Animal Books for Animal Lovers  

Animal Books

Post by Justine C

When you think of great animal literature, you probably think of Old Yeller and Where the Red Fern Grows. It’s very likely you’ve also heard of Marley & Me and A Dog’s Purpose, but there are so many more stories featuring animals (fiction and non) that you may not have had the pleasure of reading yet.

It’s not just a dog’s world anymore as Americans are turning to a larger variety of animals for companionship, from tropical fish to owls! 

I’ve devised a list of a few lesser known titles featuring animals that might pique your interest. I’m hoping that you’ll be so eager to check them out, you’ll run straight to your closest branch of the Aurora Public Library!

Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl
by Stacey O’Brien

Wesley the Owl

It was the title of this book that caught my eye, as the only book I’ve ever read featuring an owl was Hoot back in the fifth grade. Owls are beautiful and mysterious creatures that we rarely interact with due to their nocturnal nature and tendency not to live in areas highly populated by people. It’s even rarer to encounter a book like this about them, especially as pets or companion animals. Biologist Stacey O’Brien recounts in this semi-autobiographical tale her two-decade adventure with a barn owl named Wesley, whom she rescued when he was a newborn injured owlet. While I don’t recommend you go out and try to adopt an owl (as I’m pretty sure it’s illegal to own owls in Aurora!), you can have the next best thing by reading this touching story of an owl and his human. 

Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of AnimalIntelligence--and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process
by Irene Pepperberg
Alex and Me

Another book featuring a beloved bird, Alex & Me tells the story of an African Gray parrot and the special bond he shares with psychologist Irene Pepperberg. If you’ve heard of the famous African Gray parrot Einstein, you know how intelligent and fun this particular breed of bird can be and will love reading about Alex and Irene’s shenanigans as they proved that some animals have the ability to communicate and understand complex ideas. 

A Street Cat Named Bob
by James Bowen

Cat Bob

Cats are one of the most popular pets in the United States. Due to their small stature and independent nature, cat owners tend to own multiple cats in the household which is why statistically they are more popular than dogs, with 88.3 million cats as pets versus 74.8 million dogs. Whether you’re a dog lover or a cat lover, it goes without saying that there aren’t enough books out there featuring felines, which is why the next title on our list is A Street Cat Named Bob​. London-based author James Bowen writes about his special bond with a stray cat he saves off the street--and how Bob in turn saved him. In the UK alone this book has sold over 1 million copies and has even been turned into a feature-length film, which we also have for you to check out here at the library! And wouldn’t you like to know the real Bob played himself in the movie?Talk about a smart cat! 

If you have a child or young adult in your life who would love to read about Bob but without the more graphic backstory involving the author’s difficult life, you can check out My Name is Bob, which tells the story from Bob’s perspective in this beautifully illustrated book for children! 

Maxi’s Secrets (Or What You Can Learn from a Dog)
by Lynn Plourde


Yes, this one is about a dog. But I would be remiss to exclude all literature featuring pooches. They’re popular and beloved for a reason, and it can be even harder to find books about them when you’re trying to find something new to read because of how many classics are out there. This 2016 book, unlike the others on our list, is suitable for younger ages, isn’t based on a true story, and features a female companion animal for a change. It isn’t your typical “a dog and his boy” tale either, although it is about a dog and her boy. The catch is, Maxi is deaf. Timminy is determined to help his special needs dog, but as dogs often do, Maxi ends up helping him navigate the difficulties of fifth grade and learn that life isn’t all that bad. 

Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom
by Jennifer S. Holland


Unlikely Friendships is a bit different from the others on our list as it doesn’t feature just one animal and its bond with a human, but rather several animals and their bonds with other species. This in-depth look into interspecies animal friendship is sure to tug at the heartstrings and features beautiful full color candid photographs of the odd pairs. From cats and dogs to calves and leopards, all the notable odd couples of the animal kingdom are explored expertly by National Geographic writer Jennifer S. Holland. 
Posted by On 18 May, 2018 at 11:19 AM  

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