Our Favorite Mice: A Booklist

Have you ever stopped to consider how many mice are in children’s literature? There is something about these small, unlikely protagonists that captures the imagination. From Aesop’s Fables to contemporary authors, here are some of our favorite mouse books divided by age level.

Picture Books

Brambly Hedge books by Jill Barklem (For many generations, families of mice have made their homes in the roots and trunks of the trees of Brambly Hedge, a dense and tangled hedgerow that borders the field on the other side of the stream. —so starts each sweet and gorgeously illustrated story about the mice of Brambly Hedge.)

A Visitor For Bear by Bonny Becker and Kady MacDonald Denton (A charming story about a gruff bear and his persistent mouse visitor. Also, don’t miss A Christmas for Bear)

Town Mouse, Country Mouse by Jan Brett (Several well known-illustrators, including Paul Galdone, have illustrated this tale)

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (as Betsy pointed out, there’s a mouse in every picture!)

Maisy Series by Lucy Cousins (there are some cute board books in this series)

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes (A sweet little mouse can’t wait to start school, but soon bullies are making fun of her name, and it takes a creative teacher to put an end to the teasing. Henkes has written other picture books about mice including Owen and Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse)

*A Boy, A Mouse, and a Spider: the Story of E. B. White by Barbara Herbert (we love this picture book biography)

The Nutcracker by E. T. A. Hoffman (Featured on our Nutcracker Booklist)

Frederick by Leo Lionni

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff (Yes, there’s a whole series, but we love the classic original.)

*The Church Mice Series by Graham Oakley (recaptures a very British way of life through a band of adventurous mice and their loyal protector cat)

*The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney (Stunning illustrations, a vast African savannah setting, and perfect pacing make this picture book a true delight . . . see full review.)

The Tailor of Gloucester, The Tale of Samuel Whiskers, The Two Bad Mice, The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse, Appley-Dapply’s Nursery Rhymes & More by Beatrix Potter (So many mice in her stories!)

Doctor DeSoto and Amos and Boris by William Steig (A crafty fox gets his comeuppance and an unlikely friendship is forged in these two favorites)

Mouse Paint, Mouse Count and Mouse Shapes by Ellen Walsh

Mortimer’s Christmas Manger by Karma Wilson

Who is Coming to Our House? by Ashley Wolff (another Christmas story with a small mouse convinced of important company headed to the stable)

The Little Mouse, the Ripe Red Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood

Chapter Books

Unlike the covers, the series is illustrated by Paul Galdone

Babymouse series by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

Commander in Cheese #1: the Big Move by Lindsey Leavitt

Mouse Tales and Mouse Soup by Arnold Lobel (easy readers like Frog and Toad books)

Basil of Baker Street series by Eve Titus (A detective mouse who lives under the floor of the Great Detective himself )

The Adventures of Mouse and Mole by Wong Herbert Yee (More easy readers with sweet stories)

Middle Grade

Poppy by Avi (A nice series though occasionally heavy-handed on the environmentalism overtones)

Tumtum and Nutmeg series by Emily Bearn (A placid mouse and his wife have a series of adventures in and around the small English cottage where they live —very classic feeling despite being recent publications)

The Mouse and the Motorcycle and Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary  (When Hayley told friends she was making a mouse booklist, this was invariably the first book they’d suggest!)

A Nest for Celeste by Henry Cole (Celeste lives in the wall of a Louisiana plantation house . . . but trouble looms when the resident rats conscript her to forage for them, leading to a run-in with the cat and exile from her home.)

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo (a young mouse and a princess)

Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse by Torben Kuhlmann (An intrepid mouse, determined to escape the peril of mousetraps and predators by emigrating to America, devises a series of flying contraptions based on what he has read in human libraries.)

Ben and Me by Robert Lawson (Benjamin Franklin is introduced from a mouse’s perspective; written by the same author as Mr. Revere and I)

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis (Reepicheep is in others, but he’s especially prominent in this Narnian story)

The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden (Harry Cat, Tucker Mouse and —of course— a cricket)

Miss Bianca series by Margery Sharp (Most notable for The Rescuers and its movie; Sharp actually wrote a whole series about Miss Bianca and Bernard.)

The Orphan and the Mouse by Martha Freeman (a good-natured animal fantasy for middle-grade readers or a family read-aloud)

Redwall Series by Brian Jacques (With scrumptious feasts, mysterious riddles, unlikely heroes, evil villains, and cliff-hanging chapters, the Redwall books are perfect for MG fantasy lovers and voracious readers. Hayley recommends starting with Mossflower and maintains that the earlier books, up till Taggerung, are better than the latter books in the series.)

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien (this favorite just made Betsy’s Family Vacation Book List)

*Secrets at Sea by Richard Peck (a quartet of mouse siblings set out for the adventure of their lives: a fantasy saga that’s fun and literate and even profound in spots)

The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail by Richard Peck (the unrelated sequel to Secrets at Sea)

Stuart Little by E. B. White (Another well-known classic)

Did we miss any of your favorite mouse books? Comment and tell us!

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  1. Kimberly on July 11, 2019 at 8:35 am

    “The Adventures of Sophie Mouse” books by Poppy Green have been a treat for my girls, as well as “The Christopher Churchmouse Treasury” by Barbara Davoll. We go back to those books over and over again and find them at the top of our gift-giving list for friends.

  2. Elizabeth on July 22, 2019 at 10:09 am

    “Bless This Mouse” was a favorite of my son’s for a while, on audiobook. He loved mouse books!

  3. Bobbee Pennington on August 14, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    Also, there is a very cute mouse in The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale by Carmen Agra Deedy!

  4. Jeannette on June 23, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    Herman Tantamoq series by Michael Hoye starting with Time Stops for No Mouse.

    And what about Mistmantle series?

    Great list!

  5. Julie on June 24, 2020 at 8:02 am

    The Miss Bianca books are some of my very favorites! The School Mouse by Dick King-Smith is another choice. We also enjoyed The Song of the Winns triolgy (although I’ve been unable to find the final book in the series).

  6. The Governor's Daughter on September 10, 2020 at 8:22 am

    Mouse Scouts by Sarah Dillard is another one I would add to this list. I think there are 3 in the series? They are eary chapter books. And the original Angelina Ballerina picture books are favorites here too.

  7. The Governor's Daughter on September 10, 2020 at 8:45 am

    I just remembered another mouse series! The Lighthouse Family by Cynthia Rylant. Delightful stories with mice, a cat and a dog who become a family and live on an island. Sweet books.

  8. Nkiruka Herche on March 6, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    The Green Ember

  9. NK on March 7, 2021 at 5:58 am

    Oops, I wasn’t thinking. The Green Ember have characters that are rabbits ??

  10. Tara on July 25, 2022 at 6:42 am

    Anatole! By Eve Titus, ill. by Paul Galdone. Also, the Bear Snores On and ensuing titles have mouse in the ensemble. When my son got a pet mouse a couple years ago, we noticed how many of our books featured mice.

  11. RR on October 4, 2023 at 12:22 pm

    Clarice the Brave

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