Top Animal Books to Read in Quarantine
In case you’re tired of binge-watching Netflix, these books can provide some comfort and entertainment as you stay healthy at home. Featuring creatures of all kinds from around the world, these books shed fascinating insight on the inner lives of animals and their enduring bond with humans.
Dog is Love: Why and How Your Dog Loves You
by Clive D.L. Wynne
Dog is Love gives fascinating detail on the evolutionary history of dogs, and how they developed such a tight-knit relationship with humans. As a canine behavior scientist, Wynne travels the world in his research and even studies his relationship with his own canine, Xephos. Though he covers wide periods of history and evolution, the book is a breeze to read and will make you look at your dog in a new light. Wynne also successfully argues that dogs can experience love, which is considered a controversial stance in the scientific community.
Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
by Bret Witter and Vicki Myron
If you prefer cats to dogs, then this read is a great fit. Dewey passed away in 2006 at the age of 19, but this book recounts his uplifting legacy as a library cat in a tiny town in Iowa. The ginger cat faced incredible odds when he was found stuffed into a library book drop flap as a kitten, but grew up to be a beloved icon that drew a community together and made headlines across the globe. Note: there are also two additional versions of the book for children of varying ages.
Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel
by Carl Safina
Beyond Words captures the emotional lives of a variety of wild creatures, including elephants, wolves and orca whales. The book makes for a dense, extensively researched read that draws upon science, psychology and anecdotal evidence. Each chapter closely examines themes like communication and family structure, while giving an inside look into these animals’ daily lives. Overall, the book illustrates how humans and animals are more alike than they are different.
by Joy Adamson
Most people know the story of Born Free from the 1966 Academy Award-winning film of the same name and its incredible soundtrack. However, the book is an absolute classic and an appropriate family read. It recounts the life of Elsa the lion who was raised by Adamson in Kenya, and eventually released back into the wild to start a family of her own. Born Free is a moving example of how humans and animals help each other to survive.
Every Living Thing
by Cynthia Rylant
The one fiction book on this list is a collection of 12 short stories that will thrill any animal lover. Every Living Thing is a great book for families to read together as the stories are easy to follow and connect with, and often include children as their protagonists. There are also a wide range of pets featured, including a parrot, hermit crab and turtle, and each story highlights the joy, beauty and comfort animals bring to our lives.