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25+ of Your Favorite Books With An Animal As The Main Character

Kelly Jensen


Kelly is a former librarian and a long-time blogger at STACKED. She's the editor/author of (DON'T) CALL ME CRAZY: 33 VOICES START THE CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH and the editor/author of HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD. Her next book, BODY TALK, will publish in Fall 2020. Follow her on Instagram @heykellyjensen.

This giveaway is sponsored by Dark Horses by Cecily Von Ziegesar.

dark-horsesWhen Merritt Wenner skips the SATs in favor of a bender, she is yanked from her school and sent to an equine therapy program. There she’s assigned to care for Red, a gelding who’s as rebellious as she is. Red’s owner recognizes Meritt’s talent, and before she and Red know it, they are caught up in the whirlwind of the competitive equestrian circuit. But Merritt can’t see that their closeness has a price. Red has never belonged to anyone before; now that he does, he’ll do anything to keep her.

From white whales to yellow dogs, books about humanity’s relationship with the animal world are legion. We asked you to share your favorite books with animals MCs, and you responded. Here are more than 25 of your favorites!


Animal Farm by George Orwell

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Bambi by Felix Salten

The Bees by Laline Paull

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

The Book of the Dun Cow by Walter Wangerin Jr.

Bunnicula by James Howe

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Charlotte’s Web by EB White

Cujo by Stephen King

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

The Fox and the Hound by Daniel P. Mannix

“Hank The Cowdog” series by John R.Erickson

Horse Heaven by Jane Smiley

The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford

Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Mort[e] by Robert Repino

The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

Pride of Baghdad by Brian K Vaughan

“Redwall” series by Brian Jacques

Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand

The Sight by David Clement Davies

Sophie by Emma Pearse

Watership Down by Richard Adams