The holiday season is here! Quality time with loved ones, abundant decorations and lots of delicious food are just some of the highlights during this time of year. But gift giving is one of the biggest highlights, and gifts that involve beloved pets are the best of all. This list compiles 10 books that feature some of our favorite pets. And with options for young and experienced readers, there’s a book for everyone. Enjoy books with detailed illustrations, feel-good stories and life lessons that prove pets make everything better and that the bond we have with them is unlike no other.
We love puppies, and puppies on their own can make a great gift this holiday season for those who are ready to take on the responsibility. But even for those ready to welcome that fluffy bundle of joy, the task of raising a puppy can be daunting. Celebrity dog trainer from Animal Planet’s “It’s Me or the Dog,” Victoria Stilwell, lays out an informative guide to help you integrate your new pup into the home and negotiate each stage of growth, from the first few weeks to walking on a leash and navigating the ups and downs of adolescence. This book will help you raise the perfect dog and get off on the right paw with your new best friend, so put a bow on it along with your new puppy.
The new running joke may be that if cats could text, they wouldn’t, but not Mittens. Based on Angie Bailey’s virally popular blog, Mittens is an often-disgruntled, sometimes-charming, treat-obsessed and text-happy cat that provides hilarious, snark-filled texts. As a rendition of Bailey’s blog, this book represents what our furry friends would say if their paws could unlock iPhones. Lovers of the blog can experience more witty conversations from Mittens, and newcomers can see what chuckle-worthy exchanges Mittens has to offer. This family-friendly edition has all the laughs for you and your family this holiday season. So gather your friends and family, and experience feline humor at its finest.
Sometimes we just need a feel-good true story to warm us up. In this book, comedian and playwright Richard Lucas shares his heartfelt and hilarious story of how the incessant barking of his neighbor’s Yorkshire Terriers led him to a journey of self-discovery. It started with a bark-by-bark log to present the sheriff’s department, but his neighbor being rushed to the hospital left him having to care for the pups that plagued him. This led to a new perspective on life. Equal parts memoir and dogoir, comedy and therapy, his story explores everyday challenges and the power of people and animals to help one another. So if the weather outside is too frightful, sit by the fire and grab this book for a great pick-me-up.
Pigs are adored by many, including celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande and George Clooney. And what better than a book filled with full-color photographs — captured by award-winning Richard Austin — of adorable piglets from Pennywell Farm in South Devon, England, playing basketball, riding motorcycles, strumming guitars and more. These happy piglets are paired with inspiring quotes and mindful mantras, as well as interesting facts about these dynamic and animated creatures. It’s no surprise that pigs are makings themselves known as the next pet to have. Sometimes all you need is a good picture book, and now you can have your spirits lifted into the new year.
It’s every pet parent’s ideal guidebook! Serena Faber-Nelson, founder of the internationally popular pet lifestyle destination Pretty Fluffy and author of “Healthy Homemade Dog Treats,” has a guide for simple, stylish, pet-friendly living. “Dog Mama” explores the six types of dog moms and is packed full of lifestyle tips — like setting up the perfect, stylish pet-friendly home and how to take an Insta-worthy photo of your dog — recipes, DIY projects, real-life dog mom stories and so much more. Dogs are family, and with information on everything from organic treats to fashion trends, “Dog Mama” is the ultimate road map and go-to gift every dog mom (and dad) must have.
Without a doubt, there’s nothing like the unique bond between humans and pets. And this bond is incredibly strong among writers. In this book, Alex Johnson highlights the influential role pets play in the work of famous writers, including J.D. Salinger’s three cats (Kitty 1, Kitty 2 and Kitty 3), Virginia Woolf’s marmoset Mitz, Sylvia Plath’s cat Daddy, Truman Capote’s raven Lola and more. Each engaging and hilarious entry showcases a rarely seen aspect of an iconic writer’s private life and personality through intimate interactions with their pets, and how their pets inspired some of their most famous works. This holiday season is a great time to appreciate the bond we share with animals. Who knows, perhaps the relationship between these iconic writers and their pets is much like you and your pet.
Do you ever feel like the only one who really understands you is your cat? Fellow cat lover Jamie Shelman knows this all too well and has presented this in her book. With beautifully designed illustrations, you will find 100 adorable, sometimes sassy and always true sayings that your cat is probably really thinking. From what cats do better than people (have you ever seen a cat deny a compliment, or neglect self-care?) to what cats do for people (it’s easy to be an early riser when your cat wakes you up), this book captures the unique joys and lessons of living with a feline. For all you cat lovers out there, “How to Land on Your Feet” has all the purrs of wisdom you need to get through the holidays and after.
A book makes for a great gift for kids, especially if they are just as fond (if not more) of pets as you are. New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book award recipient Guojing offers this gorgeous and heartwarming wordless picture book just for dog lovers. Perfect for children age 3-7, “Stormy” explores how trust doesn’t always come easily, but over time, with determination, forever love can grow. This story about finding a forever home helps children understand and appreciate the strong emotional connection between dog and human. So if you have or know a child that loves dogs, this book is a perfect gift to remind them on the importance of patience and kindness.
Have you ever felt that there are some things about your cat you don’t quite understand? Do you sometimes feel like they might be trying to tell you something, that you could make them even happier than they already are? This book will change everything you once thought you knew about cats. Thanks to Anneleen Bru, a behavioral therapist with a specialty in domestic cats and zoo, you can use the many tips and insights to optimize your relationship with your cat. Now is a great time to go on an intimate journey through the world of the domestic cat, where you can learn all about their natural instincts and mysterious behaviors. After reading this book, your relationship with your cat will never be the same.
A children’s book that features an adorable puppy, bright colors and funny rhymes is sure to be a favorite gift this holiday season. Nyomi and Paul Pfeffer turned their talents and love for dogs into books that are perfect for young readers. “Introducing The Poodle Named Oodle” features real-life images and provides age-relevant topics to help children learn in a cute and entertaining way. Sometimes it’s the simplest of things that have the biggest impact, and this book is sure to bring kids a joyful experience that stays with them for years to come. Want to give an even bigger impact? Gift this book with “American Adventures: The Poodle Named Oodle” for double the fun and adventure.