The Best 31 Books About Foxes

Updated Apr. 22, 2019

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!

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs book
#1
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
Written by Jon Scieszka and 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.”

Fox and the Jumping Contest book
#2
Fox and the Jumping Contest
Written and illustrated by Corey R. Tabor
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
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!

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.

And Away We Go! book
#3
And Away We Go!
Written and illustrated by Migy England
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
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.

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.

My Lucky Day book
#4
My Lucky Day
Written and illustrated by Keiko Kasza
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
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. :)

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.

Dr de soto book
#5
Dr de soto
Written and illustrated by William Steig
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
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? :)

"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.

No Matter what book
#6
No Matter what
Written and 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.

Fox in Socks book
#7
Fox in Socks
Written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A collection of tongue twisters for the young reader to read by himself

The Gingerbread Girl book
#8
The Gingerbread Girl
Written and illustrated by Lisa Campbell Ernst
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
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!

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.

Flossie & the Fox book
#9
Flossie & the Fox
Written by Patricia C McKissack and illustrated by Rachel Isadora
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

A wily fox, notorious for stealing eggs, meets his match when he encounters a bold little girl in the woods who insists upon proof that he is a fox before she will be frightened.

Rosie's Walk book
#10
Rosie's Walk
Written and 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.

Red Fox Running book
#11
Red Fox Running
Written by Eve Bunting and 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

Daddy Honk Honk! book
#12
Daddy Honk Honk!
Written and illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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.

One Fine Day book
#13
One Fine Day
Written and illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

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.

Fox book
#14
Fox
Written by Margaret Wild and illustrated by Ron Brooks
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

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.

Read the Book, Lemmings! book
#15
Read the Book, Lemmings!
Written by Ame Dyckman and 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!

The Antlered Ship book
#16
The Antlered Ship
Written by Dashka Slater and illustrated by Eric Fan, Terry Fan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

Babies in the Forest book
#17
Babies in the Forest
Written by Ginger Swift and 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.

The Tomten and the Fox book
#18
The Tomten and the Fox
Written and illustrated by Astrid Lindgren
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

On a snowy winter night, the Tomten, a friendly house troll, guards a Swedish farm homestead, its animals, and its people from a hungry fox.

Little Fox in the Forest book
#19
Little Fox in the Forest
Written and illustrated by Stephanie Graegin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

"A wordless picture book in which two friends follow a young fox deep into the woods and discover a wondrous and magical world"--

Scary Stories for Young Foxes book
#20
Scary Stories for Young Foxes
Written by Christian McKay Heidicker and 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.

Fantastic Mr. Fox book
#21
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Written by Roald Dahl
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

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.

Maybe a Fox book
#22
Maybe a Fox
Written by Kathi Appelt and illustrated by Alison McGhee
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-14

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.

Littlest Family’s Big Day book
#23
Littlest Family’s Big Day
Written and illustrated by Emily Winfield Martin
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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…?

Watersong book
#24
Watersong
Written by Tim McCanna and illustrated by Richard Smythe
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

"A fox's journey to take shelter from a rainstorm, told entirely in onomatopoeia"--

The Magic Fox book
#25
The Magic Fox
Written by Paula Harrison and 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.

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