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Old Cat and the Kitten

by Mary E. Little

Animal and pet lovers everywhere will delight in “special story” of patience and love between a boy and a stray cat that is “beautifully told” (School Library Journal).

At first Old Cat, forsaken by his...

A Pet for Pete

by Kacy Carlson

Can Pete and his friend find the perfect pet for Pete's mom? After considering the animals in their neighborhood and beyond, they settle on the pet of Pete's dreams. A Pet for Pete is a delightful light-hearted...

The Story of Doctor Dolittle

by Hugh Lofting

The lovable doctor and his devoted animal friends — including the two-headed pushmi-pullyu — head for Africa to combat a serious epidemic plaguing the primate population.

Cute as a Button

by Chloe Taylor & Nancy Zhang

Zoey’s fashion sense goes to the dogs—in the best possible way! Includes “Sew Zoey” blog posts and fashion illustrations.

When Aunt Lulu goes out of town Zoey’s family takes care of her fourteen-year-old...


by Cecilia Galante

Ten-year-old Lily Sinclair is a bored latchkey kid, an ardent fan of decaf coffee, shoes, and anything to do with lizards. (She has a pet gecko, Weemis.) When her elderly neighbor, Mrs. Hiller, introduces her...

Starbounders #2: Rebellion

by Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson

Zachary Night and the Starbounders are back, in the sci-fi adventure series Pseudonymous Bosch calls "a great ride and a great read," from Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson, authors of the Familiars series....

No Dogs Allowed

by Stephanie Calmenson, Joanna Cole & Heather Ross

Kate and Lucie are best friends. Kate is neat and Lucie is messy. Kate wakes up early and Lucie loves to sleep in. But both girls love, love, love dogs!

Unfortunately, Kate and Lucie live in apartments where...

The Summer of Riley

by Eve Bunting

"Maybe that's one of the reasons people get dogs, to kind of close up the empty places inside them."

Eleven-year-old William never needed a friend more than now. After his parents' separation, his father's new...

Zucchini Out West

by Barbara Dana & Lynette Hemmant

Zucchini is Billy's pet and his best friend. When biologists at the ASPCA think that Zucchini is a rare black-footed ferret, Billy is in a quandary. He loves animals and does everything he can to help the ecology,...

Palace of Dreams

by Adam Jay Epstein, Andrew Jacobson & Dave Phillips

The familiars Aldwyn the cat, Skyler the blue jay, and Gilbert the tree frog are off on an all-new adventure in the series that Michael Buckley, bestselling author of The Sisters Grimm and NERDS series, says...

Max's Story

by W. Bruce Cameron

Meet Max—a very special dog with a very important purpose. Here is another irresistible tale in the bestselling series for middle grade readers adapted from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel...

Penny’S Amazing New Pet

by Carolyn D H-Sawyer

Little children tend to be unwilling to share the things they like most and Penny is no exception. Penny becomes cross and sad when her new pet only wants to play with her younger brother. Find out how Penny...

We Saved a Robin

by Hadeel Ahemed

This is about a beautiful red robin hurting itself and about one man helping the poor bird. All this while surprising his daughter with it and helping it regain its strength to set it free while knowing they...


by Donna E. Warren

Opposites follow a day in the life of Devora and James as they play together. James and Devora are twins who really do their own things in a different way. James likes to move slowly while Devora moves as fast...

Milo and His Magic Boots

by Barbara Everitt

Milo has quite a few adventures, and he and his magic boots seem to get into trouble on each one! Milo is a cool kitty who loves to go sailing, trick-or-treating on Halloween, and hunting in the fall with his...


by Jylene Morgan

I stood on my tiptoes and peeked in the window. At first, all I could see was Dad kneeling in the middle of the shed, looking into the corner. Then something moved. I focused on the movement. I sucked in my...

Puppy Dog Tails

by Kelly L. Cuthbertson

Poncho yearns for a little excitement in his life. Tired of sleeping on the couch next to his owner, this dog seeks adventure; he wants to hunt for bones in his backyard. He enlists his older brother, Chico,...

Pepper’S Misadventure

by Renee Filippucci-Kotz

Injured and alone Pepper must navigate through a city with its frightening sounds and dangers.

Peppers Misadventure, is the second book in author Rene Filippucci-Kotzs Amelia Jae series. Pepper, recently adopted...

Compassion for Lou

by Dwight D. Van Vorst

Lou is a young, sheepherding dog. Blind since birth, Lou cannot see anything; his world is completely dark. One day, Lou and his friend, Old Donkey, hear about a man named Jesus who heals people. The two friends...

Super Duck of the Chesapeake

by Jane Stouffer Williams

Imagine what it must be like to be a mallard duck and to be left behind and raised by humans. And imagine your best friend is a teddy bear. As you grow up, the humans prepare you to join other ducks. But ducks...