ADDITIONAL RECENT BOOK SUGGESTIONS
*Favorite Picture Books
A Child's Treasury of Animal Verse
by Mark Daniel
I LOVE the fine art in this book and the treasury of classic poetry about animals.
Because of Winn-Dixie
by Kate deCamillo
'One summer’s day, ten-year-old India Opal Buloni goes down to the local supermarket for some groceries – and comes home with a dog. But Winn-Dixie is no ordinary dog. It’s because of Winn-Dixie that Opal begins to make friends. '
Billy and Blaze Series
by C.W. Anderson
8 books in the series. 'Billy was a little boy who 'loved horses more than anything else in the world.' Imagine how happy he was when he got his very own pony for his birthday! From that day on, Billy was seldom seen without his new friend, Blaze.' Now back in print.
by Anna Sewell
by Shirley Hughes
When Dave loses his favorite toy, Dogger, he is very sad. But when he sees it for sale in a neighborhood sale, someone buys it before he can.
Lassie Come Home
by Eric Knight
'Lassie is Joe's prize collie and constant companion. But when Joe's father loses his job, Lassie must be sold. Three times she escapes from her new owner, and three times she returns home to Joe, until finally she is taken to the remotest part of Scotland--too far a journey for any dog to make along . . . But Lassis is not just any dog.'
Marguerite Henry books:
by John Reynolds Gardiner'Based on a Rocky Mountain legend, Stone Fox tells the story of Little Willy, who lives with his grandfather in Wyoming. When Grandfather falls ill, he is no longer able to work the farm, which is in danger of foreclosure. Little Willy is determined to win the National Dogsled Race—the prize money would save the farm and his grandfather. But he isn't the only one who desperately wants to win.'
by E.B. White'
Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City with his parents, his older brother George, and Snowbell the cat. Though he's shy and thoughtful, he's also a true lover of adventure.'
The Valentine Cat
by Clyde Robert Bulla
A lonely painter adopts a frightened kitten.
All Creatures Great and Small
by James Heriott
'Delve into the magical, unforgettable world of James Herriot, the world's most beloved veterinarian, and his menagerie of heartwarming, funny, and tragic animal patients.' Check out the sequels, as well.
by Felix Salten
This isn't the Disney version. Probably more suitable for older children. 'This 1926 classic has been stretched and squeezed into many forms over the years, but the Felix Salten original should not be missed. With the richer, more highly wrought language of his time, Salten crafts a story layered in meaning, weighty with its message. The sometimes cruel, often joyful cycle of life continues, in spite of those who try to defy nature's law.'
Black Stallion Series
by Walter Farley
Summer of the Monkeys
by Wilson Rawls'The last thing a fourteen-year-old boy expects to find along an old Ozark river bottom is a tree full of monkeys. Jay Berry Lee's grandpa had an explanation, of course--as he did for most things. The monkeys had escaped from a traveling circus, and there was a handsome reward in store for anyone who could catch them. Grandpa said there wasn't any animal that couldn't be caught somehow, and Jay Berry started out believing him . .'
Where the Red Fern Grows
by Wilson Rawls' Billy has long dreamt of owning not one, but two, dogs. So when he’s finally able to save up enough money for two pups to call his own—Old Dan and Little Ann—he’s ecstatic. It doesn’t matter that times are tough; together they’ll roam the hills of the Ozarks.'
by Marjorie Rawlins
'No novel better epitomizes the love between a child and a pet than The Yearling.Young Jody adopts an orphaned fawn he calls Flag and makes it a part of his family and his best friend. But life in the Florida backwoods is harsh, and so, as his family fights off wolves, bears, and even alligators, and faces failure in their tenuous subsistence farming, Jody must finally part with his dear animal friend. '
by Fred Gipson'To read this eloquently simple story of a boy and his dog in the Texas hill country is an unforgettable and deeply moving experience.'
Albert Payson Terhune books: