Summer Reading for Animal Advocates

Posted by Jennifer Molidor, ALDF Staff Writer on June 4, 2014

ALDF wants to hear from you! This week, we are inviting readers to write in and share their favorite animal protection-themed books. The best suggestions will be included in our post next week at! Help us put together the best summer reading list on animal protection as you get ready for summer and catching up on those books you’ve been meaning to read!


New Books Coming Up in the Animal Book Club

Recently in the Animal Book Club

Each of these books raises important issues that the Animal Legal Defense Fund is working on to help protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. These issues include:

What is the best animal book you’ve read recently? Do you have a favorite quote? Let us know!

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Happy Reading!

10 thoughts on “Summer Reading for Animal Advocates

  1. wendy says:

    Dominion by Matthew Scully

    Rattling the Cage by Steven Wise

  2. Susan Elwood says:

    Want to include a children’s picture book in the future?
    Why not educate our little people on compassion and the fact that rescues exist?
    Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story”
    Out in ebook only right now, the paper release is soon @

  3. L k says:

    A book for kids of all ages
    The Elephant letters the story of billy and Kani by g.a. Bradshaw

  4. Wendy Wahman says:

    For the kids (and big kids new to dogs), my picture book, “Don’t Lick the Dog,” is about how to meet new dogs safely.

    Praise For ‘DON’T LICK THE DOG’

    “I’m passionate about helping children (and their parents) understand how best to safely interact with dogs, and this book perfectly encapsulates my philosophies on the matter in a really fun and engaging way.” – Victoria Stilwell, host of It’s Me or the Dog

    “In this vividly illustrated and smartly written tutorial, Wahman runs through a set of rhyming tips for any child encountering a potential four-legged friend… No matter the mood, the illustrations strike a perfect balance, using a spiky style reminiscent of papercraft atop bright, single-color backgrounds… Gentle self-defense suggestions close this unique offering.” – Booklist

  5. Linda Patton says:

    I read to inner city kids ages 3-5. Don’t Lick the Dog by Wendy Wahman is a favorite of teachers and kids, since these urban kids are most likely to meet dogs on the street rather than as pets. It is a great way to instill respect without engendering fear. Perfect for safety week or anytime.

  6. Thea Verdak says:

    The Barn Teacher, by Thea Verdak, is a short story for children currently available as an ebook on
    The Barn Teacher is a fast moving plot, revolving around a chained dog that suddenly appears at a rustic barn. The chained dog’s dilemma is conveyed in a poignant and compassionate manner. This story is a read aloud book for the entire family with memorable scenes, rhyme, and personalities. The Barn Teacher has received 5 star ratings on

  7. Thank you for this opportunity – THE GREAT PENGUIN RESCUE is a first-person account of the dramatic rescue of 40,000 penguins from the Treasure oil spill in South Africa. This event still stands as the largest and most successful animal rescue ever undertaken – and a Threatened species was saved due to the unflagging efforts of 12,500 inexperienced, yet dedicated, volunteers. We truly could not have done it without them!

    THE GREAT PENGUIN RESCUE won a 2011 Silver Nautilus Book Award, was selected as a Must-read Book in the 2011 Massachusetts Book Awards, and was named “One of the best natural history books of 2010” by Library Journal. My TED talk about this rescue can be seen on I think it would be a perfect fit for the ALDF book club, and I hope you’ll consider it. Thank you!

    1. Tom Krepitch says:

      I recently purchased a copy of this and will be reading it soon. :)

      1. Just saw your comment, Tom. Thanks so much for buying my book – I hope you enjoy it! <(")

  8. Tom Krepitch says:

    Whales and Nations: Environmental Diplomacy on the High Seas (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books)

    This is an extremely well-written book about the history of whaling. If you followed the ICJ’s ruling in Australia’s case against Japan about Japan’s whaling program in the Antarctic, you’ll be interested in reading this book to learn more about what led up to the case.

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