With the recent release of "What Pet Should I Get?" by Dr. Seuss, here are a variety of books about animals, whether sharing about animals or exploring other stories of friendship and self-esteem.

Picture books

WHAT PET SHOULD I GET?” by Dr. Seuss, Random House, $17.99, 48 pages (ages 3-7)

As their father said they could get a pet, two children go to the pet shop to pick one out. But there are so many choices that it’s difficult to decide. It has the rhythm and rhyming that are signature to Dr. Seuss.

This book from a manuscript discovered in 2013 in a box of papers belonging to the late Theodor Seuss Geisel also has a history of Geisel and his pets.

WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORWOOD,” by Shawn Sheehy, Candlewick Press, $29.99, 18 pages (ages 4-8)

This pop-up book shares the habitats and habits of seven different animals — the land snail, hummingbird, garden spider, honeybee, potter wasp, beaver and the stickleback fish.

The pop-ups are beautifully done and give an added dimension to these building animals.

BUBBLE TROUBLE,” by Tom Percival, Bloomsbury, $17.99, (ages 0-5)

Rueben and Felix are best friends who also like to blow bubbles. But when it becomes a contest, things get more than a little out of hand in this book with cute flaps to lift and a valuable message.

SWEEP UP THE SUN,” by Helen Frost, images by Rick Lieder, Candlewick Press, $15.99, 32 pages (ages 2-5)

This book shares a rhyming story of birds set to incredible photos of 11 different varieties of birds in flight, resting in trees or in their nests. There is a guide in the back identifying the different varieties of birds.

TEN PIGS: An Epic Bath Adventure,” by Derek Anderson, Orchard Books, $16.99, 40 pages (ages 3-5)

One pig wants to take a bubble bath, and while there is room for another pig, there isn’t room for all of the rubber ducks, too. Soon more pigs want to join, with their fishing poles, pirate hats, boats, sandcastles, flippers and inner tube — making for a very full tub — until they spy something that makes them run.

With rhythmic rhymes and distinctive pigs, it’s a tale that is one to read again and again.

8: An Animal Alphabet,” by Elisha Cooper, Orchard Books, $17.99, 40 pages (ages 3-5)

Each page highlights a letter of the alphabet and has a variety of animals whose names start with that letter. Also, there are eight of one of the animals on the page. (It’s the author’s favorite number.) This quickly becomes a fun book for counting as well as reading about sounds.

Each page includes the names of each animal pictured, and an interesting fact about each is in the back.

WILD ABOUT US!” by Karen Beaumont, illustrated by Janet Stevens, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, $16.99, 40 pages (ages 4-8)

From a warthog's tusks and warts to the leopard’s spots, author Karen Beaumont and Caldecott-winning illustrator Janet Stevens share what makes a dozen animals unique and why it doesn’t matter that they are different from each other.

With rhymes and expressive illustrations, this is one to read again and again.

TINY HAMSTER IS A GIANT MONSTER,” by Joel Jensen, Joseph Matsushima and Amy Matsushima, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, $17.99, 32 pages (ages 4-8)

Tiny Hamster is on the hunt for dinner when he eats some goo that turns him into a giant monster terrorizing a miniature city and eating as he goes. Based on the Tiny Hamster YouTube series, the art includes photos with some comic book-style accents, including some from the video that was launched the same day the book was released.

TIARA SAURUS REX,” by Brianna Caplan Sayres, illustrated by Mike Bolt, Bloomsbury, $16.99, 32 pages (ages 5-7)

It’s the day of the Miss Dinosaur Pageant and all of the contestants, including Patty Saurus, Stef O’Saurus, Teri Dactyl and Sarah Topps, are ready. But it’s Tina Rex’s smile that scares the contestants away. Is it really winning when you’re the only one left?

It’s an important lesson in this unique take on dinosaurs.

— Christine Rappleye

"TAD AND DAD," by David Ezra Stein, Nancy Paulsen Books, $16.99, 40 pages (ages 3-5)

Tad the tadpole tags along with Dad, excited to be just like him. Dad is delighted, until bedtime, when Tad doesn't tucker out. Sound familiar? What they learn about each other will spark joy and worthwhile discussion with your child.

— Tad Walch

Middle grade readers

HUMPHREY'S CREEPY-CRAWLY CAMPING ADVENTURE,” by Betty G. Birney, illustrated by Priscilla Burris, Putnam Juvenile, $14.99, 96 pages (ages 5-8)

The classroom pet in Room 26, Humphrey the hamster is always excited to spend weekends with students. This time, Humphrey is taken on a campout with Heidi and her friends. Humphrey learns that many creepy-crawly things, like spiders and snakes, aren’t scary at all. He also learns it’s OK to get scared sometimes. With delightful illustrations, this book is geared toward younger middle readers.

— Elizabeth Reid

IMAGINATION ACCORDING TO HUMPHREY," by Betty G. Birney, Putnam Juvenile, $15.99 (ages 7-9)

The students in Room 26 are learning about writing fiction. Humphrey wants to write a story too, but he’s worried he isn’t good at creative writing. As Humphrey listens to Mrs. Brisbane and spends several weekends with students, he learns how to become a better writer. And along the way, he comes to love the children in his class even more.

— Elizabeth Reid

"MR. PANTS: Slacks, Camera, Action!" by Scott McCormick and R.H. Lazzell, Dial, $14.99, 128 pages (f) (ages 6-8)

A cat named Mr. Pants, who has siblings who are cats and a mom who is human, is determined to win the $1,000 film festival prize. Trouble is that everything in the universe — from Grommy's tea party to endless chores — is equally determined to stand in the way. Mr. Pants is bent on finding the time and the right story for his film in this book of his fun adventure of perseverance.

— Karen Schwarze

"RANGER IN TIME, No. 1: Rescue on the Oregon Trail," by Kate Messner, Scholastic Press, $17.99, 144 pages (f) (ages 7-10)

Join Ranger in his debut novel, “Rescue on the Oregon Trail.” Ranger is a golden retriever who failed to pass a search and rescue test due to his love of chasing squirrels. However, Ranger’s search and rescue days aren’t over when he is accidentally transported back in time to the mid-1800s and must help the Abbott family be safe and sound on the Oregon Trail. This book will please fans of Mary Osborne’s Magic Tree House seriesas it follows an easily distracted dog that travels through time.

— Lauren McAfee

"SHADOW OF A DOUBT," by Skylar James, illustrations by Kelley McMorris, Adaptive Books, $16.99, 326 pages (f) (ages 8-12)

Shadow was raised to be a work horse, but he and his human friend Fyfe Flynn dream of him being a racehorse and winning the Kentucky Derby. The Flynns, including Fyfe's dad, jockey Roscoe Flynn, are down on their luck, and their only chance to save the farm is for Shadow to win the Kentucky Derby. They face an uphill journey to prove they can be in races in this heartwarming story.

— Karen Schwarze

"HOPPER'S DESTINY: Mouseheart, Book 2," by Lisa Fielder, illustrated by Viviene To, McElderry Books, $15.99, 344 pages (f) (ages 8-12)

The second book opens up shortly after the battle to overthrow the wicked rat emperor, Titus, and to free the refugees in the secret camps that were being sacrificed to Queen Felina and her colony of cats as part of a peace treaty. Hopper, the mouse hero, and his friends are faced with the duty to rebuild Atlantia and protect its citizens from the ever-lurking dangers in the tunnels. Heroes and villains come in all animal shapes and sizes in this series. This novel contains some violent elements.

— Lauren McAfee

"THE UNBELIEVABLE TOP SECRET DIARY OF PIG," by Emer Stamp, Scholastic, $9.99, 192 pages (f) (ages 8-12)

Pig has just learned the farmer aims to eat him, and he doesn't want that to happen. Fortunately for Pig, the chickens on his farm happen to be geniuses who are building a rocket to Pluto, and Pig is going to be the first animal to fly there in a rocket. Or maybe not.

This book, written from Pig's perspective, includes regular references to flatulence and potty humor.

— Karen Schwarze

"APOCALYPSE BOW WOW," by James Proimos III, illustrated by James Proimos Jr., Bloomsbury, 215 pages, $13.99 (f) (ages 9-11)

Brownie and Apollo are two dogs left behind in a post-apocalyptic world where all humans have disappeared. This series follows Brownie and Apollo as they learn to adapt to being without the care of their owners and to finding food for their empty bellies. They run into flies and ticks that lead armies of mutts, cats, rats and raccoons as they fight in a power struggle and try to survive. This is a fast and simple read and should interest graphic novel lovers and reluctant readers alike.

— Lauren McAfee

FIRSTBORN,” by Tor Seidler, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, $16.99, 240 pages (ages 9-14)

Maggie the Magpie tells the account of Blue Boy, the Yellowstone alpha wolf, in this wonderful coming-of-age story. Adventures are plentiful, with raging fires, battles for survival and the constant expectations that come with mating season. Through the struggle for life and sometimes death, Maggie realizes the harsh realities of the wild. This book can captivate older middle readers and even adults.

— Elizabeth Reid

ZOOLOGY FOR KIDS: Understanding and Working with Animals with 21 Activities,” by Josh and Bethanie Hesterman, Chicago Review Press, $18.95, 131 pages (ages 9 and up) (nf)

Loaded with pictures and diagrams, “Zoology for Kids” explores what zoology is, animal behavior and their environments, and people who work with animals in a variety of capacities. The activities include playing a game that mimics the way dolphins navigate when it’s dark, digging animal bones, learning to take your own vital signs and molding tiger teeth. Most activities use items commonly found in households, but a few require some special items.

— Christine Rappleye