Best Children's Books About Wolves

27 Children's Books About Wolves

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Wolf Won't Bite book
#1
Wolf Won't Bite
Written by Emily Gravett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

can stand him on a stool! I can dress him in a bow... I can ride him like a horse but WOLF WON’T BITE! Come along on a wild circus adventure about three little pigs who have captured a wild wolf. They can make him do all sorts of tricks, but don’t worry—he would NEVER bite. From award-winning and beloved creator Emily Gravett, Wolf Won’t Bite! contains charming text that begs to be read aloud, and quirky humor fills every page of this playful take on “The Three Little Pigs.”

A Wolf's Tale book
#2
A Wolf's Tale
Written and illustrated by Eva Montanari
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

We all know the story of the Big Bad Wolf and the three little pigs ... or do we?

Little Red Hot book
#3
Little Red Hot
Written by Eric A. Kimmel and illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

Little Red Hot loves red hot chilli peppers. She eats them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. When her grandmother catches a cold, Little Red makes her a hot pepper pie that will "knock those cold germs right out of her". But before Little Red shares her pie with Grandma, she meets Señor Lobo. The pie comes in very handy when the wily wolf tries to trick her into thinking he's her grandmother.

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs book
#4
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.”

The First Dog book
#5
The First Dog
Written and illustrated by Jan Brett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

An exciting tale of adventure in prehistoric times, set against a spectacular Ice Age landscape. Kip the cave boy bounds along the trail home with a sack of warm and tasty Woolly Rhino ribs. If he could only get rid of pesky Paleowolf, who follows him, hoping for a taste of those delicious ribs! But Paleowolf’s presence turns out to be useful: His warnings save Kip from the Cave Bear, the Mighty Mammoth, and the frightening Saber-Toothed Cat. So Kip offers to share his food—if Paleowolf will use his keen nose, fine ears, and sharp eyes to keep Kip from being eaten up. With a bark and a wag of his tail, Paleowolf agrees to this bargain, and Kip christens his new friend “Dog.” In this exciting tale of adventure in prehistoric times, Jan Brett creates a spectacular Ice Age landscape populated with the massive animals of the time and bordered with images inspired by cave paintings and Ice Age artifacts. She convincingly portrays the growth of the warm bond between man and animal that must, long, long ago, have resulted in the first domesticated dog.

Little Red Riding Hood-Grimm book
#6
Little Red Riding Hood-Grimm
Written by Brothers Grimm and illustrated by Francesca Cosanti, Brothers Grimm
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

The path through the woods to Grandma's house has never looked as beautiful as in this retelling of the classic story. Francesca Cosanti's atmospheric, wonderfully detailed art captures the looming trees, the texture of the wolf's fur, and the hominess of Grandma's cottage. Children will be fascinated by every remarkable illustration, from the evocative landscapes to the image of Riding Hood reflected in the Wolf's glittering eyes.

Little Red Riding Hood-Rossi book
#7
Little Red Riding Hood-Rossi
Written and illustrated by Francesca Rossi
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-12

A little girl meets a hungry wolf in the forest while on her way to visit her grandmother.

Little Wolf's Song book
#8
Little Wolf's Song
Written and illustrated by Britta Teckentrup
picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Even though Little Wolf's mom, dad, sister, and brothers all have their own special song, he can only manage a poor, pitiful squeak. His siblings tease him: -A wolf who can't howl is no wolf at all!- But one snowy day, Little Wolf finds himself lost in the woods--and underneath the full moon, he discovers his own beautiful voice. This magical, heartwarming story will enchant children.

The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse book
#9
The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse
Written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

This is a story about a duck and mouse who get swallowed by a wolf, and then decide to live in his belly. Early one morning a mouse met a wolf and was quickly gobbled up. When a woeful mouse is swallowed by a wolf, he quickly learns he is not alone: a duck has already set up digs, and, boy, has that duck got it figured out! Turns out it’s pretty nice in there, with delicious food and elegant table settings, courtesy of the wolf’s unchecked gluttony. And there’s something even better: no more fear of being eaten by a wolf! In fact, life is pretty good, until a hunter shows up. . . . With a nod to traditional fables and a wink to the reader, the award-winning Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen offer a tale of cooperation and creative cuisine that is sure to go down easy.

Find the Wolf book
#10
Find the Wolf
Written by Carly Blake and illustrated by Agnese Baruzzi
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Try to find the big, bad wolf in this colorful peek-through story! Can you find the big, bad wolf? Peek through the holes and turn the pages to search for the wolf in the woods. Clever, colorful cutouts in this board book will captivate and delight, but the biggest surprise is hiding in the pages! Will you find the wolf in the end?

Our Principal Is a Wolf! book
#11
Our Principal Is a Wolf!
Written by Stephanie Calmenson and illustrated by Aaron Blecha
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

A unique principal named Mr. Bundy runs PS 88 in this silly, fun-to-read Aladdin QUIX chapter book that’s perfect for emerging readers! In this Mr. Bundy (mis)adventure, the Big Bad Wolf has gobbled up Mr. Bundy and his assistant principal Ms. Moore! Will the kids of PS 88 outsmart the ravenous wolf to get Mr. Bundy back?

Wolf Crunch! book
#12
Wolf Crunch!
Written by Little Bee Books and illustrated by Beatrice Costamagna
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

In this interactive board book, kids will love pulling the tabs to make Harry the wolf crunch his teeth! Harry the wolf loves scaring the other animals with his big teeth. He scares the sheep, the rabbits, and the bear cubs, but when he hears something in the bushes, he's afraid the mama bear is going to get him! But it turns out it's only his wolf buddies who want to give him a scare for a change!

Old Wolf book
#13
Old Wolf
Written by Avi and illustrated by Brian Floca
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Hunting—the predator and its prey—is at the heart of this riveting and suspenseful novel from Newbery Medalist Avi with illustrations from Caldecott Medalist Brian Floca. In the computer game world of Bow Hunter—thirteen-year-old Casey’s world—there are no deaths, just kills. In Nashoba’s world—the wolf world—there have been no kills. For this is March, the Starving Time in the Iron Mountain region of Colorado, when wolves and ravens alike are desperate for food. With the help of a raven, the miraculous Merla, Nashoba must lead his pack of eight to their next meal. The wolf hates being dependent on a mere bird, but Merla is a bird wise beyond her years. When Casey’s path crosses Nashoba’s, the worlds of two very different hunters collide.

From Wolf to Woof! book
#14
From Wolf to Woof!
Written and illustrated by Hudson Talbott
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

How did dog become man’s best friend? Dogs come in such a variety of shapes, sizes, and breeds, that it is hard to believe that they all have a common ancestor–the wolf! Hudson Talbott takes readers on a fascinating journey through history to see how wolves’ relationships with humans sparked their development into the dogs we know and love today. Striking paintings, from an adorable wolf pup to a wide range of modern-day dog breeds, illustrate this insightful story of teamwork and friendship. Through the eyes of a prehistoric boy and a lone wolf pup, we see how the bond between our ancestors and these wild animals may have developed. Starting as enemies competing for food, the wolf and the boy realize that they’ll eat better and be safer if they team up. Over time, others catch on, and as many of the wolves become more domesticated, the humans breed them for skills like hunting, herding, pulling, and rescuing. And today, there are more breeds of dog than of any other animal, all thanks to this relationship that started so long ago.

Moon book
#15
Moon
Written and illustrated by Alison Oliver
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Like many children, Moon leads a busy life. School, homework, music lessons, sports, and the next day it begins again. She wonders if things could be different. Then, one night, she meets a wolf. The wolf takes Moon deep into the dark, fantastical forest and there she learns to howl, how to hide, how to be still, and how to be wild. And in that, she learns what it’s like to be free. This simply worded and stunningly illustrated story reveals the joy to be found in play, nature, and, most of all, embracing the wild in us all.

Wolf in the Snow book
#16
Wolf in the Snow
Written and illustrated by Matthew Cordell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

A girl is lost in a snowstorm. A wolf cub is lost, too. How will they find their way home? Paintings rich with feeling tell this satisfying story of friendship and trust. Here is a book set on a wintry night that will spark imaginations and warm hearts, from Matthew Cordell, author of Trouble Gum and Another Brother.

The Wolf Wilder book
#17
The Wolf Wilder
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

In the days before the Russian Revolution, twelve-year-old Feodora sets out to rescue her mother when the Tsar's Imperial Army imprisons her for teaching tamed wolves to fend for themselves.

The Wolf Keepers book
#18
The Wolf Keepers
Written and illustrated by Elise Broach
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-14

A thrilling middle-grade historical mystery set in Yosemite National Park from the New York Times-bestselling author of Masterpiece Twelve-year-old Lizzie Durango and her dad have always had a zoo to call their home. Lizzie spends her days watching the animals and taking note of their various behaviors. Though the zoo makes for a unique home, it's a hard place for Lizzie to make lasting friends. But all this changes one afternoon when she finds Tyler Briggs, a runaway who has secretly made the zoo his makeshift home. The two become friends and, just as quickly, stumble into a covert investigation involving the zoo wolves who are suddenly dying. Little do they know, this mystery will draw them into a high-stakes historical adventure involving the legend of John Muir as they try to navigate safely while lost in Yosemite National Park. A Christy Ottaviano Book Praise for The Wolf Keepers: A Junior Library Guild Selection A Green Earth Book Award Nominee "Broach’s intrepid protagonists engage in sleuthing expeditions?moments Ratteree captures in evocative pencil illustrations of human interactions with the natural world. . . A gratifying, thought-provoking tale." —Publishers Weekly, starred review "Despite the fast pace of [this] adventure?which climaxes in a harrowing 48 hours alone together at Yosemite?the text includes plenty of philosophical questions about animal rights and relationships of all kinds. Tyler's wry comments about his race add further dimensions to a thoughtful, well-told tale, as do the pencil drawings. John Muir's spirit hums along under a well-developed plot with likable characters." —Kirkus Reviews "Part friendship story, part mystery, and part survival adventure, this engaging book makes the most of its two unusual settings. Fans of Broach’s Superstition Mountain trilogy will want to try her latest, with its western locale and intriguing jacket illustration." —Booklist "One of Broach’s strengths . . . is creating child characters who are intelligent, resourceful, and willing to take action. . . . The wry humor of Lizzie’s keen observations of the human animals at the zoo and the page-turning adventure give this novel solid middle-grade appeal." —The Horn Book "'[Broach] reveals the characters deftly. . .The historical threads are authentic and clarified in an author’s note that provides young readers and writers with a sense of the research that goes into a well-crafted story with real figures and historical events. Give it to readers who enjoy a good mystery or love to read about animals. They will wolf down all three hundred-plus pages." —VOYA

The Wolf Who Learned to Be Good book
#19
The Wolf Who Learned to Be Good
Written and illustrated by Natalie Moore
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Wolf is very big and very bad. But when he meets a delicious-looking girl, she has other ideas. She wants to make Wolf her new friend. But Wolf is going to need more than a makeover to learn to get along with others. Can Wolf learn how to become a good friend—even to tasty humans? This fun and humorous storyline is beautifully reflected in Natalia Moore's charming illustrations.

Red book
#20
Red
Written and illustrated by Jed Alexander
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A wordless take on the classic tale, Little Red Riding Hood, in which the Big Bad Wolf and other woodland creatures are planning something surprising.

Violet and the Woof book
#21
Violet and the Woof
Written by Rebecca Grabill and illustrated by Dasha Tolstikova
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

If you love stories of imagination, such as Little Red Riding Hood, Where the Wild Things Are, and Charlie and Lola—you’ll adore spending time with these two courageous siblings. “Once upon a time, a brave little girl and her brother set out on a long, long journey,” Violet tells Peter. “A journey fraught with danger and peril.” Riding their building’s elevator and traveling the hallways past apartment doors to bring soup to a sick neighbor, Violet and Peter encounter both real and imagined adventure—getting lost in the laundry room, running into a troll, and escaping scary noises in the nick of time, only to find that their poor sick neighbor looks . . . like a wolf! Clever, thought-provoking, and with an unforgettable ending, Violet and the Woof is a book that explores the power of imaginative storytelling and will have kids asking: “What’s real?”

The Girl and the Wolf book
#22
The Girl and the Wolf
Written by Katherena Vermette and illustrated by Julie Flett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

While picking berries with her mother, a little girl wanders too far into the woods. When she realizes she is lost, she begins to panic. A large grey wolf makes a sudden appearance between some distant trees. Using his sense of smell, he determines where she came from and decides to help her. Through a series of questions from the wolf, the little girl realizes she had the knowledge and skill to navigate herself—she just needed to remember that those abilities were there all along.

The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Narrated by the Sheepish But Truthful Wolf  book
#23
The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Narrated by the Sheepish But Truthful Wolf
Written by Nancy Loewen and illustrated by Juan M. Moreno
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-8

So who was really pulling the wool over whose eyes? The Wolf gets candid about "the boy who cried" in this fractured version of a classic Aesop's fable, delighting readers with his first-person account, while back matter questions encourage discussion about perspective. Includes a condensed version of the original tale.

What's the Matter with the Three Little Pigs? book
#24
What's the Matter with the Three Little Pigs?
Written by Thomas Kingsley Troupe and illustrated by Jomike Tejido
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

What's the matter with the three little pigs? They're being tormented by a hungry wolf! And no matter what kind of matter they use to build their homes, it doesn't matter. The STEM-savvy, rhyme-loving wolf in this fractured fairy tale always seems to spoil the day. A glossary and critical thinking questions support the story's physics content.

Who Is Afraid of Little Wolf? book
#25
Who Is Afraid of Little Wolf?
Written and illustrated by YaYo Kawamura
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

This enchanting board book follows Little Wolf as he searches for someone to play with and carries a simple yet profound message about prejudice and preconceived notions. Little Wolf is bored, and so he asks some other animals to play. But no one wants to join him--not the squirrel, nor the bunny, nor the fox. Their parents have told them not to play with wolves. But when Little Wolf meets a bee, she is brave enough to play and the two have a great time. The other animals see there's nothing to be afraid of and decide to join in. With bold colors and appealing characters this book packs a powerful lesson about overcoming prejudices and not judging someone before you know them.

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