As you know (because I won’t stop talking about it) GEPL’s summer reading program is about to start. This year, our theme is Read to Rescue. Thanks to a pledge from the Friends of the Library, you can help us reach our goal of providing 60 weeks of care to injured wildlife at the Willowbrook Wildlife Foundation just by reading. I for one am really excited, and this has plenty to do with the fact that I love animals.
This love extends to my reading. I’ve always been a sucker for books featuring animals of any kind – real, mystical, talking, barking, sweet, dangerous, adorable, ugly. You name it, I love it in book form (and in many of those cases, actual form as well). And I think I’m not the only one drawn to some or all depictions of animals in the books I read. After all, they can add so much to a book.
They can provide comic (or adorable) relief, like Slipstream in Across a Star-Swept Sea or Smut in Dairy Queen. They can be dangerous as enemies or allies like the unicorns in Rampant and the Capaill Uisce in The Scorpio Races. They can be a way for a person to find an escape or a direction, like Darius’ falcon in Darius & Twig or the farm animals in Over You. And of course, animals can give us love, friendship, and companionship, like Pounce in Terrier, Bendomolena in Audrey, Wait!, or Otto in Endangered.
So this month, we’re celebrating all the wonder that is animals – real or fictional, beastly or beloved. Pick up a book and enjoy the diversity of creatures they contain while helping animals in the real world through our summer reading program!