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Booklist: Promote Empathy, Prevent Animal Abuse

Posted on December 6, 2016

Reading the right books decreases the likelihood of violence against animals, says the BCSPCA. To help spread this message of empathy, we’ve assembled a reading list for kids 0 to 18 that spotlights stories about the experience of animals.

Ages 0-6

  1. Before You Were Mine by Maribeth Boelts, illustrated by David Walker
  2. The Bookshop Dog by Cynthia Rylant
  3. Ginger Finds a Home by Charlotte Voake
  4. The Gift of Nothing by Patrick McDonnell
  5. Itsy Bitsy & Teeny Weeny by Robbyn Smith van Frankenhuyzen and Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen
  6. Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell
  7. South by Patrick McDonnell
  8. Stanley’s Party by Linda Bailey
  9. That New Animal by Emily Jenkins
  10. That’s Not Funny by Jeanne Willis

Ages 7-12

  1. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  2. The Camel in the Sun by Griffin Ondaatje
  3. Catboy by Eric Walters
  4. Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
  5. Kit: The Adventures of a Raccoon
  6. KokoCat, Inside and Out by Lynda Graham-Barber
  7. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  8. Racing in the Rain: My Life as a Dog by Garth Stein
  9. Road Trip by Gary Paulsen
  10. The Sea Wolves by Ian McAllister and Nicholas Read

Ages 13-18

  1. A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life
  2. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  3. Beyond Words : What Animals Think and Feel by Carl Safina
  4. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos
  5. The Emotional Lives of Animals: A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow, and Empathy – and Why They Matter by Marc Bekoff
  6. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  7. Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog by John Grogan
  8. Merle’s Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog by Ted Kerasote
  9. The Summer We Saved the Bees by Robin Stevenson
  10. Tides by Betsy Cornwell