Reading Program



All of these books are available through the Kent District Library system. Books can be ordered online and shipped to your local branch for pickup. Some books are being purchased specifically for this program and will not be available until June 15. More books will be added as the summer progresses!

Reading Program Details: You must read at least 10 of the books on the list, and complete the writing exercise.

First and Second graders: write 5 complete sentences about what you learned from each book.

Third & Fourth Graders: Write 10 complete sentences about what you learned from the book. Also, answer the following questions: 1)What feelings did the animal in the book have? 2)Choose one part of the book and talk about how you would feel if you were that animal.

Fifth & Sixth Graders: Write one paragraph answering each of the following questions. 1)What is the plot of the story? 2)Describe the similarities of the animal to humans (behavior, feelings, needs, etc.) 3)Why should these animals be important to us?

Books for grades PreK-2 (Title, Author)


  • Cats And Kittens, Katherine Starke
  • Dewey: There's a Cat in the Library! Vicki Myron and Bret Witter
  • Dogs and Puppies, Katherine Starke
  • Mittens the Kitten, Gus Clarke
  • My First Cat, Linda Bozzo
  • My First Dog, Linda Bozzo
  • Puppies are Like That, Jan Pfloog
  • Tails Are Not for Pulling (Ages 4-7 Years), Elizabeth Verdick
  • Wag!, Patrick McDonnell
  • Widget, Lyn Rossiter McFarland
  • Oink! Moo! How do you Do?, Grace Maccarone, Hans Wilhelm
  • Animal Homes, Ann O. Squire
  • Animals in Winter, Ron Fisher
  • Animals That Live in Trees, Jane McCauley
  • Cottontails: Little Rabbits of Field and Forest, Ron Fisher
  • Creatures Small and Furry, Donald Crumpv
  • Flamingo Sunset, Jonathon London
  • How Animals Hide, Robert McClung
  • Kersplatypus, Susan Mitchell
  • Little Swan, Jonathon London
  • Ten in the Meadow, John Butler
  • The Bugs Go Marching, Rozanne Lanczak Williams
  • The House I'll Build For The Wrens, Shirley Neitzel
  • Animal Doctors: What Do They Do? Carla Greene
  • My First Animals, Bettina Peterson
  • What am I? Rose Williams, Fred Apps
  • Jubela, Cristina Kessler
  • Can I Be Good? Livingston Taylor


Books for 2nd -4th Graders (Title, Author)



  • The Butterfly Garden, Judith Levicoff & Mark Steilen
  • A Home for Ernie, Amy Reichert
  • William's Story, Debra Duel
  • The Adventures of Pilaf, Almondine, and Tetrazzini, Ethel Pochocki
  • Sully the Seal and Alley the Cat, Lynn Whitehead & Mark Steilen
  • Beautiful Joe, Marshall Saunders or Quinn Currie
  • Tweak and the Absolutely Right Whale, Patricia Bell Dubi
  • Kitty the RAccoon, Jamis Stamper
  • Tarra & Bella: The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends, Carol Buckley
  • The Great Pig Escape, Eileen Christelow
  • 'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving, Dave Pilkey
  • Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship and Survival, Kirby Larson, Mary Nethery
  • Carolina's Story: Sea Turtles Get Sick Too! Donna Rathmell
  • If You Were An Animal Doctor, Ellen Levine
  • Pet Doctor, Harriet Sobol
  • The Tenth Good Thing About Barney, Judith Viorst
  • 101 Questions and Answers About Pets and People, Dr. Ann Squire
  • A Cat is Watching: A Look at the Way Cats See Us, Roger A. Caras
  • Can I Be Good? Livingston Taylor
  • Cats and Kittens ,Katherine Starke
  • Henry and Mudge Take the Big Test, Cynthia Rylant
  • Hero Dogs ,Donna M. Jackson
  • Kids Best Dog Book, Michael J. Rosen
  • Mr. Putter and Tabby Pour the Tea, Cynthia Rylant
  • Sheepdog in the Snow, Lucy Daniels
  • Taking My Dog to the Vet, Susan Kuklin
  • The Bravest Cat! Laura Driscoll
  • Horses: How to Choose and Care for a Horse, Laura S. Jeffrey
  • Pony on the Porch, Lucy Daniels
  • The Boy Who Loved All Living Things, Sheila Hamanaka
  • Amazing Birds, Alexandra Parsons, Jerry Young
  • Baby Whale's Journey, Jonathan London, Jon Van Zyle
  • Horseshoe Crabs and Shorebirds:Story of Food Web, Victoria Crenson
  • Trapper, Stephen Cosgrove, Robin James
  • Turtle Summer: A Journal for my Daughter ,Mary A. Monroe, Barbara J. Bergwerf
  • Turtles in My Sandbox ,Jennifer Keats Curtis
  • Wonders of the SeasonS, Keith Brandt, Jame Watling
  • Why Do Dogs Do That? Nancy White, Gioia Fiammenghi


Books for 5th & 6th Graders (Title, Author)



  • Little Annie of Christian Creek, Thomas Sanker
  • The Living Mountain, Rob Carson
  • Bravara, Eagle Thunderbolt, Thomas Langeloh
  • The Wolves are Back, Jean Craighead George
  • Wolf Shadows, Mary Casanova
  • The Magic Finger, Roald Dahl
  • The Last Wild Place, Rosa Jordan
  • Saving Lilly, Peg Kehret
  • The Nine Lives of Travis Keating, Jill McLean
  • Dolphin Song, Lauren St. John
  • Breakfast in the rainforest : a visit with mountain gorillas, Richard Sobol
  • Night of the spadefoot toads, Bill Harley
  • For Kids Who Love Animals, Linda Koebner/ASPCA
  • Angel Animals ,Allen & Linda Anderson
  • The Language of Miracles, Amelia Kinkade
  • Having FUN with Your Dog, Audrey Pavia and Jacque Lynn Schultz
  • Saving Shiloh ,Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • Shiloh, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • The Last Polar Bears, Harry Horse
  • Wild Animals in Captivity, Rob Laidlaw