Books for Independent Reading

VERY EASY

One Little Kitten
by Tana Hoban
Greenwillow 1979 (24p)
Mulberry paper 1992
A kitten explores its home.
My Dog
by Heidi Goennel
Orchard 1989 (32p)
A little girl names the kinds of dogs she likes.
Wag Wag Wag
by Peter Hansard
Candlewick 1994 (32p)
Dogs and puppies romp together in a park.
Emma's Pet
by David McPhail
Dutton 1985 (24p)
A young bear searches for a cuddly pet.
Where Is Jake?
by Mary Packard
Childrens 1990 (28p) paper
Two children search the house to find their dog. Available in Spanish as ¿Dónde está Jake.

EASY

Kittens Are Like That!
by Jan Pfloog
(Science/Health)
Random 1976 (32p) paper
Characteristics of kittens are described. Available in Spanish as¡Así son los gatitos.
Just Me and My Puppy
by Mercer Mayer
Golden 1985 (24p); also paper
Little Critter learns to care for his new puppy.
Claude Has a Picnic
by Dick Gackenbach
Clarion 1993 (32p)
Claude solves his neighbors' problems and brings them together for a picnic.
Go Away, Dog
by Joan L. Nodset
Harper 1993 (32p)
Charmed by a persuasive pup, a boy who dislikes dogs has a change of heart.
Pet Show
by Ezra Jack Keats
(Multicultural)
Macmillan 1972 (32p); also paper
Archie's cat disappears before the pet show, but quick thinking wins him a ribbon.
Whistle for Willie
by Ezra Jack Keats
(Multicultural)
Viking 1964 (32p); Puffin paper
Willie wants to learn to whistle so he can call his dog. Available in Spanish asSílbale a Willie.
See How They Grow: Puppy
by Jane Burton
(Science/Health)
Lodestar 1991 (18p)
A litter of puppies grows up.

AVERAGE

Lucy Comes to Stay
by Rosemary Wells
Dial 1994 (32p)
A young girl learns that puppies require lots of care and understanding.
Poonam's Pets
by Andrew and Diana Davies
(Multicultural)
Viking 1990 (26p)
A young girl brings her six lions to the school pet assembly.
I Love My Buzzard
by Tres Seymour
Orchard 1994 (32p)
A boy loves his strange pets, but his mother does not like them at all.
Arthur's New Puppy
by Marc Brown
Little 1993 (32p)
Arthur learns all about training his mischievous puppy Pal.
How I Captured a Dinosaur
by Henry Schwartz
Orchard 1989 (32p); also paper
A family vacation results in an unusual pet for eight-year-old Liz.
Martha Speaks
by Susan Meddaugh
Houghton 1992 (32p)
Martha the dog learns to speak after eating alphabet soup.
Whistling Dixie
by Marcia Vaughn
Harper 1995 (32p)
Dixie comes whistling home with a succession of preposterous pets.
Furry
by Holly Keller
Greenwillow 1992 (32p)
Laura is allergic to fur and feathers, but her brother brings her the perfect pet.
Let's Get a Pet
by Harriet Ziefert
(Science/Health)
Viking 1993 (32p)
A how-to book provides basic information on choosing a pet.
Harry the Dirty Dog
by Gene Zion
Harper 1956 (32p); also paper
The classic and well-loved tale about a dog, some dirt, and a bath.
High-Wire Henry
by Mary Calhoun
Morrow 1991 (32p)
After learning to walk a tight-rope, Henry the cat rescues a puppy in trouble.
Tom's Fish
by Nancy Coffelt
Harcourt 1994 (32p)
A pet fish who swims upside down teaches Tom to appreciate differences in others.
Henry and Mudge Take the Big Test
by Cynthia Rylant
Bradbury 1991 (40p)
Henry takes his exhuberant dog Mudge to obedience class.
Not So Rotten Ralph
by Jack Gantos
Houghton 1994 (32p)
Sarah sends her cat Ralph to school to improve his bad manners.
A Bicycle for Rosaura
by Daniel Barbot
(Multicultural)
Kane/Miller 1991 (32p)
Senõra Amelia has a special bicycle built for her hen Rosaura's birthday. Available in Spanish asRosaura en bicicleta.
A Plant Called Spot
by Nancy J. Peteraf
Doubleday 1994 (32p)
Teddy learns how to care for animal pets by first caring for a pet plant.
My Hen Is Dancing
by Karen Wallace
(Science/Health)
Candlewick 1994 (32p)
A boy tells all about his pet hen.

CHALLENGING

The Outside Dog
by Charlotte Pomerantz
(Multicultural)
Harper 1993 (64p)
Marisol and Abuelito, her grandfather, adopt a stray mutt.
Taking My Dog to the Vet
by Susan Kuklin
(Science/Health)
Bradley 1988 (32p)
A girl takes her dog to the vet and participates in the examination.
Island Baby
by Holly Keller
(Multicultural)
Greenwillow 1992 (32p)
Simon helps his grandfather care for injured birds at his bird hospital.
The Mysterious Tadpole
by Steven Kellogg
Dial 1977 (32p); also paper
Louis's tadpole Alphonse unexpectedly turns into a rare Loch Ness monster.
Ginger Jumps
by Lisa Campbell Ernst
Bradbury 1990 (32p)
Ginger the circus dog longs for someone to love her.
Esmeralda and the Pet Parade
by Cecile Schoberle
(Multicultural)
Simon 1990 (32p)
Juan's rambunctious pet goat Esmeralda turns the annual Santa Fe Pet Parade topsy-turvy.

Books for Teachers to Read Aloud

“Leave That Cricket Be Alan Lee”
by Barbara Ann Porte
(Multicultural)
Greenwillow 1993 (32p)
Alan Lee tries to catch the cricket singing in his house for a pet.
The Mousehole Cat
by Antonia Barber
Macmillan 1990 (32p)
A fisherman and his cat sail out in a storm to save their village from starvation. Available in Spanish as La gata gatona.
The Three-Legged Cat
by Margaret Mahy
Viking 1993 (26p)
A funny mix-up results in a happy cat-owner and a happy hat-owner.
Posy Bates, Again!
by Helen Cressell
Macmillan 1994 (112p)
A girl tries hard to persuade her mother to let her keep a stray dog.

Books for Shared Reading

Millions of Cats
by Wanda Gag
Putnam 1977 (32p) paper
The classic tale of a man and a woman who find the prettiest kitten among millions of cats.
The Little Old Woman and the Hungry Cat
by Nancy Polette
Mulberry 1994 (24p) paper
A clever old woman tricks a hungry cat in this cumulative story.
I Had a Cat
by Mona Rabun Reeves
Bradbury 1989 (32p)
One girl and dozens of animals frolic through her house.
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy
by Lynley Dodd
Stevens 1988 (38p) paper
Hairy Maclary and his canine companions explore their neighborhood.