BookPeople Pets!

pet display sign

In case you’re keeping track of things BookPeople staff love, here’s one more to add to the list – our pets! Pets are great. They love unconditionally, trust us 100%, exhibit unique personalities, provide us endless entertainment & companionship, and are definitely part of the family.

Pets are also great for struggling, emerging, or reluctant readers. For children learning or struggling to read, pets are great listeners – they don’t judge, correct, or interrupt. They just sit, listen, and lend comforting support. If you have a pet free house, reading to a quiet or sleeping baby can also work. Alternatively, many animal shelters and organizations have some sort of reading program. Austin-area residents may want to look into the Book Buddies program at Austin Pets Alive! or the school & library reading therapy dog program offered by Austin Dog Alliance.

To go with the release of Dr. Seuss’s What Pet Should I Get? earlier this month, we put together a list of some of our favorite pet books.

Picture Books
Templeton Gets His Wish by Greg Pizzoli – cat
Octopuppy by Martin McKenna – octopus
What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss – all kinds!
Mango, Abuela, and Me by Meg Medina, illustrated by Angela Dominguez – parrot
Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown – kids!
Chowder by Peter Brown – dog
Good Dog Carl by Alexandra Day – dog
I Am Cat by Jackie Morris – cats
There’s a Lion in My Cornflakes by Michelle Robinson, illustrated by Michael Field – lions
The Maine Coon’s Haiku: And Other Poems for Cat Lovers by Michael J. Rosen, illustrated by Lee Anthony White – cats
Sonya’s Chickens by Phoebe Wahl – chickens
Bark, George! by Jules Feiffer – dog
Sparky by Jenny Offill, illustrated by Chris Appelhans- sloth
Mister Bud Wears the Cone by Carter Goodrich – dog
Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Christain Robinson – dog

First chapter, chapter, and nonfiction
The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems and Tony DiTerlizzi – cat & dog
Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling – owls, rats, cats, dragons, and fantastical beasts
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder – dog
How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell – dragon
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo – dog
Pet Hotel: Calling All Pets! by Kate Finch – cats, dogs, and more
Sniffer Dogs: How Dogs (and their Noses) Save the World by Nancy F. Castaldo – dogs
The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney – hamster
My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish by Mo O’Hara, illustrated by Marek Jagucki – zombie goldfish
Dragonsitter by Josh Lacey – dragon
Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon – goldfish
How to Speak Dog/How to Speak Cat by National Geographic – dogs & cats
Love That Dog by Sharon Creech – dog
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls – dogs
Charlotte’s Web by E. B White – barnyard animals
A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass – cat
Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate – cat
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo – horse
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor – dog
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly – dogs and other assorted animals

Teen
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson – horse
Life of Pi by Yann Martel – a sort-of pet tiger
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness – dog
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater – horse

4 thoughts on “BookPeople Pets!

  1. We are cat lovers here at our place! Most of our littles book are about cats! We are currently reading Inspector Dewey by Kristin Heimerl, it’s so much fun! inspectordewey,com is her site for it, She’s a cat lover as well so of course she has to write about them!

  2. Thank you, Brandie and Book People, you’ve just provided me with my latest and greatest reading list! It’s true–I love, love, love kitties but a fine puppy (or even a chicken) makes a good story and a good friend too!

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