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Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia

Want to learn more about the wide world of wildlife?

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia is a searchable ebook for learning more about your favorite animals - from the pig-nosed turtles and river otters to emus and wildebeests.

Sink Your Teeth In: Fiction Featuring WereBeasts

Be it a furry romance, or a spine-tingling horror novel, these part-human, part-beast creatures have taken hold of our literary imaginations!

Red moon: a novel by Benjamin Percy

Dead until dark by Charlaine Harris

Moon called by Patricia Briggs

Darkness devours by Keri Arthur

Beauty and the werewolf by Mercedes Lackey

Bullet by Laurell K. Hamilton

Bound to shadows by Keri Arthur

My Boyfriend the Monster

Looking for romance with a little bite?  Check out these tales of tempting creatures.

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Never cry werewolf by Heather Davis

Blood and chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause

The frenzy by Francesca Lia Block

Once in a full moon by Ellen Schreiber

Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Whispers at moonrise by C.C. Hunter

True Stories of Animal Friendship

They might not be the same species, but these amazing animals know just how important it is to have a good friend by your side:

A mama for Owen by Marion Dane Bauer ; illustrated by John Butler

Owen & Mzee: the language of friendship by told by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, and Paula Kuhumbu ; with photographs by Peter Greste

Owen and Mzee: the true story of a remarkable friendship by told by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, and Paula Kahumbu ; photographs by Peter Greste

Tarra & Bella: the elephant and dog who became best friends by text and photography by Carol Buckley

Friends by written by Catherine Thimmesh

TV Shows About Nature and Animals

Planet Earth. The complete series, Disc 1 [videodisc] by British Broadcasting Corporation ; 2 entertain ; A BBC / Discovery Channel / NHK co-production


Nature's most amazing events [videodisc] by a BBC/ Discovery Channel co-production in association with Wanda Firms

Blue planet [videodisc] by a film for the National Air and Space Museum presented by Lockheed and [the Museum]

Earth [videodisc] by Disneynature presents a BBC, Greenlight Media, Discovery Channel co-production, a BBC Natural History Unit film

The blue planet. Seas of life, Disc 1 [videodisc] by a BBC/Discovery Channel co-production

Animal Heroes

Animal heroes: true rescue stories by Sandra Markle

War horse by Michael Morpurgo

Courageous canine: and more true stories of amazing animal heroes by Kelly Milner Halls

Dog heroes by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce ; illustrated by Sal Murdocca

The winter horses by Philip Kerr

Soldier dog by Sam Angus


Horse heroes by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce ; illustrated by Sal Murdocca

Learn about Weird, Gross and Awesome Animals

Not all animals are cute cuddly. Some of them are gross or downright weird.

Weird sea creatures by Erich Hoyt

Odd animal helpers by Gabrielle Reyes

Animal grossapedia by Melissa Stewart

Ack! icky, sticky, gross stuff underground by Pam Rosenberg ; illustrated by: Beatriz Helena Ramos

Animal grossology: the science of creatures gross and disgusting by Sylvia Branzei ; illustrated by Jack Keely

Kids eBooks starring Animals

Check out these stories about animals, and take them with you wherever you go-on your Kindle, iPad, smartphone or other device!
All of these titles are available through OverDrive:

Flora & Ulysses [electronic resource]: the illuminated adventures by Kate DiCamillo ; illustrated by K.G. Campbell

The familiars [electronic resource] by Adam Jay Epstein, Andrew Jacobson ; art by Peter Chan & Kei Acedera

Explore the World with CultureGrams

CultureGrams is an online database that features detailed information on over 200 countries.  Learn more about the peoples of other continents, or explore our neighbors to the North, South, East or West with the States and Provinces Editions, which tour the U.S. and Canada. 

Magical Beasts and Where To Find Them

These animals may not exist-but we love them anyway.  Dragons and monsters and unicorns, oh my!

Dreams and shadows by C. Robert Cargill

Storm riders by Margaret Weis and Robert Krammes

The fellowship of the ring: being the first part of The Lord of the Rings by with a new foreword by the author, J.R.R. Tolkien

His majesty's dragon by Naomi Novik


A game of thrones by George R.R. Martin

Dragon keeper by Robin Hobb

Endangered Animals

Some animals are in danger of becoming extinct.  If you are an animal lover that wants to learn more about these animals and how you can help, check out one of these books!

Extraordinary endangered animals by Sandrine Silhol and Gaëlle Guérive ; illustrations by Marie Doucedame

What's the difference?: an endangered animal subtraction story by Suzanne Slade ; illustrated by Joan Waites

Endangered animals by created and written by John Bonnett Wexo ; scientific consultant, Kurt Benirschke

Eyewitness endangered animals by written by Ben Hoare and Tom Jackson

Unusual Pets

Cats and dogs are fun, but check out these guides to keeping more interesting animals as pets

Miniature horses: cool pets! by Alvin and Virginia Silverstein and Laura Silverstein Nunn

Caring for your hermit crab by Adele Richardson

Tricky tarantulas by Alex Kuskowski, author ; C.A. Nobens, illustrator

Bugs as pets by Jay F. Hemdal


Hilarious hedgehogs by Kelly Doudna, author ; C.A. Nobens, illustrator


The chinchilla handbook: filled with full-color photographs by Sharon L. Vanderlip; illustrations by Michele Earle-Bridges

eBooks for Animal Lovers

Looking for a good story about animals that you can take with you?  These downloadable eBooks are available through OverDrive.

Water for elephants [electronic resource]: a novel by Sara Gruen


The big cat nap [electronic resource]: the 20th anniversary Mrs. Murphy mystery by Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown ; illustrated by Michael Gellatly


Life of Pi [electronic resource]: a novel by Yann Martel


Ape house [electronic resource]: a novel by Sara Gruen


Animal farm [electronic resource] by George Orwell