BookWORMS - Our favorite literary Animals!

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.

Peter Rabbit By Beatrix Potter

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:

Marley and Me by John Grogan

Peter Rabbit (and the full Beatrix Potter set)

The Velveteen Rabbit

Watership Down

Marley and Me

A Dogs Purpose

Clifford the Big Red Dog

Where the Red Ferns Grow

Black Beauty

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

Moby Dick

Charlotte’s Web

Born Free

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! 

References:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/novel-finding-reading-literary-fiction-improves-empathy/

http://www.oneheartwild.org/welcome-to-our-sanctuary/education-advocacy/animals-empathy-elementary-program.html

https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/caring-for-plants-and-animals-fosters-empathy