Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 books featuring animals #TopTenTuesday #bookswithanimals

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week a new theme is suggested for bloggers to participate in. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want. Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is a freebie. We’re to come up with any topic we want. I decided to go with Top Ten Books or Series Featuring Animals. It can be any animal, but they have to feature prominently in the story.



A story about a dog and his family

9. Old Yeller

Who didn’t cry at Old Yeller?

8. The Thin Place

This is a bit of a stretch, but the true story of the many dogs who have inexplicably plunged to their deaths from Overtoun Bridge in Scotland is included in this thriller and remains a mystery to this day.

7. Watership Down

When I was a kid, we always went to the library but had few books we actually owned. Watership Down was one of those, and I read it over and over quite often at a young age.

6. The “CAT WHO” Series by Lillian Jackson Braun

Lillian Jackson Braun died in 2011, but she gave us 29 books in the “Cat Who” mystery series and they are fun cozies featuring Jim Qwilleran and his cats Koko and Yum-Yum. Everyone should this series out if you love cozies and you’ve never read them.

5. Funny Farm

Funny Farm is the story of Laurie Zaleski, her mother, and many, many rescue animals. They started Funny Farm Rescue in the midst of their own poverty and while being criminally harassed by Laurie’s father. Laurie’s mother had left her wealthy father due to abuse, and they started out with nothing in a small shack and began adopting animals. The story of how this all turned into Funny Farm Animal Rescue is amazing.


This is Gail Meath’s amazing cozy mystery series set in early 1920s New York. Jax Diamond is a private detective and he solves mysteries with his German Shepherd sidekick, Ace. The first book in the series is called Songbird. I put up Book 3 because it has Ace on the cover.

3. All Creatures Great and Small

This series by James Herriott about a 1930’s vet in Yorkshire is a heartwarming and realistic look at the life of a country vet in that time. Of course, there is a new TV series based on this book, and it’s fantastic!

2. The Door Into Summer

Dan Davis has had his business stolen from him by his former business partner, Miles, and his former fiancée, Belle. This is the story of how he turns all that around, using cryogenics and time travel, and always assisted by his cat, Petronius the Arbiter (Pete). This is my favorite fictional book and started me on my love of all things time travel. And it’s by the one of the icons of Science Fiction, Robert Heinlein.

  1. The Chronicles of Narnia

From the time Lucy Pevensie stumbles through the back of the wardrobe, she meets a world full of magical, talking animals, including the most powerful of them all, Aslan the Lion. I love this series and have been re-reading it since I was a kid. I just downloaded the complete audio set read by Kenneth Branagh, Alex Jennings, Michael York, Lynn Redgrave, Derek Jacobi, Jeremy Northam, Patrick Stewart

So there are my Top Ten Books Featuring Animals. What are yours?

39 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 books featuring animals #TopTenTuesday #bookswithanimals”

  1. I enjoyed your list of Top Ten Outdoor Adventure books as well, especially Grandma Gatewood’s Walk. I loved that book and so did my late Mom. I plan on including Grandma Gatewood in the short stories my husband and I are writing this year about Appalachian Folklore.

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  2. Lovely list indeed. James Herriot books are also part of my favourites along with A Seal Called Andre by Harry Goodridge and Lew Dietz (the true story of a unique human/animal relationship) and The Dog Who Rescues Cats, The True Story Of Ginny by Philip Gonzalez and Leonora Fleischer.

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  3. Hi there Bonnie! What a lovely collection you have today! Old Yeller… Oh I cried for days. Marley and Me as well. We have two labradors and they are both 13 years old already. Time to say goodbye is creeping closer. So sad.

    Narnia and all the talking beasts are just the best. I still need to read The Cat who could read backwards, need to get to it…

    Elza Reads

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  4. Thank you for including, Ace, Bonnie (I missed this post yesterday!) I love books about our loving companions…but seeing Old Yeller, I cry just thinking about that book!

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