Inside the Heads of Animals

Cute kids and cute animals are sure to lead to smiles. And books about animals written for kids are pretty much a natural.

Everyone knows the classics, like Charlotte’s Web, Old Yeller, or even The Cat in the Hat. But great new works come out on almost a daily basis and can be tough to keep up with.

While it’s admittedly hard to narrow them down, a look to the Children’s Sequoyah Book Masterlist is a great place to start. Each year, the Oklahoma Library Association’s Sequoyah committee releases Sequoyah lists for young children, middle school-age and high school-age, with about 10 to 15 titles on each.

From those, a winner has been picked yearly in each category, with the first Children’s award actually given out all the way back in 1959.

Here are three from the 2018 list sure to interest animal lovers and young readers in general:

Diary of a Mad Brownie

By Bruce Coville

For children in grades 3-7

When the elderly human of Angus the cat passed away, he has to move to a relative who is a lot messier than this cat prefers. How will he handle it?

My Pet Human

By Yasmine Surovec

For children in grades 1-5

Oliver is a stray cat used to having a vacant house all to himself. That is, until a little girl and her family move in, and he has to decide if having someone to give him treats is worth giving up his solitude.

A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans

By Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder

For children in grades 3-5

Part of a popular series of “Dragon’s Guide” books, this tells the story of the relationship of 10-year-old Winnie and her “pet” dragon, Miss Drake, in a San Francisco-based tale.

How to Be an Elephant

By Katherine Roy

For children in 2nd grade and older

In a sneak peak of a book that is part of the 2019 Sequoyah masterlist, this book takes a look at the real-life challenges a young elephant has growing up in the African wild.


By Katherine Applegate

For children in grades 4-6

Crenshaw the cat is the imaginary friend of 10-year-old Jackson, and he helps the young boy get through some difficult times his family is going through.

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer

By Kelly Jones

For children in grades 3-6

Young Sophie and her family move to the country from Los Angeles, and she discovers some of the chickens on their farm have an unexpected array of talents.


These and literally thousands more favorites for young readers are available through the Pioneer Library System and its libraries in Cleveland, McClain and Pottawatomie counties.

Learn more by going online to or downloading the Pioneer Library System Connect App, available through iTunes for Apple or Google Play for Android.