Animals & Pets

Stepdog: A Memoir by Mireya Navarro

When this Pulitzer Prize-winning writer met, fell in love with and married fellow reporter Jim, she anticipated the challenges of winning the favor of his pre-teen children. Never did she expect the difficulties she would face being accepted by his dog Eddie. Quickly she found herself in full-on war with her husband’s pet and his hostile, conniving presence. Ultimately a triumphant story, Stepdog is a reminder of the unforeseen obstacles, not only of the four-legged variety, that can get in the way of happily ever after.

How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature by Scott D. Sampson

“Dr. Scott the Paleontologist” from PBS Kids’ Dinosaur Train has written a great guide for parents, grandparents, teachers, and caregivers to help kids get outdoors! Kids today spend up to ninety percent less time outdoors than their parents did. With all of the emotional and social benefits kids receive from getting out into nature, Dr. Scott emphasizes the importance of our role as adults in getting kids the outdoor time they need. 

Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II by Vicki Croke

Englishman Billy Williams landed a job in Burma in 1920 as a “forest man” for a teak company and became enamored with the elephants used by the company to haul logs through remote jungle. Elephant Company is the story of these elephants, their native keepers and Billy’s increasing skill at handling them and fascination with their intelligence and personalities. When Japanese forces invaded Burma in 1942, Billy and the elephants had another job—helping the war effort and saving lives.

Audrey (Cow) by Dan Bar-el

Just before Audrey’s mother was taken away on a truck to Abbott’s War, she told Audrey a story about another cow that escaped from a truck and lived in a forest. (Animals on the farm don’t know what Abbott’s War is; they just know it’s bad.)  Audrey tells this story to her farm animal friends and when news comes down that Audrey is to leave the farm, Audrey and Eddie (a sheepdog) hatch a plan.  On the day Audrey has to leave she escapes to the forest where a whole other set of problems (and friends) arise.

Nuts To You by Lynne Rae Perkins

This story started with the author sitting down with a peanut butter sandwich and a squirrel, Jed, itching to tell a tale. One day while minding his own business, Jed gets picked up by a hungry hawk. He tricks the hawk and is dropped to safety, but far away from his grove.  While Jed is a gray squirrel, these squirrels are red and speak with a Scottish brogue. In the meantime, Jed’s friends discover he’s alive and travel electric lines, buzzpaths in squirrel-talk, to find him.

World According to Bob: The Further Adventures of One Man and His Streetwise Cat by James Bowen

James Bowen and Bob are back with this moving sequel to the New York Times bestseller Street Cat Named Bob. In the continuing tale of their life together Bowen is now living in his own apartment but is still selling the Big Issue magazine on the street. He writes with brutal honesty of his struggles as recovering addict barely making ends meet. Bob is at his side and James shares the many ways the ginger tom cat has been his guardian angel through hardship, serious illness and threatening  danger. As the book draws to a close James writes humbly about the publicatio

Wild Born by Brandon Mull

The children of Erdas are required to drink Nectar when they turn eleven to see if they will become one of the few to have a spirit animal.  Four children are about to discover that they each have spirit animal bonds which are rare links between human and animal that give great powers to both.  Conor, an indentured servant, calls Briggan the wolf.  Abeke, the young warrior, calls Uraza the leopard.  Jhi the panda comes to Meilin, the daughter of a general, and Rollan, an orphan from the streets, calls Essix the falcon.

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