Top Ten Tuesday – Animals in Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic: Animals in Books

Children certainly get the best of books featuring animals – animals that need saving, animals that are brave, animals that defend others… I’ve tried to add as many books for adults as I could in this list, but there are nowhere near as many.

In no particular order, below is my top ten list.

Which ones have I missed out?

Which are your favourites?

‘Watership Down’ by Richard Adams

‘Where the Wild Thing Are’ by Maurice Sendak.

‘Maus’ by Art Spiegelman.

The ‘His Dark Materials’ trilogy by Philip Pullman.

‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell.

‘Lorelei’s Secret’ by Carolyn Parkhurst

‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ by C. S. Lewis.

‘Charlotte’s Web’ by E. B. White.

‘War Horse’ by Michael Morpurgo.

‘Moby Dick’ by Herman Melville.

21 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Animals in Books

  1. I can’t believe it! I read all but one of these. As much as I love Charlotte’s Web, AND the C.S. Lewis series, the Phillip Pullman series gets an A+ from me for the animals in it. Love the animal “souls” seen outside each person.

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    1. One of the wonderful things about being a parent has been being able to read all of these again whilst watching my children react to them for the first time. Absolute magic!

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  2. I’m always in favor of more adult’s books with animals, even though I somehow managed to not read any of these as a child.

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  3. All great books. I would add, Black Beauty by Anna Sewell and The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, two of my favourite books. I always include an animal in my Amanda Travels books.

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