Thursday, February 18, 2010

STORYTIME: Cats & Dogs

The Great Dog Wash by Shellie Braeuner

What is Your Dog Doing? by Marilyn Singer- Simple text accompanied by bold illustrations mixed with humor make this an excellent selection for story time. 

What is Your Dog doing? by Marilyn Singer- Dog Sharing, Dog Sledding, Dog Chewing and more in this simple cute book with all different breeds of dogs.

Homer the Library Cat by Reeve Lindbergh- Not to be confused with Dewey the Library Cat ;) A kitty jumps out of his house window and tries to find somewhere to stay finally setting on the library.

Cat Secrets by Jef Czekaj- This book is amazing. The characters talk directly to the audience. It's adorable and really funny!

Dogs by Emily Gravett- A clever, humorous book with great illustrations and a fun way to look at opposites.

Tip! Snap! Yap! by Charles Fuge- Speaks right to the reader and has the audience join in the howling. This book is great fun!

One Pup's Up by Marsha Wilson Chall- A counting book for babies or 2 year olds. Toddlers may be bored by the story but it's pretty darn cute.

Puppies! Puppies! Puppies! by Susan Meyers- Great for 2 year olds with a simple rhyme scheme and a refrain the audience can say along with you.

Please, Puppy, Please by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee- Great writing and great illustrations from a puppy eye perspective. Fun refrain that the kids will enjoy saying along with he story and some moments kids will find very funny, especially if you play it up while reading.

Hondo and Fabian / Fabian Escapes by Peter McCarty - Sweetly illustrated stories about a dog and cat who are best friends.

Grumpy Cat by Britta Teckentrup

Nini Here and There by Anita Lobel - A little kitty daydreams about all the places her family may take her.

The Cat Barked? by Lydia Monks - A cat dreams about being a dog, very cute and funny.

Murphy Meets the Treadmill by Harriet Ziefert - A family dog needs to loose a few pounds.

Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes - A silly little kitty mistakes the moon on water for a giant bowl of milk.

Drat That Fat Cat! by Pat Thomson
Here Come the Big, Mean Dust Bunny! by Jan Thomas
Stretch by Doreen Cronin

Where is Tippy Toes? by Betsy Lewin- Charming with it lift the flat style of illustration. Adds come visual interest to a simple story.

A Kitten Tale by Eric Rohmann- Super adorable illustrations!!!! Four kittens are eagerly anticipating their first snowfall in this sweet and simple story. A real delightful read.

Cat Dreams by Ursula K. Le Guin- Really wonderful realistic painted illustrations. A lovely cat dreams about all the things he would love tot do like climb a catnip tree. Text is a great companion to the illustrations, dancing along the pages in a playful manner.

There are Cats in this Book by Viviane Scwarz- A fun interactive lift the flap book. Similar in style to Jan Thomas's "Can You Make a Scary Face." The three cats invite the reader to participate and coaxes them into turning each page and lifting each flap. (not that kids need it!)

Posey by Linda Newberry- I really love this book. The pictures are so sweet and really capture the movements and habits of cats very well. A sweet read aloud.

Fun Dog, Sun Dog by Deborah Heiligman- A little boy and his dog do some fun things on a summer day. Nice rhyming scheme, sounds a bit like "I Don't Want a Posh Dog."

Where Has My Little Dog Gone Feltboard
10 Little Doggies Fingerplay
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