover a wondrous and magical world. When a young girl brings her beloved stuffed fox to the playground, much to her astonishment, a real fox takes off with it! The girl chases the fox into the woods with her friend, the boy, following close behind, but soon the two children lose track of the fox. Wandering deeper and deeper into the forest, they come across a tall hedge with an archway. What do they find on the other side? A marvelous village of miniature stone cottages, tiny treehouses, and, most extraordinary of all, woodland creatures of every shape and size. But where is the little fox? And how will they find him? Stephanie Graegin’s oh-so-charming illustrations are simply irresistible, and readers young and old will want to pore over the pages of this delightful fantasy adventure again and again.
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The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
Written by Jon Scieszka & illustrated by Lane Smith
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
You thought you knew the story of the “The Three Little Pigs”… You thought wrong. In this hysterical and clever fracture fairy tale picture book that twists point of view and perspective, young readers will finally hear the other side of the story of “The Three Little Pigs.” “In this humorous story, Alexander T. Wolf tells his own outlandish version of what really happens during his encounter with the three pigs…. Smith's simplistic and wacky illustrations add to the effectiveness of this fractured fairy tale.” —Children’s Literature “Older kids (and adults) will find very funny.” —School Library Journal
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Fox and the Jumping Contest
Written & illustrated by Corey R. Tabor
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
The illustrations on this one are fantastic and the story is humorous! If you read the book literally, you may think that the moral is cheat to win, but when viewed as a comical satire you'll get the full enjoyment of this story about a scheming fox whose scheming goes just slightly awry!
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Recommend Ages: 4-8
Fox and the Jumping Contest is a funny, surprising picture book starring Fox—a lovable modern-day trickster character—and his animal friends, from debut author-illustrator Corey R. Tabor. Fox really, really wants to win the jumping contest. He knows just where he’ll put that first-place trophy. The only problem? Fox is not a very good jumper. But he is a very good schemer. . . . Fox and the Jumping Contest is a perfect pick for readers who enjoy humorous picture books like The Day the Crayons Quit and Dragons Love Tacos.
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And Away We Go!
Written & illustrated by Migy England
Thoughts from Lemony Snickers
And Away We Go! is a delightful book that shows the importance of being inviting and inclusive. Mr. Fox is more happy to share his hot air balloon with anyone who asks, and he doesn't even bat an eye when the ride goes south, literally. This is a great book for teaching the importance of sharing and choosing to focus on the positive.
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Recommend Ages: 4-8
Mr. Fox is going to the moon! Away he goes in his hot air balloon. . . . But wait! Can Elephant come too? Sure! Let's bring along some pizza. What about Giraffe? And Squirrel? Everyone is welcome in Mr. Fox's balloon, but look out--will everyone fit? In the tradition of classic cumulative tales like Mr. Gumpy's Outing, Migy's And Away We Go! is an unforgettable debut picture book from an exciting new talent.
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The Tale of Tricky Fox
Written by Jim Aylesworth & illustrated by Barbara McClintock
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Tricky Fox uses his sack to trick everyone he meets into giving him ever more valuable items.
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My Lucky Day
Written & illustrated by Keiko Kasza
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
Just when Mr. Fox thinks he's having a lucky day, a clever pig turns it all around! He makes him work for his dinner, fattening him up, massaging him to make his meat more tender, and giving him a bath. But when Mr. Fox is too tired to do anything more, pig walks home after what he sums up as his lucky day. This book is fun and entertaining. :)
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Recommend Ages: 4-8
When a young pig knocks on a fox's door, Mr. Fox thinks dinner has arrived, but the pig has other plans, in a funny trickster tale with a surprise ending.
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No Matter what
Written & illustrated by Debi Gliori
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
Small, a little fox, seeks reassurance that Large will always provide love, no matter what.
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Dr de soto
Written & illustrated by William Steig
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
This silly tale of mice dentistry treating a sneaky, hungry fox is so fun. I loved this one as a child and still love it today. The mice were on their guard, and rightfully so--can you ever really trust a fox? :)
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
"Doctor De Soto, the dentist, did very good work." With the aid of his able assistant, Mrs. De Soto, he copes with the toothaches of animals large and small. His expertise is so great that his fortunate patients never feel any pain. Since he's a mouse, Doctor De Soto refuses to treat "dangerous" animals--that is, animals who have a taste for mice. But one day a fox shows up and begs for relief from the tooth that's killing him. How can the kindhearted De Sotos turn him away? But how can they make sure that the fox doesn't give in to his baser instincts once his tooth is fixed? Those clever De Sotos will find a way.
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The Gingerbread Girl
Written & illustrated by Lisa Campbell Ernst
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
This book about the gingerbread boy's little sister is a fun addition to the story. She learns from her brother's past mistakes and cleverly outfoxes the fox. Enjoyable read!
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
The lonely old woman and the lonely old man decide to bake a girl this time, but when they open the oven, she runs off like her brother did. Never fear, this smart cookie has a plan to outfox the fox. Will it work? Let?s just say that the ending is sweet for everyone. ?Ernst's familiar art, here placed against gingham-check backgrounds, utilizes the oversize format to best advantage, with large characters leaping out of their frames. On the cover, the candy-studded Gingerbread Girl with licorice-whip hair stares boldly out at readers. Kids won't be able to resist following her inside.
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Fox in Socks
Written & illustrated by Dr. Seuss
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
A collection of tongue twisters for the young reader to read by himself
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Books About Foxes and Animals

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Little Fox in the Forest
Written & illustrated by Stephanie Graegin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Fans of Aaron Becker’s Caldecott Honor winner Journey will love this utterly enchanting wordless picture book in which two friends follow a young fox deep into the woods and discover a wondrous and magical world. When a young girl brings her beloved stuffed fox to the playground, much to her astonishment, a real fox takes off with it! The girl chases the fox into the woods with her friend, the boy, following close behind, but soon the two children lose track of the fox. Wandering deeper and deeper into the forest, they come across a tall hedge with an archway. What do they find on the other side? A marvelous village of miniature stone cottages, tiny treehouses, and, most extraordinary of all, woodland creatures of every shape and size. But where is the little fox? And how will they find him? Stephanie Graegin’s oh-so-charming illustrations are simply irresistible, and readers young and old will want to pore over the pages of this delightful fantasy adventure again and again.
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Fox and the Jumping Contest
Written & illustrated by Corey R. Tabor
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
The illustrations on this one are fantastic and the story is humorous! If you read the book literally, you may think that the moral is cheat to win, but when viewed as a comical satire you'll get the full enjoyment of this story about a scheming fox whose scheming goes just slightly awry!
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Fox and the Jumping Contest is a funny, surprising picture book starring Fox—a lovable modern-day trickster character—and his animal friends, from debut author-illustrator Corey R. Tabor. Fox really, really wants to win the jumping contest. He knows just where he’ll put that first-place trophy. The only problem? Fox is not a very good jumper. But he is a very good schemer. . . . Fox and the Jumping Contest is a perfect pick for readers who enjoy humorous picture books like The Day the Crayons Quit and Dragons Love Tacos.
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My Lucky Day
Written & illustrated by Keiko Kasza
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
Just when Mr. Fox thinks he's having a lucky day, a clever pig turns it all around! He makes him work for his dinner, fattening him up, massaging him to make his meat more tender, and giving him a bath. But when Mr. Fox is too tired to do anything more, pig walks home after what he sums up as his lucky day. This book is fun and entertaining. :)
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
When a young pig knocks on a fox's door, Mr. Fox thinks dinner has arrived, but the pig has other plans, in a funny trickster tale with a surprise ending.
Honorable Mentions
Dr de soto book
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Bedtime in the Meadow book
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Maybe a Fox book
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One Fine Day book
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  1. Dr de soto - B is for Bookworm -

    This silly tale of mice dentistry treating a sneaky, hungry fox is so fun. I loved this one as a child and still love it today. The mice were on their guard, and rightfully so--can you ever really trust a fox? :)

  2. Bedtime in the Meadow - Join the littlest animals in the meadow as they settle down into sweet slumber. This book is the perfect choice for bedtime.

  3. Maybe a Fox - Worlds collide in a spectacular way when Newbery and National Book Award finalist Kathi Appelt and Pulitzer Prize nominee and #1 New York Times bestseller Alison McGhee team up to create a fantastical, heartbreaking, and gorgeous tale about two sisters, a fox cub, and what happens when one of the sisters disappears forever. Sylvie and Jules, Jules and Sylvie. Better than just sisters, more than best friends, they’d be identical twins if only they’d been born in the same year. And if only Sylvie wasn’t such a fast—faster than fast—runner. But Sylvie is too fast, and when she runs to the river they’re not supposed to go anywhere near to throw a wish rock just before the school bus comes on a snowy morning, she runs so fast that no one sees what happens…and no one ever sees her again. Jules is devastated, but she refuses to believe what all the others believe, that—like their mother—her sister is gone forever. At the very same time, in the shadow world, a shadow fox is born—half of the spirit world, half of the animal world. She too is fast—faster than fast—and she senses danger. She’s too young to know exactly what she senses, but she knows something is very wrong. And when Jules believes one last wish rock for Sylvie needs to be thrown into the river, the human and shadow worlds collide. Writing in alternate voices—one Jules’s, the other the fox’s—Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee tell the searingly beautiful tale of one small family’s moment of heartbreak, a moment that unfolds into one that is epic, mythic, shimmering, and most of all, hopeful.

  4. One Fine Day - Awarded the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished picture book of 1971 “One fine day a fox traveled through the great forest. When he reached the other side he was very thirsty.” The jaunty red fox stole milk from an old farm woman, lost his tail under the annoyed woman’s knife, and spent the day bargaining to get it back. This humorous retelling of a favorite Armenian folktale is a story small children will follow and “read along” with ease.

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Books About Foxes and Action And Adventure

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And Away We Go!
Written & illustrated by Migy England
Thoughts from Lemony Snickers
And Away We Go! is a delightful book that shows the importance of being inviting and inclusive. Mr. Fox is more happy to share his hot air balloon with anyone who asks, and he doesn't even bat an eye when the ride goes south, literally. This is a great book for teaching the importance of sharing and choosing to focus on the positive.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Mr. Fox is going to the moon! Away he goes in his hot air balloon. . . . But wait! Can Elephant come too? Sure! Let's bring along some pizza. What about Giraffe? And Squirrel? Everyone is welcome in Mr. Fox's balloon, but look out--will everyone fit? In the tradition of classic cumulative tales like Mr. Gumpy's Outing, Migy's And Away We Go! is an unforgettable debut picture book from an exciting new talent.
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Scary Stories for Young Foxes
Written by Christian McKay Heidicker & illustrated by Junyi Wu
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12
Christian McKay Heidicker draws inspiration from Bram Stoker, H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe for his debut middle-grade novel, a thrilling portrait of survival and an unforgettable tale of friendship. The haunted season has arrived in the Antler Wood. No fox kit is safe. When Mia and Uly are separated from their litters, they discover a dangerous world full of monsters. In order to find a den to call home, they must venture through field and forest, facing unspeakable things that dwell in the darkness: a zombie who hungers for their flesh, a witch who tries to steal their skins, a ghost who hunts them through the snow . . . and other things too scary to mention. Featuring eight interconnected stories and sixteen hauntingly beautiful illustrations, Scary Stories for Young Foxes contains the kinds of adventures and thrills you love to listen to beside a campfire in the dark of night. Fans of Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Auxier, and R. L. Stine have found their next favorite book.
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The Magic Fox
Written by Paula Harrison & illustrated by Sophy Williams
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10
When Sir Fitzroy and his soldiers march into town and demand that all magical creatures be captured and taken away, Poppy races to help a family of magical foxes escape.
Honorable Mentions
Fantastic Mr. Fox book
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The Quiet Boat Ride and Other Stories book
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The Antlered Ship book
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A Fairy's Courage book
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  1. Fantastic Mr. Fox - Nobody outfoxes Fantastic Mr. Fox! Someone’s been stealing from the three meanest farmers around, and they know the identity of the thief—it’s Fantastic Mr. Fox! Working alone they could never catch him; but now fat Boggis, squat Bunce, and skinny Bean have joined forces, and they have Mr. Fox and his family surrounded. What they don’t know is that they’re not dealing with just any fox—Mr. Fox would rather die than surrender. Only the most fantastic plan can save him now.

  2. The Quiet Boat Ride and Other Stories - In the second book of this lauded series, Fox and Chick are off on three new adventures involving a boat ride, a mysterious box, and an early morning trip to see the sunrise. Despite the antics ensuing from their opposite personalities, the contradictory duo always manages to find a happy center. This early chapter book in comic-book form is perfect for emerging readers, while the sweet and funny characters and captivating art hold appeal for picturebook audiences as well.

  3. The Antlered Ship - An inquisitive fox named Marco and a bored flock of pigeons join the crew of deer Captain Sylvia, setting sail in her antlered ship in search of a wonderful island and finding friendship on the way.

  4. A Fairy's Courage - Being a fairy is a lot more dangerous than you think… Ever since Rowan was transformed into a fairy, her life has been filled with perilous adventure. And when her mom is kidnapped by an evil fairy called Vulpes and his army of foxes, Rowan sets off on her most dangerous mission yet. With the help of her fairy friends—plus a tiger released from London Zoo!—she’s sure she can rescue her mom and save the fairy realms. But Vulpes is cunning and sly. And he’s luring Rowan right into a trap.

Books About Foxes and Family

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No Matter what
Written & illustrated by Debi Gliori
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
Small, a little fox, seeks reassurance that Large will always provide love, no matter what.
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My Fox Ate My Homework
Written & illustrated by David Blaze
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
My name is Jonah Johnson, and I'm in the 6th grade - but please call me Joe. My whole world just got turned upside down. It's my first day at a new school and I've already got to deal with the bully. If that wasn't bad enough, there's a talking fox that keeps getting me into trouble at my new house in the country. I know it sounds crazy, but it's true! To top it all off, I've got to help save my mom's house!
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Three Little Words
Written by Clemency Pearce & illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Perfect for Valentine's Day, graduation, birthdays, or anytime a hug is required, this beautiful book lets children know their parents will always be there for them! What are the three little words that make everything better? I Love You! Preschoolers will love snuggling with their families and counting all the ways that the three little words “I love you” can solve most every childhood concern. With warm, cuddly, reassuring illustrations of adorable animal families, this book lets children know that their parents will always be there with lots of hugs and kisses. "Each time the phrase I love you is introduced, Pearce describes it with a different adjective, such as mighty, friendly, or winning, which emphasizes the myriad ways unconditional love can rescue upsetting moments.... The bouncy rhythm makes it fun to read aloud, especially since little ones will easily catch on to the repeated refrain. Great for any time a kiddo needs a boost of confidence."—Booklist
Honorable Mentions
Littlest Family’s Big Day book
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Daddy Honk Honk! book
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Your Nose! book
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Basho and the River Stones book
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  1. Littlest Family’s Big Day - Who is only under 5 inches tall and has just moved to the woods? The cutest and littlest bear family you have ever seen—and their adopted teeny tiny fox tot! What happens when they venture out to explore their new world…?

  2. Daddy Honk Honk! - An arctic fox adopts a baby goose in this heartwarming read-aloud perfect for dads and their little ones When Aput the fox finds an abandoned goose egg, he has no idea what’s in store for him. He doesn’t know anything about babies and he certainly doesn’t know what to do when the gosling hatches and mistakes him for its daddy. So he decides to find the gosling a home. But with each page turn, Aput learns more about caring for a baby and, with a little help from his friends, he discovers what a baby needs most is love.

  3. Your Nose! - You can tell everybody I told you so.
    It’s the greatest little nose I know.
    Starring a little fox child and a big fox parent, here’s a loving ode to terrific noses of all kinds. Your Nose! is a year-round valentine in the tradition of beloved Boynton board books like Snuggle Puppy. It’s a celebration of the love between a parent and child—and of the beautiful, boop-able noses we love.

  4. Basho and the River Stones - The great poet Basho lives in the woods and shares the cherries from his cherry tree with the local foxes. But one tricky fox becomes greedy––He uses his magic to turn three river stones into gold coins, and then tricks Basho into giving up all of the cherries. When the fox returns to gloat over his victory, he discovers that Basho is content. Wiser than the fox, Basho knows that a poem inspired by the beauty of the river stones is more valuable than gold. Oki S. Han’s watercolors evoke ancient Japan in this sequel to the New York Times bestseller Basho and the Fox.

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Books About Foxes and Science And Nature

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Pax
Written by Sara Pennypacker & illustrated by Jon Klassen
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
From bestselling and award-winning author Sara Pennypacker comes a beautifully wrought, utterly compelling novel about the powerful relationship between a boy and his fox. Pax is destined to become a classic, beloved for generations to come. Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But one day, the unimaginable happens: Peter's dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild. At his grandfather's house, three hundred miles away from home, Peter knows he isn't where he should be—with Pax. He strikes out on his own despite the encroaching war, spurred by love, loyalty, and grief, to be reunited with his fox. Meanwhile Pax, steadfastly waiting for his boy, embarks on adventures and discoveries of his own. . . .
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Red Fox Running
Written by Eve Bunting & illustrated by Wendell Minor
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Red Fox runs on and on through the snow in search of food for his family. Then he makes the long trek back to his den where his mate and cubs are waiting. "[Bunting's] lyrical language and Minor's large-format art render this an ideal choice to read aloud or independently." School Library Journal
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Fletcher and the Falling Leaves
Written by Julia Rawlinson & illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
When his favorite tree begins to lose its leaves in the fall, Fletcher the fox worries that it is sick, but instead a magical sight is in store for him.
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Fletcher and the Snowflake Christmas book
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Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms book
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  1. Fletcher and the Snowflake Christmas - It’s Christmas Eve, and the rabbits have moved to a new burrow. Fletcher is excited about celebrating the holiday with them, until he realizes . . .Santa Claus won’t know where to deliver their presents!But after a cozy night of caroling and blackberry pie, Fletcher wakes to a snowy Christmas morning full of wonderful surprises.Get into the spirit of the season with Fletcher and friends!

  2. Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms - When Fletcher the fox finds the ground covered in white, he rushes to warn the other animals that spring snow has fallen, but when they follow him back to the meadow they find something much more fun.

Books About Foxes and Social Themes

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The Tale of Tricky Fox
Written by Jim Aylesworth & illustrated by Barbara McClintock
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Tricky Fox uses his sack to trick everyone he meets into giving him ever more valuable items.
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The Rough Patch
Written & illustrated by Brian Lies
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Evan and his dog do everything together. They play and read and eat. But mostly you will find them tending to Evan’s extraordinary garden, where flowers and other good things flourish and reach for the sky. But friends don’t always stay forever, and when Evan loses his, he destroys the place that meant the most to them, and creates something to match his mood. Something ugly and twisted, sad and stubborn, ragged and rough—and he likes it that way. Until one day . . . New York Times–bestselling author Brian Lies has created a breathtakingly beautiful and luminescent book about loss and grief, love and hope, and the healing power of friendship, curiosity, and nature.
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Argyle Fox
Written by & illustrated by Marie Letourneau
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Argyle Fox, with his signature style, wants to play outside on a springtime day, but the wind is wreaking havoc with his fun and games. As soon as he builds a card tower, climbs into a giant spider web, or takes up his pirate sword, here comes the wind: Woosh! Mama Fox tells grumpy Argyle that if he thinks long enough, he will come up with something to do. Following his mother's suggestion and inspired by her knitting, he works all the pieces of his day together and creates the perfect solution. The story of Argyle teaches that failure is often a path to success and celebrates perseverance, creative thinking, and an old-fashioned springtime activity.
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Outfoxed book
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Selfie Sebastian book
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Little Sister Rabbit and the Fox book
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  1. Outfoxed - Harold is unlike any other fox. He hates eating chicken, for one thing. He much prefers reading detective novels. When Harold’s father challenges him to catch a chicken as part of his initiation into adulthood, Harold is faced with a dilemma—should he obey his father and endanger the chicken’s life, or do what his heart tells him is right? The latest title from award-winning illustrator Claudia Boldt, Outfoxed introduces a smart, independent-minded character in Harold the fox and is sure to become a bedtime favorite.

  2. Selfie Sebastian - Sebastian is one handsome fox. So why can’t he take the perfect selfie? In his quest to get the shot of his dreams, he sets off on an elaborate journey from the Grand Canyon all the way to the moon. But nothing works. Could it be that the secret to his special selfie is right where he started—at home with his friends?

  3. Little Sister Rabbit and the Fox - One morning Little Sister Rabbit hops out of her burrow but something is not quite right. The classic Little Sister Rabbit stories are much-loved bestsellers in Sweden and can now be enjoyed by new generations in English.

Books About Foxes and Feelings And Emotions

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Fox's Garden
Written & illustrated by Princesse Camcam
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
When a lost fox enters a village on a snowy night, a young boy, seeing that the animal has been chased away by the town's adults, leaves a basket of food for the fox in a greenhouse where it has taken shelter.
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Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie
Written & illustrated by Laura Rankin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Laura Rankin touches on an important childhood issue of lying with gentleness and humor, offering a reassuring look at how standing up for the truth can help cut even the biggest mistake down to size. Ruthie loves little things-the smaller the better. So when she finds a teeny tiny camera on the school playground one afternoon, she can hardly believe her luck. She wants to keep the camera in the worst way, but there's one little problem: It isn't hers. Ruthie swears to her teacher and to her classmate Martin that she got the camera for her birthday. But deep down, Ruthie knows better, and all day long that teeny tiny camera weighs on her conscience until she can hardly stand it. How could one little camera turn into such a great big problem?
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Sleepytime Rhymes: Fox
Written & illustrated by Kelly Oriard and Callie Christensen
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-5
Fox’s story provides a resource for both parent and child when coping with family transitions. By encouraging children to express their feelings, they are able to find comfort through the challenges of change.
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Fox book
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You Make Me Happy book
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The Fox on the Swing book
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Bogo, the Fox Who Wanted Everything book
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  1. Fox - An injured magpie and a one-eyed dog live happily together in the forest, until a jealous fox arrives to teach them what it means to be alone.

  2. You Make Me Happy - A new beautifully illustrated celebration of love and friendship from the bestselling creators behind I’ll Never Let You Go and I Love You Night and Day. In this delightfully optimistic and uplifting observance of that special someone who makes you happy, Fox and Porcupine discover that when they’re together, life is ever so much brighter. Gorgeous, fun, and full of heart, this is the perfect gift for that sweet ray of light in your life. You make me happy, you make me new; Together there’s NOTHING that we cannot do. You make me happy and hopeful and strong, And right by your side is where I belong.

  3. The Fox on the Swing - Once upon a time a boy called Paul lived in a treehouse with his mother and father. One day a fox appeared in Paul’s life - and when a fox comes into your life, Anything can happen. This sensitive story about friendship, dreams and happiness was written by Evelina Daciute and illustrated by Ausra Kiudulaite. It tells the story of Paul and the fox, whom he encounters one day when out buying bread for the family, and how their relationship begins, develops and shifts as life forces change on them both. The book’s themes are friendship, change, loss and the importance of seeking happiness in the little things of life

  4. Bogo, the Fox Who Wanted Everything - Bogo the fox lived in the branches of a great, big tree. One day he decided to invent amazing things so that he could have everything he wanted. Can a fox fly, breathe under water or see at night like an owl? A book to help us realize that our own characteristics are unique.

Books About Foxes and Farm Animals

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Rosie's Walk
Written & illustrated by Pat Hutchins
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Join an adorably oblivious hen for a farmyard adventure in this cherished story by author-illustrator Pat Hutchins, now available in a Classic Board Book edition. Rosie the hen goes out for a walk...and has no idea that a sly fox is following her! Unwittingly, she leads him into one mishap after the other, each funnier than the last. With simple text and bright and patterned illustrations, young readers are sure to delight in this Classic Board Book edition of a beloved Pat Hutchins title.
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One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller
Written & illustrated by Kate Read
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
One famished fox with two sly eyes is on the prowl... three plump hens had better watch out! Rich and colorful illustrations plunge the reader into a dramatic and exciting story set in a moonlit farmyard. With something different to find on each page, learning to count from one to ten has never been so thrilling! This is a gripping tale with a hugely satisfying ending that’s sure to delight generations.
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Chanticleer and the Fox
Written by Geoffrey Chaucer & illustrated by Barbara Cooney
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
King of the barnyard, Chanticleer struts about all day. When a fox bursts into his domain, dupes him into crowing, and then grabs him in a viselike grip, Chanticleer must do some quick thinking to save himself and his barnyard kingdom. Winner, 1959 Caldecott Medal Notable Children's Books of 1940–1970 (ALA) Winner, 1992 Kerlan Award
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Hensel and Gretel, Ninja Chicks book
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Fox on the Loose! book
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  1. Hensel and Gretel, Ninja Chicks - New from the team behind The Three Ninja Pigs and Ninja Red Riding Hood These ninja chicks are anything but chicken! When Hensel and Gretel’s dad gets snatched by a fox, the sisters put their ninja skills to work to track him down before he can be stir-fried. But are these two little chicks ready to take on a dark tangled forest, a tricky house made of corn bread, and an even trickier fox? This plucky pair isn’t giving up without a fight! Kiya!

  2. Fox on the Loose! - One evening, a hungry fox stealthily enters a barnyard looking for something to eat, but the barnyard animals soon begin to noisily wake up.

Books About Foxes and Easy Readers

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Fox in Socks
Written & illustrated by Dr. Seuss
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
A collection of tongue twisters for the young reader to read by himself
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Fox the Tiger
Written & illustrated by Corey R. Tabor
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Fun-loving, mischievous Fox wishes he were a tiger. Tigers are big and fast and sneaky. So he decides to become one! Soon Turtle and Rabbit are joining in the fun. But will Fox want to be a tiger forever? In Fox the Tiger, this winning trickster character and his animal friends learn that the best thing to be is yourself. Fox the Tiger is a My First I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for shared reading with a child. Other Fox books include: Fox Is Late, Fox and the Jumping Contest, and Fox and the Bike Ride.
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A Pig, a Fox, and a Box
Written & illustrated by Jonathan Fenske
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-7
Jonathan Fenske tells three humorous stories of two friends, Pig and Fox, and their shenanigans with a cardboard box (all of which involved Pig accidentally crushing Fox in the box). With comic art and simple language, this Level 2 reader is sure to have kids rolling with laughter.
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Stop, Fox!  book
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Fox Is Late book
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The Runaways book
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  1. Stop, Fox! - Fox talks a LOT! All the other animals are tired of hearing him talk. But Sloth doesn’t want Fox to stop talking—it helps him sleep! That’s perfect for Fox! Or is it?

  2. Fox Is Late - Fun-loving, mischievous Fox is late for lunch, so he hops on his skateboard. Go, Fox, go! What is this winning trickster character doing, zooming over and under and around on his skateboard? His animal friends follow him home to find out—and get a big surprise! Fox Is Late is a My First I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for shared reading with a child. Other Fox books include: Fox the Tiger, Fox and the Jumping Contest, and Fox and the Bike Ride.

  3. The Runaways - Laura McGee Kvasnosky’s newest trio of stories is an entertaining and genuine look at the ups and downs of sisterhood. The fabulous fox sisters return in three fresh, funny stories perfect for beginning readers. Whether Zelda and Ivy are combating the injustice of cucumber sandwiches for lunch, deciding what to leave the children of the future in their time capsule, or solving Zelda’s writer’s block, they are sure to tickle the funny bones of both new and returning fans.

Books About Foxes and Bears

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Babies in the Forest
Written by Ginger Swift & illustrated by Olivia Chin Mueller
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-5
Meet forest animals with Rusty and Ruby! This sturdy board book has especially thick flaps for baby to lift and grasp.Illustrations include lots of details to hold baby’s attention.
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The Very Long Sleep
Written & illustrated by Polly Noakes
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Bear, Fox, Chipmunk and Marmot are all very good friends. They think it would be wonderful if they all lived in one grat big house. Beat, Chipmunk and Marmot, however, forgot to tell Fox one small thing which makes for a very lonely winter indeed.
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Read the Book, Lemmings!
Written by Ame Dyckman & illustrated by Zachariah OHora
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
The team behind the New York Times bestselling Wolfie the Bunny and Horrible Bear! is back with with new Arctic characters in this hilarious learning-to-read adventure! Aboard the S.S. Cliff, First Mate Foxy reads an interesting fact: "Lemmings don't jump off cliffs." But Foxy can't get the lemmings on the Cliff to read his book, too. They're too busy jumping off. After a chilly third rescue, exasperated Foxy and grumbly polar bear Captain PB realize their naughty nautical crew isn't being stubborn: The lemmings (Jumper, Me Too, and Ditto) can't read. And until Foxy patiently teaches his lemmings to read the book, he can't return to reading it, either!
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The Donkey Egg book
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Shake the Tree! book
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Owls are Good at Keeping Secrets: An Unusual Alphabet book
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Two for Me, One for You book
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  1. The Donkey Egg - Featuring Bear and Hare from their Caldecott-Honor winning Tops & Bottoms, the Stevens sisters celebrate perseverance and teamwork in this laugh-out-loud story of triumph over trickery. Bear would rather sleep all day than work on his farm, and Fox knows just the kind of help he needs—a donkey! When Fox tricks Bear into buying a donkey egg, Bear can’t wait for it to hatch so he can meet his new friend. But donkeys don’t come from eggs! And when the “egg” finally opens, Bear gets a fruity surprise. Luckily, Bear doesn’t have to face disappointment alone . . . Hare is there to help!

  2. Shake the Tree! - Various animals take turns shaking a tree in search of a tasty meal. It starts with Mouse who wants a nut so she shakes the tree a little to the right, and a little to the left. But it isn’t the nut that falls from the tree, it’s Fox who thinks that Mouse looks pretty tasty! Soon a warthog and then a bear come along with similar ideas. Little readers will enjoy the just-made-it escapes and the fun shaking-action that readers can do along with this interactive picture book.

  3. Owls are Good at Keeping Secrets: An Unusual Alphabet - A delightful book of curious, little-known “facts” about animals—one for each letter of the alphabet! Did you know that chipmunks love to stay up past their bedtime? Or that dragons cry at happy endings? I bet you’d never have guessed that iguanas sometimes get homesick at sleepovers. Sara O’Leary pulls back the curtain on the animal world and gives us an absolutely charming little one-line “fact” about one animal for each letter of the alphabet. Kids will love to see their own quirks reflected in these adorably rendered creatures, and perhaps will be comforted to know that—just like them—narwhals can be perfectly happy all on their own and quail also get tired of being told to be quiet. This is more than just an alphabet book. It’s a charming, hilarious, and touching look at the diversity of personalities in the world—worth many, many rereads.

  4. Two for Me, One for You - Bear finds three tasty mushrooms on her way home through the woods. Her friend Weasel cooks them up in the frying pan. But the friends have a problem: how to share three between two? Bear and Weasel each come up with one argument after another for why they should have more: I found them! I cooked them. I’m bigger. I’m still growing…. Until the fox comes around the corner and snatches a mushroom. That solved the problem. They eat the two mushrooms and it’s time for dessert. Here comes Weasel with the scrumptious wild strawberries, three of them to share…

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Books About Foxes and Friendship

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Little Fox and the Missing Moon
Written & illustrated by Ekaterina Trukhan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Help Fox solve another simple mystery in this bedtime companion to Apples for Little Fox! The mystery-loving fox from Apples for Little Fox returns with a new case! When Fox dreams that the moon is missing, he and his friends go on a quest to find it and return it to the sky. Teamwork and companionship are highlighted in this simple, inviting mystery that allows readers to follow along. The muted palette and clean design will calm overstimulated children at the end of their busy days.
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The Party and Other Stories
Written & illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
Fox and Chick don't always agree. But Fox and Chick are always friends. With sly humor and companionable warmth, Sergio Ruzzier deftly captures the adventures of these two seemingly opposite friends. The luminous watercolor images showcased in comic-book panel form will entice emerging readers, while the spare text and airiness of the images make this early chapter book accessible to a picture book audience as well.
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A Mouse Called Julian
Written & illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Julian is a mouse who is perfectly happy avoiding other animals. They seem to just get in the way, and sometimes even try to eat him! But one day, Julian has an unexpected dinner guest... When the fox tries to sneak into Julian's burrow for a tasty bite of mouse, it finds itself stuck headfirst in Julian's front door! At first alarmed and wary, they soon find themselves having a lovely dinner together, and it's not long before each realizes that they have found in the other a lifelong friend.
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The Danger Gang and the Isle of Feral Beasts! book
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The Big Book Adventure book
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Foxly's Feast book
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  1. The Danger Gang and the Isle of Feral Beasts! - Ronald Zupan and the rest of the Danger Gang are back for their second rip-roaring adventure, perfect for fans of Indiana Jones and Lemony Snicket, fully illustrated by Arree Chung. “The ride of a lifetime.” —Matt de la Peña, Newbery Award-winning author on The Danger Gang and the Pirates of Borneo! Ronald Zupan, his quick-witted fencing partner Julianne Sato, and his trusty butler Jeeves are off on another adventure. This time, they’re trying to rescue the movie star Josh Brigand—who was kidnapped from his latest film premiere by the dreaded Liars’ Club. As the Danger Gang races to save their friend, they face off with a poisoning poet, a band of Roman candle-wielding thugs, and thousands of feral foxes. When their skills of deduction are put to the ultimate test, will Ronald and his pals be able to stick together long enough to rescue Josh and defeat the Liar’s Club once and for all? Fully illustrated by picture book talent Arree Chung, this hilarious, high-action series is a must-have for all adventurers.

  2. The Big Book Adventure - Journey back through childhood classics like Peter Pan, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and more in this adorable picture book about the joys of reading! There is nothing like a book to take you to places you’ve never been. Fresh from the bookstore, Foxy and Pig-Pig can’t wait to tell each other about all of their adventures! Flying over Neverland, swimming with a mermaid, joining in a mad tea party, soaring on a magic carpet—old classics come to life in the eyes of two little readers who can’t believe what they’ve seen. Journey back to old favorites and experience the magic all over again in this adorable picture book about the joys of reading!

  3. Jasper & Ollie - Jasper, an impatient fox, and Ollie, a slow-moving sloth, head to the pool on a summer day, each taking their own unique path.

  4. Foxly's Feast - To say that Foxly is hungry would be an understatement—he can’t stop thinking about food! He’s completely ravenous. So Foxly sets out to find something delicious and filling. First, he discovers a deserted bag of groceries. But will it be enough to fill this fox? It looks like he has something bigger in mind. Foxly approaches a group of roosters and hens, but he still does not chow down. Just what could this crafty fox be up to? Foxly is dreaming of a bigger and better feast, but who will be invited to join him—not as his supper but as his picnic guest? Foxly’s Feast is a warm, wordless picture book about the delights of healthy eating and friends. Owen Davey’s autumnal palate and expressive illustrations provide opportunities for even the tiniest readers to imagine what Foxly will do (or eat) next.

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