Walk in to any bookstore and it is clear to see that from children’s books to young fiction to adults – animals feature heavily. We find them in fiction, as cartoons, with the ability to speak, with superpowers and also real life stories about pets, farm animals and wildlife.
A 2013 study found that reading literary fiction improved empathy. This combined with the well-established links between caring for living things and having high levels of empathy suggest that when children’s early memories form around reading books featuring interesting and intelligent animals characters this can help children develop their ability to empathise.
This ability to relate to and care for other individuals and species is incredibly important in developing positive social relationships throughout life. Zovargo loves animals, AND the education of reading. Here are some of our favourite books featuring amazing creatures:
Peter Rabbit (and the full Beatrix Potter set)
The Velveteen Rabbit
Marley and Me
A Dogs Purpose
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Where the Red Ferns Grow
A street cat named Bob: And how he saved my life
Cat in the Hat
The Just So Stories
Babe: The Gallant Pig
Winne the Pooh
The Wind in the willows
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
His Dark Materials
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Jungle Book
Water for Elephants
Zovargo believes in providing the younger generations with connections to animals. Those connections are often made through books or live animal interactions. You can find Zovargo at the San Diego Festival of Books on Saturday, August 26th! We'll be on stage at 5pm in the children's area: http://www.sdfestivalofbooks.com/schedule.html
Let us know your favorite animal characters in books and why!