The Animal Books of 2023

Some amazing books about animals were published in 2023.

By Zazie Todd PhD

I made a list of books about animals that came out in 2023. The list includes new releases as well as those that made it into paperback last year (like my own book, Purr: The Science of Making Your Cat Happy).

Then I turned it into an image, above.

It made me really happy to see all of these amazing books in one image.

Which of these books about animals have you read? What did you think of them? And are there any books missing from the list? Drop me an email and let me know!

The books are (left-to-right, by row):

Being Your Cat: What’s Really Going On in Your Feline’s Mind by Celia Haddon and Daniel Mills.

The Book Your Cat Wishes You Would Read by Lucy Hoil.

Purr: The Science of Making Your Cat Happy by Zazie Todd (me!).

The Cat’s Meow: How Cats Evolved From the Savanna to Your Sofa by Jonathan B. Losos

The Hidden Language of Cats: How They Have Us at Meow by Sarah Brown

A First Guide to Cats: Understanding Your Whiskered Friend by Dr. John Bradshaw illustrated by Clare Elsom.

Who’s a Good Dog? And How to Be a Better Human by Jessica Pierce.

For the Love of Dog: The Ultimate Relationship Guide–Observations, Lessons, and Wisdom to Better Understand Our Canine Companions by Pilley Bianchi, illustrated by Calum Heath.

Dogs Demystified: An A-Z Guide to All Things Canine by Marc Bekoff.

Isle of Dogs: My Canine Adventure Through Britain by Clare Balding.

Freddie:The Rescue Dog Who Rescued Me by Grant Hayter-Menzies.

The New Big 5: A Global Photography Project for Endangered Species by Graeme Green.

An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us by Ed Yong.

Pests: How Humans Create Animal Villains by Bethany Brookshire.

The Other Family Doctor: A Veterinarian Explores What Animals Can Teach Us About Love, Life, and Mortality by Karen Fine.

Walking With Gorillas: The Journey of an African Wildlife Vet by Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka.

Please Write: A Novel in Letters by J. Wynn Rousuck.

The Book of Pet Love and Loss: Words of Comfort and Wisdom from Remarkable People by Sara Bader.

Bitch: On the Female of the Species by Lucy Cooke.

Primatology, Ethics, and Trauma: The Oklahoma Chimpanzee Studies by Robert Ingersoll and Anontina Anna ScarnĂ .

Under the Henfluence: Inside the World of Backyard Chickens and the People Who Love Them by Tove Danovich.

The Curious World of Seahorses: The Life and Lore of a Marine Marvel by Till Hein translated by Renee von Paschen.

Kitty Language: An Illustrated Guide to Understanding Your Cat by Lili Chin.

Nursery Earth: The Wondrous Lives of Baby Animals and the Extraordinary Ways They Shape Our World by Danna Staaf PhD.

Veterinary Cooperative Care: Enhancing Animal Health Through Collaboration with Veterinarians, Pet Owners, and Animal Trainers by Pat Miller and Leslie Sinn DVM.

Urban Sheepdog: A Guide to Understanding Herding Breed Dogs in Pet Homes by Emily Priestley CTC.

A Dedication to Difficult Dogs: A Heartwarming Tale Shedding Light on Canine Mental Health by Dr. Dennis Wormald.

Claw This Journal: An Activity Book for Cats and Their Humans by Sassafras Lowrey.

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