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Hamsters: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about hamsters?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to hamsters. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about hamsters.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about hamsters, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like 10 Minutes Till Bedtime to popular sellers like Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible to some of our favorite hidden gems like Harriet the Invincible.

We hope this list of kids books about hamsters can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book! As you explore the list, please comment below to let us know what books you would add.

If I Had a Gryphon
Written by Vikki VanSickle & illustrated by Cale Atkinson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Sam just got a hamster for a pet. But the hamster is kind of boring … he just eats and sleeps and gets his shavings wet. Inspired by her book of mythological creatures, Sam longs for a more exciting pet. But she soon realizes that taking care of these magical beasts might not be as wonderful as she thought. Sasquatches are messy, unicorns are shy, hippogriffs scare the dogs at the dogpark, and having a fire extinguisher handy at all times makes dragons seem like an awful lot of work. In the end, Sam realizes that her hamster is a pretty sweet and safe pet … or is he? If I Had a Gryphon is a raucous rhyming read-aloud about fantastical beasts in everyday situations—and the increasingly beleaguered heroine who has to deal with them.

Memoirs of a Hamster
Written by Devin Scillian & illustrated by Tim Bowers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

“A pet hamster is enticed by the family cat to venture outside his well-equipped cage to the sunroom only to very quickly discover life outside his cage is not the best for him.”—

Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible
Written & illustrated by Ursula Vernon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Never a conventional princess, Harriet becomes an adventurer after learning she’s cursed to fall into a deep sleep on her twelfth birthday, but after two years of slaying ogres, cliff-diving, and more with her riding quail Mumfrey, things go awry at home and she must seek a prince to set things right.

Harriet the Invincible
Written & illustrated by Ursula Vernon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Harriet Hamsterbone is not your average princess. For one thing, she’s a hamster. For another, she prefers sword-fighting and fractions to sighing and fainting. So when Harriet finds out that she was cursed at birth to fall into a deep sleep at the age of twelve, she doesn’t exactly react the way her parents were expecting. After all, no good curse goes to waste, and so until the age of twelve, Harriet realizes she’s . . . invincible! Of courses, there is still that whole curse thing, but she’ll worry about that later.

Stanley's Train
Written & illustrated by William Bee
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

It’s another busy day for Stanley and friends!

All aboard on Stanley’s train and tickets ready, please. Stanley’s passengers have a beach ball, a toy boat, and an inner tube. Where could Stanley’s train be headed? Off we go on another adventure! Choo, choo!

With bright illustrations, adorable characters, and a padded-cover format, William Bee’s Stanley series is perfect for readers transitioning from board books to picture books.

  • Hamsters on the Go - Hamsters have many places to go and lots of ways to get there! Following the success of her previous board books on numbers, colors and opposites, Kass Reich once again presents her beloved, splayed-toed hamsters. This time, the adorable critters are on the move, demonstrating all the different ways they get from here to there. A lively and humorous introduction to modes of transportation for little ones.

  • 10 Minutes Till Bedtime - When the hamster arrives at the door, the countdown begins as he calls out the orders for snacktime, toothbrushing, and all other pre-bedtime preparations.

  • The Time Warp Wonder - Detective brothers Frank and Joe work to debunk a time travel machine in the eighth book in the interactive Hardy Boys Clue Book series. Bayport Elementary is almost ready for the annual science fair—it’s all down to the final touches. Frank and Joe have collaborated on a detective helmet. It’s the perfect lie detector—just place it on a suspect’s head and the bells and whistles will tell you when they’re lying. But not everyone is as prepared for the big fair. Their good friend Phil has designed a time machine he calls the Time Warp Wonder. He just needs to figure out how it works first… Phil uses Chet’s hamster as a test subject. And the machine really does make the hamster disappear from the cafeteria! It’s just that Phil isn’t sure where the hamster went or how to get him back. Frank and Joe are not so sure the hamster went back in time. They have a feeling their Clue Book will be more help to Chet’s hamster than Phil’s calculations. But the brothers start questioning their instincts when they receive pictures of the hamster in different time periods; dressed as caveman with the dinosaurs, suited up in armor in the middle ages, in a top hat watching Abe Lincoln give a speech. Could Chet’s hamster really be traveling though time? It’s up to the Hardy Boys—and you—to find out!

  • Whiskerella - Princess Harriet Hamsterbone is not the kind of princess who enjoys fancy dresses or extravagant parties. Cliff-diving, fractions, and whacking people with swords are more her thing. So when she’s forced to attend a boring ball in honor of a visiting ambassador, Harriet is less than thrilled–until a bewitchingly beautiful stranger arrives. Who is she? And where did she come from? The mystery leads to a not-so-wicked stepsister, an incontinent lizard, and a fairy’s spell that’s really more of a curse. Luckily, Harriet knows a thing or two about curses…

Hamster Holmes, A Bit Stumped
Written by Albin Sadar & illustrated by Valerio Fabbretti
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Hamster Holmes and his firefly sidekick, Dr. Watt, solve a colorful new mystery in this Level 2 Ready-to-Read story perfect for beginning readers!

Hamster Holmes and his firefly sidekick, Dr. Watt, have a new case…and for the first time, Hamster Holmes is stumped. It all began when an owl named Rufus Feathers started to design a new tile patio for his house, and the yellow tiles went missing. The hardest part of this case? There is only one clue! Will this be the case that finally stumps Hamster Holmes and Dr. Watt?

Super Turbo and the Fire-Breathing Dragon
Written by Lee Kirby & illustrated by George O’Connor
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

In the fifth, Super Turbo book, there’s a new animal in school and the class pets are convinced she’s a fire-breathing dragon!

You know Turbo as the hamster sidekick from the Captain Awesome books. But ever wonder what actually goes on when the last school bell rings and Turbo is left to his own devices? He’s SUPER TURBO and he’s here to fight evil in and out of the classroom!

There’s a new class pet at Sunnyview Elementary. And since all the students seem so excited about this new pet, Turbo can’t wait to meet her. Until he realizes that she’s a fire-breathing dragon! Now the Superpet Superhero League must figure out what this new pet is really doing in the school. And if she’s evil…can the superpets stop her?

With easy-to-read language, illustrations, and comic panels on almost every page, the Super Turbo chapter books are perfect for emerging readers!

Marion and the Secret Letter
Written by Callie Barkley & illustrated by Tracy Bishop
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Taking a turn caring for the class pet hamster, Marion is devastated when the hamster goes missing and she receives an anonymous letter in her locker with clues leading to a mysterious scavenger hunt.

Ratpunzel
Written & illustrated by Ursula Vernon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

“It is Princess Harriet Hamsterbone to the rescue when Heady the hydra’s egg is stolen, but her search leads her to a castle accessible only by a rat with a very long tail”—

Super Turbo Meets the Cat-Nappers
Written by Lee Kirby & illustrated by George O’Connor
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

In the seventh Super Turbo book, visiting a student’s home sounds harmless…until Super Turbo meets the Cat-Nappers! As the class pet hamster, Turbo is simply delighted to learn that he’ll be going home with a new student each week. He loves his second-grade students! But his delight disappears when he arrives at the first student’s home. That’s because a bunch of lazy, napping cats turn out to be the dreaded Cat-Nappers! With easy-to-read language, illustrations, and comic panels on almost every page, the Super Turbo chapter books are perfect for emerging readers!

  • Of Mice and Magic - “Princess Harriet has absolutely no interest in brushing her hair, singing duets with woodland animals, or any other typical princess activities. So when a fairy tells a very bored Harriet about twelve mice princesses who are cursed to dance all night long, she happily accepts the quest and sets off with a poncho of invisibility and her trusty battle quail. But when she arrives at the Mouse Kingdom, she discovers there’s more to the curse than meets the eye, and trying to help is dangerous business . . . even for a tough princess like Harriet.

  • Super Turbo Vs. Wonder Pig - “When Wonder Pig starts to act strange, Super Turbo gets suspicious. Is it possible that the superhero guinea pig is actually working undercover for the evil rat Whiskerface?”—

  • Giant Trouble - Climbing to the top of a towering beanstalk that has grown from a magic bean, Harriet Hamsterbone finds a castle inhabited by a giant who is holding two unusual prisoners.

  • Hamster Princess: Little Red Rodent Hood - A little girl in a red cape asks for Princess Harriet Hamsterbone’s help with a pack of weasel-wolves who want to eat her grandmother, but after meeting everyone, Harriet is not sure who to trust.

Sneaky Beak
Written by Tracey Corderoy & illustrated by Tony Neal
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

“Is your bath bubbly enough? Is your bed bouncy enough? Is your cereal crunchy enough? Don’t delay—call Sneaky Beak today for deals beyond your wildest dreams!” When Bear sees a commercial advertising the Snores-Galore Mega Bed, the “bounciest bed ever,” he decides that he wants one. The salesbird, Sneaky Beak, shows up and convinces Bear that he needs the Super-Whirl Turbo Tub and the Crunch-O-Matic Granola Maker, too—not to mention a trip in his vacation rocket to get away from it all. But are all those gadgets really what Bear needs?

Amelia Bedelia Gets a Break
Written by Herman Parish & illustrated by Lynne Avril
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Learn to read with young Amelia Bedelia!

The Amelia Bedelia books are great for growing the vocabularies of newly independent readers. In Amelia Bedelia Gets a Break, Amelia Bedelia is put in charge of caring for her class hamster over a school vacation. But Amelia Bedelia gets more than she bargained for when the hamster goes missing!

Amelia Bedelia is left in charge of her class pet—a hamster named Harry—over school break, and she’s excited to learn all about caring for an animal. But when Harry goes missing, Amelia Bedelia is upset. Her friends Dawn and Clay help her search the house and make “lost pet” signs, but it seems hopeless, until Amelia Bedelia puts herself in Harry’s shoes and finds him hiding in her favorite spot in the house.

A Level 1 I Can Read book featuring the childhood of America’s favorite housekeeper, Amelia Bedelia. More than thirty-five million Amelia Bedelia books sold since 1963!

Stanley's Paint Box
Written & illustrated by William Bee
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

It’s another busy day with Stanley and friends!

Stanley brings his paint box to paint a colorful castle with Little Woo, Sophie, and Benjamin. There’s red paint and blue paint and yellow paint and white paint. But what about the other colors?

An early introduction to painting tools and art media, this board book is great for teaching primary and secondary colors.

Einstein the Class Hamster Saves the Library
Written by Janet Tashjian & illustrated by Jake Tashjian
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

With the school library in danger of closing, it’s up to one classroom pet and his friends to save the day. It’s another day at Boerring Elementary, and Einstein the class hamster, lover of fun facts, is getting ready for his game show when in walks Principal Decker with some bad news. Due to severe budget cuts, the school library will be closed for the rest of the year. How is this possible? The library is the heart of the school! Einstein is determined to find a way to save the library. With the help of Marlon the turtle, his friend Ned, and Ms. Moreno’s entire class, plans are put in motion! Janet and Jake Tashjian are back with another winning story starring the lovable walking encyclopedia, Einstein the class hamster. Full of quirky humor from a talking animal with lots of personality, this illustrated chapter book will have reluctant readers laughing and asking for more of Einstein’s zany adventures. This title has Common Core connections. Titles in the Einstein the Class Hamster series: Einstein the Class Hamster Einstein the Class Hamster and the Very Real Game Show Einstein the Class Hamster Saves the Library More from Janet Tashjian: The Sticker Girl series: Sticker Girl Sticker Girl Rules the School The My Life series: My Life as a Book My Life as a Stuntboy My Life as a Cartoonist My Life as a Joke My Life as a Gamer My Life as a Ninja My Life as a Youtuber The Marty Frye, Private Eye series: Marty Frye, Private Eye: The Case of Stolen Poodle Marty Frye, Private Eye: The Case of the Missing Action Figure

Hammy and Gerbee: Mummies at the Museum
Written by Wong Herbert Yee
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Best friends Hammy and Gerbee—a hamster and a gerbil—find out they’re both in Miss Capybara’s class. On a field trip to the science museum, what are two rodent friends to do but find their own fun (and trouble)? This graphic novel hybrid includes science and history facts on Egypt. Illustrations.

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