Readers Write: Summer Reading for Animal Advocates

Posted by Jennifer Molidor, ALDF Staff Writer on June 18, 2014


Earlier this month, ALDF asked Animal Book Club readers to write in with their suggestions for a great summer reading list for animal advocates! Here’s what you said!

Michelle Mitchell writes:

All the Way to the Ocean, by Joel Harper, is wonderful! An uplifting story about two best friends, Isaac and James, and their discovery of the cause and effect relationship between our cities’ storm drains and the world’s oceans, lakes and rivers… It is sure to inspire both young and adult readers alike and teach a timeless life lesson—If we all do our part a cleaner, safer environment is indeed within our reach…”

Sara Jacksmith

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, by Karen Joy Fowler. I thought it was just going to be a novel, but it had a great message about the horrors of animal testing.”

Marianna Burt

“At this time of year I take a break from grim animal cases and cutting-edge literary works and reread the books that first moved me to care about animals. I go back to the iconic classics Black Beauty and Beautiful Joe and find that they have the power to stir my sympathy as they did when I was a child. Next I go to my all-time favorites: Richard Adams’ Watership Down and The Plague Dogs. Finally I look at one author’s lighthearted use of anthropomorphism—May Sarton’s The Fur Person.

Dee De Santis

“I love all of Rob Laidlaw’s animal protection books. I have added them to my public library’s collection.”

Other Suggestions

  • Striking at the Roots — Mark Hawthorne
  • Redemption: the Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America — Nathan Winograd
  • Don’t Lick the Dog — Wendy Wahman
  • Wallace: The Underdog Who Conquered a Sport, Saved a Marriage, and Championed Pit Bulls—One Flying Disc at a Tim — Jim Gorant
  • Wild Animals in Captivity — Rob Laidlaw
  • Buddy Unchained — Daisy Bix
  • Suspect – Robert Crais
  • A Small Furry Prayer: Dog Rescue and the Meaning of Life — Steven Kotler
  • A Home for Dakota — Jan Zita Grover
  • The Elephant Letters: The Story of Billy and Kani — G.A. Bradshaw

Coming Up in the Animal Book Club

One of our readers reminds us of a good quotation by Jenny Brown, author of The Lucky Ones, who said “Animals are here with us, not for us.”

Happy reading!


7 thoughts on “Readers Write: Summer Reading for Animal Advocates

  1. i love animals more then people

  2. MANUELA says:


  3. Kaitlin says:

    Hello there!

    I manage the children’s literacy programming at the shelter where I work. I am in need of kids’ books that promote responsible pet ownership and positive reinforcement. We have strict requirements for book; they can’t show animals having litters, tied outdoors, or having unsupervised adventures. Does anyone have any suggestions for good kids’ books, like “Buddy Unchained” or “Pablo Puppy’s Search for the Perfect Person”? I’m especially in need of non-dog books to show kids how to live with other animals.
    Thanks in advance for any help!
    – Kaitlin

    1. Maureen Convers Allen says:

      Oh,you have such a treat in store: “My Family and Other Animals” by Gerald Durrell. A boy and his family move to the island of Corfu, where he discovers and delights every kind of creature.
      This phenomenal book will entice you willingly on to “A Zoo In My Luggage,” “The Bafut Beagles” and many more hilarious, true stories of a life among animals…Enjoy!

  4. Philip says:

    Surprised no one mentioned Marley and Me by John Grogen?

    1. Maureen Convers Allen says:

      “Marley”–good one! Also “Misty of Chincoteague” (Marguerite Henry), and the splendid Walter Farley series beginning with “The Black Stallion,” about a boy, a horse, a friendship.

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