Unlikely friendships, a comical case of mistaken identity, a big bad wolf who’s met his match, and more await young readers in these adorable picture books! Perfect for storytimes with young animal fans, add four fun tales of mystery, suspense, and wolves to your reading list.

A Friend for Mole
by Nancy Armo

An accidental encounter throws Mole and Wolf together. One is afraid of the light, the other is afraid of the dark. Together they learn that things aren’t so scary when you have a friend to help you conquer your fears. A humorous story featuring adorable illustrations that explore fear and friendship to show how opposites can complement, strengthen, and support each other.

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What’s the Time, Grandma Wolf?
by Ken Brown

When the little animals hear that a big, bad wolf lives in their forest, they decide to get a closer look. Squirrel, Crow, Badger, and the other animals sneak up on Grandma Wolf’s house, where they find her fast asleep. Brave Piglet shouts, “What’s the time, Grandma Wolf?” and the fun begins. All the animals take a turn asking the question, creeping closer and closer. As the excitement mounts, children will delight in discovering the surprise Grandma Wolf has in store for the curious animals.

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Lana Lynn and the New Watchdog
by Rebecca Van Slyke
illustrated by Anca Sandu

The sheep pasture is in an uproar when they find out a new watchdog is coming to protect the flock, so the intrepid Lana Lynn decides to take training matters into her own hooves. And when a fierce-looking canine emerges from the woods, Lana Lynn jumps right into her efforts. The new “watchdog” doesn’t quite catch on to herding or staying up all night guarding the sheep, but Lana Lynn isn’t deterred. As she continues showing this new “watchdog” the ropes, she gets a creeping suspicion that something isn’t right. And her fellow sheep could be in jeopardy!

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Little Red
by Bethan Woollvin

On her way to Grandma’s house, Little Red meets a wolf. That might scare some little girls, but not this little girl. She knows just what the wolf is up to, and she’s not going to let him get away with it. Girl power abounds in this New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book featuring a feminist twist along with sly humor, striking visuals, and a bit of ingenuity to turn a familiar tale on its head for modern readers.