20 Adorable Animal Books

Animals are the inspiration for this batch of "aw"-inducing reads.

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'Awkward Family Pet Photos' by Mike Bender and Doug Chernack

"We love our pets and treat them like members of the family, but let's face it—sometimes L-O-V-E makes us go a little overboard. Like giving them middle names, throwing them birthday parties, and making them a Christmas sweater to match with the rest of the family," write Bender and Chernack in the introduction to this hilarious collection of people posing with pets. (amazon.com)

'Betty & Friends' by Betty White

Actress and devoted animal advocate Betty White takes readers on a tour of the Los Angeles County Zoo, sharing stories about her friendships with the animals who call it home. (amazon.com)

'I'm Not the Biggest Bitch in This Relationship' by Wade Rouse

Dog-loving humorists, including Jen Lancaster, Annabelle Gurwitch and Beth Kendrick, have contributed to this enjoyable anthology (amazon.com) about what it means to share one's life with a canine companion.

'Every Dog Has a Gift' by Rachel McPherson

McPherson, the founder and executive director of The Good Dog Foundation, shares stories of caring canines in this inspiring read, which highlights therapy and service dogs who work to help humans cope with physical, mental and emotional problems. (amazon.com)

'The Dog Who Couldn't Stop Loving' by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

Masson examines the unique bond between dogs and humans through his own experience with his new pet, Benjy, a failed guide dog for the blind with so much love to share. (amazon.com)

'In a Dog's Heart' by Jennifer Arnold

Want to give your dog a good life? Pick up Arnold’s guide to seeing through a dog’s eyes. In it, she covers controversial topics such as breed bans and bite laws and offers her tips for choosing the right puppy for your home, what to stock in your doggie first-aid kit and the challenges and rewards of adopting an older dog. (amazon.com)

'Dogs Make Us Human' by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson and Art Wolfe

Wildlife photographer Wolfe teamed with animal writer Masson to create this incredible photo book of dogs living with humans around the world, from Tibet to Paris, New York City to Peru. (amazon.com)

'Horses Never Lie About Love' by Jana Harris

“Her arched neck flowed gently into her back, her pretty head had a white star and a narrow stripe dripping down her face into two black nostrils,” writes Harris, a poet, of the first time she saw her beloved, but troubled, mare True Colors. The horse had survived a fire that had scarred her head, ears and lungs. Here, Harris beautifully recounts their 24-year relationship. (amazon.com)

'Menagerie' by Sharon Montrose

Montrose specializes in photographing animals. This gorgeous collection highlights each animal's identity as if they were eccentric family portraits. (amazon.com)

'Meow' by Chronicle Books

These irresistible photos of felines, paired with cat-themed quotes, will make you smile. (amazon.com)

'Mother's Love' by Melina Gerosa Bellows

Animal mothers and their young are the adorable focus of this picture book complete with meaningful quotes about motherhood. (amazon.com)

'Oink!' by Matt Whyman

“I knew they would be small, but nothing could’ve prepared me for the fact that the pair in front of my eyes were no bigger than kittens,” writes Whyman in this entertaining memoir of his life (thanks to his animal-obsessed wife Emma) with mini-pigs. (amazon.com)

'Ordinary Dogs' by Eileen Battersby

Battersby, the literary critic of The Irish Times, writes about her 20-year relationship with her dogs Bilbo and Frodo, and why women, especially, benefit from having deep-seeded bonds with animals. (amazon.com)

'Sorry I Pooped in Your Shoe' by Jeremy Greenberg

In this delightfully silly collection of letters, comedien Greenberg channels the voice of your canine companion. "You said, 'Not on the couch.' That's why I'm on the recliner." writes one sassy pup. (amazon.com)

'In Praise of Chickens' by Jane S. Smith

Got a trendy backyard chicken coop? Consider this fine fowl a friend? Do yourself a favor and pick of this book of chicken miscellany and wisdom. (amazon.com)

'The Puppy Diaries' by Jill Abramson

New York Times editor Jill Abramson writes a deeply personal account of her dog Scout’s first year in this memoir meets manual on raising a puppy. (amazon.com)

'The Puppy That Came for Christmas' by Megan Rix

When she had trouble getting pregnant, Megan and her husband decided to distract themselves with a charity which provided service dogs to people with disabilities. They would train the dogs at home and then send them away. It was gratifying work, Megan recalls in this heartwarming memoir, but soon the couple realized that it was only a temporary fix—until they found Taffy. (amazon.com)

'Unlikely Friendships' by Jennifer Holland

If you love those precious photos circling the Internet of bunnies cuddling with cats or birds perched on dogs, then this book, a roundup of surprising animal BFFs, is for you. We promise, the fantastic photos and true tales from the wild will make your heart flutter. (amazon.com)

'From Wags to Riches' by Robert Vetere and Valerie Andrews

A canine's ability to inspire business is the focus of this business guide, which includes interviews from CEOs who've learned important lessons from their dogs. (amazon.com)

'Zooborns' by Andrew Bleiman and Chris Eastland

We can’t help but coo at the adorable photos in this book, based on the popular websites. Flip through to see photos of baby elephants, green sea turtles and pygmy hippos. There’s even a mini Tasmanian devil! (amazon.com)


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First Published November 3, 2011

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