Storytime Theme: Pets


*See Animal Folder for more animal ideas
*See Individual animal folders for more ideas about specific animals

Books --

What Faust Saw by Matt Ottley
No Plain Pets! by Marc Ian Barasch illustrated by Henrik Drescher
The Big Pets by Lane Smith
When the Fly Flew In... by Lisa Westberg Peters illustrated by Brad Sneed
I Love My Buzzard by Trew Seymour and S.D. Schindler
Grandma Cat by Helen Ketteman illustrated by Marsha Lynn Winborn
I Swapped my Dog by Harriet Ziefert
Arabel and Mortimer by Joan Aiken
No ducks in Out Bathtub by Martha G. Alexander
It's so Nice to Have a Wolf Around the House by Harry Allard
My Cat by Jonathan Allen
Diana and her Rhinoceros by Edward Ardizzone
Pets Without Homes by Caroline Arnold
The Last Puppy by Frank Asch
Anna's Pet by Margaret Atwood
Joba and the Wild Boar by Gaby Baldner
Amelia's Nine Lives by Lorna Balian
Jack and Fred by Byron Barton
Amigo by Byrd Baylor
Santiago by Pura Belpre
The Truffle Pig by Claire Huchet Bishop
Monster buys a Pet by Ellen Blance
The Great Hamster Hunt by Lenore Blegvad
Babar and the Wully-Wully by Laurent deBrunhoff
Brush by Pere Calders
Pet Tale by Ruth Carroll
Six Dogs, Twenty-Three Cats, Forty-five Mice, and One Hundred Sixteen Spiders by Mary Chalmers
Just Like Archie by Niki Daly
Hemi's Pet by Joan DeHamel
That New Pet! by Alane Ferguson
A Pup Grows Up by Sally Foster
The Boy and the Bird by Tamao Fujita
Phoebe and the Hot Water Bottles by Terry Furchgott
The Perfect Pal by jack Gantos
William and Boomer by Lindsay Barrett George
Pets by Valerie Greeley
Mine Will, Said John by Helen V. Griffith
Hazel was an Only Pet by John Hamberger
My Pets by Eric Hill
Mrs. Brice's Mice by Syd Hoff
Kimako's Story by June Jordan
The Habits of Rabbits by Virginia Kahl
Maggie and the Pirate pet Show! by Ezra jack Keats
Can I Keep Him? By Steven Kellogg
The Mysterious Tadpole
Galumpf by Brenda Lansdown
Sam's Cookie by Barbro Lindgren
Where's Izzy? by Jeannette McNeely
Emma's Pet by David McPhail
Jed and the Space Bandits by Jean Marzollo
Our Dog by Helen Oxenbury
No More Monsters for me! by Peggy Parish
Lito and the Clown by Leo Politi
Emily's Tiger by Penny Pollock
An Owl and Three Pussycats by Alice Provensen
No Mouse for me by Robert M. Quackenbush
When a Pet Dies by Fred Rogers
Some Swell Pup by Maurice Sendak
Nate the Great and the Fishy Prize by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
The Pet Store by Peter Spier
The Tenth Good Thing About Barney by Judith Viorst
The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward
The Poodle Who Barked at the Wind by Charlotte Zolotow

Audience Participation Stories/Characters for Act-out Stories

Story Extensions

  • Pet Graph
  • Pet Appreciation Posters
  • If I Were a Fish Game
  • Dos and Don'ts of pet care
  • An Imaginary Pet
  • Paper Mache Animals
  • Pets, Farm Animals, and Wildlife Displays
  • Taking Care of Pets

Arts and Crafts

Pet Mobile
Hole Puncher


Suggested Ways to Include the Six Emergent Literacy Skills

  • Vocabulary

  • Print Motivation

  • Phonological Sensitivity

  • Print Awareness

  • Letter Knowledge

  • Narrative Skills