Animals, ARC Reviews, Memoirs

Kit Kat and Lucy: The Country Cats Who Changed A City Girl’s World by Lonnie Hull Dupont

Ages 16+


Kit Kat and Lucy were two cats who arrived in their humans’ lives a year apart and gave them what they’ve been missing. Lonnie and her husband Joe were long-time city people who moved to the country and settled in Michigan. Each cat having her own “personality,” Kit Kat and Lucy had to work their way into Lonnie and Joe’s hearts, and learn to get along with each other. The four became one big family, and Lonnie and Joe couldn’t imagine their lives without their furry friends.

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Animals, Middle Grade Fiction

Middle School: Dog’s Best Friend by James Patterson and Chris Tebbets

Grades 3-6

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Middle schooler Rafe Khatchadorian decides to start a dog walking business when he sees his grandmother on the free-meal line at the local soup kitchen. Soon he is walking dogs for many of his neighbors and is bringing in a lot of cash for his family. Everything is going great until he realizes that he has competition: two twins start to vandalize his flyers and steal his customers. Rafe has to hatch a plan to keep his business afloat while avoiding his kid sister Georgia who he is sure is out to make his life a living nightmare.


Animals, Independent Reading

Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret by Bob Shea

Grades K-2

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Ballet Cat and Sparkles the Pony are friends, and they are trying to decide what they want to do together one day. Sparkles suggests different activities such as making lemonade, playing checkers and doing crafts. However, none of these things is ballet, Ballet Cat’s favorite thing to do. Sparkles is sad as he starts to spin and twirl, so Ballet Cat asks what the matter is. Sparkles has a secret that Ballet Cat won’t like. Will Ballet Cat get mad at him for keeping a secret?

Animals, Middle Grade Fiction

Word of Mouse by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

Grades 3-5


Patterson and Grabenstein team up once again and bring young readers a story about a small mouse with a big personality. Isaiah is a special kind of mouse: he can read, write and talk to humans, too! When he is separated from his very large family, he relies on the friendships that he makes along the way to get him through this tough time. The most special friend he makes is an equally lonely human girl named Hailey, and the two become inseparable. Will Isaiah be able to reconnect with his family or will they be gone for good?

Animals, Middle Grade Fiction

Moo by Sharon Creech

Grades 3-6


From the author who wrote Love That Dog and Hate That Cat comes Moo, her newest novel in a mix of poetry and prose. When Reena’s family moves from the city to rural Maine, at first, she doesn’t know what to expect. Instead of exploring all Maine has to offer, including delicious lobster and blueberries, Reena and her brother Luke are forced to work for their neighbor Mrs. Falala and care for her farm animals, including her stubborn Cow, Zora. This story teaches us that our lives can change for the better if we’re open to it.

Adventure, Animals, Middle Grade Fiction

Pax by Sara Pennypacker

Grades 3-6


Peter rescued Pax the fox when he was little after his family was killed. From that moment on, Peter became “his boy.” When Peter’s father enlists in the war, Peter is sent to live with his grandfather and forced to release Pax back into the wild. Guilt immediately washes over Peter, and he sets out to find his beloved friend again. Will the two reunite or will Pax be lost forever?

Animals, Award/Honor Books, Picture Books

They All Saw A Cat by Brendan Wenzel

Ages 3-6


This book highlights observation and imagination as a cat walks through its world and is seen by various animals in different ways. They see the cat in different colors and forms. Some see a black and white cat, some see a rainbow-colored cat. Some see him clearly and some see him fuzzily. How will you see the cat?

This is a 2017 Caldecott Honor book.