The best wolves books 📚

Browse the best books on wolves as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of Of Wolves and Men

Of Wolves and Men

By Barry Lopez

Why this book?

Lyrical and personal, this breathtaking book leads you on a journey to discover sides of the wolf you might never have expected would exist. The way a deer signals to the wolf that it will give in to the chase, to become the wolf’s prey, and the wolf’s ‘reply.’ Lopez gets into the head of wolves and the social systems of wolf packs. Years ago, travelling through rural Washington State, USA, I met the endangered buffalo timberwolves close-up. I carried Lopez’s thoughts in my head to calm my nerves. After reading this book, I longed to learn as much about…

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The best classic books on studying and living among wild animals

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Book cover of Part Wild: Caught Between the Worlds of Wolves and Dogs

Part Wild: Caught Between the Worlds of Wolves and Dogs

By Ceiridwen Terrill

Why this book?

Part wolf encyclopedia, part memoir about a woman raising a companion wolfdog. Terrill makes a lot of the same mistakes naive dog owners make, only the stakes are higher because Inyo is more volatile and more aggressive than your average canine. This is also the story of Terrill’s emotional health and interpersonal relationships. It’s a cautionary and heartbreaking tale about bringing a wild animal into your home and your heart.
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The best books about dogs who rescue us as much as we rescue them

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Book cover of Hit by a Flying Wolf: True Tales of Rescue, Rehabilitation and Real Life with Dogs and Wolves

Hit by a Flying Wolf: True Tales of Rescue, Rehabilitation and Real Life with Dogs and Wolves

By Nicole Wilde

Why this book?

Speaking of wolves, this book describes how wolves and wolfdogs can be safely contained and cared for. Author Nicole Wilde ran Villalobos Rescue Center back when it was a wolf rescue, and is also a specialist in domestic dog behavior. In this book, she opens up about the struggles she had with some of her own dogs. It’s very reassuring to read about experts having the same problems we do. Not only does Wilde describe the animals vividly in prose, but her photographs also are stunning. It bums me out when photos in dog books are grainy and black and…
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The best books about dogs who rescue us as much as we rescue them

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Book cover of Wolf Light

Wolf Light

By Yaba Badoe

Why this book?

When copper miners plunder Zula's desert home in Gobi Altai, and Adoma's forest and river are polluted by gold prospectors, it is only a matter of time before the lake Linet guards with her life is also in jeopardy. How far will Zula, Adoma, and Linet go to defend the well-being of their homes? And when all else fails, will they have the courage to summon the ancient power of their order, to make the landscape speak in a way that everyone will hear?

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The best uplifting climate fiction books

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Book cover of Decade of the Wolf

Decade of the Wolf

By Douglas W. Smith, Gary Ferguson

Why this book?

Reflecting on the first decade with wolves back in Yellowstone National Park, this book highlights milestones in the reintroduction effort, takes you out in the field with a wildlife biologist, and shares compelling stories of individual Yellowstone wolves and their packs. With more than 25 years spent overseeing wolves and elk in the park, Doug Smith is a unique authority on wolves and wolf behavior. Around the time our wolf project was coming to an end in the mid-’90s, those first wolves were released into central Idaho and Yellowstone. When we read this book some ten years later, we heard…

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The best books that paint a multi-dimensional portrait of the wolf

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Book cover of Dyrwolf: A Young Adult Fantasy Romance

Dyrwolf: A Young Adult Fantasy Romance

By Kat Kinney

Why this book?

Lea hunts werewolves to protect her village, and Henrik is…yep, you guessed it. But he’s also literally the boy from her dreams. The magnetic attraction between these two is unforgettable! My eyes were glued to the page through the last quarter, when war escalates and Lea finds allies—and new enemies—she never would’ve expected. 

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The best young-adult sci-fi/fantasy with a swoon-inducing love story

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