Young readers will enjoy these pet tales

Posted Online: July 12, 2014, 6:30 pm
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By Dee Anderson,
While local libraries continue their Paws to Read summer programs, young readers can enjoy these books about pets.

Picture book

The canine hero of John A. Nez's "One Smart Cookie" shows his humans the value of reading.

Short chapter books

A boy and girl get involved with various animals in Diana G. Gallagher's "Pet Friends Forever" series. In "The Doggone Dog," they help an elderly man take care of his pooch. They find homes for felines in "The Great Kitten Challenge" and in "The No-Sneeze Pet," in which they help someone whose mother has allergies. They help another pal train his shelter dog in "Problem Pup" and participate in an experiment about music's effect on rodents in "Mice Capades." They assist with "The Pet Store Pet Show" to help a small local business compete with a superstore.


In Laurie Halse Anderson's series, children try to help animals as "Vet Volunteers."

Meet a variety of critters in Ben Baglio's "Animal Ark" series, including "Cats at the Campground" and "Labrador on the Lawn."

As Betty Birney's Humphrey, a class hamster, narrates his attempts to help students solve their problems, he conveys respect and good life lessons in an entertaining way. "The World According to Humphrey" starts the series. "Summer According to Humphrey" fits the season.

"Ramona" author Beverly Cleary's "Henry Huggins" and "Henry and Ribsy" chronicle the adventures of a boy and his dog. In "Ribsy," the dog gets lost and must find his way home. Cleary's "Socks" relates a house cat's life.

During World War II, a boy reluctantly donates Duke, his German shepherd, to the Dogs for Defense program and then tries to get him back. Author Kirby Larson weaves interesting facts about life on the homefront into her narrative.

Joanne Rocklin's heroine tells her younger brother "The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook" as their beloved old pet is dying. Besides coping with this loss, Oona is still getting over her father's death of cancer two years previously and her mother's relationship with the man she thinks shot Zook with a BB gun.


Learn about real furry heroes in Andrew Clements' "Pets to the Rescue" series and Laura Driscoll's "The Bravest Cat!" (for beginning readers), Nicole Corse's "Pet Heroes" (for slightly older readers), and Jane Martin's "Scarlett Saves Her Family" (for teens).

Read about helpful canines in Becky Hall's "Morris and Buddy: The Story of the First Seeing Eye Dog," Elizabeth Raum's "Guide Dogs," Mari Schuh's "Assistance Dogs," and Linda Tagliaferro's "Therapy Dogs."

Susan E. Goodman explains "How Man's Best Friend Sees, Hears, and Smells the World" in "It's a Dog's Life."

In "Humphrey's World of Pets," Betty Birney shares information about caring for a variety of animals, trivia, and activities.

Megan Friday tells how to make "Pet Crafts."

Find lots more nonfiction by browsing 636 (pets in general), 636.1 (horses), 636.6 (birds), 636.7 (dogs), 636.8 (cats), and (636.9) rabbits and rodents.
Check It Out, covering the world of family literature and written by local librarian Dee Anderson, runs monthly.


Local events heading

  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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