Oscar-nominated child star Quvenzhane Wallis is adding writer to her resume after penning the foreword to a new kids' book.

The Beasts of the Southern Wild actress has teamed up with author Ray Nelson and bosses at Banfield Pet Hospital in Oregon to contribute to My Very, Very Busy Day! - a story about a dog and a cat, which is aimed at teaching youngsters about the responsibilities of having pets.

In the piece, 11-year-old Wallis reveals she dreams of one day becoming a veterinarian and hopes the book will help children become animal lovers, just like her.

She says, "Just like my own dogs, the pets in this book are very, very busy, and they count on their owners to take really good care of them.

"I've always loved animals and dream of becoming a veterinarian when I grow up, so I'm very excited for this opportunity to help teach kids about what pets need to be happy and healthy!"

Proceeds from sales of the book will benefit the Banfield Charitable Trust to provide preventive care to needy pets.