Foxes: Picture Books For Kids

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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!

Little Fox in the Forest book
#1
Little Fox in the Forest
Written and 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.

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs book
#2
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.”

“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

Fox and the Jumping Contest book
#3
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
#4
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.

The Tale of Tricky Fox book
#5
The Tale of Tricky Fox
Written by Jim Aylesworth and 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.

  1. My Lucky Day - 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. :)

  2. 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? :)

  3. No Matter what - Small, a little fox, seeks reassurance that Large will always provide love, no matter what.

  4. Fox in Socks - A collection of tongue twisters for the young reader to read by himself

The Gingerbread Girl book
#10
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
#11
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.

Fox's Garden book
#12
Fox's Garden
Written and 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.

The Tomten and the Fox book
#13
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.

Watersong book
#14
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”—

  1. Red Fox Running - 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

  2. The Tale of Mr. Tod - A children’s story about the unfriendly relations between a disagreeable fox and an uncouth badger and the problems they create for the rabbits living peacefully in the forest.

  3. Little Fox and the Missing Moon - 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.

  4. 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.

The Fox Chase book
#19
The Fox Chase
Written and illustrated by Sven Nordqvist
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Meet Findus—the adorable, clever little cat—and Pettson—the loving forgetful farmer—in this indelibly charming series of illustrated storybooks filled with humor and heart. In this adventure, Findus cooks up a plan to save the fox from being hunted.

A Mouse Called Julian book
#20
A Mouse Called Julian
Written and illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton
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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.

Basho and the River Stones book
#21
Basho and the River Stones
Written by Tim J Myers and illustrated by Oki Han
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-10

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.

One Fine Day book
#22
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.

Basho and the Fox book
#23
Basho and the Fox
Written by Tim J Myers and illustrated by Oki Han
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-10

There are important lessons to be learned, even by proud poets, in this innovative tale of a fox who thinks he’s a great poet and a great poet who thinks he can outdo a fox! It is the 1600s in Japan. Basho is writing the lovely haiku for which he is famous to this day. Given three chances by the fox, he must write a poem that “needn’t be great—only good.” Confident of his skill, he’s sure he can win the challenge and its prize, the sweet cherries from the tree near his hut. But not all is what it seems as a newly humble Basho discovers! Delicate watercolors convey a truly Eastern sensibility that takes young readers back in time to feudal Japan while their playful perspectives reinforce the mischievous tone of the text.

  1. 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.

  2. Read the Book, Lemmings! - 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

Stop, Fox!  book
#28
Stop, Fox!
Written by Lori Haskins Houran and illustrated by Alex Willmore
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

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?

The Fox and the Fisherman book
#29
The Fox and the Fisherman
Written and illustrated by Marianne Dumas
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A gentle story of a lonely fisherman and a curious fox who develop an unexpected friendship. Barabas is a lonely fisherman. Every morning he goes out to sea on his small fishing boat, throws his net in the water and hopes to bring some fish home, where no one is waiting for him. His meager catches and gloomy home make him sad, until one day when Barabas discovers footprints near his home. Whom could they belong to?

The Fox on the Swing book
#30
The Fox on the Swing
Written by Evelina Daciutè and illustrated by Ausra Kiudulaite
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

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

Rabbit Stew book
#31
Rabbit Stew
Written and illustrated by Wendy Wahman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

Fox brothers Rusty and Rojo toil and till in their vegetable garden all summer long until they’re finally ready to make their splendid, scrumptious, marvelous rabbit stew. Then they begin to pick colorful ingredients one by one, from lean, green runner beans and crunchy orange carrots to fresh sprigs of parsley and roly-poly blueberries. Meanwhile, their pet rabbit watches with his bunny family, all of them getting more and more worried about what’s coming next. Finally the brothers have almost everything they need. All that’s missing is one… big… round… white… bowl! And in a deliciously sweet surprise ending, they use the bowl to serve the concoction to their favorite rabbit, Stew! And his family, too. The whimsical and vibrant artwork is filled with clever details, and every scene includes Stew, his three baby bunnies, and their mother, all trying to stay out of sight, creating a search-and-find element for every spread.

The Out-Foxed Fox book
#32
The Out-Foxed Fox
Written by Tim J Myers and illustrated by Ariel Ya-Wen Pang
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Hundreds of years ago in the mountains of Japan, there lived a hunter who trapped many foxes. People warned him that foxes were cunning creatures that possessed great magic, but he ignored them. One day, the bossy old fox leader declared they must stop the hunter and that he had the perfect plan. But a young fox with crooked whiskers knew that a simple plan is often best. To prove it, he showed both the hunter and the leader just how cunning a fox can be! Whimsical illustrations rendered in pencil, water-color, oil paint, and colored pencil by Ariel Ya-Wen Pang add to the charm of this Japanese tale based on a traditional kyogen. An author’s note is included.

  1. 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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