I’ve gathered 20 great books featuring foxes! Preschoolers will love hearing these fantastic fox stories. These stories are perfect to read all year round. While foxes are often paired with fall decorations, I’ve also included stories about foxes in winter, as well as plenty of books that can be read anytime of year.
20 Fox Stories:
1. Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson —
In this beautifully illustrated book, we meet a young fox named Fletcher who is unaware that some trees lose their leaves in the fall. Fletcher is determined to save the leaves from falling off of his favorite tree. Unfortunately each one of his ideas fail to keep the leaves on the tree. After the last leaf falls off the tree, Fletcher carries the little leaf home to his den. He puts it into a nice cozy bed for the night. When he returns to his tree in the early morning, a beautiful sight is waiting for him. His tree is covered in sparkling icicles! His tree reassures him that all is fine and that Fletcher is free to enjoy the beauty in front of him without worry for his tree. Love Fletcher? Then check out his winter and his spring stories too!
2. Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss–
Warning, this silly, rhyming book will result in tongue-twisting giggles! The funny rhymes and bright pictures will keep preschoolers engaged throughout the story. This book is on the long side, but the silliness should keep preschoolers entertained as you rhyme your way through this one.
3. Fox the Tiger by Corey R. Tabor–
We love this series! Fox is hilarious and very imaginative. In this story, Fox wants to be a tiger, so he adds some stripes to his fur and sets out to show his friends, Rabbit and Turtle. Rabbit and Turtle want to pretend to be something else too. Everyone puts their imaginations to work and has lots of fun playing pretend. In the end, however, they are happiest being themselves. Be sure to check out Fox’s other stories, especially Fox Versus Winter!
4. Six Silly Foxes by Alex Moran —
This is a great book for exploring emotions. Look at each scene and think about their expressions and what they are doing to figure out each emotion. Also, each fox wears a different color, so preschoolers can practice their color identification. The story is short and packed with rhyming silliness to keep your child entertained.
5. Lawrence in the Fall by Matthew Farina–
In this sweet story, Lawrence and his dad head out into the woods to collect leaves for Lawrence’s show-and-tell project at school. Dad shares the names of the trees with Lawrence as the young fox collects leaves of various shapes, sizes, and colors. The beauty of nature is expertly captured in this story, as father and son take in the quiet wonder of the trees around them.
6. I’ll Always Be Your Friend by Sam McBratney–
I love this this book about a mother fox who reassures who her little one that she will always be his friend. Like human children, little fox finds it hard to stop playing when his mother tells him to. He gets mad and says, “I’m not your friend anymore!” Who hasn’t heard this from their frustrated child before! Little fox has to test boundaries (and patience) before realizing that he wants to be “friends” with mommy again.
7. Fox Makes Friends by Adam Relf–
Lonely little fox decides to make a friend, but not in the way you might expect! The fox builds one out of sticks, rocks, and fruit. Unfortunately the new friend falls short of fox’s expectations as it does not move or talk. But soon, curious animals come to check out fox’s creation and help him make friends in the process.
8. One Fox: a counting book thriller by Kate Read–
This book had my son’s full attention! A sneaky fox is making its way to the hen house. The story starts with 1 sly fox, then shows 2 eyes, followed by 3 plump hens. My son was practically on the edge of his seat as the fox enters the hen house. The story makes it up to 10 before the fox is chased away. Phew, the hens are safe! The book ends with a disclaimer that no foxes or hens were harmed in the making of this book 🙂 This story is masterfully told with sparse, but strategic words and great pictures.
9. Winter Dance by Marion Dane Bauer —
This is one of my favorite fox stories. It is a sweet story that teaches kids about how animals spend the winter. As the first snowflake falls on the fox’s nose, fox wonders what he is supposed to do in winter. The other forest animals tell him how they prepare for winter. Some fly south, others store food, and some hibernate. Unfortunately none of these ideas will work for fox. Finally, another fox comes along and shares what foxes do in winter — they dance in the falling snow! With such beautiful illustrations, kids will love looking over the pictures and seeing the two foxes twirling about in the snow.
10. I Love You Because You’re You by Liza Baker–
My son loves books about parent-child relationships! In this heartwarming story, mother fox tells her young fox everything that she loves about him. Short, rhyming text with bright pictures will keep preschoolers interested. Mother fox continuously reassures her little fox that no matter the behavior or emotions her young one exhibits, mommy loves him!
11. Denny and Penny: a fun rhyming picture book by Silas Wood–
Denny and Penny, two foxes, have complete opposite tastes in food. One day, Denny runs out of his favorite sweet treats and asks Penny if she has any. But Penny likes to eat fish and vegetables, not sweets. Will Denny be brave and try something new? At the time of writing this, the eBook version is free on Amazon.
12. Little Fox in the Forest by Stephanie Graegin —
This wordless picture book provides a great opportunity for children to interpret the story. In this book we see a little girl take her stuffed animals fox to school with her. On her way, a real fox takes off with her toy! She and a friend from school chase after the fox, but lose sight of it in the forest. The children stumble upon an archway that leads them into a fantastical village filled with miniature houses for the forest animals. You’ll never guess where they discover fox and the stuffed animal!
13. You Make Me Happy By Smriti Prasadam-Halls–
Get ready for cuteness overload! In this sweet story friends, Porcupine and Fox, explore the world around them, enjoying each other’s company. Everything from playing to enjoying a picnic is better when the person (or animal) who makes you happy is by your side. Sing-songy rhymes are accompanied by adorable pictures. This story is sure to make you say “awww, how sweet!”
14. Baby Fox: Finger Puppet Book by Chronicle Books —
My preschooler loves these finger puppet board books. Not only is the fox puppet cute, but it helps bring the book to life. The text is short, but contains great facts about foxes such as they live in a burrow and come out at night to play.
15. Jasper and Ollie Build a Fort by Alex Willan —
Best friends, Jasper and Ollie, set out to see who can build the best fort. Jasper, the fox, builds really quickly and soon his fort is complete. Children will laugh at Jasper zooming around and all of the pizzazz that goes into his fort. Meanwhile, Ollie, the sloth, slowly constructs his fort. It is missing all of the flashiness of Jasper’s fort, but offers a cozy spot where the friends can hangout together. The story is sweet tale of friendship as this odd-couple come together to enjoy each other’s company.
16. Little Fox and the Missing Moon by Ekaterina Trukhan–
My son has become interested in detective stories and mysteries, so this was perfect for him. In this book, Fox looks out his window at bedtime and discovers the moon is missing! He jumps out of bed to investigate this strange disappearance. Turns out his friends are looking for the moon too; everyone except rabbit. They head over to rabbit’s house to find that rabbit has the moon. Read this one to find out why rabbit took the moon!
17. A Fox Found a Box by Ged Adamson–
Fox discovers a radio abandoned in the forest. After some trial and error, fox and his friends get the radio to work and the forest is filled with music. The author takes the reader through a moving journey about how the power of music effects our feelings. What happens when the batteries run out and the forest is quiet again? Fox and friends begin to appreciate the sounds of nature and realize that there has always been music all around them.
18. Little Fox and the Wild Imagination by Jorma Taccone —
When I learned that Dan Santat illustrated this story, I had to check it out. I love Dan Santat’s artistic style and the humor he captures so well in his illustrations. I was so happy to find that this story is about a father and son who use their imaginations to have an epic adventure filled with a car race, a robot squid, and lots of books! This story is funny and full of heart 🙂
19. The Fox Wish by Kimiko Aman–
Siblings realized mid-snack that they forgot their jump rope at the park. They rush back to get it, but find that foxes have discovered it and are having a great time playing with it. One of the foxes explains how she made a wish for a new game to play and then the foxes stumbled upon the jump rope! Not wanting to spoil the fox’s delight in a wish come true, the little girl lets the foxes keep the jump rope after getting a promise that everyone will play together again soon. Beautiful pictures and a thoughtful tale of sharing and kindness will make this book a great choice for bedtime stories.
20. Fox and the Box by Yvonne Ivinson–
The artwork on the cover of Fox and the Box had me intrigued! The story is told mainly through the pictures, with just a couple key words per page. A fox at the beach, watching all of the ships in the water, wants to turn his crate into a ship and join in the fun. Fox’s determination and wild sea adventure will delight young readers. Everyone will love the happy ending!
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