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Recommended Reading List

We use part of some of the following books in our lessons. Other books are mentioned for the students and their families to explore and learn on their own time. Many of these books are great selections for the entire family to read together!

We will continue to update this list. Fee free to send yo your recommendations as well!

The books are arranged by animal.

  • Stay: The True Story of Ten Dogs, by Michaela Muntean, Scholastic press

  • Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy, by Jane O’Connor, Harper Collins

  • Meet Odie: A Paw Smart Book, by D.S. Provance, Children’s Books/Education/Pets

  • How to Speak Dog: A guide to Decoding Dog Language, by Aline Alexander Newman & Gary Weitzman, D.V.M., National Geographic

  • Puppy Love: True Stories of Doggie Devotion, by Lisa M. Gerry, National Geographic

  • Super Sniffers: Dog Detectives on the Job, by Dorothy Henshaw Patent, Bloomsbury

  • Dogs on Duty: Soldiers’ Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond, by Dorothy Henshaw Patent, Bloomsbury

  • My Dog is a Hero: Working Dogs with Amazing Jobs!, by Anita Ganeri, Scholastic

  • Buddy Unchained, by Daisy Bix and Joe Hyatt (Winner of the Humane Society Youth

  • KIND Children’s Book Award, 2009, The Gryphon Press

  • Rufo Liberado, by Daisy Bix and Joe Hyatt, The Gryphon Press (Buddy Unchained told in Spanish!)

  • Let’s Get a Pup! by Bob Graham (shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal), Walker Books

  • Lucky Boy, written and illustrated by Susan Boase, Houghton Mifflin Company (The illustrations are gorgeous, and the story is beautiful.)

  • Superdog: The Heart of a Hero by Caralyn Buehner and illustrated by Mark Buehner, Harper Collins

  • Martha Speaks, by Susan Meddaugh, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

  • Tarra & Bella: The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends, text and photography by Carol Buckley, Puffin Books

  • Swindle (ISBN: 9780439903455), Scholastic

  • A Dog’s Way Home (ISBN: 9780061986727), Harper Colllins

  • Duke (ISBN: 9780545416375), Scholastic

  • Smells Like Dog (ISBN: 9780316043977), Machete

  • Because of Shoe & Other Dog Stories (ISBN: 9781250027283), McMillan Publishing Services

  • Ribsy (ISBN: 9780380709557), Harper Collins

  • Love That Dog (Poetry style) (ISBN: 9780064409599), Harper Collins

  • Ginger Pye (ISBN: 9780152025052), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

  • Mountain Dog (ISBN: 97808805095166), McMillan Publishing Services

  • One Dog and His Boy (ISBN: 9780545484411), Scholastic

  • Buddy (ISBN: 9780142425442), Penguin

  • Little Dog Lost (Poetry style) (ISBN: 9781442434240), Simon and Schuster

  • Racing in the Rain, My Life as a Dog, by Garth Stein (special adaption of the best seller for young people) recommended by Mrs. Goeders from Northwoods Elementary School.

  • Puppy Tales: Jack & Billy by Steven Goodall & Sally Bradbury (ISBN: 9781781333372), ReThink Press (This is a great read for those raising a puppy.)

  • How to Speak Cat: A guide to Decoding Cat Language, by Aline Alexander Newman & Gary Weitzman, D.V.M., National Geographic

  • Pie (ISBN: 9780545270120), Scholastic

  • Anton and Cecil (ISBN: 9781616202460), Workman

  • Hate That Cat (Poetry style) (ISBN: 9780061430947), Harper Collins

  • Pinky Pie (ISBN: 9780152025656), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

  • Time Cat (ISBN: 9780312632137), McMillan Publishing Services

  • Sunny and Friends: Stories of Shelter Pets Told in their Own Words by Janis Kell (ISBN: 9781512751802) WestBow Press (Proceeds from this book benefit shelter pets)

  • A Hundred Horses (ISBN: 9780062122292), Harper Collins

  • Black Stallion (ISBN: 9780679813439), Penguin Random House

  • Chancey of the Maury River (ISBN: 9780763645236), Penguin Random House

  • Macadoo of the Maury River (ISBN: 9780763637668), Penguin Random House

  • Misty of Chincoteague (ISBN: 9781416927839), Simon and Schuster

  • Learning to Care for a Horse, by Felicia Lowenstein Niven (ISBN: 978—7660-3196-8), Bailey Books

  • Bunnicula (ISBN: 9781416928171), Simon & Schuster

  • The Forgotten Rabbit, by Nancy Fvrstinger and Nancy Lane, The Gryphon Press

Hamsters and Other Small Animals
  • World According to Humphrey (ISBN: 9780142403525), Penguin

  • Your Pet Gerbil, by Elaine Landau (ISBN: 978-0613376044), Topeka Bindery

  • Training Your Pet Guinea Pig, by Gerry Bucsis and Barbara Somerville (ISBN: 978-0-7641-4625-1), Barron’s Educational Services, Inc.

  • Hamsters, Gerbils, Guinea Pigs, Rabbits, Ferrets, Mice, and Rats: How to Choose and Care for a Small Mammal, by Laura Jeffrey (ISBN: 978-0766025189), Enslow Pub Inc.

  • Silkies and other guinea pigs (ISBN: 978-0716613343), World Book, Inc.

  • My Parakeet and me, by Immanuel Birmelin (ISBN: 978-0764118074), Barron’s Educational Services, Inc.

  • Birds: How to Choose and Care for a Bird, by Laura Jeffrey (ISBN: 9780766025158), Enslow Pub Inc.

  • Bird (Caring for My Pet), by Lynn Hamilton & Katie Gillespie (ISBN: 978-1489606006), Av2 by Weig

  • A kid’s guide to keeping chickens, by Melissa Caughey (ISBN: 978-16126487), Storey Publishing

  • Caring for Your Fish, by Lynn Hamilton (ISBN: 1-59036-035-4), Weigl Publishers, Inc.

  • My Pet Fish, by Lori Coleman (ISBN: 978-08225226621), Lerner Pub Group

  • Do Unto Animals: A Friendly Guide to How Animals Live, and How We Can Make Their Lives Better, by Tracey Stewart, Artisan (a division of Workman Publishing Company) This book covers a wide range of animals and would make a GREAT family read!

  • The Story of Dr. Doolittle (ISBN: 9780440483076), Penguin Random House

  • Incredible Journey (dogs and cats) (9780440413240), Penguin Random House

  • Charlotte’s Web (ISBN: 9780061430947), Harper Collins

  • National Geographic Kids Everything Pets: Furry Facts, Photos, and Fun-Unleashed! By James Spears (ISBN: 9781426313622), National Geographic

Special thanks to Quail Ridge Books, an independent local bookstore in Raleigh, for their help in compiling this list.

If you cannot find these books at your local school or library, consider making a donation in order that the library may purchase the book to share with other in your community.

RedRover Readers

Two of the Kids 4 Critters volunteers, to date, have completed the RedRover Reader program -- promoting empathy, critical thinking and language skills. If you would like your students in grades 2 - 5 to participate in a RedRover reading and discussion, please contact us.

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