Mice are the little “strong but mighty” furry stand-ins for children themselves; the unlikely heroes of the story. Stuart Little, Ralph S. Mouse, even Mickey himself. Or they’re the cheerful helper (think Gus in Cinderella). Or they’re the most clever character of all who can outsmart anyone (Jerry from Tom and Jerry or Beatrix Potter, anyone?). Mice are small and secretive, much like children, and children know what it’s like to be tiny and helpless in a big, gigantic world. And plus, mice are brave, because they live super close to big people. Strong, mighty, cheerful, clever, brave: what fantastic qualities to have! And a mouse has them all.
So, let’s jump into some of the best children’s books on mice.
Stuart Little, E.B. White
If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, Laura Numeroff
Who doesn’t love this book? I mean, it couldn’t be cuter, and the illustration is to die for. Kids absolutely love the way the story comes full circle. It makes sense, even to the smallest of minds. The mischievous mouse is so relatable to young children. Perfect for younger children, because it really makes them wonder what will happen next. Engaging, simple, playful and perfect. A total classic.
My favorite part of this book is the message (followed closely by the illustrations). It’s the story of a mouse, Frederick, who, rather than helping physically prepare for the upcoming winter, he is preparing mentally, gathering imaginary sun rays for the cold winter days to come. Lionni does a fabulous job showing how we all have different ways of making contributions. Important work isn’t always visible with the naked eye, especially if you’re of the creative sort. Not all humans are the same, and the world needs different types of talents and personalities to make it through the winter. Buy Frederick here. Spanish version also available.
A beautifully written rhyming book, Harry The Mouse allows children to use their imaginations and wonder what’s going to happen next. It’s a story about kindness (who doesn’t love a story about kindness?), and how paying it forward really makes the world a better place. Harry is the best teacher: he teaches the young (and reminds the old) that one good turn deserves another. With stunning artwork and vivid colors, this is a must have. Treat yourself, your child, or gift to someone who deserves a little kindness in their life. Go here.
It's no wonder that mice are some of the most used characters in children's stories. If you're still wondering why, read these books. Children can relate to them on the most basic level. They're cute, lovable, and they're very small. But very mighty.