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Hunting: Books For Kids

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

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

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 hunting, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Maggi and Milo to popular sellers like Where the Red Fern Grows to some of our favorite hidden gems like We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.

We hope this list of kids books about hunting 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.

Where the Red Fern Grows
Written by Wilson Rawls
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

“Billy has long dreamt of owning not one, but two, dogs. So when he’s finally able to save up enough money for two pups to call his own—Old Dan and Little Ann—he’s ecstatic. It’s true that times are tough, but together they’ll roam the hills of the Ozarks. Soon Billy and his hounds become the finest hunting team in the valley. Stories of their great achievements spread throughout the region, and the combination of Old Dan’s brawn, Little Ann’s brains, and Billy’s sheer will seems unbeatable. But tragedy waits for these determined hunters—now friends—and Billy will learn that hope can grow out of despair and that the seeds of the future can come from the scars of the past. This beloved classic is sure to delight readers of all ages as it captures the powerful bond between man and man’s best friend. To commemorate more than fifty years in print, this special edition includes historical materials to enrich this treasured novel.”

We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Written by Michael Rosen & illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-2

Now the very youngest readers can join in the fun with this Classic Board Book™ edition of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. Full of delightful comedy and high drama, this tale of a brave family’s joyous romp through sweeping landscapes is sure to win new fans.

The Biggest Bear
Written & illustrated by Lynd Ward
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Johnny Orchard, who is humiliated to have the only barn in the valley without a bearskin nailed to it, vows to shoot the first bear he sees. When a cub follows him home from the woods one day, Johnny makes it his pet. Johnny confronts a difficult choice when the bear becomes out of control in this Caldecott Medal-winning book.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt: Changing Picture Book
Written by Michael J. Rosen & illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Bear lovers rejoice! Pull the tabs and watch the pictures transform in an interactive edition of the award-winning classic. Follow and join in the family’s excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river, and squelch through the mud in search of a bear. Pull the tabs to change the pictures along the way — we’re going to catch a big one!

Shadwos and Light
Written by Nicola Davies & illustrated by Anastasia Izlesou
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-11

A girl who changes into a hare to evade a cruel lover. One in a series of short stories that explore the deeper, darker side of our connection with the natural world.

Inspired by ancient folk tales and a love of nature. Be ready to feel a little bit of magic, and perhaps a few shivers down the spine.

  • Maggi and Milo - Maggi and her dog Milo work as partners in perfecting the art of froghunting.

  • Crow Call - Two-time Newbery medalist Lois Lowry has crafted a beautiful picture book about the power of longing and the importance of reconnection between a girl and her father in post-WWII America. This is the story of young Liz, her father, and their strained relationship. Dad has been away at WWII for longer than she can remember, and they begin their journey of reconnection through a hunting shirt, cherry pie, tender conversation, and the crow call. This allegorical story shows how, like the birds gathering above, the relationship between the girl and her father is graced with the chance to fly.

  • The Magic Finger - From the bestselling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG comes the story of a young girl with an incredible power! To the Gregg family, hunting is just plain fun. To the girl who lives next door, it’s just plain horrible. She tries to be polite. She tries to talk them out of it, but the Greggs only laugh at her. Then one day the Greggs go too far, and the little girl turns her Magic Finger on them. When she’s very, very angry, the little girl’s Magic Finger takes over. She really can’t control it, and now it’s turned the Greggs into birds! Before they know it, the Greggs are living in a nest, and that’s just the beginning of their problems….

  • The Out-Foxed Fox - 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.

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