Where the Wild Stories Are: Ten Books with Animals in the Title

Who doesn’t love a good animal story? Personally, I’m partial to cat tales, and I’ve picked up more than a few books just because they had a cute kitten on the cover. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, the theme is centered on characters I’d name a pet after. And as great of a topic as that is, I’m drawing a total blank. Gatsby? Tin Woodman? Whatever that fish’s name was from The Old Man and the Sea? So instead, I’d like to veer slightly off course and highlight ten books plucked from the jungle known as my bookshelf that feature animals in the title.

The Benefits of Being an Octopus
by Ann Braden

The Black Flamingo
by Dean Atta

Frog and Toad are Friends
by Arnold Lobel

Running with Lions
by Julian Winters

Saving Fish from Drowning
by Amy Tan

The Street of Crocodiles
by Bruno Schulz

The Thing About Jellyfish
by Ali Benjamin

The Tiger’s Daughter
by K. Arsenault Rivera

Track of the Cat
by Nevada Barr

What If a Fish
by Anika Fajardo

Note: Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Be sure to check out her weekly post to find other participants.


  1. I like your take on the topic! Now that I’m thinking about it I don’t know if I’ve read many books with animals in the title or cover… I did recently read the Black Flamingo and absolutely loved it! The audiobook was great.

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  2. Love your take this week! I was stuck on the pet names thing and didn’t even think beyond that 😂 This is the second time I’ve seen that Octopus book mentioned today (on different platforms too) so now I’m all curious and feel like I should check it out! Great list 🙂

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  3. Like your twist on this week’s topic. I hadn’t heard of some of these stories. Now, I need to check them out. Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog.

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  4. I’m so embarrassed to say that the only book I know on this list is Frog and Toad are Friends! Oops. It looks like I have a gap in my bookshelf for books featuring animals in the title. XD I do love this twist. Let’s see, I can add The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, 2 AM at the Cat’s Pajama’s by Marie-Helene Bertino, and The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Wow. That was shockingly difficult!

    My TTT post!

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    1. Nothing wrong with that at all! I have to say, Frog and Toad might be my favorite from my list … it’s just such a great read. And if it makes you feel better, I haven’t read any of the ones you listed! Though The Raven Boys and The Bear and the Nightingale are both on my TBR pile. And now that I’m looking it up, 2 AM at the Cat’s Pajamas looks really interesting…

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  5. I’m also one to pick up books just because they feature animals, which was strange as a kid since I never did touch the Warrior series. I guess I tended to go more for fantasy creatures. Also foxes. I’m so glad to see Frog and Toad mentioned. Those are great books. I think I’ll have to add some of these others to my TBR… The Benefits of Being an Octopus and The Thing About Jellyfish both sound really intriguing!

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