14 Best Books About Animals Update 05/2022

Books About Animals

You’ve probably pondered what it’s like to be a shellfish. The social structure of wolf packs has fascinated me for a long time. Have you ever wondered what chimpanzees are capable of? Nonhuman living forms, ranging from the largest animals to the smallest insects, have their thoughts, feelings, and even spirituality documented in the following animal novels.

The best books about animals for adults

Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal

Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are by Frans de Waal

This fascinating new book examines the state-of-the-art research on animal cognition and contradicts a number of commonly held beliefs about “lower” living forms. Many people have undervalued animals’ intelligence and adaptability to their natural settings and the humans who all-too-often intrude upon them. This book aims to change that.

The Animal Dialogues by Craig Childs

He describes his incredible interactions with different creatures in nature, ranging from grizzlies and sharks to elk and Bighorn sheep. In addition, he provides one of the greatest descriptions of a porcupine ever written, referring to it as “a movable hairdo.”

Sad Animal Facts by Brooke Barker

There are a lot of interesting facts in here if you appreciate obscure facts. What you’ll learn from Sad Animal Facts will transform the way you think about animals forever.

Tense Bees and Shell-Shocked Crabs by Michael Tye

Does the intelligence and adaptability of animals mean that they are actually aware of what is going on around them? Is there any evidence that non-mammal living forms are capable of feeling emotions? To begin with, this book delves into the enigma surrounding animal consciousness before moving on artificial consciousness.

Winter World by Bernd Heinrich

Winter World by Bernd Heinrich

Animals’ capacity to survive the winter by adapting to their surroundings is the emphasis of Winter World, which contrasts with humans’ desire to change the world to meet our own survival demands. Animals’ ability to hibernate, store food, and even – as in the case of certain insects – create their own antifreeze is absolutely astonishing due to their unique biological adaptations.

Beyond Words by Carl Safina

This book challenges the concept that humans and animals are fundamentally different by relying on science and the author’s field observations. Elephants, wolves, and whales all have very complicated inner lives, and this documentary explores their fascinating inner lives in fascinating detail.

Wild Justice by Marc Bekoff & Jessica Pierce

Although many books have been written on animals’ minds and feelings, this is the first one I’ve come across that delves into the morals of animals. There are several instances of animals sacrificing their own well-being for the benefit others–even those who are not their offspring–despite the fact that nature is typically perceived as harsh and impersonal. Wild Justice investigates the science underlying this moral conduct and pushes readers to consider the ramifications of animal conscience. Do we truly treat our fellow beings with the respect and dignity they deserve?

Animals in Translation by Temple Grandin & Cathrine Johnson

A fresh viewpoint on animal behavior and emotion is presented in this book. Because she is autistic, Temple Grandin has a unique perspective on the minds of animals. That both animal and autistic brains are hyper-specific and very sensitive to detail is a claim she makes. You’ll never look at animals and autism the same way again after reading this interesting book.

Unlikely Friendships by Jennifer S. Holland

Unlikely Friendships by Jennifer S. Holland

The world of animals might seem brutal from time to time. Because of this, the strong are often permitted to die alone while the weak are hunted by predators. In spite of all of nature’s impersonal rules, there are innumerable instances of species coming together in the most unexpected ways. Logic-defying anecdotes of a snake and hamster pals, cats and birds living together, and an Indian leopard infiltrating a hamlet at night to cuddle with a local calf are all included in this book. Is it possible that they’re oddities of nature or peace talismans?

National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia by Lucy Spelman

This book is a comprehensive resource on the world’s animal species, with over 2,500 photographs and maps. It’s suitable for both children and adults, making it a good choice for families.

Animals’ Best Friends: Putting Compassion to Work for Animals in Captivity and in the Wild by Barbara J. King

This is a wonderful new book from the author of How Animals Grieve.

‘As we learn more about animals’ minds and feelings, whether they are cows, octopuses, mice, or even bees, we feel a rising sense of sympathy and a need to do more for them,’ says author Susan Orlean. But how can we put our feelings of compassion into action in order to aid others who aren’t animals?

The Bedside Book of Birds: An Avian Miscellany by Graeme Gibson

The Bedside Book of Birds An Avian Miscellany by Graeme Gibson

An introduction by Margaret Atwood appears in this updated version of her late husband’s iconic work.

“Graeme Gibson, author and birdwatcher, pays homage to the long-standing bond between people and birds in this exquisite collection of words and photos.”

Flames of Extinction: The Race to Save Australia’s Threatened Wildlife by John Pickrell

After devastating flames, there are signs of hope.

A series of extraordinary wildfires engulfed Australia in the first months of 2020, threatening to wipe off the country’s renowned fauna. Koalas sipping from firemen’ water bottles became the worldwide face of a disaster which might kill as many as three billion creatures. There have been fewer animal fatalities and near-extinctions in Australia’s history than during the Black Summer, often known as Australia’s worst bushfire season. There has never been a book like Flames of Extinction, which tells the tales of Australia’s record-breaking fire season, concentrating on the wild creatures and flora that will be permanently altered. ” (You may read an excerpt here.)

How to Talk to a Tiger … And Other Animals: How Critters Communicate in the Wild by Jason Bittel; illustrated by Kelsey Buzzell

Growling is just one aspect of this novel for young readers.

“Have you ever longed to chat to a tiger??” Or converse with a cheetah, if that’s more your speed? Is it better to go out with yaks or to yak? It’s a symphony of more than 100 beasties, all of whom communicate in unique ways. For example, alligators that dip and fire worms that flash are just some of the weird ways in which animals communicate with one another.

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