March: Anthropomorphic Characters

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Our favorite characters in books have adventures, overcome challenges, and they often become favorites because we relate to their feelings, experiences, traits, and personalities. But these favorite characters aren’t always humans, sometimes they’re animals!

March’s Year in Reading challenge is to read anthropomorphic titles. You can search the catalog using the Title Keyword option, but we’ve also compiled a book list you can look through for ideas.

In case you missed it, the February challenge was to read a book from the Dark and Sweet list.


Nora Lavrin, Lois Hill
Description: Presents an illustrated collection of moral tales from Aesop.
Call Number: JLP 398.2 Aes
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Feb 16, 2017
George Orwell, George Orwell, George Orwell
Description: All animals are equals but some animals are more equal than others. George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution is the account of the bold struggle, initiated by the animals, that transforms Mr. Jones's Manor Farm into Animal Farm, a wholly democratic society built on the credo that all animals are created equal. Out of their cleverness, the pigs Napoleon, Squealer, and Snowball emerge as leaders of the new community in a subtle evolution that proves disastrous.
Call Number: FIC Orw
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 16, 2017
Felix Salten, Richard Cowdrey
Description: The classical tale of a young fawn's growing maturity and independence as he learns to face the hardships of his life.
Call Number: J FIC Sal
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 16, 2017
Anna Sewell, Donada Peters
Description: A horse in nineteenth-century England recounts his experiences with both good and bad masters.
Format: eAudiobook
Date Added: Feb 16, 2017
E. B. White, Garth Williams, Rosemary Wells
Description: Wilbur the pig is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer's Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Feb 16, 2017
Art Spiegelman, Art. Maus Spiegelman, Art. Maus II Spiegelman
Call Number: FIC Spi
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 16, 2017
David Petersen
Description: Follows the adventures of three mice, Saxon, Kenzie and Lieam as they patrol borders, and strive to keep the mouse territories free from predators.
Call Number: YA FIC Pet
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 16, 2017
Robert C O'Brien, Zena Bernstein
Description: Having no one to help her with her problems, a widowed mouse visits the rats whose former imprisonment in a laboratory made them wise and long lived.
Call Number: J FIC OBr
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 25, 2015
Clare Bell
Call Number: YA SF Bel
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 16, 2017
Brian K Vaughan, Fonografiks, Eric Stephenson, Fiona Staples
Description: When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.
Call Number: FIC Vau
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 21, 2016
Kenneth Oppel
Description: When a newborn bat named Shade but sometimes called "Runt" becomes separated from his colony during migration, he grows in ways that prepare him for even greater journeys.
Call Number: J FIC Opp
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 16, 2017
E. B. White, Julie Harris
Description: Stuart Little, the small mouse with the large heart and taste for adventure, sets forth into the world with some mighty big plans: to ride a Fifth Avenue bus; to win a sailboat race in Central Park; and to find his lost friend, the lovely bird Margalo.
Format: eAudiobook
Date Added: Feb 16, 2017
Tad Williams
Description: Meet Fritti Tailchaser, a ginger tom cat of rare courage and curiosity, a born survivor in a world of heroes and villians, of powerful feline gods and whiskery legends, furless, erect creatures called M'an. Join Tailchaser on his magical quest to rescue his catfriend Hushpad--a quest that will take him all the way to cat hell & beyond.
Call Number: FIC Wil
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 16, 2017
Laline Paull
Description: Flora 717 is a member of the lowest caste in her orchard hive. Work and sacrifice are the highest virtues and worship of the beloved Queen the only religion. But Flora is not like other bees. With circumstances threatening the hive's survival, she is allowed to feed the newborns in the royal nursery and then to become a forager, flying alone and free to collect pollen. When Flora dares to challenge the Queen's fertility, she comes into conflict with her conscience, her heart, her society, and is led to unthinkable deeds.
Call Number: LP FIC Pau
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Feb 16, 2017
Kathryn Lasky, Pamela Garelick
Description: The reader is introduced to Soren, a barn owl and the centerpiece of the series. When Soren is pushed from his family's nest by his older brother, he is rescued from certain death on the forest floor by agents from a mysterious school for orphaned owls, St. Aggie's. When Soren arrives at St. Aggie's, he suspects there is more to the school than meets the eye. He and his new friend, the clever and scrappy Gylfie, find out that St. Aggie's is actually a training camp where the school's leader can groom young owls to help achieve her goal.
Call Number: J FIC Las
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Feb 16, 2017
Philip Pullman
Description: Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.
Call Number: Book Club Kit YA FIC Pul
Format: Kit
Date Added: Feb 16, 2017
Rudyard Kipling, Ralph Cosham
Description: Presents the adventures of Mowgli, a boy reared by a pack of wolves, and the wild animals of the jungle.
Call Number: J FIC Kip
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Feb 16, 2017
[Older Chapter Book]
Peter S Beagle
Description: Schmendrick the Magician and Molly Grue accompany a beautiful unicorn on a search for other members of her nearly extinct species.
Call Number: J FIC Bea
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 2, 2010
C. S. (Clive Staples) Lewis, Pauline Baynes
Description: Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.
Call Number: J FIC Lew
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 16, 2017
Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao
Description: When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.
Call Number: Book Club Kit J FIC App
Format: Kit
Date Added: Feb 16, 2017
Richard Adams
Call Number: FIC Ada
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 16, 2017
Margery Williams Bianco, William Nicholson
Description: By the time the velveteen rabbit is dirty, worn out, and about to be burned, he has almost given up hope of ever finding the magic called Real.
Call Number: E Wil
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 16, 2017
L. Frank Baum, Jack Zipes, W. W. Denslow, John R. Neill, Rachell. Sumpter
Format: eBook
Date Added: Feb 16, 2017
Stan Sakai
Description: "Yokai are the monsters, demons, and spirits of Japanese folklore, such as the shape-shifting kitsune, the obakeneko demon cats, and the evil oni ogres. Usagi faces all of these and more when a desperate woman begs him to find her kidnapped daughter"--P. [4] of cover.
Call Number: J FIC Sak
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 16, 2017
Richard Adams
Description: Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the Warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits.
Call Number: FIC Ada
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 16, 2017
A. A. Milne, Jim Broadbent
Call Number: J FIC Mil
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Feb 16, 2017
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Aesop's Fables [Large Print]
Nora Lavrin, Lois Hill
JLP 398.2 Aes
The Bees [Large Print]
Laline Paull
LP FIC Pau
Animal Farm ; 1984
George Orwell, George Orwell, George Orwell
FIC Orw
The Capture [Audiobook]
Kathryn Lasky, Pamela Garelick
J FIC Las
Bambi : A Life In The Woods
Felix Salten, Richard Cowdrey
J FIC Sal
The Golden Compass [Kit]
Philip Pullman
Book Club Kit YA FIC Pul
Black Beauty [eAudiobook]
Anna Sewell, Donada Peters
The Jungle Book [Audiobook]
Rudyard Kipling, Ralph Cosham
J FIC Kip
Charlotte's Web [E-book]
E. B. White, Garth Williams, Rosemary Wells
The Last Unicorn
Peter S Beagle
J FIC Bea
Maus : A Survivor's Tale : I : My Father Bleeds History, Ii: And Here My Troubles Began
Art Spiegelman, Art. Maus Spiegelman, Art. Maus II Spiegelman
FIC Spi
The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe
C. S. (Clive Staples) Lewis, Pauline Baynes
J FIC Lew
Mouse Guard : Fall 1152
David Petersen
YA FIC Pet
The One And Only Ivan [Kit]
Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao
Book Club Kit J FIC App
Mrs. Frisby And The Rats Of Nimh
Robert C O'Brien, Zena Bernstein
J FIC OBr
The Plague Dogs
Richard Adams
FIC Ada
Ratha's Creature
Clare Bell
YA SF Bel
The Velveteen Rabbit
Margery Williams Bianco, William Nicholson
E Wil
Saga: 01
Brian K Vaughan, Fonografiks, Eric Stephenson, Fiona Staples
FIC Vau
The Wizard Of Oz: And Other Wonderful Books Of Oz : The Emerald City Of Oz And Glinda Of Oz [E-book]
L. Frank Baum, Jack Zipes, W. W. Denslow, John R. Neill, Rachell. Sumpter
Silverwing
Kenneth Oppel
J FIC Opp
Usagi Yojimbo : Yokai
Stan Sakai
J FIC Sak
Stuart Little [eAudiobook]
E. B. White, Julie Harris
Watership Down [By] Richard Adams.
Richard Adams
FIC Ada
Tailchaser's Song
Tad Williams
FIC Wil
Winnie-The-Pooh [Audiobook]
A. A. Milne, Jim Broadbent
J FIC Mil