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Animals: Pets-Part 1

Whether you have pets or not, your young children will love these great books that highlight pets and the relationships they have with them. Here are a few books to peak their interest because after all, the way to grow a reader is to give her books she'll love. The best news? You can check out 60 books with your Richland Library card and when you've finished this list, just call your closest Richland Library location and the staff will recommend more titles for your animal lover.


Tim's Friend Towser by Edward Ardizzone
Morgan R. Says: The story of a boy and an adopted dog.
Amazon Says: It was a stormy day aboard the S.S. Royal Fusilier when Tim found a stowaway hidden in a lifeboat--a tiny puppy. His only problem was Captain Piper, who loved cats--especially more...
Amazon Says: It was a stormy day aboard the S.S. Royal Fusilier when Tim found a stowaway hidden in a lifeboat--a tiny puppy. His only problem was Captain Piper, who loved cats--especially his own--but simply hated dogs.First published between 1936 and 1977, Edward Ardizzone's classic Little Tim books have been loved by generations of children for their spirited adventures and totally matter-of-fact tellings by a storyteller who spoke straight to children's imaginations. As Maurice Sendak has said, "The opening lines of the very first story were a droll Ishmaellike call to adventure that gave great promise of wonderful things to come."We are proud to bring Little Tim to a new generation of readers. less...
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Before You Were Mine by Maribeth Boelts
Morgan R. Says: Winner of the Humane Society KIND Children's Picture Book Award
Amazon Says: A little boy imagines what life was like for his new dog before he adopted him from a shelter. Maybe he had a boy who loved him, but the family had to move and couldn't keep h more...
Amazon Says: A little boy imagines what life was like for his new dog before he adopted him from a shelter. Maybe he had a boy who loved him, but the family had to move and couldn't keep him. Maybe he belonged to someone who didn't appreciate how mischievous puppies can be. Maybe he was treated badly, and now he can be shown all the love he's been missing. This boy wonders about all of these things, but maybe they don't matter. Because now, his dog is home. Winner of the Humane Society KIND Children's Picture Book Award and the ASPCA Henry Bergh Children's Book Award, this touching story celebrates all who support, care for, and adopt shelter dogs.  less...
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Arthur's Pet Business by Marc Brown
Morgan R. Says: A book about the responsibility of taking care of pets.
Amazon Says: Arthur's determination to prove he is responsible enough to have a puppy brings him a menagerie of animals to care for. more...
Amazon Says: Arthur's determination to prove he is responsible enough to have a puppy brings him a menagerie of animals to care for. less...
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Morgan R. Says: The tables are turned when a boy gets adopted by a family of bears
Amazon Says: Check out this bestselling, rollicking, and humorous twist on the classic "first pet" story about a young bear and her favorite pet boy! When Lucy, a young bear, discovers a more...
Amazon Says: Check out this bestselling, rollicking, and humorous twist on the classic "first pet" story about a young bear and her favorite pet boy! When Lucy, a young bear, discovers a boy in the woods, she's absolutely delighted. She brings him home and begs her mom to let her keep him, even though her mom warns, "Children make terrible pets." But mom relents, and Lucy gets to name her new pet Squeaker. Through a series of hilarious and surprising scenes, readers can join Lucy and Squeaker on their day of fun and decide for themselves whether or not children really do make terrible pets. less...
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Emma's Turtle by Eve Bunting
Morgan R. Says: A turtle's view of the world outside his pen.
Amazon Says: Emma's turtle has a good life, but he often dreams of faraway places. Emma's turtle lives in a backyard pen. He enjoys snacks that Emma feeds him. He also loves to listen to E more...
Amazon Says: Emma's turtle has a good life, but he often dreams of faraway places. Emma's turtle lives in a backyard pen. He enjoys snacks that Emma feeds him. He also loves to listen to Emma as she tells him about faraway places such as Africa, Australia, and China. One day he decides to stop dreaming of those places and see the world beyond his pen. What will he discover? Eve Bunting's adorable story of an adventurous turtle is delightfully illustrated by Marsha Winborn. less...
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May I Pet Your Dog by Stephanie Calmenson
Morgan R. Says: A how-to of meeting pets safely.
Amazon Says: Harry the dog explains how to safely meet him and his friends. more...
Amazon Says: Harry the dog explains how to safely meet him and his friends. less...
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Morgan R. Says: Trapped in the Baltic Sea on a slab of ice, a dog is in desperate need of rescue.
Amazon Says: On a cold winter day, a curious dog wandered onto a frozen river, and before he knew it he was traveling fast on a sheet of ice. Many people tried to help, but the dog could n more...
Amazon Says: On a cold winter day, a curious dog wandered onto a frozen river, and before he knew it he was traveling fast on a sheet of ice. Many people tried to help, but the dog could not be reached. Finally, after two nights and seventy-five miles, the little dog was saved by a ship out in the Baltic Sea. The gallant rescue of the little dog nicknamed Baltic made international news. Mônica Carnesi's simple text and charming watercolor illustrations convey all the drama of Baltic's journey. His story, with its happy ending, will warm readers' hearts. An author's note and map are included. less...
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Homer by Elisha Cooper
Morgan R. Says: Homer the dog keeps an eye on things at home.
Amazon Says: Home isn't just where the heart is. Home is often where the dog is. And for this loyal dog—who you will recognize if you have ever loved a dog—home is where you are. more...
Amazon Says: Home isn't just where the heart is. Home is often where the dog is. And for this loyal dog—who you will recognize if you have ever loved a dog—home is where you are. less...
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Hooray for Fish! by Lucy Cousins
Morgan R. Says: A celebration of all types of fish.
Amazon Says: "A book that’s certain to make an impressive splash, whether read to one youngster or an entire storytime circle." —- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Paddle along with Little Fi more...
Amazon Says: "A book that’s certain to make an impressive splash, whether read to one youngster or an entire storytime circle." —- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Paddle along with Little Fish on a mesmerizing tour of friends spotty and stripy, happy and gripy, hairy and scary, even curly-whirly and twisty-twirly. From the creator of Maisy comes an undersea riot of color and rhyme — an eye-popping read-aloud sure to have little ones joining the chorus: Hooray for fish! less...
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Amazon Says: Weiner dog's easy life has lost its luster. And neither squeak toy, nor biscuit, nor TV can cure his ennui. So when the call of the wild comes, he answers! Weiner Dog becom more...
Amazon Says: Weiner dog's easy life has lost its luster. And neither squeak toy, nor biscuit, nor TV can cure his ennui. So when the call of the wild comes, he answers! Weiner Dog becomes...Weiner Wolf. A sweet, funny picture book in the spirit of Good Dog, Carl! and Martha Speaks!, Weiner Wolf is sure to appeal to the adventurous side of pets and their owners. less...
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RRRalph by Lois Ehlert
Amazon Says: Would you believe that Ralph the dog can talk? Yip, yip, yip--it's true! With bestselling author Lois Ehlert's simple, funny, call-and-response text and bold, playful collag more...
Amazon Says: Would you believe that Ralph the dog can talk? Yip, yip, yip--it's true! With bestselling author Lois Ehlert's simple, funny, call-and-response text and bold, playful collage illustrations, this fresh, young book is sure to get little ones laughing (and talking to their dogs!) less...
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I Spy Pets by Edward Gibbs
Morgan R. Says: Children will love to guess what's next in this exciting book.
Amazon Says: Look through the holes to see what pets you can spy in this interactive book. Smooth or furry, shiny or fluffy, there are many pets to spot in this fun take on the "I more...
Amazon Says: Look through the holes to see what pets you can spy in this interactive book. Smooth or furry, shiny or fluffy, there are many pets to spot in this fun take on the "I spy" game. Look through the spy holes and use the texture clues to guess; then turn the page to reveal the animal. Watch as children quickly become engaged in the game — joining in with the interactive novelty and learning what animals eat along the way. less...
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