A Celebration of Pet Appreciation Week…Book Style

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.

Did you know last week was Pet Appreciation Week? In honor of this annual celebration, I couldn’t help but ask my fellow Rioters to share photos of their delightfully bookish pets. No need to say much more than that, is there?

If you love books and animals, this post is for you. And yes, yes, yes, if you have a photo of your pet — furry, scaly, feathered, soft, rough, whatever — you should drop it right into the comments.

Kelly Jensen

I have three cats and a pretty intense wild animal situation in my yard (at least two bunnies, frogs, and other creatures that enjoy a fenced-in yard free of children and dogs). Here are two of the cats doing their bookish thing:

Mason and Nova's Book



kelly cat j bookshelf



A. J. O’Connell

A. J.’s dog Esther hangs out with some N. K. Jemisin, ebook style.


AJ Dog book




Brandi Bailey

Brandi’s two kitties are both book-happy felines. I couldn’t pick a single photo to include in this post, so you’re getting all of them.













Jesse Doogan

Jesse’s cat Bernadette is totally into comics.


jesse cat comics book



Jamie Canaves

Jamie’s dog Dinky doesn’t have a preference when it comes to the ebook vs print debate.







Justina Ireland

Justina’s dog can’t resist a good YA novel (who can?)


justina dog book



Karina Glaser

Karina has not one, not two, but three different pet species represented here. . . and all three love a little reading time.


karina bunny photo


karina cat photo


karina dog photo




Kim Ukura

Kim’s cat Hannah is a perfect reading companion.


kim hannah book




Liberty Hardy

As Liberty says, cats, books, and Gillian Anderson are her favorite things. Two out of three ain’t bad…here are Millay and Steinbeck (literary names, of course!)


liberty millay cat photo



liberty steinbeck cat photo




Rachel Manwill

An adorable reading buddy…I think we can all agree that face is worth putting a book down for.


rachel manwill dog book



Rachel Smalter Hall

Black cat + books + a Read Harder shirt = purr-fection (don’t groan)


RachelSH cat


Rachel SH Cat Read Harder


S. Zainab Williams

Tabitha reads Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley and lounges on King Stork by Howard Pyle & illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman.


tabitha cat




Tasha Brandstatter

Tasha’s dog Calypso lounges with Too Bad To Die by Francine Mathews.


tasha books dog




Valerie Michael

It might look like Winston is stuck behind the couch, but really, he’s just taking a shelfie.


valerie dog books




Lynn Crothers

Flora enjoys a passage from Independent People.


flora dog




Kristina Pino

Talk about an animal who takes the book life seriously.


kristina dog



kristina dog 2



Danika Ellis

Danika’s roommate’s cat Pance enjoys a good read

danika cat



Maddie Rodriguez

Maddie shares her space with two bookish kitties, Jack and Ziggy (who is not into being used as a bookmark, it seems)


maddie cat 2


maddie cat



Troy Wiggins

Troy’s dog Prince Rogers William is an “expuptriate” of South Korea who enjoys a little Nnedi Okorafor.

troy dog




Angel Cruz

Just chilling with some of Angel’s favorite books this year


angel cruz dog



Derek Attig

Beatrix and Icabod chilling with their current reads…as is Penelope.


derek cat


derek cat 2


derek dog



Rachel Weber

Some pups are less into reading than others, but that doesn’t make them any less cute. (Also this cutie is named Batman!)

rachel dog 1




rachel dog 2



rachel dog 3



Alison Peters

A little light reading for summer vacation.


Alison dog



Jessica Tripler

Those faces!


jess tripler dog 3


jess tripler dog



Nikki Steele

Do you see the dog ear? Who needs a book when you have that.


nikki steele dog



Though oh, the modeling!



nikki coyote


Ellison Langford

Lounge pals are never overrated.


ellison 1


ellison 2




Eric Smith

And to wrap it up, we have The Heir for an heir, a chinchilla, and…a corgi!


eric bunny 2


eric bunny



eric chinchilla




eric corgi



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