What Would Your Pet Read?

By Emily Pullen, Manager, Reader Services and Engagement
March 30, 2020

Many of you have been spending way more time than usual with your animals due to social distancing and COVID-19, and they are likely either stoked, horrified, or indifferent depending on their species. Imagine that you've taught your pet to read. We asked NYPL librarians and staff what their pet's new favorite book would be. How about yours—what would your pet read?  Let us know in the comments!

cat in a basket

Domino is dignified and contemplative. He's going to re-read The Glass Bead Game by Herman Hesse again.  —Emily P., Readers Services

Rufus is goofy and a bit of a reluctant reader, but he can't wait for the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, Wrecking Ball by Jeff Kinney. —Emily P., Reader Services

The squirrel patrol is hard at work—Dizzy might enjoy Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend by MélanieWatt —Raelyn G., Public Programs

dog wearing glasses

Aragon dreams of starting a business selling dog treats, tennis balls, and fire hydrants. He checked out The E-Myth Enterprise: How to Turn a Great Idea into a Thriving Business by Michael E. Gerber with his library card (proudly displayed in the picture), and is reading it while #stayingathome during this time.  —Helena E., Business Center

cat sleeping near a book

Anais is a true crime buff. Her current pick is Under the Bridge by Rebecca Godfrey, an In Cold Blood-style account of a young girl's murder in British Columbia in 1997.  —Erika P., Adult Programming

Samson has been practicing yoga with his best friend for a while now but he is thinking of branching out on his own so he is currently reading Becoming a Yoga Instructor by Elizabeth Greenwood. —Miguel R., Wallach Division

Lele is always trying to sneak outside to play in the grass and might enjoy books about other escape artists such as Houdini: The Life of The Great Escape Artist by Agnieszka Biskup; illustrated by Pat Kinsella. —Madeline C., South Beach Library

Nick Bruel's Bad Kitty series makes Chet smile. —Billy P., Mid-Manhattan Library

Caper sometimes prefers titles that confirm her worldview, like How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell. —Emily N., Branch Youth Education

Gandalf is very strategic and analytical when it comes to maximizing play potential with humans. So he likes Moneyball by Michael Lewis (which is on that 125 Books We Love list that his Mom talks about all the time). "Oh, and Tolkien is good too." —Julia J., Communications and Marketing