Animals, Independent Reading

Owl Diaries: Eva Sees a Ghost by Rebecca Elliott

Grades 2-3


Eva is an owl who likes to write in her diary about what she loves, like drawing, funky hats, and playing with her friends. Then one day, Eva sees a ghost! But, she’s the only one who saw it. None of her friends or family believe her! Will she be able to convince them? To find out, read Owl Diaries: Eva Sees a Ghost by Rebecca Elliott.

Animals, Independent Reading

Digger and Daisy Plant a Garden by Judy Young

Grade K


Digger and Daisy Plant a Garden by Judy Young is a book about friends named Digger and Daisy who plant a garden together. They plant lots of things that are good to eat, such as vegetables like lettuce, tomatoes and peppers. Then Digger plants one thing that he tells Daisy is a surprise. Will it be good to eat, too? Read Digger and Daisy Plant a Garden by Judy Young to find out!

Animals, Picture Books, Series

The Pout Pout Fish Goes to School by Deborah Diesen

Ages 5-8fish

The Pout Pout Fish is sure he won’t do well in school – he thinks he’s not smart, he’ll never get it, he’ll doesn’t belong and he should forget it! Kids will love the repetition of this book, and, if they’ve ever had trouble with school or a hard time learning something, they will relate. The Pout Pout Fish series is a true winner!

Animals, Memoirs

A Street Cat Named Bob & How He Saved My Life by James Bowen

Ages 16+
James Bowen was just a busker, playing his guitar on the streets of London to make ends meet. Enter Bob, an injured street cat who James nursed back to health and sent him on  way, never to be seen again. Or so he thought. Bob quickly became James’s companion, who sat by his side, day by day, while James made his living. People stopped by to give James some spare change, but it was Bob who stole their hearts. Read this poignant memoir to learn about all of James and Bob’s adventures in A Street Cat Named Bob & How He Saved My Life.
Animals, Poetry

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot

Ages 10+EliotCatscover

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot is the book on which the Broadway musical “Cats” is based. Having not seen “Cats” since I was a little girl, I hadn’t realized this until I read the jacket cover. Even so, the poems are a lot of fun to read and to read while listening to the “Cats” soundtrack, although the words aren’t exactly the same. It was quite entertaining to read the stories of the cats that Eliot supposedly based on lives of those he knew. I would recommend this book of poems for readers of all ages!


Animals, Humor, Middle Grade Fiction, Mystery, Series

Smells Like Dog by Suzanne Selfors

Grades 4-6

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If you’re looking for a great mystery with a little bit of funk, Smells Like Dog is it. Meet Homer Pudding, a farm boy who loves hunting treasure, just like his Uncle Drake. Everything is perfect in Homer’s world until Uncle Drake disappears into thin air, and Homer is left with his prized possession, his dog, Dog. Can Homer continue his uncle’s legacy and find the most coveted pirate treasure in the world? Read Smells Like Dog to find out.