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Booktalking "Endangered" by Eliot Schrefer

Sophie's in the Congo for the summer, where she helps the bonobos at her mom's sanctuary. Bonobos are an endangered species, and mothers get killed in the wild so that the locals can sell the babies as pets. That is how Sophie meets Otto. Read More ›

Booktalking "Molly the Pony" by Pam Kaster

A children's book telling the story of a pony with a prosthetic leg.Read More ›

Booktalking "Blue Ribbon Summer" by Catherine Hapka

Brooke is in love with her Chincoteague pony, Foxy. She schools the pony herself, but it is a slow, gradual process. Read More ›

Booktalking "The Lost and Found Pony" by Tracy Dockray

The pony in this story is plaintive and adorable. Read More ›

Booktalking "Dear Wandering Wildebeest" by Irene Latham

African animals grace the pages of this thoughtfully illustrated book.Read More ›

Booktalking "Animal Stars" by Robin Ganzert

Everyone on the crew falls in love with canine and feline film actors. The human actors, fans and crew alike love walking around holding cuddly animals.Read More ›

Kentucky Horse Park: Museums and More

Lexington, Kentucky is the "Horse Capital of the World." While Louisville hosts the Kentucky Derby, horse farms abound throughout the state. For me, Lexington's prime asset is the amazing Kentucky Horse Park, which I was fortunate enough to visit. I participated in 4-H Horse Bowl, which is a jeopardy-like game involving trivia questions. Our team received 1st place in New York State in the 1990s, so we were invited 

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Booktalking "Daisy to the Rescue" by Jeff Campbell

The stories go on and on about animals that go out of their way to rescue sick and injured people. This book is inspirational.Read More ›

Booktalking "Rotten" by Michael Northrop

Jimmer Dobbs (JD) returns home at the end of the summer only to discover that his mother has acquired a new housemate, a rescued Rottweiler. Read More ›

Booktalking "Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing" by April Jones Prince

The Brooklyn Bridge took fourteen years to build, and the people in Manhattan and Brooklyn all eagerly awaited its completion. Read More ›

Booktalking "Lizard Love" by Wendy Townsend

Grace loves reptiles. She paints snakes, Nile monitors and chameleons on her jacket. Walter at Fang and Claw, a reptile pet store, is jealous; he wishes that he had a jacket like hers.Read More ›

Beware the Cat: 13 Tales to Read with Your Cat This Halloween

Grumpy Cat, Henri, the Existential Cat, Lil Bub, Colonel Meow… Sure, cats are the stars of social media nowadays but beware of crossing them—as these tales illustrate.Read More ›

Booktalking "Shiloh Season" by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Shiloh is a beagle dog that Marty holds dear.Read More ›

Booktalking "Sheep" by Valerie Hobbs

The life of a dog, passed through so many hands in so many homes. A border collie called Blackie, Shep, Spot, Sparky, and Jack in succession by different people.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Crocodile Hunter" by Steve and Terri Irwin

Steve Irwin was incredibly lucky to be born into a wildlife park. His parents, Lyn and Bob Irwin owned and operated a reptile park in Australia. Read More ›

Booktalking "A Little Book of Sloth" by Lucy Cooke

Brown, gray, and black sloths. Sloths with raccoon faces, long hair, or short, wiry hair. All of them spend 70% of their time sleeping, which is what gives sloths a reputation for laziness. Their top speed is 15 feet per minute.Read More ›

Booktalking "Disabled Dogs" by Meish Goldish

These dogs are amazing, they are able to lead full and productive lives, and many of them help people who have similar disabilities.Read More ›

Fins, Wings, and Tails: The Best Pet Books for Kids

For kids, pets offer a unique opportunity to learn the joys and challenges of caring for another living being. NYPL has a pet book for every first time — or potential — pet owner.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Horses in My Life" by Monty Roberts

Monty Roberts was riding horses at a walk, trot, and canter as a 3-year-old boy. He vaguely remembers people saying, "He's only three, and look at him ride!"Read More ›

Booktalking "Astra" by Chris Platt

Astra is an Arabian mare whom 13-year-old Lily is in love with. Only problem is that this mare was involved in the accident that caused her mother's death. Lily's father says no riding, and he is particularly wary of Astra. Luckily, though, he allows her to volunteer at neighboring Whispering Pines Ranch, where Astra lives, along with the other endurance racers. Lily finds it quite exciting to feed the horses and await their return from their long workouts.Read More ›
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