Friday, August 19, 2011

Cats vs. Dogs: who's on top?

Send me your cats! Send me your dogs! OK, not literally - please... But I'd love to know who your favorite cats and dogs are in children's books.

My children love pets, and will tell you exactly which of their friends are cat lovers and which are dog lovers. Where do your kids stand on this front? Can you hook them into reading with great cat and dog stories?

I'll run a poll between now and September 10th. Throughout the month, I'll add suggestions that I gather from Twitter, friends and voting. Use the Google Form below to vote for your favorite. Please enter a book or series title, not just characters. And yes, you can vote for more than one book. But each entry will count for one vote. Votes are only counted if they are entered on the form below. No ranking. We'll include all genres for children, ages 0 - 14.  All links in the books below are to WorldCat, so you can find these in a library near you.

For cat lovers:

Chester, by Melanie Watts
This hilarious cat takes over Melanie Watt's books and insists on writing his own story. Very funny series! Definitely a cat with attitude!

Jenny and the Cat Club series, by Esther Averill
The Fire Cat, by Esther Averill
Bad Kitty series, by Nick Bruel
Splat, the Cat, by Rob Scotton
One-Eyed Cat, by Paula Fox
Binky the Space Cat, by Ashley Spires
Cat Secrets, by Jeff Czekaj
Pete the Cat series, by Eric Litwin
Goodnight Moon kittens, by Margaret Wise Brown
Hate That Cat, by Sharon Creech
Curious Collection of Cats, by Betsy Franco
Six-Dinner Sid, by Igna Moore
My Father's Dragon, by Ruth Stiles Gannet
Skippyjon Jones series, by Judith Byron Schachner
The Stink Files series, by Brad Weinman
Prudence Wants a Pet, by Cathleen Daly
The Whisperer, by Nick Butterworth
Warduff and the Corncob Caper, by Mat Head

For dog lovers:

Bark, George, by Jules Pfeiffer
This is one sweet little dog, who will make your little ones laugh again and again. For some strange reason, this puppy can't figure out how to bark right - all sorts of animal sounds keep coming out when he tries. So his momma takes him to the vet, and he discovers why.

Love That Dog, by Sharon Creech
Shiloh, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Harry the Dirty Dog, by Gene Zion
Down Girl and Sit series, by Lucy Nolan
Bunnicula, by Deborah & James Howe
Dazzling Display of Dogs, by Betsy Franco
The Hallo-weiner, by Dav Pilkey
A Dog's Way Home, by Bobbie Pyron
A Ball for Daisy, by Chris Raschka
When Life Gives You O.J., by Erica Perl
Meet the Austins and others in the series, by Madeline L'Engle
How Rocket Learned to Read, by Tad Hills
Officer Buckle and Gloria, by Peggy Rathmann
Martha Speaks, by Susan Meddaugh
Henry and Ribsy, by Beverly Cleary
Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo
The Adventures of Taxi Dog, by Debra Barracca
The Complete Adventures of Big Dog and Little Dog, by Dav Pilkey

Please remember, votes only count if they are entered in the form above!  Thanks for participating - this should be fun!

Review ©2011 Mary Ann Scheuer, Great Kid Books.

1 comment:

  1. This is a great idea. It's funny because when I am teaching website evaluation we use the dog lover/cat lover angle. We look at a few sites where people are comparing dogs and cats. We notice that there are definite biases that really affect the way people talk about dogs and cats.