Donkey Books for Children

Donkey Books for Children


Interesting facts about donkeys and fictional and real-life stories. Engaging and educational donkey books for children of all ages.



Donkeys: Amazing Facts & Pictures about Donkeys Sandra Klaus (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016). This book will help you learn about the basic facts and truths about donkeys, what they are like, what they eat and their way of life.


Fantastic Facts About Donkeys Miles Merchant (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015). Bestselling children’s author Miles Merchant uses captivating images and expertly written words to teach children about donkeys. Perfect reading for any occasion and especially ideal for bed times, long journeys or for bonding with your child. 


Little Donkeys (Born to be Wild) Ariane Chottin (Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2005). Born to Be Wild will delight young readers with full-color photographs and facts on the life of donkeys, from birth and early life, to surviving in the wild and leaving home. Questions and answers on the animal’s behavior and physical traits and profiles providing quick facts about the animal’s size, senses, habitat, and animal relatives.

Flash: The Homeless Donkey Who Taught Me about Life, Faith and Second Chances Rachel Anns Ridge (Tyndale Momentum, 2015). If there is ever a good time to discover a wounded, frightened, bedraggled donkey standing in your driveway, this wasn’t it. But Rachel brought Flash into her struggling family during their darkest hour – and he turned out to be the very thing they needed most…

Flash the Donkey Makes New Friends Rachel Anne Ridge and Pr Shirer (Tyndale Momentum, 2016). Flash is the inquisitive type who loves to invent things and solve problems, but his curiosity sometimes gets him into trouble! With the help of his new-found friends-Jed the Goat, Carson the Pig, and Ruby the Chicken, Flash manages to turn problems into adventures and learns valuable lessons along the way. 

Amber’s Donkey: How a donkey and a little girl healed each other Julian and Tracy Austwick (Ebury Press, 2016). The extraordinary and touching story of Shocks, one of the biggest and gentlest donkeys rescued by the Donkey Sanctuary and his healing friendship with Amber, a little girl born with Cerebral Palsy. An inspirational story and a wonderful celebration of the therapy work pioneered by The Donkey Sanctuary.

Pollyanne: One little Donkey’s Amazing Journey from the Knacker’s Yard to the West End Stage Sarah Oliver (Sphere, 2012). This is the amazing story of Pollyanne, a donkey rescued from a livestock auction, weak and exhausted. Her rescuer, John McLaren, used to working with abandoned and neglected donkeys, spots something a bit special in Pollyanne and before long, the West End stage beckons.

Mo the Donkey – The Wedding Adventure – Kindle Edition Charlotte Sullivan, illustrated by Hannah Baker (Charlotte Sullivan, 2016). Today is a very special day. Mo is going to be a page boy at his owner Charlotte’s wedding. But what will happen when a very muddy puddle, a missing bridesmaid bull terrier and some stolen sausages threaten to stand in Mo’s way? 


Sylvester and the Magic Pebble William Stieg (Prentice Hall, 1987). On a rainy day, Sylvester finds a magic pebble that can make wishes come true. But when a lion frightens him on his way home, Sylvester makes a wish that brings unexpected results. How Sylvester is eventually reunited with his loving family and restored to his true self makes a story that is beautifully tender and filled with magic. Illustrated with William Steig’s glowing pictures, this is a modern classic and winner of the Caldecott Medal. 

Know Your Donkeys & Mules Jack Byard (Fox Chapel Publishing, 2012). Donkeys really aren’t stubborn, they just have a strong instinct for self-preservation! Adults and kids alike will enjoy learning about the many characteristics of these gentle and docile animals.

Donkey Donkey Roger Duvoisin (The New York Review, 2016). Donkey-donkey is sad because his ears are long and ridiculous. He seeks the advice of his fellow farm animals who suggest he wear his ears more like theirs. Finally a little girl remarks on the beauty of the pretty little donkey’s ears! A classic tale of vanity and folly, and learning to accept oneself.

The Wonky Donkey Craig Smith, illustrated by Katz Cowley (Hodder Children’s Books, 2013). In this very funny, cumulative song, each page tells us something new about the donkey until we end up with a spunky, hanky-panky cranky stinky dinky lanky honky-tonky winky wonky donkey, which will have children in fits of laughter! There is much fun to be had by listening to the song and trying to predict the new word for each clue given.

The Hungry Donkey Heather Amery, illustrated by Stephen Cartwright (Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2002). Delightful stories of the people and animals on Apple Tree Farm. Each story has a simple text to encourage young children to read themselves, and a longer text that children enjoy listening to – and a duck to find on each page. (Age 3+).

That’s Not My Donkey… Fiona Watt, illustrated by Rachel Wells (Usborne Publishing, 2010). This delightful series of books is aimed at very young children. The bright pictures, with their patches of different textures, are designed to develop sensory and language awareness. Babies and toddlers will love turning the pages and touching the feely patches.

Little Donkey: A Short Story (Audiobook) Jodi Taylor, narrated by Lucy Price-Lewis (Audible Studios, 2015). It’s Christmas, and Jenny Checkland is beset with problems. The vicar, who really should know better, has asked to borrow Marilyn the donkey for the nativity play, thereby unleashing chaos on the already chaos-laden Frogmorton Farm.


Crash Bang Donkey! Jill Newton (Gullane Children’s Books, 2011). Donkey is very musical and very noisy! When he turns up at Peaceful Farm, he causes total havoc. Farmer Gruff banishes him to the top field – until he realises that Donkey’s banging and crashing is scaring the crows, and that Donkey is a very useful animal to have on the farm after all. (Age 4-8).


Donkey’s Busy Day Natalie Russell (Bloomsbury, 2009). Donkey is extremely proud to have been put in charge of the farm and to be responsible for ensuring that all the jobs get done. But when he tries to encourage the animals to help him, they all have their excuses. So Donkey has to think hard how to entice the animals into doing some hard work, which might involve a special treat of a picnic and a tractor ride! (Age 4-8).


Bandy & Peanuts Save Little Owl Dr. Elisabeth Svendsen MBE, illustrated by Eve Bygrave (The Donkey Sanctuary, 2001).

How Many Donkeys? An Arabic Counting Tale Margaret Read MacDonald, Nadia Jameel Taibah and Carol Liddiment (Albert Whitman & Company, 2012). Jouha is loading his donkeys with dates to sell at the market. How many donkeys are there? His son helps him count ten, but once the journey starts, things change. By the end of the story, readers will be counting correctly – and in Arabic!


Calamity Camilla Ashforth (Walker Books Ltd, 1996). James, the gentle bear who likes nothing better than peace and quiet, and his treasured Useful Box must come to the rescue when the arrival of Calamity, a donkey who makes a ruckus wherever she goes, ensues in chaos. (Age 6-9).


The Donkey That Went Too Fast David Orme, illustrated by Ruth Rivers (Gingham Dog Press, 2005). A man and his donkey refuse to listen to a young boy’s advice to go slowly on their trip to town. Based on a Philippine folktale, this story reinforces the important principle that sometimes slow and steady wins the race. (Age 6-8).


Donkey Rescue (The Petsitters Club:3) Tessa Krailing (Scholastic Hippo, 1997). Sam, Jo, Matthew and Katie are petsitting Buster the dog, but Jo can’t stop thinking about Dillon, the sad, neglected donkey he saw standing alone in a field. He finds out that Dillon is to be sold at market so it’s a race against time to save him. (Age 8-11).

Jo-Jo The Melon Donkey Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Helen Stephens (Egmont, 2013). Every day, Jo-Jo brays the same message and carries the heavy melons through the streets of Venice. Bullied by his master and plagued by flies, Jo-Jo is loved by nobody. But one day, somebody notices Jo-Jo. But when danger looms, the Venetians need a hero to save them. (Age 8-10).

Smokey the Stubborn Donkey Efrat Haddi, illustrated by Abira Das (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015). Smokey, a young donkey that lived on a big farm in Australia, was the most stubborn donkey in the world, until his father has an idea, that, instead of saying NO to everything, he should say YES. This well-written and inspiring story, delivers easy-to-digest education complemented by vibrant, delightful illustrations. (Age 3-8).

Eeyore Has a Birthday (Winnie-the-Pooh) by A.A. Milne (Heinemann Young Books, 1990). Each book contains one complete chapter from A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner, with the original coloured illustrations by E.H. Shepard.

Alan The Christmas Donkey: The little donkey who made a big difference Tracy Garton (Sidgwick & Jackson, 2016). The charming, heartwarming true story of a little donkey who helped save the sanctuary that took him in. For animal lovers everywhere, a funny, warm and inspiring read.

Mr Skip Michel Morpurgo (Harper Collins Children’s Books, 2012). Jackie dreams of owning the fastest horse in Ireland but she and her mum only have a slow donkey. she and her mum only have a slow donkey. Then Jackie finds a garden gnome in the rubbish bin. She lovingly names him Mr Skip and decides he’s going to be a brilliant present for mum. But Jackie is about to discover that Mr Skip has the magic to make dreams come true…


David’s Donkey Tales Charlene Mundy and Jo Chapline (Knee-High Adventures, 2007). This charming story appeals to elementary school age children who love animals and like a mystery. The book engages children with clues, surprises, sweet animals, dangers, and imaginary adventures. David is a fourth grader who visits his grandparents’ farm where he has many adventures with their miniature donkeys. (Age 8-12).

Simpson And His Donkey Mark Greenwood, illustrated by Frane Lessac (Walker Books, 2007). A poignant account of the story of John Kirkpatrick Simpson and how he and his donkey, Duffy, rescued over 300 men during the campaign at Gallipoli. The book includes detailed research, a brief biography of the man, details of his work at Gallipoli and the little known story of how, without realising, he rescued his childhood friend. (Age 7-9).

The Donkey of Gallipoli: A True Story of Courage in World War 1 Mark Greenwood, illustrated by Frane Lessac (Candlewick, 2008). Jack and Billy grew up in the back alleys of South Shields, England, dreaming of adventure. Jack’s wish came true in World War I when he served as a stretcher bearer on the battlefields of Gallipoli, Turkey. When stretchers ran short, Jack enlisted the help of a donkey called Duffy, and together these unlikely heroes worked tirelessly, carrying wounded soldiers from the battlefront to the beach hospital.


Platero and I Juan Ramón Jiménez (University of Texas Press, 1983). This lyrical portrait of life – and the little donkey Platero – in a remote Andalusian village is the masterpiece of Juan Ramón Jiménez, the Spanish poet awarded the 1956 Nobel Prize for Literature.


Donkey-Skin Charles Perrault (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016). A fairy tale, written in verse and first published in 1695. A king had a beautiful wife and a rich castle, including a marvelous donkey whose droppings were gold. One day his wife died, after making him promise not to marry except to a woman whose beauty and attributes equaled hers. The king grieved, but was, in time, persuaded to seek another wife. It became clear that the only woman who would fit the promise was his own daughter. Includes unique illustrations.

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Brighty of the Grand Canyon Marguerite Henry and Wesley Dennis (Aladdin, 1991). Long ago, a lone little burro roamed the high cliffs of the Grand Canyon and touched the hearts of all who knew him. Named Brighty by the prospector who befriended him, he remained a free spirit at heart. But when a ruthless claim-jumper murdered the prospector, loyal Brighty risked everything to bring the killer to justice. (Age 8-12).


The Donkey’s Christmas Story: Easy Piano Picture Book Catherine Storr & Alan Gout, illustrated by Ann Aldred (Faber and Faber, 1990). This enchanting picture book is narrated by Mary’s donkey, who shares her story of the holy birth. Sensitively illustrated in full color, this book will delight the whole family at Christmas with its story and 10 appropriate carols.

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Platero y Yo de Juan Ramón Jiménez contado a los niños / Platero and I Told to Children Rosa Navarro Durán con ilustracione de Francesc Rovira (Edebe, 2009). Platero, un burrito que ha encandilado a generaciones de españoles, en una magnífica edición para ser leída en el aula y para la biblioteca del centro educativo. Una espléndida prosa poética expresada por un gran poeta andaluz.


El burro que fue muy rápido (The Donkey That Went Too Fast) David Orme, illustrated by Ruth Rivers (Brighter Child, 2005). A man and his donkey refuse to listen to a young boy’s advice to go slowly on their trip to town. Based on a Philippine folktale, this story reinforces the important principle that sometimes slow and steady wins the race. (Age 6-8).

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Copyright Amy Swift 2016