Good Reads

Staff members of Stream Valley have enjoyed the following great books about animals!


You can find something for any age; support our county libraries and try them all!

  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    By Garth Stein

  • Cat Stories

    By James Herriot

  • The Daily Coyote:

    A story of love, survival, and trust in the Wilds of Wyoming; By Shreve Stockton

  • The Dogs of Bedlam Farm:

    "An adventure with sixteen sheep, three dogs, two donkeys and me." By Jon Katz

  • A Dog's Year:

    Twelve Months, Four Dogs and Me." by Jon Katz

  • A Good Dog:

    The Story of Orson, Who Changed my Life" by Jon Katz

  • Following Atticus:

    "Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and Extraordinary Friendship" by Tom Ryan 

  • Guardians of Being

    by Eckhart Tolle (with illustrations by Patrick Mcdonnel, creator of MUTTS comic strip)

  • Homer's Odyssey

    A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat by Gwen Cooper

    The last thing Gwen Cooper wanted was another cat. She already had two, not to mention a phenomenally underpaying job and a recently broken heart. Then Gwen's veterinarian called with a story about a three week old eyeless kitten who'd been abandoned. It was love at first sight.

  • Wolf: The Journey Home

    by Asta Bowen

    A female wolf named Marta, along with her young family, sets out on an epic journey to return to their home hunting grounds in Montana after they are mistakenly relocated by a group of naturalists. Told believably from Marta's point of view, the story takes the reader deep into a wolf's world.

  • Navy Seal Dogs:

    My Tale of Training Canines for Combat" by Michael Ritland with Gary Brozek & Thea Feldman

    Before there was Max, there was Mike. A true story much like the touching movie  Navy SEAL Dogs explores the incomparable relationship between trainer and military dog.

  • A Lion Called Christian

    by Anthony Bourke and John Rendall

    Two men. One baby lion. What could go wrong?

  • Making Rounds with Oscar

    The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat by David Dosa, M.D.

    A remarkable cat. A special gift. A life-changing journey.

  • Marley & Me

    Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog by John Grogan

    John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wiggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same.

  • Petscaping

    Training and Landscaping With Your Pet in Mind by Scott Cohen & Carolyn Doherty

    This book combines tips and expertise for creating the perfect outdoor environment for your pet and gives answers to common behavioral problems such as barking and unwanted excavating of your yard.

  • Modoc:

    The True Story of the Greatest Elephant that Ever Lived

    by Ralph Helfer

    Modoc is a captivating true story of loyalty, friendship, and high adventure, to be treasured by animal lovers everywhere.

  • The New Work of Dogs

    by Jon Katz

    The New Work of Dogs combines compelling personal narratives with a penetrating look at human/animal attachment, and it presents a vivid portrait of a community.

  • You Had Me at Woof

    by Julie Klam

    The secrets of love, health, and happiness gleaned from a life lived with dogs.

  • Rescuing Sprite

    A Dog Lover's Story of Joy and Anguish; by Mark R Levin

    From the New York Times bestselling radio personality Mark Levin and his family comes the true story of the two years of joy and anguish they had with a rescue dog named Sprite.

  • Water for Elephants

    by Sara Gruen

  • Wesley the Owl

    The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl 

    by Stacey O'Brien

    On Valentine's Day 1985, biologist Stacey O'Brien first met a four-day-old baby barn owl -- a fateful encounter that would turn into an astonishing 19-year saga

  • Zamba

    The True Story of the Greatest Lion that Ever Lived

    by Ralph Helfer

Great Reads For Kids

  • Charlotte's Webb

    by E.B White 


    Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte's Web, high up in Zuckerman's barn. Charlotte's spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur's life when he was born the runt of his litter.

  • The Crows of Hidden Creek

    by JoAnn Huston Niemela 

    Dak, the hero of this book, was destined to get into a lot of trouble. He was perhaps too curious and certainly too bold. He stretched the boundaries and kept his grandfather, CryWin, busy rescuing him.

  • Old Yeller

    by Fred Gipson

    When a novel like Huckleberry Finn or The Yearling comes along, it defies customary adjectives because of the intensity of the response it evokes in the reader. Such a tale is Old Yeller; to listen to this eloquently simply story of a boy and his dog in the Texas hill country is an unforgettable and deeply moving experience.

  • Part of Me

    by Kimberly Willis Holt

    Tracing a family's roots is like taking a journey through the years. In the case of one Louisiana family, that journey can be charted by the books they read and loved.

  • Mr. Popper's Penguins

    by Richard and Florence Atwater

  • The Sign of the Beaver

    by Elizabeth George Speare

    When Matt meets Attean, a boy in the Beaver clan, he begins to better understand their way of life and their growing problem in adapting to the white man and the changing frontier.

  • Sounder

    by William Howard Armstrong

    This classic novel shows the courage, love, and faith that bind a family together despite the racism and inhumanity they face in the nineteenth-century deep South.

    Readers who enjoy timeless dog stories such as Old Yeller and Where the Red Fern Grows will find much to love in Sounder, even as they read through tears at times.

  • Stuart Little

    by E.B. White

    Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City with his parents, his older brother George, and Snowbell the cat. Though he's shy and thoughtful, he's also a true lover of adventure.

  • The Tale of Despereaux

    by Kate DiCamillo

    A brave mouse, a covetous rat, a wishful serving girl, and a princess named Pea come together in Kate DiCamillo's Newbery Medal–winning tale.

  • The Trumpet of the Swan

    by E.B. White

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