Animal coffee table books that make great gifts and conversation fodder

Bring the wilderness into your living room.

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Beautiful table decor isn’t always reliant on candles, flower arrangements, or other knick knacks. A great book collection for your coffee table is a staple for any home. Not only can they be entertaining, but they let your guests know a little bit more about you, your interests, and your personality. If you are an animal lover, rest-assured there are a ton of great books out there to populate your space. Ranging from photography books to books on animal facts, we have set aside a few options to get you started on your collection.

Radiant: Farm Animals Up Close and Personal
Old MacDonald has nothing on you.Amazon

Radiant: Farm Animals Up Close and Personal by Traer Scott is a beautiful book full of extraordinary portraits. Get a glimpse as Spot the Muscovy duck, Percy the Indian peafowl, Liz the Jersey cow, Karl the haired sheep, and many more. Each photograph is combined with stories or anecdotes about that specific animal and informative facts about their species. For example, you can learn more about Huayaca alpacas as well as Bobbert’s specific forms of expression. All 128 pages are going to entertain the reader while introducing some important questions about farming and animal care. This is a great book for all ages, with a stunning cover, and impressive layout.

Silent Kingdom: A World Beneath the Waves
Dive deeper.Amazon

If you are looking for something that artfully explores animal life below the surface look no further than Silent Kingdown: A World Beneath the Waves by Christian Vizl. Using absolutely stunning black-and-white photographs Vizl captures the world below, it’s inhabitants, and it’s mystery. You will see a collection of stingrays, dancing dolphins, serious sharks, and more while being reminded that this magical place, covering more than 65 percent of our Earth is at-risk and in need of preservation. This is a great book if you are looking for something with a little bit of abstraction and a lot of access to animals you won’t find out and about.

Pit Bull Flower Power
Pure joy on every page.Amazon

French photographer Sophie Gamand has hit the ball out of the park with this pit bull focused coffee table book. This one is a personal favorite; it combines whimsy, struggle, and honesty to create the perfect cross-section of enjoyment and critical thinking. Gamand has visited over thirty shelters and rescues to take these portraits and collect each pups story. The result completely rearranges any preconceived notions about pit bulls and their ability to make loving pets. You don’t need to be a natural pittie fan to enjoy this book; any animal lover will have a great time flipping through these larger than life portraits.

Animal Kingdom: A Collection of Portraits
Get up close and personal.Amazon

Animal Kingdom: A Collection of Portraits features an unbelievably wide range of close up photographs focusing on your favorite animals. Expertly captured in a studio setting by Randal Ford, this book will delight any reader. These images reveal a significant amount of information about each creature’s personality. It should be no surprise when you turn the page, see a duckling looking curiously into your eyes and feel an emotional connection. Ford has been able to capture these animals exactly as they are, their quirks and characteristics. Animals range from Arabian horses to exotic birds to big cats like cheetahs, tigers, and more—all are indexed with brief descriptions of each subject. There is something for everyone in this compendium.

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