Animal Writes
6 May 2001 Issue
The Write Stuff: ASPCA Launches Online Children's Bibliography

The quest for good animal-themed children's books just got a lot easier, thanks to the latest addition to the ASPCA's website -- "Kids, Animals & Literature," an annotated bibliography of more than 300 titles. Each book has been reviewed by ASPCA's Humane Education department and recommended for its accuracy, humane themes and "readability." Pet care guides, nonfiction works on all types of animals, picture books and poetry collections are all included here, as are novels and nature guides, and tales
of humane heroes such as John Muir and Rachel Carson.

"You would be amazed at how many children's books feature animals in inappropriate situations or convey inaccurate information," says Zoe Burkholder, Coordinator of Special Projects, ASPCA Humane Education. "Many parents and educators have been disappointed to find children's science books that encourage kids to collect and kill insects or pet care guides that advocate terrible training techniques. This bibliography allows parents to make a quick, yet informed decision when selecting a book." To access this valuable resource, visit -- and be sure to bookmark -- Books are available for purchase through links to, and a portion of the proceeds from each sale will be donated to the ASPCA.

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