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NPBM Blog-Along: Pets

Did you know that November is Picture Book Month?

Trick question, because it never was before… but now it is!  Picture Book Month is an international initiative to celebrate children’s books and debunk the rumor that printed books will cease to exist because of new technology.  Go read more at founder Dianne de Las Casas’ website, and tune in for the blog posts by famous authors and illustrators.  There’s even a calendar with different themes for each day of November, so you can play along.

You know I can’t resist a good picture book, so this is right up my alley!  Instead of NaNoWriMo or any of the other 30-Day-Blog-Challenges, I’ve decided to take on Picture Book Month as my own personal blogging challenge–I will highlight one book a day that goes along with the theme for that day, in addition to my regular blogging.  Join me for Picture Book Month and share your favorite picture books!

November 15, 2011
Theme: Pets

Katie Loves the Kittens, written and illustrated by John Himmelman

This is a lovely book that I got at a Scholastic Book Fair when I was a school librarian (my favorite time of the year!).  The story is adorable–Katie the dog is so ecstatic when three new kittens come to stay, that she keeps scaring them away.  Her nervous excitement, wild tail, and wriggling antics keep her from bonding with her new friends, until she learns to calm down a bit.  I just love Katie’s face when she is trying so hard to get the kittens to like her, but she still ends up scaring them anyway.  The pages with the dog and kittens are playing just slay me too; so adorable!  This would be a timely story for excitable toddlers who are about to welcome a new sibling and need to be reminded to be gentle.  Great cartoonish illustrations and really cute story!

What’s your favorite Pets picture book?

Tune in tomorrow for the next picture book, and check out Picture Book Month’s website too!

2 thoughts on “NPBM Blog-Along: Pets

  1. My all-time favorite “Pets” storybook has got to be “Millions of Cats” by Wanda Gag. I even memorized it once for a storytelling class I took in library school. It’s so fun to read to kids (I always have them pick out their favorite cat on each page), and every so often I’ll get its rhythms into my head: “Cats and kittens everywhere, Hundreds of cats, Thousands of cats, Millions and billions and trillions of cats” (Meow!)


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