Enrichment, Family Life, Stages

Book Corner: Animal Kingdom

Snuggling up in the cold weather with a good book is such a creature comfort, especially when you’re reading about animals! Enjoy these books about cuddly pets, exciting wildlife, and even a rat! It’s never boring in the animal kingdom!

What funny stories will you find in these paw-fect picture books about animals?

1 The Hound from the Pound by Jessica Swaim
When Miss Mary realizes that her little, cozy cottage is lonely, she visits the local pound to find a new four-legged friend. However, once home with her new pet, she quickly finds herself surrounded by not only her new pet but all of his friends from the pound as well!

2 Bad Dog by Mike Boldt
For her birthday, a little girl gets a pet dog, only her dog doesn’t like to go for walks or listen like most dogs. Instead, her dog is good at climbing trees and taking lots of naps. Maybe her dog would be a good cat?

3 The Thingity-Jig by Kathleen Doherty
One night, while all of Bear’s friends were asleep and he was wide awake, he found a thingity-jig. None of his friends wanted to help him bring his thingity-jig home; they just wanted to sleep. So Bear set out to find a very unique and fun way to get his thingity-jig home!

These chapter books provide awesome animal adventures for kids reading on their own!

4 Ada Twist and the Disappearing Dogs by Andrea Beaty
Oh no! Pets have been disappearing and now it’s up to the Questioneers to use the scientific method to find the missing animals before more pets disappear!

5 Frankie Sparks and the Class Pet by Megan Blakemore
When Frankie’s teacher decides to get a class pet, she thinks a pet rat is the way to go! However, she has to come up with a way to convince not only her teacher but also her best friend that a pet rat is the best class pet of them all.

Want a pet of your own? There’s so much to learn in these non-fiction titles.

6 Getting a Pet by Harold T. Rober
Getting a pet is a big responsibility. Make sure to check out this book on the basics of caring for a new pet so you can care for your new pet properly.

7 What’s Wrong with a Pet Dinosaur? Poems and Drawings by Tony Phillips
Check out this fun collection of poems about animal friendships and the mischief that animals can get into when you have a pet. You can find this and many other wonderful poetry books on animals at your local library.

Calling all animal lovers! Have we got a variety of books for you!

1 Outdoor School: Animal Watching by Mary Kay Carson
Rewild your life! Outdoor School: Animal Watching is an indispensable tool for young explorers and animal lovers. Make every day an adventure with immersive activities to get you exploring! This interactive field guide includes: animal tracking; identifying birds, mammals, reptiles and fish; recording animal behavior; and so much more! No experience is required–only curiosity and courage!

2 Wayward Creatures by Dayna Lorentz
Twelve-year-old Gabe’s family and friends don’t seem to have time for him anymore. In a desperate plea for attention, Gabe sets off fireworks in the woods near his house and causes a small forest fire that destroys several acres of land. When Gabe is tasked with cleaning up the forest, his path crosses with a coyote named Rill. The damage to the land and both their lives is beyond what the two can imagine. But together, they discover that sometimes it only takes one friend to find the place where you belong.

3 Cassandra Steps Out: Book One by Isabelle Bottier
Cassandra has a gift. Animals can show her what they’re thinking, and she’s done keeping her talent a secret. In the first volume of the “Cassandra: Animal Psychic” series, Cassandra sets out to help pets and their people. The trouble is, other parts of Cassandra’s life are changing, too. Not even her trusty dog, Miss Dolly, can make things feel okay. When Cassandra gets on the trail of a lost cat, will she be able to help its owners? Or will her first case be a flop?

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