Books For Independent Reading

Books for the Library Corner

newAn Octopus Followed Me Home
by Dan Yaccarino
Viking 1997 (32p)
When a girl begs to keep an octopus that has followed her home in this rhyming story, her father reminds her of all the unusual pets she has already kept.
newMcDuff Moves In
by Rosemary Wells
Hyperion 1997 (32p)
A West Highland terrier named McDuff finds a loving home and lots of vanilla rice pudding with Fred and Lucy after he escapes from the dogcatcher.
newMcDuff Comes Home
by Rosemary Wells
Hyperion 1997 (32p)
After the terrier McDuff chases a rabbit through the garden and becomes lost, he gets a lift home from a granny on a motorcycle.
Daisy Is a Mommy
by Lisa Kopper
Dutton 1996 (26p)
Just as Daisy the dog's owner takes care of her baby, Daisy feeds and cleans and plays with her three puppies.
Bowl Patrol!
by Marilyn Janovitz
North-South 1996 (32p)
Rhyming word pairs tell the story of a dog who protects his water bowl from a number of creatures, including a cat, a spider, and a bird.
Grandma's Cat
by Helen Ketteman
Houghton 1996 (32p)
A young girl eager to make friends with her grandma's cat discovers that it takes time and patience.
Wag Wag Wag
by Peter Hansard
Candlewick 1996 paper (32p)
Labled pictures present dogs sniffing, sitting, chasing, splashing, and sleeping.
Pedro, His Perro, and the Alphabet Sombrero
by Lynn Rowe Reed
(Multicultural)
Hyperion 1995 (32p)
Pedro and his fancy pet terrier decorate a plain sombrero that he received for his birthday.

Books for Teachers to Read Aloud

newMoonbear's Pets
by Frank Asch
Simon 1997 (32p)
Bear and Little Bird are surprised when their pet fish Splash begins to change into a frog.
newJumpety-Bumpety: A Parade of Animal Poems
by Kay Chorao
Dutton 1997 (40p)
All kinds of animals cavort through this collection of antic poems by William Cole, Eleanor Farjeon, Walter de la Mare and others.
newPretzel
by Margaret Rey
Houghton 1997 (32p)
In this favorite story first published in 1944, Pretzel, the longest dachsund in the world, wins the heart of a dachsund named Greta after rescuing her from a hole.
Daddy, Can I Have an Elephant?
by Jake Wolf
Greenwillow 1996 (32p)
A boy named Tony asks his father for an elephant, a python, a sheep, a gorilla, and other impractical pets before settling on a puppy.
Hannah and Jack
by Mary Nethery
Atheneum 1996 (32p)
Hannah misses her cat and constant companion Jack during a vacation, but her grandmother 's idea to send him letters cheers her up.
Our New Puppy
by Isabelle Harper
Scholastic 1996 (32p)
With the arrival of a new puppy named Floyd, a family's older dog Rosie takes time to adjust to the mischievous new arrival.
Mr. Green Peas
by Judith Caseley
Greenwillow 1995 (32p)
When Norman's father brings home an iguana, Norman invites his classmates home to see the unusual pet.
Princess Penelope's Parrot
by Helen Lester
Houghton 1996 (32p)
A spoiled princess' parrot mimics all of the rude things she says during a prince's visit and drives the prince away.

Books for Shared Reading

newTen Dogs in the Window
by Clare Masurel
(Math)
North-South 1997 (32p)
One by one, ten dogs sitting in a pet shop window are chosen and taken home by various people who think that each is a perfect match for them.
newSurprise!
by Sally Noll
(Math)
Greenwillow 1997 (24p)
Readers count from one to ten as a girl unwraps a birthday gift that turns out to be a kitten in this rhyming story.
Oh, Cats!
by Nola Buck
Harper 1997 (24p)
When a young girl sees three cats in her backyard, she hopes that they will become her playmates.
Digby
by Barbara Shook Hazen
(Multicultural)
Harper 1997 (32p)
A girl gently explains to her younger brother why their dog Digby is too old to play catch with him.
I Had a Hippopotamus
by Hector Viveros Lee
(Multicultural)
Lee & Low 1996 (32p)
A box of animal crackers inspires a Mexican American boy to imagine what he'd do with all of the creatures.
Roly Poly Puppies: A Counting Book
by Elaine Moore
(Math)
Scholastic 1996 (24p)
One by one, ten playful puppies get tuckered out and head home to sleep.
Biscuit
by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Harper 1996 (32p)
A yellow puppy named Biscuit wants one more snack, story, hug, and kiss before he'll go to sleep.

Now Available in Paperback

newBiscuit
by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Harper
My Cat Jac
by Patricia Casey
Candlewick
Hunky Dory Ate It
by Katie Evans
Puffin
Where Is Jake?
by Mary Packard
Childrens
The Golden Cage
by Alma Flor Ada
Santillana

Now Available as a Big Book

Have You Seen My Cat?
by Eric Carle
Scholastic

Now Out of Print

newMy Dog
by Heidi Goennel
Orchard