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Celebrating Beloved Literary Pets in Honor of International Children's Book Day

Celebrating Beloved Literary Pets in Honor of International Children's Book Day

International Children's Book Day, observed on April 2nd, is in recognition of author Hans Christian Andersen's birthday. Whether you're a new pet owner or simply want to share quality literature with children, here are several pet-themed children's books to share with the kids in your life.

Children's Books About Dogs

Based on the 1956 Dodie Smith novel, 101 Dalmatians is a story of teamwork, family, and friendship. Faced with the task of rescuing puppies from the sadistic Cruella DeVil, people and animals work together to thwart the would-be puppy killers. 

The Little Golden Book library wouldn't be complete without The Poky Little Puppy, a 1942 children's book with memorable rhymes about the adventures of a feisty little pup.   

Most kids know who Clifford the Big Red Dog is, and they should. Emily Elizabeth chose a teeny red puppy that just wouldn't stop growing until he became 25 feet tall. If one small puppy can cause chaos, imagine the adventures a dog Clifford's size can create. 

Every dog isn't grand or beautiful. Ribsy is an emaciated stray mutt, looking for Henry. Written by Beverly Cleary, Ribsy is known as children's literature's most lovable dog, going to great lengths to find his human. Ribsy faces (mild) danger, gets lost and explores the city on his quest. 

Most kids know who Clifford the Big Red Dog is, and they should. Emily Elizabeth chose a teeny red puppy that just wouldn't stop growing until he became 25 feet tall. If one small puppy can cause chaos, imagine the adventures a dog Clifford's size can create.

Children's Books About Cats

The Cat in the Hat might be the first book anyone thinks of when asked to name a children's book about cats. Dr. Seuss's literary classic tells the story of "Sally and Me" who were left home alone and visited by the mischievous Cat in the Hat, who quickly turned the entire house and yard into a disaster zone and then manages to get everything cleaned up just in the nick of time. 

Written in 2004, Kitten's First Full Moon is an adorable story about a kitten who is convinced that the moon is really a dish of milk. This picture book is a great bedtime story, enjoyed by pre-readers and early readers.

By the same author as Ribsy (above), Socks is the story of a jealous kitten's experience when his owners add a new baby to the family. Cats can act out in some hilariously destructive ways when they're upset, and Socks' hijinks are so much fun that readers can't help but laugh out loud and the mayhem he causes.

Readers who are amused by the adventures of Ribsy should check out the Bad Kitty series, by Nick Bruel. Kitty is a grumpy cat that wreaks havoc on her owners, in the most delightful ways.

Written in 1928, Wanda Gag's Millions of Cats is the oldest American picture book still in print. Readers love the hand-lettered pages and the whimsical story.

If you find yourself identifying a little too much with the owners of some of these mischievous pets, don't hesitate to contact us at The Wagmore Pet Resort to learn more about pet training. We offer private classes as well as group classes.

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