Reading a good book about animals can be like watching a good documentary. You get to see them really close up. More, with some books you can discover what the animals are thinking. If the author is really knowledgeable you can learn a lot about your animal. I learnt about wild stallions from Mary O'Hara's 'My Friend Flicka'.
Books for younger readers
Dr Dolittle adventures to Africa to cure the monkeys of a terrible illness.
Junior Explorer Stella Starflake Pearl encounters wild, weird and downright dangerous magic in the Icelands.
Darkus tracks down his lost father...with the help of his uncle, friends and a vast beetle army. But he makes a serious enemy out of Lucretia Cutter, beetle collector.
There are wild animals out there to be saved and whatever you think of him, Kester Jaynes really is the man for the job...unless you know
Epic fairytale set in the grim starving forests of Russia. Feo and her wolves set out to rescue her mother from prison.
A tale of highway robbery, but not necessarily the obvious kind.
Swim with the Hofsin as they make the Great Journey from their feeding grounds in the North Atlantic all the way upriver to the Home Pool.
Adventures in the Underworld. Superhero bats, unlikely hero bats, deadly enemy bats. Fluffy beasties, human emotions.
Darryl finds an injured racing pigeon hiding under a bush in the local park, and takes it home. As he cherishes the damaged bird, he learns a lot about life, bullies, pigeon fanciers and pigeons.
How to make the most of life if you find yourself spending a summer holiday in an animal rescue station.
Why should this tribe of super-rats help ordinary mousewife, Mrs Frisby? And how did the rats become super-rats?
Jet, the poacher's dog, is taken into the army when her owner is sent to prison. She is trained as an infantry patrol dog and sent to France on active service.
Passed from owner to owner, horse Black Beauty meets good, cruel and foolish men.
Real-life safari adventure. Ben and his gamewarden father rescue a baby elephant from a swamp. One good deed deserves another . . .