Animal Stories Reading Comprehension Passages with Questions and Answers

Motivate reluctant readers with these free, one-page, printable short stories all about animals. Print the reading passages for offline use or test comprehension with the fun online quiz. Recommended level: 2nd, 3rd, or 4th Grade and up

2nd - 3rd Grade
Dolphins Just Want to Have Fun Informational Text
These smart animals know how to have a good time.
If Hamsters Could Talk Informational Text
And you thought hamsters were just cute furry pets...
If Dolphins Could Talk Informational Text
Dino, a Bottlenose dolphin, is a very smart 4-year-old.
If Penguins Could Talk Informational Text
Pingo the penguin's favorite riddle is- What do you call a cold penguin? A brrr-d!
Cat Math Funny Story
2 cats + 2 cats + 2 cats = ?
Little Frog, BIG MOUTH Funny Story
What happens when an annoying frog meets a hungry snake?

A Very Very Old Bird Informational Text
She's the oldest wild bird in the world and she still lays eggs.
What is a Wombat? Informational Text
It looks like a small chubby bear and wiggles when it walks.
Why Owls Stare Legend
This Native American legend explains why.

A Rabbit and Her Kittens Informational Text
These kittens may be hopping soon.
The Centipede That Played Football
What a game... big animals vs. little animals

The Baby Owl and the Mop Informational Text
A baby owl's new best friend is a mop!

Coyote and the Milky Way Legend
So that's how all those stars got to the night sky!
How Pussy Willows Came to Be Legend
Read this old Polish legend to find out.

George Washington and His Dogs Informational Text
This president loved dogs.

Abraham Lincoln and His Cats Informational Text
This president loved cats.

Two Frogs Go to the Big City Funny Story
These frogs need glasses!
Kangaroo Play Date Funny Story
Why are these kangaroos worried about rain?
It's Raining Cats! Funny Story
Is that a kitten dropping from the sky?

The Office Dog Funny Story
You'll want to hire this dog after you read this.
The Giant Panda Informational Text
This well loved animal is endangered.
The Cat That Loved Broccoli Funny Story
Jack leads the pack... to broccoli!

How to Train your Dog to Play Basketball Informational Text
Make your dog a star!
chipmunkWhy Chipmunks Have Stripes Legend
Hint... a show-off Bear is involved.

3rd - 4th Grade
Alligator or Crocodile? Informational Text
Do you know the difference?
Raccoon Dance Party Funny Story
Ava wasn't happy about a nightly dance party in her attic.

Spotted! A Spotted Zebra Informational Text
Read about a rare baby zebra with white polka dots instead of stripes.
How the Zebra Got its Stripes Legend
A tale from Uganda about how donkeys became zebras
The Flying Bat Plays Ball Legend
Which team does the bat play on - Mammals or Birds?
The First Space Dogs Informational Text
These Russian dogs are far out!

The Lion and the Rabbit Fable
A tale from India about a clever rabbit that outsmarts an evil lion
Why Lizards Can't Sit Folktale
This story will tell you.
What is an Aye-Aye? Informational Text
Beware of the aye-aye's middle finger!

Coyote and the Cheese Folktale
A fun Mexican folktale about a rabbit and a coyote

The Little Brown Dog Fiction
A scary story!
The Parrot with Attitude Funny Story
Vivi had a big problem on her hands with this badly behaved bird.

Photo of Blind Puppy and his Brother Goes Viral News Story
10,000 offers came in to adopt these puppy brothers.
lizardThe Lizard and the Sun Legend
Help! The sun has disappeared. It's cold and dark.
A Turtle the Size of a Car! Informational Text
This prehistoric turtle is the biggest turtle ever.

Eddie, the Sea Otter, Plays Basketball Informational Text
This sea otter's got game!

The Devil Frog Giant Informational Text
Read about the biggest meanest frog ever.
Ruby Ruby, The Elephant Artist Informational Text
This elephant sold a painting for $25,000.
Driving Dogs News Story
Want to go for a walk? Not these dogs!
parrotDon't Talk to the Parrot! Funny Story
Ben was very sorry he did.

Extinct Turtle Found News Story
Scientists discover a turtle thought to be extinct.

Animal Totems Informational Text
Which of the 12 animal totems are you?

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