Kindergarten

Books for the Library Corner

My Dog
by Heidi Goennel
Orchard 1989 (32p)
A girl describes all the dogs she likes, but she likes her own dog best of all.
Bookstore Cat
by Cindy Wheeler
Random 1994 (32p) paper
Mulligan the cat has his paws full when two birds come into the bookstore where he works.
Let's Get a Puppy
by Caroline Ness
Harper 1994 (16p)
A boy shows his family that he can choose his own puppy.
Carl's Afternoon in the Park
by Alexandra Day
Farrar 1992 (32p)
Carl, a dog, baby-sits for a puppy and a toddler. Available in Spanish asCarlito en el parque una tarde.
Tabby
by Aliki
Harper 1995 (32p)
Graphic story of a kitten's first year with his young companion.
My Dog Rosie
by Isabelle Harper
Blue Sky 1994 (32p)
A young girl helps take care of her grandfather's dog.
If I Had a Pig
by Mick Inkpen
Dell (32p) 1992 paper
A boy imagines what it would be like to have a pet pig.
My Puppy
by Inez Greene
(Multicultural)
Goodyear 1994 (8p)
A girl describes her playful new puppy. Available in Spanish asMi perrito.
The Great Cat Chase
by Mercer Mayer
Rain Bird Productions 1994 (32p) paper
Two children try to capture their escaped cat.
Our Dog
by Helen Oxenbury
Puffin 1992 (24p) paper
A boy and his mother walk their playful dog. Available in Spanish asNuestro perro.
Wake Up, Mr. B!
by Penny Dale
Candlewick 1992 (24p) also paper
Rosie's dog shares her early morning imaginations.
Toby the Tabby Kitten
(Science)
by Colleen Stanley Bare
Cobblehill 1995 (32p)
Photographs show Toby, a manx cat, growing from a kitten to an adult cat.
Where Is Jake?
by Mary Packard
Childrens 1990 (28p)
Two children search for their dog, who is always one step ahead of them. Available in Spanish as ¿Dónde está Jake?

Books for Teachers to Read Aloud

Anteater on the Stairs
by Peter Cottrill
Kingfisher 1994 (24p)
Sophie's neighbor brags about his pets until he meets Sophie's polar bear.
So Many Cats!
by Beatrice Schenk de Regiers
(Math)
Clarion 1985 (32p) paper
One sad, lonely cat turns into twelve in this counting story.
Pet Show!
by Ezra Jack Keats
(Multicultural)
Macmillan 1974 (40p) also paper
Archie almost misses the pet show when he can't find his cat.
The Hog Call to End All
by SuAnn Kiser
Orchard 1994 (32p)
Minerva hopes her pet hog will help her win a blue ribbon at the county fair.
The Golden Cage
by Alma Flor Ada
(Multicultural)
Santillana 1993 (14p)
A young boy saves his money to buy his grandmother a very special gift. Available in Spanish asLa jaula dorada.
Insects Are My Life
by Megan McDonald
Orchard 1995 (32)
Amanda's friends tease her because she loves bugs.
Raining Cats and Dogs
by Jane Yolen
Harcourt 1993 (32p)
Eighteen appealing poems about dogs and cats.
On My Horse
by Eloise Greenfield
(Multicultural)
Harper 1995 (16p)
A boy pretends the horse he rides in the park is his own.
Mouse in the House
by Patricia Baer
Holiday 1994 (32p)
A woman trying to get rid of a mouse discovers that the mouse makes the best pet of all.
My Cats Nick & Nora
by Isabelle Harper and Barry Moser
Scholastic 1995 (32p)
Isabelle and her cousin Emmie plan a festive birthday party for the cats Nick and Nora.
The New Puppy
by Laurence Anholt
Artists and Writers Guild Books 1994 (32p)
Anna learns that her new puppy requires much work and love.
Poonam's Pets
by Andrew and Diana Davies
(Multicultural)
Viking 1990 (24p) paper
Shy Poonam surprises her class when she brings six lions to a pet assembly.
Pets
(Science)
Aladdin 1991 (24p) paper
The characteristics of gerbils, rabbits, dogs, cats, and other pets are simply described.

Books for Shared Reading

Dog Tales
by Janet McLean
Ticknor and Fields 1995 (32p)
Rhyming story of five dogs' daily spirited activities.
Have You Seen My Cat?
by Eric Carle
Scholastic 1991 (32p) paper
A boy searching for his missing cat finds a surprise.
City Dog
by Karla Kuskin
Clarion 1994 (32p)
A dog from the city has a hard time getting used to the country.
Dog In, Cat Out
by Gillian Rubinstein
Ticknor 1993 (32p)
A busy family's dog and cat take turns going in and out of the house.
Mary Had a Little Lamb
by Sarah Josepha Hale
Orchard 1995 (32p)
Fabric relief illustrations accompany the familiar nursery rhyme.
My Cat Jack
by Patricia Casey
Candlewick 1994 (32p)
A simple description of how a cat plays.
Hunky Dory Ate It
by Katie Evans
Dutton 1992 (32p)
After mischievous puppy Hunky Dory eats everything in sight, he has to be taken to the vet.
Emma's Pet
by David McPhail
Dutton 1985 (24p) also paper
Emma's search for a soft and cuddly pet leads her to her own father.
Splash
by Ann Jonas
(Multicultural)
Greenwillow 1995 (24p)
A girl's pets jump in and out of a pond while the reader calculates how many animals are in the water.
When the Fly Flew In…
by Lisa Westberg Peters
Dial 1994 (32p)
A child doesn't want to wake up his pets by cleaning his room, but a fly inadvertently gets the job done.