June 27th, 2012 at 5:00 am
As a writer with a particular passion for picture books, I often include a couple of reading suggestions at the bottom of my posts for you to share with your children. The long hot days of summer are perfect for reading together, and books about pets are a great way to prepare your family to bring an animal into your home (or to delay it a little longer by keeping your children distracted, if that’s your goal).
Fortunately, animals are a favorite topic among writers, and you’ll never run out of good stories. Here are a few of my favorites:
For the animal lover who is also an artist (at least at heart), try Art & Max by David Wiesner. Explore creativity through the eyes of a couple of amazing lizards. I love this book so much, I had to go back to make sure I hadn’t already recommended it to you.
Me … Jane by Patrick McDonnell is a wonderful introduction to the life, passions and diaries of renowned anthropologist Jane Goodall. We meet Jane when she was a small child, see how she fell in love with a little stuffed monkey and learned to love nature. It also includes bits and pieces from her childhood journals.
For pure fun and learning about color, check out Pete the Cat, I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin. Get ready to sing along.
If you’re looking for a read-aloud chapter book to get you through the summer, you won’t go wrong with Kate DiCamillo’s The Tale of Despereaux, a charming little mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea.
And finally one for mom. If you need a little pick-me-up, don’t miss Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter. Don’t forget the tissues.