My Favourite Animal-Inspired Books

Here is a list of my favourite books that are about animals!

Marley and Me (2002)

  • Author: John Grogan
  • Genre: Autobiography
  • A family that spent 13 years loving and hating their Golden Retriever, Marley. He was poorly behaved and very destructive, but very loved by his family until the end.

Charlottes Webb (1952)

  • Author: E.B. White
  • Genre: Fictional Children’s Novel
  • Tells the story of a livestock pig named Wilbur who befriends a barn spider named Charlotte. Charlotte writes notes of praise about Wilbur and sends them to the farmer to prevent Wilbur’s slaughter.

Where the Red Fern Grows (1961)

  • Author: Wilson Rawls Children/Adult Novel
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Billy wants a dog, but he cannot afford the breed he wants, so he does odd jobs to save money. He eventually ends up buying two Redbone Coonhounds for less than the price of one! Billy and the dogs go through many ups and downs hunting for raccoons, until the unfortunate death of both dogs.

Dewey (2008)

  • Author: Vicki Myron
  • Genre: Non-Fiction
  • Exploring the life of small-town library cat named “Dewey,” who was left in the library return box and then lived at the library for 19 years. All patrons and staff loved Dewey.

Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home (2011)

  • Author: Rupert Sheldrake
  • Genre: Non-Fiction
  • Biologist Rupert Sheldrake is a scientist and animal-lover, who explores animal behaviour that will amaze you!

James Herriot – All Creatures Great and Small (1972)

  • Author: James Alfred Wright
  • Genre: Autobiography/Memoir
  • Novice veterinary graduate “James Herriot,” (James Alfred Wright) uses his many years of veterinary experience to narrate a series of books consisting of stories about animals and their owners. The story is set in Yorkshire, in the 1930’s. He has also written a series of children’s books.

Animals in Translation (2005)

  • Author: Temple Grandin
  • Genre: Non-Fiction
  • Temple Grandin is on the autism spectrum and a specialist in animal behaviour. Grandin believes that autism and animal behaviour are related. She has worked extensively as a consultant to the American beef industry, designing slaughterhouses that are less traumatizing to the animals. She is also a professor of animal science at Colorado State University.

Written by Kelly Adams-Rankin, RVT & CCR