Staff Picks: Best Reads For Responsible Pet Owners Month
According to the American Veterinary Medicine Association website, February is Responsible Pet Owners Month! Since there are no shortage of fantastic children’s books about pets and animals, we thought it would be an excellent time to talk about our favorite pet-related books for animal lovers of all ages:
2016 marks the 20th anniversary of Alyssa Satin Capucilli’s Biscuit series; this little yellow puppy has charmed countless young listeners and readers throughout his many adventures. Whether he’s visiting the library, attempting to learn new tricks, or making a new friend, these easy readers are among our most popular and entertaining stories for beginner readers.
Learning how to behave is not always fun, especially when you are a rambunctious dog that needs to be sent to obedience school. Ike’s letters from the Igor Brotweiler Canine Academy to his owner are filled with pleas, even though the school is more like a really cool camp for dogs. Running away from camp is definitely a naughty thing to do, but when Ike ends up saving Mrs. LaRue’s life, everything turns out for the best in the end. Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters From Obedience School is a fun and wacky read that has a wide-ranging appeal for readers and listeners in the elementary school grades.
For readers wanting information on the widest variety of pets, Great Pets! An Extraordinary Guide to More Than 60 Usual and Unusual Family Pets is a must read. Although it does include intriguing information on common pets such as dogs and cats, its real treasure is on information on other types of pets, such as ferrets, gerbils, birds, aquarium pets, and even backyard animals such as geese and goats. This is a goldmine for animal-obsessed readers young and old.
If “Great Pets” is too overwhelming, the American Humane Association’s Top 10 series is ideal for young learners. Through vibrant photographs and brief text, readers will learn the basic care requirements and behavior for common pet birds, cats, dogs, fish, reptiles and amphibians and small mammals.
Poor Prudence. She wants a pet very much, but Mom and Dad always say no! Fortunately, Prudence has a great deal of imagination and determination, so she adopts various things as her pets: a tree branch, a shoe and even her little brother (!), but none of them are an actual pet. Will she ever get a real pet? If you need a laugh (and an offbeat yet sweet story), you need to read Prudence Wants a Pet.
—Warrenton Youth Services Staff