The Center for Children's Books


Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Pets - June 2005

Selected and annotated by Karina Zidon


Adoff, Arnold. Daring Dog and Captain Cat. Illustrated by Joe Cepada. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2001.
After everyone else goes to bed, Irving Dog and Ermine Cat have heroic adventures as Daring Dog and Captain Cat.

Collicott, Sharleen. Toestomper and the Bad Butterflies. Illustrated by Sharleen Collicott. Houghton Mifflin, 2003.
Toestomper tries to take care of his newly hatched butterflies, but they won't listen to him.

Cowley, Joy. Agapanthus Hum and Major Bark. Illustrated by Jennifer Plecas. Philomel Books, 2001.
Whizzy little Agapanthus Hum has a new whizzy little puppy, and she wants to enter him into the Champion Dog Show.

Farish, Terry. The Cat Who Liked Potato Soup. Illustrated by Barry Root. Candlewick Press, 2003.
The old man and his cat like potato soup, like fishing, and like each other, until one day when a new electric blanket causes unexpected problems between them.

George, Jean Craighead. How to Talk to Your Cat. Illustrated by Paul Meisel. HarperCollins Publishers, 2000.
Find out the answers to all sorts of questions about cats, from "how much do cats sleep?" to "what toys do cats like?"

George, Jean Craighead. How to Talk to Your Dog. Illustrated by Sue Truesdell. HarperCollins Publishers, 2000.
Find out the answers to all sorts of questions about dogs, from "why do dogs bury bones?" to "why do dogs roll in stinky stuff?"

Graham, Bob. Let's Get a Pup!, Said Kate. Candlewick Press, 2001.
Kate and her family go to the animal rescue center to look for a perfect new puppy, but they find more there than they expected.

Holub, Joan. Why Do Cats Meow? Illustrations by Anna DiVito. Dial Books for Young Readers, 2001.
Cats may be solitary and independent, but this book helps to explain how to have a good relationship with a cat.

Holub, Joan. Why Do Dogs Bark? Illustrations by Anna DiVito. Dial Books for Young Readers, 2001.
Learn how to become best friends with dogs by understanding the sounds they make and their body language.

Horowitz, Ruth. Big Surprise in the Bug Tank. Illustrated by Joan Holub. Dial Books for Young Readers, 2004.
Two brothers are in for a surprise when their two pet cockroaches begin to multiply, and they must figure out what to do.

Joosse, Barbara M. Bad Dog School. Illustrated by Jennifer Plecas. Clarion Books, 2004.
Harris's family thinks that his pet dog Zippy is a little bit too "zippy" and decide to send him to obedience school.

Lee, Ho Baek. While We Were Out. Kane/Miller, 2003.
When a family goes to visit their grandmother, their pet rabbit decides to explore the house, leaving behind a few little rabbit surprises.

Little, Jean. Emma's Strange Pet. Illustrated by Jennifer Plecas. HarperCollins, 2003.
Max wants a dog, but his sister Emma is allergic to fur. Instead, Emma gets a strange, furless pet: an anole.

Luthardt, Kevin. Peep! Peachtree, 2003.
A boy finds a hatching egg one day, and the new baby duck decides that the boy must be his mother and follows him home.

Palatini, Margie. The Perfect Pet. Illustrated by Bruce Whatley. HarperCollins Publishers, 2003.
Elizabeth's parents say she can't have a horse, dog, cat, bird, bunny, turtle, fish, guinea pig, or rat. Will she ever find the perfect pet?

Provensen, Alice. A Day in the Life of Murphy. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2003.
It's just an ordinary day for Murphy, but it's a busy day filled with lots of chasing, eating, barking, smelling, and … a trip to the vet.

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