Here's our list of a dozen of our recommended books that feature animals in a starring role - everything from heartwarming nonfiction, to adventurous historical fiction, and even some fantasy. Many of these are delightful back-list books easily found at your library or local thrift stores. Find one that appeals and jump in.

12 Must Read Books Featuring Animals

Watership Down by Richard Adams

Published 1972, 462 pages

Imminently readable and a classic about rabbits who are forced to leave their warren and find another; there are challenges along the way and some interesting societal corollaries. I'm telling you, it's better than you think!

The Dogs of Christmas by W. Bruce Cameron

Published 2013, 233 pages

A man who has never wanted a dog finds an abandoned pregnant dog and rescues her. Once the puppies arrive, he asks for help at the local shelter where he meets a woman and falls in love - just as he's falling in love with the puppies that have changed his life. Wonderful depiction of the playfulness of puppies.

The Dog Master by W. Bruce Cameron

Published 2015, 416 pages

Reviewed here. Early tribal man, interactions with a sacred wolf, tribal strife and challenges was SO interesting, developing friendship with wolf well told.

A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher

Published 2019, 365 pages

Reviewed here. The tale of a boy chasing the man who stole his dog through a dystopian wasteland and he's led further from home than he's ever been - fear and bravery, perseverance and love, excitement and action.

A Big Little Life by Dean Koontz

Published 2009, 288 pages

Reviewed here. A heartwarming story of Trixie, Koontz's beloved golden retriever filled with loving tales of all the ways she brightened and changed the lives of him and his family. Keep the tissues handy for those happy tears.

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