These fun books to learn about animals will encourage anyone not familiar with our non-human friends to look after them, both domestically and in the wild. These books are as far away from boring manuals as you can get. Suitable for children to older adults.
Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. Anatole France
Funny Bums, Freaky Beaks & Other Incredible Creature Features is a delightful compendium of all the most unusual and unexpected features in the animal kingdom, from puzzling toes to weird ears, and all the other body parts in between. These creatures have strange features, but they all serve a purpose. A charming and visually appealing book to carry the underlying message that everybody and everything is strange and wonderful in its own way.
The Not Bad Animals encourages us to not be scared of animals, due to silly superstitions. It’s not their fault that spiders make us scream, mice make us jump on furniture or bats make us shudder, at the thought of them flapping around in our hair. Meet 30 critters to dispense false believes, with text to make you giggle, and a fact box for each misrepresented creature.
Look out for her other book. Animal Bffs detailing surprising friendships like the plover bird who cleans a crocodile’s teeth! Someone is always there for them, through thick and thin, to help out with all the usual things friends do. Like picking ticks off your back, letting you know when a lion is about to make you its dinner, and helping you hunt down some tasty prey.
Learn of odd couples that prove it’s better to be together. Like the rhino and the African oxpecker, the coyote and the badger.
Animals Brag About Their Bottoms is a cheeky Japanese (translated) book for children, with a healthy dose of self-love thrown in. Meet hippos, zebras, pandas and mandrills, all with different reasons to love their behinds: from cute and round, to fashionable and striped.
Although a fun cute book, obviously the reason behind it, is to instill a love of all wildlife for children and older readers. All bottoms are wonderful! Don’t you agree? Each animal in this adorable book has a different reason for loving their behind. Laugh along with playful illustrations of the backsides of a menagerie of animal friends. Charming and whimsical, the book also encourages body positive images, as well as laughter and fun.
About the Author
Maki Saito is an artist known for her unique artistic methods using paper collage, stencils and Japanese painting techniques. She has written and illustrated many books in Japanese, inspired by her love for all living creatures. This is her first book translated into English.
This fun guide to Animal Anatomy by talented illustrator Sophie Corrigan, is the ideal way to learn about the creatures with which we share the earth. The charming illustrations and witty words feature fictitious (yet comically accurate) anatomical labels: from a tree frog’s ‘clingy jazz hands’ to a raccoon’s ‘sneaky bandito mask’.
Rife with art, there are many interesting animal facts too, so you can learn as you smile. Ideal for all ages.
These books to learn about animal emotions, go a long way to improving animal welfare. Once legislators and farmers and vivisectionists know that sheep aren’t stupid, cows and bulls grieve, chickens can remember the names of up to 25 people and our pets know when we are sad or grief-stricken, it’s obvious they are sentient beings.
Wild Rituals is a book on 10 lessons animals can teach us to make us more connected to nature, ourselves and each other. Behavioural ecologist and elephant expert Caitlin O’Connell dives into the rituals of elephants, apes, zebras, rhinos, lions, whales and flamingos.
We All Play is a joyous celebration of animal play. This sweetly simply picture book with gorgeous illustrations offers a joyful romp through nature, with an abundance of wild animals. A beautiful ode to the creatures with whom we share our world: meet birds who chase and chirp, and whales who swim and squirt. Ducks love to go surfing, rats laugh when tickled, and penguins propose with pebbles!
The Mind of a Bee is a surprising look at the intelligence of these amazing creatures. See more on how to help save our bee friends. Bees have remarkable cognitive abilities. They are very smart with distinct personalities and can recognise flowers and human faces, and can also count, use simple tools, solve problems and learn by observing others. Taking readers deep into the sensory world of bees, Lars Chittka shows how bee brains are unparalleled in the animal kingdsom, in terms of how much sophisticated material is packed into their tiny nervous systems.
Other Minds is a book about the octopus, one of the most intelligent and fascinating creatures on earth. Almost like eight-legged aliens, they have incredible brains and have even been known to steal fishermens’ catches for the day, and use the nets as trampolines for fun! Related to jellyfish, they were first molluscs but abandoned their shells to rise above the ocean floor, to search for prey and this needed supreme thinking. For this reason, their evolutionary journey is completely independent from the route of most mammals and birds. The solitary octopus has 8 tentacles so packed with neurons, they virtually think for themselves. Yet these beautiful creatures are sometimes eaten alive due to legislation suggesting they have no feeling – join the campaign to stop this.
What a Fish Knows is by scientist Jonathan Balcombe, who proves that fish have feelings. It’s not true that goldfish have a 3-second memory. Fish can think and are far from the unfeeling, dead-eyed feeding machines so many of us assume them to be. They are, in fact, sentient, aware, social and rather like us.