December 8th, 2016
It’s the season of giving, and books can be a magical way to share the gifts of awareness and empathy. The RedRover staff has come together to compile a list of our favorite books that would make great gifts. We hope you and the loved ones on your gift list enjoy RedRover’s recommended books!
All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
“Funny and heartwarming stories about a country vet and the animals and quirky characters he meets.” -Susie, VP of Programs
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
“This book reminded me to enjoy the present, not to sweat the small stuff, and to experience joy. Life flies by and it’s best not to take it for granted.” -Katie, Director of Collaboration and Outreach
The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne
“This is a funny and irreverent urban fantasy series about the last surviving druid, Atticus, and his dog, Oberon. Oberon helps to keep Atticus grounded in the present and has wonderful observations about life and food. Not deep, not a lot of lessons, but a fun way to pass a day.” -Laurel, Program and Facilities Manager
Love that Dog by Sharon Creech
“Love That Dog is a wonderful example of how having the support of one person, in this case a teacher, can help someone find their voice, in this case a young boy. This beautiful book, which really is one long poem, also highlights how important animals are in children’s lives and illustrates the value of letting kids share how they feel about animals.” -Nicole, President and CEO.
*Max Talks to Me by Claire Buchwald
“Max Talks to Me has so many emotion words that can help reinforce emotion recognition and body language for people and animals. When we pay attention to emotions we are better able to empathize with others.” -Karly, VP of Operations and Education
Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat
“This book helped me gain an understanding, appreciation and empathy for wolves as emotional beings when I was young.” -Erin, Director of Development
The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
“My very fave book about kitties and all of their mystère!” -Casey, Director of Finance and Administration
Reason for Hope by Jane Goodall
“Jane Goodall is an amazing role model for anyone interested in living more consciously. She is both passionate and compassionate, selfless and tireless, and she broke through barriers in asserting that animals have feelings at a time when that was considered absurd. Truly an inspiring read.” -Keleigh, Director of Communications
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
“A classic novel I read in middle school about the bond between a boy and his two coonhounds.” -Minhhan, Program Coordinator
*RedRover Readers program book. Find the complete RedRover Readers program book list and more recommended children’s books with humane themes at RedRover.org/Books.
Happy holidays from RedRover!