Beau Fox sent me a note last week. He’s such a reading advocate that he wanted to share a list of books about foxes with you, dear readers.
“When asked, I’m partial to my own story of course, Tango: The Tale of an Island Dog, in which I impart a good deal of wisdom to that young pup, Tango. But there are many fine books in which my fellow foxes have starring roles. Here are 15 of them I can recommend for your reading pleasure:
“If you find your favorite book about a fox to be missing from this list, please add the title in the comments. I would love to add to my To Be Read pile.”
|Aesop’s Fables, such as “The Fox and the Grapes”
written by Aesop
Aesop wrote many fables about foxes but this one is probably the most well-known: a very cunning fox indeed but always wanting something he can’t have.
|Biography of a Silver Fox
written by Ernest Thompson Seton
Well-known as a writer of stories about wild animals, this is one of his best, I believe. (My second favorite might be Biography of an Arctic Fox.) You can read this book online. The book was first published in 1909.
|The Christmas Fox
written and illustrated by Anik McGrory
When invited to the Nativity, this young fox is reminded to bring a gift. He’s so busy playing in the snow and the beautiful winter surroundings, he forgets. But his playfulness is a gift in itself and a good reminder to all.
|Fantastic Mr. Fox
written by Roald Dahl
illustrated by Quentin Blake
Three mean farmers gang together to get rid of Mr. Fox, who has been “taking” things from them to keep his family hale and hearty. They think the three of them can outwit Mr. Fox but … they don’t know foxes.
|Fox in Socks
written and illustrated by Theodor Geisel, Dr. Seuss
As the good doctor himself wrote, “This is a book you read aloud to find out just how smart your tongue is. The first time you read it, don’t go fast! This Fox is a tricky fox. He’ll try to get your tongue in trouble.”
|Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night
written and illustrated by Peter Spier
The fox went out on a chilly night,
he prayed to the Moon to give him light,
for he’d many a mile to go that night
before he reached the town-o, town-o, town-o …
This book illustrates the familiar folk song about a wily fox who sets out on a chilly night to feed his family. Artist Peter Spier was given a Caldecott Honor for his imaginative depiction of the fox’s journey to a nearby farm and back again.
|The Little Prince
written and illustrated by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
When a pilot crashes in the Sahara desert, he is visited by a little prince who relates his stories of visiting planet after planet, on which only one adult lives. In this way, the Little Prince reveals the differences between childhood and adulthood. It’s a gentle tale which many believe is a modern fairy tale. In Chapter 21, the Little Prince meets a fox who teaches him a very important lesson about life.
|Maybe a Fox
written by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee
When a young girl loses her mother, and then her sister, she sees a fox in the forest who leads her into a cave where she encounters a life-changing mystery.
|One Fine Day
written and illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian
As this fox travels through the forest he becomes quite thirsty. Taking some sips of the farm wife’s milk, she rewards him by chopping off his tale. Using his wits, he bargains with her to get his tail back. It’s a funny story that was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1971.
written by Sara Pennypacker
A young boy, Peter, is separated from his pet fox, Pax, when his father purposefully leaves the fox in the woods when he takes his son to live with his grandfather so he can go off to fight in the war. The boy is distraught and runs away from his grandfather, searching for Pax. The fox realizes he must wait for Peter, whom he is quite positive will come for him. As these two struggle to be reunited, they go through a number of adventures and discoveries.
written by John Reynolds Gardiner
Little Willy lives with his grandfather in Wyoming. When Grandfather falls ill, he is no longer able to work the farm, which is in danger of foreclosure. Little Willy is determined to win the National Dogsled Race—the prize money would save the farm and his grandfather. But he isn’t the only one who desperately wants to win. Willy and his brave dog Searchlight must face off against experienced racers, including a Native American man named Stone Fox, who has never lost a race.
|Tale of Mr. Tod
written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter
The underhanded badger Tommy Brock kidnaps Benjamin and Flopsy Bunny’s children. He intends to eat them. He hides them in Mr. Tod’s house, where Benjamin Bunny and Peter Rabbit go to rescue them. Tommy Brock and Mr. Tod get into a fight, which gives Benjamin and Peter their opportunity to save the children. Mr. Tod is a villainous character—there are villains even among foxes.
|Tomten and the Fox
written and illustrated by Astrid Lindgren
A fox gets hungry, especially in the winter. I know this feeling well. When Reynard the fox creeps silently from his den to the farm searching for food, it is the Tomten (similar to an elf) who keeps the farm animals safe and even manages to find something to feed a hungry fox.
|What Does the Fox Say?
Bård Ylvisåker, Vegard Ylvisåker, Svein Nyhus, and Christian Løchstøer
Dog goes woof.
Cat goes meow.
Bird goes tweet.
Mouse goes squeak…
But what does the fox say?
Based on the very popular music video, this is a fun book to read out loud.
written by Joyce Sidman
illustrated by Rick Allen
The poet and the illustrator explore how foxes and other animals stay alive during the winter, what their lives are like underneath the snow and ice. The poems are scientific and wondrous. The words Joyce Sidman uses are beautiful. Rick Allen’s linoleum prints are breathtaking—rarely has a fox been captured with such grace.