5 Famous Animals That Got Their Own Book Deals

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By: Dave Taylor | Frenchie Aguilh Posted: 10:21 PM, Oct 27, 2017

How do you know you're officially an important member of pop culture history? When you get a book deal! But books written about your life isn't a just a human privilege – some of your favorite furry, two to four legged friends have books under their belts and we're showing you 5 of our feel-good favorites.

1. Fiona the Hippo

We all know Fiona as one of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden's most famous residents. Born six weeks too early, her zoo family wasn't sure how long she'd survive. But with lots of love, Fiona grew and grew, becoming a healthy little hippo the whole country fell in love with.

Now she's got a book to tell her story called My Best Friend Fiona. The book is narrated by Fiona's BFF, Trixie the Tilapia, who tells Fiona's story while beautiful illustrations show Fiona's journey from tiny lil' hippo to big, brave zoo hero. You can preorder Fiona's new book for around $20 here – you'll also find fun, free activity downloads to color and play with! And even better than that, 20% of the book's proceeds will go to help take care of Fiona at the zoo! Keep up with her growth by watching her show, on Facebook, and Youtube!

2. Lil Bub's Lil Book

If you think cats are magical then you'll love the magical adventures you can now go on with Lil BUB. The cat whose tongue permanently sticks out, making her look like the cat version of the tongue-out emoji, can now live on your coffee table with her extraordinary adventures book Lil BUB's Lil Book.

To make her book, Lil BUB didn't want to just publish your average book of cat photos, so her owner Mike and his friends took a fun spin on the cat book idea by built giant sets – from space scenes, to miniature Stonehenge – and took pictures of Lil BUB in each of the sets. If you don't love this precious pet already, you will after picking up her book, perfect for any lover of cats – and really, any lover of cute animals, period. Grab Lil BUB's Lil Book on Amazon for around $14.

3. Wesley the Owl

One day, in 1985, a biologist met a four-day-old baby barn owl whose injured wing kept him from being able to fly, so Stacey O'Brien took him in, and so began one of the cutest human-animal friendships ever. 23 years after they first met, Stacey wrote about their life together, from the first day she picked Wesley up, to every roommate they've had, and every lesson she's learned from her furry, owl friend.

Reading along, you'll learn cool things about owls, have a few laughs, and maybe even learn a few lessons about life. See what magical things can happen when you let an owl into your life by picking up Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl on Amazon for around $10.

4. Bo Obama

When Bo, the Portuguese Water Dog, became First Dog back in 2009, he was admired by dog lovers all over the country; so, naturally, Bo had more than a few books written about him. A crowd favorite is Bo Obama: First Dog of the United States of America. In it, Bo tells you what it's like to be America's top dog (before he got a sister of course), with notes written from him in crayon about his family, likes, dislikes, and the best spots to curl up at the White House for a nap.

Along with reading about Bo's daily life, straight from the dog's mouth, you'll see never before seen pictures of what it's like to be a presidential pup on the loose. And spoiler alert, when you get to the end, you'll get to draw your own version of Bo – how fun! Step into the paws of one of America's First Dogs by picking up this book on Amazon for around $30.

5. Oscar the Cat

Oscar the cat is well known in Rhode Island. The cat first burst to fame when he was featured in an article in the New England Journal of Medicine for his incredible way of curling up and napping with terminal patients at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Oscar was adopted by the center along with 5 other cats to provide therapy to the residents – and he soon became the center's breakout cat star.

Now you can get to know him by reading his book, Making the Rounds with Oscar, where you'll get to know more about his uncanny ability to freely pick patients that need the most comforting; and you'll probably do some giggling at his endearing, aloof, unfriendliness that always seems to fade, right when patients need him most. Read the incredible stories of Oscar's adventures at the Steere House by picking up his book for around $13.

WEB BONUS: Find more books and "tails" about real life pets by checking out this list by GoodReads.com!

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