These are some of my favorite animal-related books.
The Chicken Soup for the Soul series
This series includes books on cats, dogs, and on animals overall. They are written by various authors including but not limited to Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Jennifer Quasha, Marty Becker, and Carol Kline. Each of the books is full of stories and cartoons that made me laugh and cry. One of my favorite stories so far is an older woman whose last gift from her deceased husband was a puppy delivered on the Christmas Eve after his death.
The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs
The New Yorker Magazine and Random House teamed up to create this awesome coffee table book. It's a treasure of New Yorker articles, poems, and of course, drawings of pups. It will occupy you and your guests for countless hours.
The Big New Yorker Book of Cats
And, of course, we don't want to leave the cats behind. You will find, in this coffee table book compiled by the New Yorker and Random House, a treasure of New Yorker articles, poems, and of course, drawings of cats. I can open it to almost any page for great enjoyment.
Alex and Me by Dr. Irene Pepperberg
You don't have to be a biologist to thoroughly enjoy this compelling and amazing story of a scientist, Irene Pepperberg and her African Grey Parrot. Together they proved that birds are capable of understanding and using language. I laughed and cried as I finished this book written by Dr. Pepperberg herself in one weekend.
Love Heels: Tales from the Canine Companion for Independence by Patricia Dibsie This beautiful book with stunning photographs documents the incredible bond that service dogs have with their owners and the critical role they play in the disabled person's life. You will never see a service dog the same after spending time with this book.
Marley and Me by John Grogan
You've probably heard of this book made into a movie starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson and an adorable puppy and then dog, Marley. Lots of trouble and lots of fun. A must read or see for all dog lovers, but especially those in love with a labrador retriever.
Four books by Jennifer S. Holland--Unlikely Friendships for Kids, Unlikely Loves, Unlikely Friendships, and Unlikely HeroesYou can't go wrong with any of these books highlighting the unbelievable relationships that animals have with each other and with humans. She even created a version of her book on Unlikely Friendships for children. For a book that tugs especially hard on your heart strings, try her newest, Unlikely Heroes. And the pictures are beautiful.
Dogs Dogs Dogs: A Collection of Great Dog Cartoons edited by S. GrossMany well-known and hilarious artists in this collection of Dog Cartoons.
The Grumpy Guide to Life: Observations by Grumpy Cat" If someone you know needs a bit of advice, especially if they have a dry sense of humor, try Grumpy Cat. Lots of laughs to cheer up even the grumpiest loved one.
Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda by Lauren Alderfer and Kerry Lee MacLeanThis is a terrific story introducing mindfulness for children and adults alike.
Please recommend your favorite animal books!