Like many animal lovers, most of our very favorite childhood books were about pets and animals. Who could forget having a good cry over classics like Charlotte’s Web, Old Yeller, or Black Beauty? Think books about animals are just for kids? You’re never too old to read books about dogs, cats, and other animals. And you’re never too old for a good old-fashioned cry, either. Here are just a few of our favorite must-read animal books:
Bad Elephant, Far Stream by Samuel Hawley
Inspired by a true story, this book follows the life of an elephant captured from the wild in Ceylon in the 1800s and brought to America to become a performing circus animal.
Red Dog by Louis de Bernières
Novelist Louis de Bernières discovers the amazing real-life story of a locally-famous dog called Tally while traveling through the Australian Outback.
Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
The true story of a famous American racehorse and the unlikely team of people who turned him into a champion.
Sleeping with Cats by Marge Piercy
The memoir of noted author Marge Piercy, featuring the many cats who have shared her life through the ups and downs over the years.
Dog On It by Spencer Quinn
A mystery novel narrated by a dog named Chet who accompanies his human, a detective named Bernie, as they hit the road and set out to find a missing girl.
Homer’s Odyssey by Gwen Cooper
The true story of a little kitten who had to have his eyes removed because of an infection. Homer is adopted by Cooper and goes on to prove that blindness is no obstacle to living an incredible life.
Top image: Red Dog Statue by Anthony B. Loveridge. Book images via Goodreads.
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