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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 Harriet the Invincible to some of our favorite hidden gems like Hamster Princess: 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!

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If I Had a Gryphon
Written by Vikki VanSickle & illustrated by Cale Atkinson
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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.

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Memoirs of a Hamster
Written by Devin Scillian & illustrated by Tim Bowers
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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.”–

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Harriet the Invincible
Written & illustrated by Ursula Vernon
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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.

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Up Hamster, Down Hamster
Written & illustrated by Kass Reich
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

Following the success of her two bestselling board books Hamsters Holding Hands and This Little Hamster, Kass Reich once again presents her signature dumpling-shaped hamsters. This time, the adorable critters demonstrate various opposites, from in and out to day and night, with some unexpected surprises! A cheerful board book that is sure to produce some giggles and make learning opposites fun.

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Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible
Written & illustrated by Ursula Vernon
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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.

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  • Stanley's Train - 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

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

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…

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Hamster Holmes, A Bit Stumped
Written by Albin Sadar & illustrated by Valerio Fabbretti
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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?

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Summer According to Humphrey (Bound for Schools & Libraries)
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Recommend Ages: 7-10

When Humphrey hears that school is ending, he can’t believe his ears. What’s a classroom hamster to do if there’s no more school? It turns out that Mrs. Brisbane has planned something thrilling for Humphrey and Og the frog: they’re going to Camp Happy Hollow with Ms. Mac and lots of the kids from Room 26! Camp is full of FUN-FUN-FUN new experiences, but it’s also a little scary. There are fur-raising wild sounds and smells, and there’s something called the Howler to watch out for. Humphrey is always curious about new adventures, but could camp be too wild even for him?

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Summer According to Humphrey
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Recommend Ages: 7-10
The sixth book in the beloved and award-winning school hamster series!
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Ratpunzel
Written & illustrated by Ursula Vernon
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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”–

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  • Super Turbo and the Fire-Breathing Dragon - 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 - 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.

  • Super Turbo Meets the Cat-Nappers - 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.

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Lulu and the Hamster in the Night
Written by Hilary McKay & illustrated by Priscilla Lamont
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Lulu adopts a hamster, but she can't tell Nan about it because Nan doesn't care for most animals--especially not hamsters. It's her birthday this weekend and Lulu and Mellie are staying the night. Lulu doesn't want to leave her new hamster behind, but can she and Mellie keep it a secret from Nan over the weekend?

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Super Turbo Gets Caught, Volume 8
Written by Lee Kirby & illustrated by George O’Connor
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Recommend Ages: 5-9
Turbo finds himself trapped--in a mousetrap--in the eighth Super Turbo book!
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Super Turbo Vs. Wonder Pig
Written by Lee Kirby & illustrated by George O’Connor
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Recommend Ages: 5-9

“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?”–

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Giant Trouble
Written & illustrated by Ursula Vernon
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

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.

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Hamster Princess: Little Red Rodent Hood
Written & illustrated by Ursula Vernon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

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.

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  • Super Turbo vs. the Flying Ninja Squirrels, Volume 2 - He’s not just the class pet hamster, he’s SUPER TURBO! In this second book, Super Turbo battles flying ninja squirrels who threaten to take over the school! <p/>You know Turbo as the crime-fighting hamster 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? After all, what do you think your class pets do all day? You think they sleep, eat, and wait for you to play with them? Well, think again, because Turbo isn’t just any hamster. He’s SUPER TURBO and he’s here to fight evil in and out of the classroom! Along with his superpet companions, Turbo battles everyday evils at Sunnyview Elementary, such as flying ninja squirrels, a gang of evil rats, giant Eraser Dude, and more! <p/>In this second book, Turbo and the Superpet Superhero League think they can lay low for a little while since they defeated Whiskerface and his rat pack…but they’re wrong! When something goes flying across Classroom C while Turbo is jogging on his wheel, he speeds up that jog and springs into action. Because it’s not just <i>something</i> flying across his classroom. It’s an evil flying ninja squirrel determined to take over the school with his pals. The Superpet Superhero League must stop them! <p/>With easy-to-read language, illustrations, and comic panels on almost every page, the Super Turbo chapter books are perfect for emerging readers!

  • Sneaky Beak - “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 - 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!

  • Anyone But Me - Katie Carew, nicknamed Katie Kazoo by the class bully, had no idea what would happen when she wished that she could be anyone but herself. But now her wish has come true, and-switcheroo!-she keeps turning into other people and even animals! What is one ordinary third-grade girl with a really extraordinary problem to do? It’s a good thing Katie is resourceful and smart enough to find a solution for every problem . . . no matter how much of a disaster she causes! <p/>Katie can’t stand George, the class bully. He constantly picks on everyone, but he really torments Katie. One day, she can’t stand it anymore, and she wishes she could be anyone but herself. What she doesn’t see is the shooting star that flashes through the sky at that moment . . . catapulting Katie into a crazy series of adventures, starting the next day when she turns into the class hamster! Will she be trapped in a glass cage forever? Will she ever be a girl again?

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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.

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Captain Awesome to the Rescue!
Written by Stan Kirby & illustrated by George O’Connor
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

Bad guys beware! Eugene McGillicudy just happens to be the most awesome superhero of all time…Captain Awesome. MI-TEE!</b> <p/><b>Now readers between the ages of five and seven can read chapter books tailor-made for a younger level of reading comprehension. Heavily illustrated with large type, Little Simon’s young chapter books let young readers feel like they are reading a “grown-up” format with subject, text, and illustrations geared specifically for their own age groups! <p/></b>Eight-year-old Eugene McGillicudy is an imaginative boy who loves comic books and superheroes. Eugene also has his very own supersecret superhero alter ego named Captain Awesome. <b>MI-TEE! <p/></b>When the McGillicudy family relocates to a new town called Sunnyview, Eugene starts a new school, finds a best friend, and even finds time to defend his toys from his two-year-old little sister, Molly! Luckily for Sunnyview, Captain Awesome is there to protect the town (and the <i>universe</i>) from a hilarious cast of comical “bad guys.” <p/>With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Captain Awesome chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

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Super Turbo vs. the Pencil Pointer, Volume 3
Written by Lee Kirby & illustrated by George O’Connor
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Recommend Ages: 5-9

He’s not just the class pet hamster, he’s SUPER TURBO! Super Turbo battles the evil Pencil Pointer in this third book of the Super Turbo chapter book series. <p/>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! <p/>In this third book, there’s a new villain in the classroom. He’s big, he’s shiny, and he can sharpen a pencil like Super Turbo has never seen. And he stares at Turbo. All. Day. Long. But just when Turbo begins to think that the Pencil Pointer might not be that evil…the villain starts spewing pencil shavings! If he keeps at it, Turbo’s hamster home will be destroyed. Then Turbo learns that evil isn’t only trying to take over his classroom. The rest of the classroom pets are battling their own Pencil Pointers! Can the Superhero Superpet League stop the Pencil Pointers and save the school–and themselves? <p/>With easy-to-read language, illustrations, and comic panels on almost every page, the Super Turbo chapter books are perfect for emerging readers!

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Super Turbo Saves the Day!
Written by Lee Kirby & illustrated by George O’Connor
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Recommend Ages: 5-9

He’s not just the class pet hamster, he’s SUPER TURBO! In this brand-new series that’s packed with adventure, Captain Awesome’s loyal sidekick is the star of the show! <p/>You know Turbo as the crime-fighting hamster 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? After all, what do you think your class pets do all day? You think they sleep, eat, and wait for you to play with them? Well, think again, because Turbo isn’t just any hamster. He’s SUPER TURBO and he’s here to fight evil in and out of the classroom! Along with his superpet companions, Turbo battles everyday evils at Sunnyview Elementary, such as flying ninja squirrels, a gang of evil rats, giant Eraser Dude, and more! <p/>In this first book, Turbo realizes that he’s not the only superpet in town (or in school). As he meets fellow superpets, such as Angelina the guinea pig (a.k.a. Wonder Pig) and Frank the rabbit (a.k.a. Boss Bunny), he also encounters a super VILLAIN: a rat who goes by the name of Whiskerface. Can Turbo and the Superpet Superhero League save the school from Whiskerface and his rat pack? <p/>With easy-to-read language, illustrations, and comic panels on almost every page, the Super Turbo chapter books are perfect for emerging readers!

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Max & Mo Go Apple Picking
Written by Patricia Lakin & illustrated by Brian Floca
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Recommend Ages: 4-6
From award-winning author Patricia Lakin and Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Brian Floca comes a Level 1 Ready-to-Read starring the adorable hamsters, Max and Mo. Follow along as they go on an apple-picking adventure!
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  • Einstein the Class Hamster Saves the Library - 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 - 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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