Reading Recommendations

If you are an avid pet owner or enthusiast, you are undoubtedly always looking for ways to be a better care-taker. Here is a list of reading material to help you get started, sorted by the type of pet. The internet is also a great place to look, but always take amateur advice with a critical grain of salt and cross-reference for credibility (not to mention, we just kinda prefer physical books anyways!). These books are published by researched professionals for pet owners like you.

These are all books that we have in our personal library.

Small Mammal Books

The Chinchilla Handbook (Barron’s Pet Handbooks) - Sharon L. Vanderlip, DVM

Degus (Barron's Complete Pet Owner's Manuals) - Sharon L. Vanderlip, DVM

Ferrets for Dummies - Kim Schilling

Hedgehogs (Barron's Complete Pet Owner's Manuals) - Sharon L. Vanderlip, DVM

Pot Bellies and Other Miniature Pigs (Barron's Complete Pet Owner's Manuals) - Pat Storer

Rabbits for Dummies - Connie Isbell & Audery Pavia

Sugar Gliders (Barron's Complete Pet Owner's Manuals) - Caroline Wightman

Sugar Gliders: The Complete Sugar Glider Care Guide - Sandy Duncan


Bird Books

Guide to a Well-Behaved Parrot (Barron’s) - Mattie Sue Athan

Parrots for Dummies - Nikki Moustaki

Barron's has a considerable amount of bird books dedicated to specific bird and parrot breeds. We have these on a wishlist!


Reptile and Amphibian Books

Anoles, Basilisks, and Water Dragons (Barron's Complete Pet Owner's Manuals) - R.D. Bartlett & Patricia P Bartlett

Iguanas for Dummies - Melissa Kaplan

The Iguana Handbook (Barron's Pet Handbooks) - R.D. Bartlett & Patricia P Bartlett

Leopard Geckos for Dummies - Liz Palika

Leopard and Fat-Tailed Geckos (Reptile And Amphibian Keeper's Guides) - R.D. Bartlett & Patricia P Bartlett

Monitors, Tegus, and Related Lizards (Barron's Complete Pet Owner's Manuals) - R.D. Bartlett & Patricia P Bartlett

Reptiles & Amphibians for Dummies - Patricia P Bartlett

Turtles & Tortoises for Dummies - Liz Palika


Fish Books

Freshwater Aquariums for Dummies - Maddy Hargrove & Mic Hargrove

Koi for Dummies - R.D. Bartlett & Patricia P Bartlett

Saltwater Aquariums for Dummies - Gregory Skomal


Insect/Arachnid/Crustacean Books

Hermit Crabs for Dummies - Kelli A. Wilkins

The Tarantula Keeper's Guide: Comprehensive Information on Care, Housing, and Feeding - Stanley A Schultz & Marguerite J Schultz

Tarantulas and Other Arachnids (Barron's Complete Pet Owner's Manuals) - Samuel D Marshall


Combination Books

50 Really Exotic Pets: A Fur-And-Feather-Free Guide to the Most Lovable Tarantulas, Tortoises, Snakes, Frogs, Lizards, and Other Creatures - David Manning

Exotic Pet Handbook (Barron's) - David Manning

Terrarium and Cage Construction and Care (Barron's)- R.D. Bartlett & Patricia P. Bartlett



We also collect small business books and professional pet sitter books. Please e-mail if you would be interested in a list of these resources!