Fiction Featuring Animals and Pets


See also Mysteries Featuring Animals


Animals and Pets: General

Animal Crackers: Heartwarming Tails...Er...Tales (Lynne M. Kennedy, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY): Author, publication info, and summary for each of about 20 animal books, from Paul Gallico's The Snow Goose (1940) to Creature Cozies (2005, ed. Jill Morgan). Updated 2006.

Anthropomorphic Fantasies (Reader's Advice): 'Stories in which animals talk, or in other ways take on the characteristics of human beings (including stories wholly or partially written from an animal's point-of-view, or narrated by animals.).' Author, title, and Amazon link for about 110 books, from Richard Adams' The Plague Dogs to Clive Woodall's One for Sorrow, Two for Joy. Compiled Sept. 1999, updated regularly.

Circus Fiction (Mary Rindfleisch, Fiction-L): Author/title for almost 50 novels featuring the circus, in no particular order. Compiled Aug. 1999.

Animal Whisperers (Reader's Advice): Author, title, and Amazon link for about 25 novels about special relationships between humans and animals, from Robert Ashcom's Winter Run to Debbie Lee Wesselmann's Captivity. Compiled June 2000, updated regularly.

Fiction for the Birds (Johnson County Library, KS): PDF. Stories about birds, birdwatchers, or bird artists. Author, title, and summary for about 35 fiction titles and about 15 mysteries.

Snake Fiction (Scott Machol, Fiction-L): Compiled Aug. 2003. Author and title only for about 35 books, plus a list of 13 movies featuring the serpents.

Cat & Dog Tales (Johnson County Library, KS): PDF. Stories with cats and/or dogs in them. Author, title, and summary, and notation for subgenres for about 30 books, from Lydia Adamson's A Cat Named Brat to Hannah Tinti's Animal Crackers. Updated 2008.

If You Like Marley and Me (Lincoln City Libraries, NE): (Non-Fiction). Books similar to John Grogan's Marley and Me, 'a sentimental, humor-filled look at the relationship between humans and the pets who adopt them.' Author, title, and webcat link for about 30 non-fiction titles. Compiled Sept. 2007, updated 2008.

Animals and Pets: Dogs

Fiction Goes to the Dogs (Memorial Hall Library, Andover MA): 2-page PDF file, with 14 titles. Author, title, pub. year, and summary. From Paul Auster's Timbuktu: a Novel to Brad Watson's Last Days of the Dog-Men. Compiled Jan. 2004.

Herein Lies a Tail: Canine Books for Dog Days (St. Charles Public Library, IL): Author and title only (no summaries) for about 30 novels featuring dogs, as well as a few non-fiction works. From The Plague Dogs by Richard Adams to The Black Marble by Joseph Wambaugh.

Dog Lovers Bookshop: Fiction and Literature: This is a list of used books (for sale) of fiction about dogs, extensive, in alpha order by author. Usually a one-line summary of setting, dog breed, or plot.

It's a Dog's Life - All About Fictional Canines (Lake County Public Library, Merrillville, IN): Author and title only for 11 classic tales, 5 mystery series, 6 short story collections, and 16 other fiction titles. Updated Jan. 2007.

Fiction About Dogs (Novi Public Library, MI): Author, title, and genre (if applicable) for about 20 novels.

Warm Hearts, Cold Noses: TRUE Stories About Dogs (Lynne M. Kennedy, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY): Author, title, publication year, and summary for about 40 true stories about dogs, from Dog is My Co-pilot: Great Writers on the World's Oldest Friendship, by the editors of BARK magazine, to What the Dog Did: Tales From a Formerly Reluctant Dog Owner by Emily Yoffe. Updated Feb. 2007.

Dogs: Real and Imagined (Addison Public Library, IL): 'Novels and non-fiction about our canine companions.' Author, title, brief summary, webcat link for dog books in these categories: Mysterious Dogs (8), Other Fictional Dogs (4), Stories About Real Dogs (6). May 2003.

Animals and Pets: Cats

Cat Tales: Fiction about cats (Sharon Weinberg, Skokie Public Library, IL): List of 16 books featuring cats, with summaries and publication years. Fiction, mystery, and anthologies.

Cat Books (Book Bytes): 'Fiction, nonfiction, fantasy, humor and art books about cats,' with detailed descriptions.

Fiction for Cat Lovers (Multnomah County Library, OR): Author, title, publication year, summary for about 30 short story collections and novels featuring cats; mysteries are noted. Novels from Lydia Adamson's A Cat With No Clue: An Alice Nestleton Mystery to Tad Williams' Tailchaser's Song. Compiled Dec. 2002; updated 2007.

It's the Cat's Meow -- Feline Fiction (Lake County Public Library, Merrillville, IN): Author and title only for 8 mystery books, 8 short story collections, and 17 other fiction titles, plus some memoirs and non-fiction. Updated Feb. 2007.

Cats: Real and Imagined (Addison Public Library, IL): 'Novels and non-fiction about our feline companions.' Author, title, brief summary, webcat link for cat books in these categories: Mysterious Cats (7), Other Fictional Cats (5), Stories About Real Cats (2), Cats in Journalism (2), and Cats with Special Talents (4). May 2003.

Purrfect Reads: TRUE Stories About Cats (Denise Heid, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY): Author, title, publication year, and summary for about 20 true stories about cats, from Cleveland Amory's stories to Christopher S. Wren's The Cat Who Covered the World.