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Roger Abrantes, The Evolution of Canine Social Behavior (2005) – exploration of the behaviour of various canids, including both wolves and dogs

Hatagin Gotovin Akim (ed.), Dog of Heaven: Truths and Myths of Blue Mongolia’s Blue Wolf, trans. by Hargana G. Dashdavaa (2008) – collection of thirteen Mongol stories about wolves, collected by Akim as he travelled throughout Mongolia and interviewed locals

David Alderton, Foxes, Wolves and Wild Dogs of the World (1994) – about all wild members of the Canidae family, their behaviour, distribution, and how they have been affected by humans

Cheryl Alexander, Takaya: Lone Wolf (2020) – about Alexander’s relationship with and research on Takaya, a wolf living in British Columbia (subject of a documentary of the same name)

Teo Alfero, The Wolf Connection: What Wolves Can Teach Us about Being Human (2019) – detailing Alfero’s experiences as the founder of a wolf sanctuary, offering life advice based on principles learned from wolves

Durward Leon Allen, Wolves of Minong: Isle Royale’s Wild Community (1979) – documenting the reintroduction of wolves to Isle Royale National Park, USA

Bryce Andrews, Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West (2014)– Andrews’s memoir of his time spent on a ranch in Montana, where wolves coming to the ranch from Yellowstone National Park started to depredate upon the ranch’s livestock

Renee Askins, Shadow Mountain: A Memoir of Wolves, a Woman and the Wild (2002) – about Askins’ mission to bring wolves back to Yellowstone after she bonded with a wolf during research


Jack Ballard, Wolves: A Falcon Field Guide (2012) – book about all aspects of wolves’ lives, as well as their relationship with humans, accompanied by illustrative photographs

Scott Ian Barry, Wolf Empire: An Intimate Portrait of a Species (2007) – photographic book documenting the intimate lives of wolves

Rick Bass, The New Wolves: The Return of the Mexican Wolf to the Southwest (1998) – documenting the reintroduction of highly endangered Mexican wolves to the wild following their extinction

Rick Bass, The Ninemile Wolves (1992) – follows the fate of the first wolves to disperse to and settle in Montana, and human reactions to their presence

Erwin A. Bauer, Wild Dogs: The Wolves, Coyotes and Foxes of North America (1994) – photographic book depicting the lives of the wild dogs in North America

Sandra L. Beckett, Recycling Red Riding Hood (2002) – study of the intertextuality of the fairy tale, with a focus on ‘Little Red Riding Hood’

Sandra L. Beckett, Red Riding Hood for All Ages: A Fairy-tale Icon in Cross-cultural Contexts (2008) – a study of the modern retellings of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, including several chapters on the wolf itself

T. DeLene Beeland, The Secret World of Red Wolves: The Fight to Save North America’s Other Wolf (2013) – documents the USFWS efforts to recover red wolf populations and save them from extinction, with discussion of the issue of coexistence and how to define the red wolf as a distinct species

Charles Bergman, Wild Echoes: Encounters with the Most Endangered Animals in North America (1990) – about Bergman’s experiences of a variety of endangered species in North America, with a chapter on wolves

Jacquelyn Berrill, Wonders of the World of Wolves (1970) (reprinted in 1975 as The World of Wolves)– book including chapters on timber wolves, coyotes, and red foxes, describing their behaviour and misconceptions about them

Jenni Bidner, Is My Dog a Wolf?: How Your Pet Compares to its Wild Cousin (2006) – traces the history of the domestication of wolves and compares dog behaviour to wolf behaviour

Nate Blakeslee, The Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West (2018) – following the life of O-Six, a wolf living in the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park

Günther Bloch, The Pipestone Wolves: The Rise and Fall of a Wolf Family (2016) – about Bloch’s time spent studying the Pipestone wolf pack, who migrated into Banff National Park and displaced the pack who had previously held territory in the Bow Valley

Liz Bomford, The Complete Wolf (1993) – a natural history of wolves across all continents, with descriptions of behaviour, specific subspecies, and controversies surrounding these animals

Jeremy Bradshaw, The Wolf (1991) – an overview of the behaviour, life cycle, and habitat of wolves as well as other Canidae such as jackals, coyotes, and dingoes

Jim Brandenburg, White Wolf: Living with an Arctic Legend (1990) – photographic book capturing the lives of a pack of arctic wolves

Jim Brandenburg, Brother Wolf: A Forgotten Promise (1993) – sequel to White Wolf about the relationship between humans and wolves, again accompanied by photographs

Douglas Brinkley, The Quiet World: Saving Alaska’s Wilderness Kingdom 1879-1960 (2011) – about the variety of wildlife found in Alaska, and the events throughout history that have threatened this wilderness, containing several chapters on wolves

David E. Brown (ed.), The Wolf in the Southwest: The Making of an Endangered Species (1983) – chronicle of the eradication of wolves in Mexico and the American southwest, including stories of the last living wolves in the area and details of these wolves’ behaviour

Sheila Buff, Wolves: Nature’s Window (1997) – photography book with details on wolves and their behaviour

Brad A. Bulin, The Grand Lady of Yellowstone & Other Yellowstone Stories (2020) – gives accounts of some of the wolves of Yellowstone observed by Bulin, a wolf-guide and educator at the park

James C. Burbank, Vanishing Lobo: The Mexican Wolf and the Southwest (1990) – book about the eradication of wolves in the USA, with particular focus on wolf-human conflict

Robert Busch, The Wolf Almanac: A Celebration Of Wolves And Their World (1995) – reference work about wolf behaviour, ecology, physiology, and the role of wolves in culture and mythology

Robert Busch (ed.), Wolf Songs: The Classic Collection of Writing About Wolves (1994) – collection of essays about wolves by 18 nature writers


Christopher Camuto, Another Country: Journeying Toward the Cherokee Mountains (1997) – an exploration of the home of the Cherokee people in the southern Appalachian Mountains, with discussion of history and culture, nature, and the efforts to restore red wolves in the area

Roger A. Caras, The Custer Wolf: Biography of an American Renegade (1966) – about ‘Lobo’, an ‘outlaw’ wolf who became legendary for his ability to outwit hunters and trappers pursuing him, including first-hand accounts by those affected

Ludwig N. Carbyn, Buffalo Wolf: Predators, Prey, and the Politics of Nature (2003) – about Carbyn’s experiences of studying wolves and bison in the Wood Bison National Park, Canada  

Ludwig N. Carbyn, Steven H. Fritts, and Dale R. Seip, Ecology and Conservation of Wolves in a Changing World (1995) – series of papers given at the Second North American Symposium on Wolves in 1992

Ludwig N. Carbyn, S. M. Oosenbrug, and D. W. Anions, Wolves, Bison, and the Dynamics Related to the Peace-Athabasca Delta in Canada’s Wood Buffalo National Park(1993) – a study of the  ecosystem of Wood Buffalo National Park and the Peace-Athabasca Delta, Canada, with a focus on wolves and their prey, bison

Arthur Carhart and Stanley Young, The Last Stand of the Pack: Critical Edition, ed. by Andrew Gulliford and Tom Wolf (2017) – new edition of Carhart’s 1929 account of the extermination of wolves in Colorado, with new essays

Denise Casey and Tim W. Clark, Tales of the Wolf: Fifty-One Stories of Wolf Encounters in the Wild (1995) – collection of accounts about wolf encounters, from a wide range of perspectives

Nancy Castaldo, The Wolves and Moose of Isle Royale: Restoring an Island Ecosystem (2022) – account of the translocation of wolves to Isle Royale to save the genetically unviable population

José R. Castelló, Canids of the World: Wolves, Wild Dogs, Foxes, Jackals, Coyotes, and Their Relatives (2018) – field guide to the canids of the world, including the grey wolf and richly illustrated with colour plates, maps, and photos

Bernard Charlier, Faces of the Wolf, Faces of the Individual: Anthropological Study of Human, Non-human Relationships in West Mongolia (2011) – book about the ways in which the nomadic herders of Mongolia interact with and relate to wolves

Bernard Charlier, Faces of the Wolf: Managing the Human, Non-human Boundary in Mongolia (2015) – exploration of the way in which nomadic herders in Mongolia relate to wolves and the environment around them

Susan G. Clark and Murray B. Rutherford (eds), Large Carnivore Conservation: Integrating Science and Policy in the North American West (2014) – wolves are one of the case studies regarding large carnivore conservation in the continental US examined in this book, with especial focus on the sociological challenges of coexistence with them

Ewan Clarkson, Wolf Country: A Wilderness Pilgrimage (1975) – memoir recounting Clarkson’s time in the wilderness of Minnesota and Michigan, including reflections upon wolves and the natural world, and mankind’s relationship with them

Jon T. Coleman, Vicious: Wolves and Men in America (2004) – about the history of the wolf-human relationship, and eradication campaign, in North America

Committee on Management of Wolf and Bear Populations in Alaska, Board on Biology, Commission on Life Sciences, National Research Council, Wolves, Bears, and their Prey in Alaska: Biological and Social Challenges in Wildlife Management (1997) – an assessment of the scientific and economic aspects of wolf (and bear) management programs in Alaska

Adriana G. Consorte-McCrea and Eliana Ferraz Santos(eds), Ecology and Conservation of the Maned Wolf: Multidisciplinary Perspectives (2014) – collection of essays about the maned wolf, a subspecies native to South America, with reference to behaviour and human relationships, as well as case studies from conservation programs

Kit Coppard and Robin Brandt, Wolves (1999) – photographic collection intimately depicting the lives of wolves

Raymond Coppinger and Lorna Coppinger, Dogs: A Startling New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior, & Evolution (2001) – book about the process of the creation of different dog breeds, how dogs evolved from wolves, and how to get the most out of a human-dog relationship

Lois Crisler, Arctic Wild (1958) – about Herb and Lois Crisler, who spent 18 months in Alaska in the 1950s, where they adopted and raised two wolf pups

Lois Crisler, Captive Wild (1968) – account of Herb and Lois Crisler’s attempt to house 5 wolf pups they had reared in the grounds of their home in Colorado

Jim Crumley, The Last Wolf (2015) – examines the legends of the ‘last wolf’ in Scotland, interspersed with fictional narrations from the point of view of the last wolf


Jan DeBlieu, Meant to Be Wild: The Struggle to Save Endangered Species Through Captive Breeding (1993) – account of the captive breeding programs designed to save species from extinction, including red wolves

Misha Defonseca, Misha: A Mémoire of the Holocaust Years (also published as Surviving with Wolves: The Most Extraordinary Story of World War II) (1997) – supposed memoir about the author’s experiences travelling through Europe to find her parents during the Holocaust, during which she claimed she was adopted by a pack of wolves. Later revealed to be fabricated

Dick Dekker, Stories of Predation: Sixty Years of Watching Wildlife (2021) – account of Dekker’s time spent observing various predator species in Canada, including an account of the return of wolves to Jasper National Park

Dick Dekker, Wolves of the Rocky Mountains from Jasper to Yellowstone (1997) – about wolves in the Rocky Mountains, including their relationship with humans and with other animals, such as ravens, coyotes, bears, deer, moose, and elk

Mark Derr, How the Dog Became the Dog: From Wolves to Our Best Friends (2013) – book tracing the history of the domestication of wolves, including how and why wolves and humans came to live and work together

Malcolm Drew Donalson, The History of the Wolf in Western Civilization: From Antiquity to the Middle Ages(2006) – primarily a cultural history of the wolf in literature, religion, and folklore, and how this affected real wolves in the west

Andrea Donner, Call of the Wolf (2008) – photographic book detailing wolf behaviour and their status in North America, accompanied by a CD of wolf vocalisations

Jim Dutcher and Jamie Dutcher, The Wisdom of Wolves (2018) – observations on what humans can learn from wolves and their behaviour, written by a couple who lived with a wolf pack

Jim Dutcher and Jamie Dutcher, Living with Wolves (2005) – documenting Jim and Jamie Dutcher’s experiences of living alongside a wolf pack

Jim Dutcher and Jamie Dutcher, The Hidden Life of Wolves (2013) – another book documenting Jim and Jamie Dutcher’s experiences of living with wolves, with photos captured by the authors

Jim Dutcher and Jamie Dutcher, Wolves at Our Door: The Extraordinary Story of the Couple Who Lived with Wolves (2003) – memoir about Jim and Jamie Dutcher’s time living with wolves, and detailing their struggle to keep their project going in the face of opposition and the harshness of living in the wilderness


Aimee Lyn Eaton, Collared: Politics and Personalities in Oregon’s Wolf Country (2013) – account of the conflict that followed the dispersal of wolves released into the northern Rockies to Oregon

Cristina Eisenberg, The Carnivore Way: Coexisting with and Conserving North America’s Predators (2014) – exposition on the need for top predators (including wolves) in healthy ecosystems, and about the need for human tolerance of them

Cristina Eisenberg, The Wolf’s Tooth: Keystone Predators, Trophic Cascades, and Biodiversity (2011) – an exploration of the importance of top predators as keystone species, and their role in maintaining healthy ecosystems, with discussion of wolves as well as other species

Magnus Elander, The Big Five (2002) – account of the five large carnivores of Scandinavia: wolves, bears, wolverines, lynx, and men

Jay Robert Elhard, Wolf Tourist: One Summer in the West (1996) – about Elhard’s visit to Yellowstone National Park, and his encounters with both the supporters of and opponents to the project

Shaun Ellis, Spirit of the Wolf (2006) – photographic book about wolf behaviour, social relationships, and the symbolism and myths attached to them

Shaun Ellis, The Wolf Talk (2003) – account of Ellis’s time working with the packs of captive wolves at Longleat Safari Park and Dartmoor Zoo, and his observations about their behaviour

Shaun Ellis, The Wolf Within: How I Learned to Talk Dog (2011) (also published as The Man Who Lives with Wolves(2010)) – documenting Ellis’s time living alone with a wild wolf pack for two years

Louise H. Emmons (ed.), The Maned Wolves of Noel Kempff Mercado National Park (2012) – detailing the results of a 10-year study of maned wolves in Noel Kempff National Park, Bolivia

Paul L. Errington, Of Predation and Life (1967) – an overview of vertebrate predators in the United States, including wolves, along with other material on predators and predation

Paul L. Errington, Of Wilderness and Wolves, ed. by Matthew Wynn Sivils (2015) – detailing Errington’s relationship with the wolves in South Dakota in the twentieth century, questioning mankind’s fear and destruction of them

Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Women Who Run With The Wolves: Contacting the Power of the Wild Woman (1992) – philosophical and psychological reflection upon the nature of women, which Estes compares to that of wolves


Nina Fascione, Aimee Delach, and Martin E. Smith (eds), People and Predators: From Conflict to Coexistence (2004) – collected essays about the human relationship with carnivores, with several chapters on wolf-human relationships

Catherine Feher-Elston, Wolfsong: A Natural and Fabulous History of Wolves (2004) – about the complex relationship between wolves and humans, and the variety of cultural depictions of the animal

Michaela Fenske and Bernhard Tschofen (eds), Managing the Return of the Wild: Human Encounters with Wolves in Europe (2020) – collection of essays from a range of disciplinary perspectives, about attitudes to wolves in Europe and how their populations may successfully be recovered

Gary Ferguson, The Yellowstone Wolves: The First Year (1996) – about the first year after the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park

George C. Ferros, Sanichar, the Wolf Boy of India (1902) – Ferros’s account of a young boy who was discovered living among wolves in India

Richard Fiennes, The Order of Wolves (1976) – naturalist’s observations about wolves and their behaviour

Hank Fischer, Wolf Wars: The Remarkable Inside Story of the Restoration of Wolves to Yellowstone (1995) – account of the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park by one of the conservationists on the project

Edward A. Fitzgerald, Wolves, Courts, and Public Policy: The Children of the Night Return to the Northern Rocky Mountains (2015) – about the reintroduction and recovery of wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains, with a focus on the conflict surrounding the federal courts’ role in public policy dispute resolution

Susan L. Flader, Thinking Like a Mountain: Aldo Leopold and the Evolution of an Ecological Attitude Toward Deer, Wolves, and Forests (1974) – examines Aldo Leopold’s famous essay ‘Thinking like a Mountain’, as well as scholarship on Leopold’s writing

Dan Flores, American Serengeti: The Last Big Animals of the Great Plains (2016) – about the large mammals found on America’s Great Plains, including wolves, bison, coyotes, wild horses, and grizzly bears

Philippa Forrester, On the Trail of Wolves: A British Adventure in the Wild West (2020) – book by a UK TV broadcaster who recounts her experiences after having moved to Grand Teton National Park, USA, to be closer to nature

M. W. Fox, Behaviour of Wolves, Dogs and Related Canids (1971) – one of the earliest studies of the behaviour of wolves and other canid species

Michael Fox, The Soul of the Wolf: A Meditation on Wolves and Man (1992) – about the life cycle and behaviour of wolves, and their relationship with humans

T. K. Fuller, Wolves of the World: Natural History and Conservation (2004) – collection of photos of wolves from famous nature photographers, with accompanying discussion of the wolf’s ethology, biology, conservation, and relationship with men

Todd Fuller, Wolves: Spirit of the Wild (2019) – pictorial book celebrating wolves and tackling misconceptions about them


Robert A. Garrott, P. J. White, and Fred G. R. Watson (eds), The Ecology of Large Mammals in Central Yellowstone: Sixteen Years of Integrated Field Studies (2009) – collection of studies about the ecosystem of Yellowstone, USA, with particular focus on bison, elk, and wolves

Sam George and Bill Hughes (eds), In the Company of Wolves: Werewolves, Wolves and Wild Children (2020) – collection of essays from a variety of disciplines, about the cultural representation of wolves, wild children, and werewolves

Daniel E. Gershenson, Apollo the Wolf-god (1991) – study of the Indo-European mythological figure of the ‘wind-wolf’, and its possible relationship with the Greek God, Apollo

Arnold Gesell, Wolf Child and Human Child: Being a Narrative Interpretation of the Life History of Kamala, the Wolf Girl (1941) – about Kamala, an 8-year-old girl found living with wolves in India in the early 20th century, and her reaction to efforts to re-socialise her

Nancy Gibson, Wolves (1996) – photographic book accompanied by text from naturalists about wolves and experiences of them

Melissa Gish, Wolves (2000) – photograph book about wolf habitat and behaviour

Monica Glickman, Wild Wolf Encounters: True Stories of Wolves in the Wild (2012) – about Glickman’s first-hand encounters with wolves, accompanied by photographs taken by her

James Gracey, The Company of Wolves (2017) – about the 1984 film The Company of Wolves and the Angela Carter short story upon which it is based, as well as fairy tales and werewolves in literature and cinema

Rebecca Grambo, Wolf: Legend, Enemy, Icon (2005) – a book with beautiful photographs, documenting both ecological descriptions of wolves with cultural knowledge of them

Will N. Graves, Wolves in Russia: Anxiety Through the Ages (2007) – outlines research about the history of wolves in Russia, with Graves contending that wolves in North America should be controlled by humans

Maureen Greeley, Wolf (1996) – about the behaviour and physical characteristics of grey wolves, as well as the 1995 reintroduction to Yellowstone National Park

Hélène Grimaud, Wild Harmonies: A Life of Music and Wolves, trans. by Ellen Hinsey (2006) – Grimaud’s story of how an encounter with a wolf-dog hybrid led her to found a wolf preserve and dedicate her life to advocating for wolves

Steve Grooms, Return of the Wolf: Successes and Threats in the US and Canada (1993) – about wolf biology and the controversy surrounding the animal’s management


Gordon Haber and Marybeth Holleman, Among Wolves: Gordon Haber’s Insights into Alaska’s Most Misunderstood Animal (2013) – Haber examines the behaviour of Alaskan wolves and advocates for their protection and sustainable management

James Halfpenny, Charting Yellowstone Wolves: A Record of Wolf Restoration (2012) – book about all of the individual wolves in Yellowstone, past and present, and their lineages

James C. Halfpenny, Yellowstone Wolves in the Wild (2003) – photographic book about the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park

James C. Halfpenny and Diann Thompson, Discovering Yellowstone Wolves: Watcher’s Guide (1996) – guide to the individual wolves of Yellowstone and information on how to track them. A more up-to-date, second edition was published in 2009

Roberta L. Hall and Henry S. Sharp (eds), Wolf and Man: Evolution in Parallel (1978) – collection of essays about the evolved behaviours which humans share with wolves

Baron Barrymore Halpenny, Ways of the Wolf (2011) – book introducing readers to wolves and their behaviour, written by a wolf advocate and aimed at alleviating misconceptions of the animal

Bruce Hampton, The Great American Wolf (1997) – overview of the history of the wolf in the USA, and how understanding past attitudes can better help us to protect wolves in the future

Fred H. Harrington and Paul C. Paquet (eds), Wolves of the World: Perspectives of Behavior, Ecology and Conservation (1982) – collection of essays considering the behaviour, ecology, and conservation of wolves in North America, Europe, Eurasia, Israel, and Iran

James Edmund Harting, A Short History of the Wolf in Britain (1880) (excerpted from Harting’s British Animals Extinct within Historic Times, 1880) – illustrated book about the evolution of British wolves and the reasons for their eventual extinction

Ian M. Helfant, That Savage Gaze: Wolves in the Nineteenth-century Russian Imagination (2018) – a discussion of the relationship between wolves and humans in pre-revolutionary Russia, particularly how Russian society perceived them and the natural world

Jerome Hellmuth, George Washington and the Wolves (1977) – book about the fractious relationship between wolves and colonial settlers in America, with quotations from contemporary 17th century writings

Jerome Hellmuth, A Wolf in the Family (1965) – about Hellmuth’s experience of adopting and raising a wolf alongside his family

Kieran Hickey, Wolves in Ireland: A Natural and Cultural History (2013) – traces the history of wolves in Ireland by drawing on a range of evidence, including archaeological remains, name evidence, and folklore

Edward Hoagland, Hoagland on Nature (2003) – collection of Edward Hoagland’s essays on a variety of species, including grey wolves and red wolves

Bobbie Holaday, The Return of the Mexican Gray Wolf: Back to the Blue (2003) – about Holaday’s efforts to return the Mexican wolf to Arizona, and the controversy she faced

Patrick Hook, Wolves (1998) – general overview of wolves and their behaviour with over 100 photographs

John Hyde, Romeo: The Story of an Alaskan Wolf (2012) – the recollections of Hyde, living in Alaska, whose hometown is frequented by a large, friendly black wolf named Romeo


Tom Jackson, Wolves: Stunning Photographs of Nature’s Hunters in the Wild (2019) – book with over 200 photographs detailing wolf behaviour

Nick Jans, A Wolf Called Romeo (2014) – another book about Romeo the wolf written by a resident of the Alaskan town he frequented

Karen R. Jones, Wolf Mountains: A History of Wolves along the Great Divide (2002) – an environmental history documenting the wolf’s relationship with humans in four Rocky Mountain national parks


Erich Klinghammer (ed.), The Behavior and Ecology of Wolves (1979) – collection of essays about wolf ecology and ethology, from papers given at the Symposium on the Behavior and Ecology of Wolves held on the 23rd-24th May, 1975

John Knight, Waiting for Wolves in Japan: An Anthropological Study of People-wildlife Relations (2003) – examination of whether it would be possible to reintroduce wolves to Japan, based upon current relationships between humans and other animals such as monkeys, deer, and bears


Rick Lamplugh, Deep into Yellowstone: A Year’s Immersion in Grandeur and Controversy (2017) – Lamplugh’s account of a year spent living just outside Yellowstone National Park, and what he discovered about the controversy surrounding the reintroduced wolf population

Rick Lamplugh, In the Temple of Wolves: A Winter’s Immersion in Wild Yellowstone (2013) – the recollections of Lamplugh, a wolf advocate who lived and worked in Lamar Valley, in Yellowstone National Park

Diana Landau (ed.), Wolf, Spirit of the Wild: A Celebration of Wolves in Word and Image (1993) – photographic book about the wolf in real life and in cultural settings such as literature, folklore, and art, with excerpts from key works about wolves

R. D. Lawrence, In Praise of Wolves (1986) – detailing the observations Lawrence made during his time spent living with a pack of captive wolves in Michigan

R. D. Lawrence, Secret Go the Wolves (1980) – Lawrence’s account of his experience raising two wolf pups and returning them to the wild

R. D. Lawrence, Trail of the Wolf (1993) – written with the aim of dispelling myths about wolves, this book details their behaviour and their relationship with humans

Daniel Leboeuf, Thomas Kitchin, and Victoria Hurst, The Wolf: Ghost Hunter (1996) – photograph book celebrating wolves with information about their behaviour

Aldo Leopold, Thinking Like a Mountain, in A Sand County Almanac (1949) – Leopold’s famous essay about the importance of wolves – and all wildlife – to a healthy ecosystem

Robert Franklin Leslie, In the Shadow of a Rainbow: The True Story of a Friendship between Man and Wolf (1974) (also published as Queen Wolf: The True Story of a Friendship between Man and Wolf in 1977) – the author documents a true story told to him by a Native American in British Columbia about the man’s relationship with a pack of wolves

David Lilley, The Wolf: A Mythological and Comparative Study (2017) – a study of the wolf archetype, and its role in the human unconscious

Mike Link and Kate Crowley (eds), Following the Pack: The World of Wolf Research (1994) – collection of essays on research into grey, Arctic, red, Mexican, and Iberian wolves

Kim Long, Wolves: A Wildlife Handbook (1996) – about wolves and their lives in their natural habitats, as well as their relationship with humans

Barry Lopez, Of Wolves and Men (1978) – the seminal study of wolves and their relationship with humans throughout history

Ted B. Lyon and Will N. Graves, The Real Wolf: The Science, Politics, and Economics of Coexisting with Wolves in Modern Times (2018) – a study about the impact of wolves on game and livestock in the USA


Ewen Mackenzie-Bowie, The Wolf in Children’s Literature: The Mid-20th Century Change in the Classic Perception of the Role of the Wolf in Children’s Literature (2011) – discussion of the changing depictions of wolves in children’s literature in the age of environmentalism

Charles Maclean, The Wolf Children (1977) – about the ‘wolf-girls’ Kamala and Amala, who spent their childhood living with a pack of wolves in India

Ana Paula Maia and Henrique F. Crussi (eds), Wolves: Biology, Behavior, and Conservation (2011) – collection of essays about wolf biology, behaviour, and conservation

Ann Mallard, Wolf (1998) – a celebration of wolves examining their behaviour, as well as their role in folklore and literature

John E. Marriott, The Kootenay Wolves: Five Years Following a Wild Wolf Pack (2022) – photography book documenting the lives of the wolves who call the Kootenay National Park, Canada, home

Elizabeth Marshall, Wolves in Beowulf and Other Old English Texts (2022) – study of the representation of wolves in four Old English texts: Beowulf, Wulf and Eadwacer, and the two prose versions of the Passion of St Edmund

Rachael Martin, Wolves: Essential Wildlife (2021) – concise summary of the lives of wolves, including the red wolf

Teresa Martino, The Wolf, the Woman, the Wilderness: A True Story of Returning Home (1997) – Martino’s memoir recounts the story of her experience returning a wolf to the wild

Garry Marvin, Wolf (2012) – an examination of how the wolf has been mythologised throughout history, and how this has affected the treatment of real-world wolves

Patrick Masius and Jana Sprenger (eds), A Fairytale in Question: Historical Interactions between Humans and Wolves (2015) – collected essays about the relationship between humans and wolves in a variety of places and times, particularly in cultural and social terms

Ian McAllister, The Last Wild Wolves: Ghosts of the Rain Forest (2007) – book about McAllister’s experiences observing two wolf packs on the north coast of British Colombia

Ian McAllister, Following the Last Wild Wolves (2011) – follow-up to The Last Wild Wolves: Ghosts of the Rain Forest

Erin McCloskey, Wolves in Canada (2011) – a biology and history of wolves in Canada, with details about conservation efforts

Rick McIntyre, The Redemption of Wolf 302: From Renegade to Yellowstone Alpha Male (2021) – a biography of a wolf called 302, a male living in Yellowstone who, full of character, eventually began his own pack

Rick McIntyre, The Reign of Wolf 21: The Saga of Yellowstone’s Legendary Druid Pack (2020) the story of the alpha pair of Yellowstone National Park’s Druid pack

Rick McIntyre, The Rise of Wolf 8: Witnessing the Triumph of Yellowstone’s Underdog (2019) – follows the life of one of the first wolves to set foot in Yellowstone National Park following their extirpation in the early 20th century

Rick McIntyre, A Society of Wolves: National Parks and the Battle Over the Wolf (1993) – tracing the challenges faced by wolves and those who reintroduce and protect them in US National Parks

Rick McIntyre (ed.), War Against the Wolf: America’s Campaign to Exterminate the Wolf (1995) – collection of over 100 documents, essays, journal entries, and letters written about wolves throughout history

Robert McKay and John Miller (eds), Werewolves, Wolves and the Gothic (2017) – collection of essays about werewolves and wolves in literature, films, TV and art from the nineteenth century onwards

Bill McKibben, Kristen DeBoer, John Theberge, and Rick Bass, The Return of the Wolf: Reflections on the Future of Wolves in the Northeast, ed. by John Elder (2000) collection of essays assessing the feasibility of the restoration of wolves to the forests of New England and New York

Thomas McNamee, The Killing of Wolf Number Ten: The True Story (2014) – about the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone and the shooting of one of the wolves, as well as the hunt for the perpetrator

Thomas McNamee, The Return of the Wolf to Yellowstone (1997) – an insider’s account of the story of the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park

L. David Mech, The Arctic Wolf: Living with the Pack (1988) (reprinted as The Arctic Wolf: Ten Years with the Pack in 1997) – about Mech’s experiences living alongside a pack of arctic wolves

L. David Mech, Wolves of the High Arctic (1992) – follow up to The Arctic Wolf (1988)

L. David Mech, The Way of the Wolf (1991) – an overview of wolves and their behaviour written for a more general audience

L. David Mech, The Wolf: The Ecology and Behavior of an Endangered Species (1970) – review of Mech’s findings from research conducted on the wolves of Isle Royale, USA

L. David Mech, Wolf Island: Discovering the Secrets of a Mythic Animal (2020) – Mech recounts his early years studying wolves on Isle Royale

L. David Mech, Layne G. Adams, Thomas J. Meier, John W. Burch, and Bruce W. Dale, The Wolves of Denali (1998) – details the findings from over nine years of research on wolves in Denali National Park, Alaska

L. David Mech, The Wolves of Isle Royale (1966) – recounting the findings of Mech’s well-known study of wolves and their impact on moose populations on Isle Royale

L. David Mech (ed.), The Wolves of Minnesota: Howl in the Heartland (2000) – compilation of essays from several researchers on Minnesotan wolves, the only population to survive eradication from the lower 48 states, and which are the subject of contentious debate

L. David Mech and Luigi Boitani (eds), Wolves: Behavior, Ecology and Conservation (2003) – collection of essays about wolf behaviour, ecology, management, and their relationship with humans

L. David Mech, Douglas Smith, and Daniel R. MacNulty, Wolves on the Hunt: The Behavior of Wolves Hunting Wild Prey (2015) – about the interaction between wolves and their prey

Michael Milstein, Wolf: Return to Yellowstone (1995) – an account of the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park and Idaho, and how the presence of wolves benefited the ecosystems

Debra Mitts-Smith, Picturing the Wolf in Children’s Literature (2010) – an examination of the depiction of wolves in children’s literature, from fairy tales and fables to Kipling’s The Jungle Book

Marika Lumi Morgan, Shunka: Life with an Arctic Wolf (1996) – book about a family who adopt an orphaned arctic wolf cub

David Moskowitz, Wolves in the Land of Salmon (2013) – details Moskowitz’s first-hand observations of wolves in the Pacific Northwest, and the impact of humans upon them

Farley Mowat, Never Cry Wolf (1963) – autobiographical book about Mowat’s experiences observing a wolf pack in Canada

Adolph Murie, The Wolves of Mount McKinley (1944) – Murie’s account of the relationship between Alaskan wolves and Dall sheep in Mount McKinley National Park (now Denali National Park)

John A. Murray (ed.), Out Among the Wolves: Contemporary Writings on the Wolf (1993) – compilation of some of the most important writing on wolves

Marco Musiani, Luigi Boitani and Paul C. Paquet (eds), A New Era for Wolves and People: Wolf Recovery, Human Attitudes, and Policy (2009) – collected essays about the importance of human attitudes in wolf conservation and management

Marco Musiani, Luigi Boitani and Paul C. Paquet (eds), The World of Wolves: New Perspectives on Ecology, Behaviour and Management (2010) – collected essays about wolf behaviour and the ways in which they are managed


Martin A. Nie, Beyond Wolves: The Politics of Wolf Recovery and Management (2003) – an examination of a variety of wolf recovery and reintroduction projects in the USA, and the potential future of wolf management

Carter Niemeyer, Wolfer: A Memoir (2012) – memoir of Niemeyer’s time hunting and trapping wolves and other animals in the American west

Carter Niemeyer, Wolf Land (2016) – Niemeyer’s second memoir about his time spent tracking and getting to know wolves in the west, as well as his efforts to encourage co-existence

Frank van Nuys, Varmints and Victims: Predator Control in the American West (2015) – examination of all efforts to control predators in the American West, including wolves, coyotes, mountain lions, and grizzly bears


Bruce Obee, Wolf: Wild Hunter of North America (1997) – overview of the physical characteristics, and behaviour of wolves


Roger Peters, Dance of the Wolves (1985) – account of Peters’ experiences studying the behaviour of wolves

Brenda Peterson, Wolf Haven: Sanctuary and the Future of Wolves in North America (2016) – photographic book with images of the wolves housed at Wolf Haven in Washington State, with accompanying text about the wolves and their wild cousins

Brenda Peterson, Wolf Nation: The Life, Death, and Return of Wild American Wolves (2017) – about the history of wolves in America and the importance of protecting them in the future

Rolf O. Peterson, Wolf Ecology and Prey Relationships on Isle Royale (1977) – about the behaviour of wolves on Isle Royale and their effect on the island’s moose population

Rolf O. Peterson, The Wolves of Isle Royale: A Broken Balance (2007) – Peterson’s first-hand account of the relationship between wolves and moose on Isle Royale

Michael K. Phillips and Douglas W. Smith, The Wolves of Yellowstone (1996) – insider accounts of the Yellowstone National Park wolf reintroduction project, with photographs, field notes, and reminiscences of those involved

Anna-Louise Pickering, Way of the Wolf: The Paintings of Pollyanna Pickering (2013) – narrative about the endangered European wolf in Romania and the Ethiopian wolf, accompanied by sketches and paintings

Raymond Pierotti and Brandy R. Fogg, The First Domestication: How Wolves and Humans Coevolved (2018) – discussion of how wolves came to be domesticated by humans, with emphasis upon how early humans and wolves coevolved

Aleksander Pluskowski, Wolves and the Wilderness in the Middle Ages (2006) – the first detailed analysis of wolves in medieval Britain and Scandinavia, including research on archaeological records and literary representations

John Pollard, Wolves and Werewolves (1964) – compiled stories of wolf attacks, though now rather outdated

Pierre Pourcher, The Beast of Gévaudan, trans. by Derek Brockis (2006) – questions the veracity of accounts of the Beast of Gevaudan, a (were)wolf which terrorized a town in 18th century France

Hannah Priest (ed.), She-Wolf: A Cultural History of Female Werewolves (2015) – collection of essays about the female werewolf, and her depiction in film, television, and literature

Laurence Pringle, Wolfman: Exploring the World of Wolves (1983) – memoir documenting Pringle’s twenty-five year career studying wolves


Elli H. Radinger, The Wisdom of Wolves: How Wolves Can Teach Us To Be More Human (2019) – written by a naturalist with twenty five years’ experience observing the Yellowstone wolves, this book is a culmination of what she learned during this time

Timothy Rawson, Changing Tracks: Predators and Politics in Mt. McKinley National Park (2001) – exploration of the controversy surrounding the extermination and protection of wolves in the USA between the 1930s and 1950s

Richard P. Reading (ed.), Awakening Spirits: Wolves in the Southern Rockies (2010) – illustrated book examining the restoration of the wolves found in the Southern Rockies, from both legal and ecological contexts

Jim Rearden, The Wolves of Alaska: A Fact-based Saga (2014) – an historical and biological account of wolves in Alaska, including descriptions of their behaviour, their relationship with people, and the controversy related to government control programs

Eva-Lena Rehnmark, Neither God Nor Devil: Rethinking Our Perception of Wolves (2000) – beautifully illustrated book challenging readers to rethink their attitudes about wolves

Michael J. Robinson, Predatory Bureaucracy: The Extermination of Wolves and the Transformation of the West (2005) – history of wolves in America, with especial focus on attitudes towards them and federal extermination programs

S. K. Robisch, Wolves and the Wolf Myth in American Literature (2009) – examines over 200 works of American literature featuring wolves, documenting how they are portrayed and how true these depictions are to real-world wolf behaviour

Jane Rockwell, Wolves (1977) – general overview of wolves, their ethology and ecology, their treatment by mankind and their current conservation status

Lesley J. Rogers and Gisela T. Kaplan, Spirit of the Wild Dog: The World of Wolves, Coyotes, Foxes, Jackals and Dingoes (2003) – account of the behaviour, lifecycles, and habitats of the various species of Canidae, and the difference between our relationship with these species and their domesticated relatives, dogs

Mark Rowlands, The Philosopher and the Wolf: Lessons from the Wild on Love, Death and Happiness (2009) – about the philosophical lessons Rowlands learned from his pet wolf, Brenin

Leonard Lee Rue III, Wolves: A Portrait of the Animal World (1995) – book about the physical characteristics and behaviour of wolves, illustrated with 100 colour photographs

Michael Runtz, The Howls of August: Encounters with Algonquin Wolves (1997) – account of Runtz’s 25 years spent observing wolves in Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada

Toni K. Ruth, Polly C. Buotte, and Maurice G. Hornocker, Yellowstone Cougars: Ecology before and during Wolf Restoration (2019) – about a study researching the effect of the 1995 wolf reintroduction to Yellowstone National Park upon the local cougar population

Russell J. Rutter and Douglas H. Pimlott, The World of the Wolf (1968) – follows a year in the life of wolves, discussing their behaviour, their relationship with humans, and their ecological role


Carl Safina, Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel (2015) – book delving into the minds of animals, with one section about a wolf pack in Yellowstone National Park

Caroline Sand, Man’s Best Friend: The Fascinating Story of How Wolves Became Dogs (2000) – examination of the domestication of wolves to dogs

Candace Savage, Wolves: Text and Photographic Selection (1988) – compilation of images of wolves captured by acclaimed wildlife photographers, accompanied by descriptions of wolves, their behaviour, their history, and the mythology surrounding them

Candace Sherk Savage, World of the Wolf (1996) – collection of photographs of wolves shot by some of the world’s foremost photographs, with discussion of wolf behaviour, their relationship with prey, their treatment by humans, and how conservationists are currently attempting to preserve them

Paul Schullery (ed.), The Yellowstone Wolf: A Guide and Sourcebook (1996) – reference book with collected stories of the Yellowstone wolves from a variety of people, including naturalists and wolf researchers

S. R. Schwalb and Gustavo Sánchez Romero, Beast: Werewolves, Serial Killers, and Man-Eaters: Solving the Mystery of the Monsters of the Gévaudan(2016) – investigation into the identity of Beast of Gevaudan, an animal wolf which terrorized a town in 18th century France

Ernest Thompson Seton, Lobo, King of the Currumpaw, in Wild Animals I Have Known (1898) – Seton’s moving account of his efforts to trap and kill Lobo, a famous ‘outlaw’ wolf who evaded capture for many years

Ernest Thompson Seton, Mainly about Wolves (1937) – explores Seton’s understanding of wolves based upon his experience of tracking and hunting them

Virginia Ashby Sharpe, Bryan G. Norton, and and Strachan Donnelley (eds), Wolves and Human Communities: Biology, Politics, and Ethics (2001) – collected essays about the legal, political, and ecological issues in wolf reintroduction

Toni Shelbourne, Among the Wolves: Memoirs of a Wolf Handler (2015) – memoir about Shelbourne’s experiences raising and looking after numerous wolves at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust

Toni Shelbourne, The Truth about Wolves and Dogs: Dispelling the Myths of Dog Training (2012) – book encouraging readers to challenge misconceptions about dogs and how they should be trained through evidence from research into wolf behaviour

John Shivik, The Predator Paradox: Ending the War with Wolves, Bears, Cougars, and Coyotes (2014) – book advocating for a balanced approach to large carnivore management, using non-lethal methods of depredation prevention

Vadim Sidorovich and Irina Rotenko, Reproduction Biology in Grey Wolves Canis lupus in Belarus: Common Beliefs versus Reality (2019) – detailed study of the full reproduction cycle of grey wolves in Belarus, including breeding behaviour, fertility, and pup survival

Andrew Simpson, Wolves Unleashed (2012) – the reflections of Simpson, a professional animal trainer for films and television, on his time raising and training wolves for performance

Joseph Amrito Lal Singh, Wolf-Children and Feral Man (1966) – study of the mental and physical development of children who lived with wolves, and other feral people

Ketil Skogen, Olve Krange and Helene Figari, Wolf Conflicts: A Sociological Study (2017) – an examination of the complex social issues and conflicts that are related to the presence of wolves

Douglas Smith and Gary Ferguson, Decade of the Wolf: Returning the Wild to Yellowstone (2005) – recounting the first ten years of the Yellowstone National Park wolf reintroduction project

Douglas W. Smith, Daniel R. Stahler, and Daniel R. MacNulty (eds), Yellowstone Wolves: Science and Discovery in the World’s First National Park (2020) – collection of essays reflecting on the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park, written by those involved in the project

Jay M. Smith, Monsters of the Gévaudan: The Making of a Beast (2011) – examination of the legends of the Beast of Gevaudan, a (were)wolf which terrorized a French town in the eighteenth century

Alan E. Sparks, Dreaming of Wolves: Adventures in the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania (2010) – a memoir of the author’s time spent researching wolves in Romania

Stephen Spotte, Societies of Wolves and Free-ranging Dogs (2012) – book comparing the behavioural ecology of wolves with free-ranging dogs

Barbara A. Steiner, Biography of a Wolf (1973) – book about one young wolf, his puppyhood, and his potential future as a pack leader

Peter Steinhart, The Company of Wolves (1995) – about the similarities and kinship between humans and wolves, and the complex relationship between the two

Milton H. Stenlund, A Wildlife Biologist Recalls 50 Years with Wolves in Minnesota (1985) – collected memoir pieces by Stenlund, a wildlife biologist who studied wolves in Minnesota

Bryan Sykes, The Wolf Within: The Astonishing Evolution of the Wolf into Man’s Best Friend (2018) – discussion of the genetic history of dogs to reveal how they came to be domesticated from wolves and evolved alongside humans

Bryan Sykes, Once a Wolf: The Science Behind Our Dogs’ Astonishing Genetic Evolution (2019) – an exploration of the origins of dogs, and the process by which they became man’s best friends


Helen Thayer, Three Among the Wolves: A Couple and Their Dog Live a Year with Wolves in the Wild (2004) – memoir of a couple who lived with a wild wolf pack in the Canadian north

John Theberge and Mary Theberge, Wolf Country: Eleven Years Tracking the Algonquin Wolves (1998) – description of the lives of a pack of wolves in Algonquin which John and Mary tracked over an eleven-year period

John B. Theberge and Mary T. Theberge, The Wolves of Algonquin Park: A 12 Year Ecological Study (2004) – summary of the results of a 12-year study of the wolves in Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario

Richard P. Thiel, Keepers of the Wolves: The Early Years of Wolf Recovery in Wisconsin (2001) – Thiel’s account of his ten years spent charting the recovery of wolves in Wisconsin, giving a first-hand insight into biologists’ efforts to do so

Richard P. Thiel, The Timber Wolf in Wisconsin: The Death and Life of a Majestic Predator (1993) – about the decimation and recovery of wolf populations in Wisconsin

Richard Thiel, Allison Thiel, and Marianne Strozewski (eds), Wild Wolves We Have Known: Stories of Wolf Biologists’ Favorite Wolves (2013) – collection of accounts from wolf experts about the most remarkable wolves they have encountered

Richard H. Thompson, Wolf-hunting in France in the Reign of Louis XV: The Beast of the Gévaudan (1991) – account of the legendary Beast of Gevaudan, which terrorized a French town in the 18th century

Jonathan W. Thurston (ed.), Wolf Warriors: The National Wolfwatcher Coalition Anthology (2014) – collection of artwork, poetry, essays, and fiction about wolves

Kevin Van Tighem, The Homeward Wolf (2013) – a history of the eradication of wolves in America and their recent return, including anecdotes and the stories of individual wolves

Kevin Van Tighem, Predators: Wild Dogs & Cats (1999) – an inside look at the predators of North America, including cougars, lynx, bobcats, foxes, coyotes, and wolves

Giovanni Todaro, The Man-eater of Gévaudan (2014) – account of the legends of the Beast of Gévaudan, a (were)wolf which terrorized a French town in the eighteenth century

Twyman L. Towery, The Wisdom of Wolves: Nature’s Way to Organizational Success (2000) – book applying lessons that can be learned from wolf packs about how to best manage a working life


Cat Urbigkit, Shepherds of Coyote Rocks: Public Lands, Private Herds and the Natural World (2013) – about Urbigkit’s time spent herding a flock of sheep in Wyoming, and the challenges she faced, including the presence of wolves

Cat Urbigkit, When Man Becomes Prey: Fatal Encounters with North America’s Most Feared Predators (2014) – study of the predators which have been known to attack humans in North America, including bears, mountain lions, coyotes, and grey wolves

Cat Urbigkit, Yellowstone Wolves: A Chronicle of the Animal, the People, and the Politics (2008) – provides an overview of the process of reintroducing wolves to Yellowstone National Park, especially the controversy and tensions that resulted


Jana Villaneuva, Wolf Picture Book (2019) – photo book including over 100 images of wolves which showcases their lives

John A. Vucetich, Restoring the Balance: What Wolves Tell Us about Our Relationship with Nature (2021) – part memoir of Vucetich’s time spent studying the wolves of Isle Royale, this book examines the lessons wolves can tell us about how humanity relates to the natural world


Brett L. Walker, The Lost Wolves of Japan (2005) – the story of the extinction of wolves in Japan as part of an effort to modernise agriculture

John Weaver, The Wolves of Yellowstone (1978) – pre-reintroduction assessment of the status of wolves in Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding areas, conducted between 1975 and 1977

P. J. White, Robert Garrott, and Glenn E. Plumb (eds), Yellowstone’s Wildlife in Transition (2013) – collection of essays about the ecosystem of Yellowstone National Park and the challenges involved in protecting it, with several chapters on wolves and predators

Chris Whitt, Wolves: Life in the Pack (2003) – an in-depth examination of wolves and their behaviour, illustrated with photographs of wild wolves

Paula Wild, Return of the Wolf: Conflict and Coexistence (2018) – about the changing relationship between wolves and humans, told through interviews with scientists and Indigenous stories

Paul Williams, Howls of Imagination: Wolves of England (2007) – an account of the English legends and mythology which surround the wolf

Robert Winder, The Last Wolf: The Hidden Springs of Englishness (2017)– explores how the history of England was shaped by the eradication of the wolf

Michael D. Wise, Producing Predators: Wolves, Work, and Conquest in the Northern Rockies (2020) – book about the history of anti-predator programs in Canada

Gary Wockner, Gregory McNamee, and SueEllen Campbell (eds), Comeback Wolves: Western Writers Welcome the Wolf Home (2005) – a collection of essays and poems about the reintroduction of wolves to the Rocky Mountains

Art Wolfe and Chris Weston, Wolves (2007) – book attempting to give an unbiased account of wolves and their lives, illustrated with photographs throughout

Daniel Wood, Wolves (1994) – photography book capturing wolves and their behaviour

Adrian P. Wydeven, Timothy R. Van Deelen, and Edward J. Heske (eds), Recovery of Gray Wolves in the Great Lakes Region of the United States: An Endangered Species Success Story (2009) – collection of essays examining the recovering wolf populations of the Great Lakes, with discussions of biology and ecology, management and conservation


Stanley Paul Young, The Last of The Loners (1970) – book about wolves in US history and legend

Stanley P. Young and Edward A. Goldman, The Wolves of North America (1944) – two part book dealing with the history, behaviour, and management of wolves (written by Young), and with the taxonomic classification of wolves in America (written by Goldman)

Jim Yuskavitch, In Wolf Country: The Power and Politics of Reintroduction (2015) – account of the recolonisation of wolves from Idaho to other areas of their former range in the USA, and the controversy that resulted


John Zeaman, How the Wolf Became the Dog (Before They Were Pets)(1998) – overview of the process by which wolves came to be domesticated

Erik Zimen, The Wolf (1981) – introduction to wolves and their behaviour based on the author’s personal experience and research

Children’s and YA Non-Fiction

(There’s so many children’s non-fiction books about wolves that I can’t list them all here, but here are a good selection of stand-out works)

Nick Arnold, Walking with Wolves (2004) – diary of a fictional wolf named Willow, teaching children facts about wolves

Jim Arnosky, Wolves (2001) – book of paintings exploring the intimate lives of a wolf family

Jill Bailey, Grey Wolf (2005) – introduction to wolves with particular emphasis on the threats they face and have faced in the past, with details of solutions for protecting them and their environment

John E. Becker, Gray Wolves (2003) – about the persecution of wolves in America, and some of the recovery projects that have helped bring wolves back from the edge of extinction

Melvin Berger and Gilda Berger, Why Do Wolves Howl?: Questions and Answers about Wolves (2002) – detailed answers to questions younger readers might have about wolves and their behaviour, accompanied by paintings

Linda Bozzo, How Wolves Grow Up (2019) – account of the life of wolf pups from birth to when they are old enough to join their pack on the hunt

Jim Brandenburg, To the Top of the World: Adventures with Arctic Wolves (1993) – account of Brandenburg’s time filming a pack of Arctic wolves on Ellesmere Island

Jim Brandenburg and Judy Brandenburg, Face to Face with Wolves
(2010) – book about arctic wolves illustrated with photographs taken by the authors

James Carter, The Story of the Wolf (2017) – introduction to wolves and their survival techniques, as well as how humans have treated them in the past, and how they might better treat them in the future

Scotti Cohn, One Wolf Howls (2009) – illustrated book which uses each of the months of the year to teach its young readers about wolf behaviour

Daniela DeLuca, Harry the Wolf (2005) – fictional account of a European wolf called Harry, to teach about the wolf’s life and habitat

Jim Dutcher and Jamie Dutcher, A Friend for Lakota: The Incredible True Story of a Wolf Who Braved Bullying (2015) – children’s non-fiction book about a low-ranking wolf pup, which teaches children about wolf conservation

Jim Dutcher and Jamie Dutcher, Living with Wolves!: True Stories of Adventures with Animals (2016) – book about the Dutchers’ time living with wolves, with photos and facts about wolves

Jim Dutcher and Jamie Dutcher, Running with Wolves: Our Story of Life with the Sawtooth Pack (2019) – about the Dutchers’ experience living with a pack of wolves in Idaho, and what they learned from the wolves

Beckie Elgin, Journey: The Amazing Story of OR-7, the Oregon Wolf That Made History (2016) – illustrated account of OR7’s famous 4,000 mile journey from Oregon to California

Nancy Furstinger, We Need Wolves (2019) – an exploration of the importance of wolves to healthy ecosystems, and how we can protect them

Meish Goldish, Red Wolves: And Then There Were (Almost) None (2009) – about efforts to increase red wolf numbers through a recovery program

William Grill, The Wolves of Currumpaw (2016) – illustrated retelling of Ernest Thompson Seton’s Lobo, the King of the Currumpaw, from Wild Animals I Have Known

Molly Grooms and Lucia Guarnotta, We are Wolves (1999) – fictional account of two wolf cubs guided throughout a day by their uncle, to give information about wolves for children

Kelly Milner Hall, Wild Dogs: Past & Present (2005) – book about various species of Canidae found around the world, including details of their behaviour, where they live, as well as legends humans have created about them

Fred H. Harrington, J. D. Murdoch, M. S. Becker, and Janice Koler-Matznick, The Library of Wolves and Wild Dogs
(2001-2002) – set of books written by experts about a variety of species in the Canidae family, including: grey wolves, dingoes, Ethiopian wolves, Arctic wolves, red wolves, and African wild dogs

Alison Hood and Claudio Sillero-Zubiri, The Wolf Watchers (1997)– fictional account of a wolf’s life seen through his own eyes, intended to teach about the lives of wolves

Randy Houk, Wolves in Yellowstone (1995) – poem telling the story of the extinction and restoration of wolves in Yellowstone National Park

Janni Howker, Walk with a Wolf (1997) – account of a fictional wolf pack living in Canada, exploring the intricacies of their lives

Alison Imbriaco, The Red Wolf: Help Save This Endangered Species! (2008) – contains facts about red wolves and threats to their survival, as well as how readers can help red wolves from going extinct

Jude Isabella, Bringing Back the Wolves: How a Predator Restored an Ecosystem (2020) – simplified account of the ecological benefits of the return of wolves to Yellowstone National Park 

Kitson Jazynka, National Geographic Kids Mission, Wolf Rescue: All about Wolves and how to Save Them (2014) – book with facts and information about wolves, their habitats, and the threats they face, as well as how readers can help to save them

Bobbie Kalman and Amanda Bishop, The Life Cycle of a Wolf (2002) – introduction to the life cycle of a wolf including an account of the different species, as well as their behaviour and the threats they face

R. D. Lawrence, Wolves (1990) – intimate portrait of wolves as they play, hunt, and spend time with their families

Sarah Elizabeth Lockett, Howl! (2014) – fictional account of a pack of wolves which teaches about the intimate lives of wolves, encouraging readers to understand and empathise with them

Jonathan London, The Eyes of Gray Wolf (1993) – prosaically written account of the journey of Gray Wolf, accompanied by illustrations

Jonathan London, Red Wolf Country (1996) – London’s imagined account of a family of red wolves trying to survive, which teaches about the near-extinction of red wolves in the wild

Sandra Markle, Growing Up Wild: Wolves (2001) – book capturing the lives of wolf cubs growing up in a pack

Mary Meinking, Wolf vs Elk (2011) – about the relationship between wolves and elk; why elk are ideal prey for wolves, and how elk defend themselves

Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, Gray Wolf, Red Wolf (1990) – teaches children about the red and grey wolves’ struggle to survive in the face of extinction and opposition by humans

Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, When the Wolves Returned: Restoring Nature’s Balance in Yellowstone (2008) – photographic book about the importance of wolves to the Yellowstone ecosystem, with accounts of their extinction and restoration

Smriti Prasadam-Halls, The Ways of the Wolf (2017) – beautifully illustrated children’s non-fiction book explaining the true nature of wolves

Alvin Silverstein and Virginia B. Silverstein, The Red Wolf (1994) – account of the behaviour, life cycle, and physical characteristics of red wolves, as well as the efforts to protect them

Emma Bland Smith, Journey: Based on the True Story of Or7, the Most Famous Wolf in the West (2016) – picture book illustrating the journey made by OR7, a wolf who travelled from Oregon to California

Roland Smith, Journey of the Red Wolf  (1996) – about the red wolf’s near-extinction, and the recovery program designed to help numbers increase

Beth Spanjian, Baby Wolf (1988) – follows a day in the life of a wolf pup

Craig Standridge and Beth Graham, Return of the Red Wolf (2013) – graphic novel style book about the red wolf’s near-extinction, and the recovery program

Lynn M. Stone, The Lives of Wolves (2001) – about the life cycle of wolves, including details of their behaviour, habitat, and the threats they face

Lynn M. Stone, Wolves and People (2001) – about the fractious relationship between wolves and people

Lynn M. Stone, Wolves of the World (2001) – introduction to the various species of wolves found around the globe

Erik D. Stoops and Dagmar Fertl, Wolves and their Relatives (1997) – photographic book for children detailing the lives of wolves

Stephen R. Swinburne, Once a Wolf: How Wildlife Biologists Fought to Bring Back the Gray Wolf (1999) – book about the persecution of wolves throughout history and how conservationists have recently tried to protect them, with photos by Jim Brandenburg

Anita Townsend, The Wolf (1979) – follows the life story of a wolf to teach about the species

Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple, The Wolf Girls: An Unsolved Mystery from History (2001) – non-fiction account for younger readers about Amala and Kamala, the ‘wolf girls’ found living with wolves in India

Robert Young, Friends of the Wolf (2019) – introduction to wolves for young readers, including their conservation and a portrait of a wolf sanctuary

Erik Zimen, Wolves (2000) – basic overview of the appearance, behaviour, life cycle, and habitat of wolves


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