Books on: Owning a Pet

Books that explain the practicalities of pet ownership. Some debunk the often idealistic view children can have of owning a pet, and describe the work that is involved in their care. Some books tackle the loss of a pet.

Dogfish
Author: Gillian Shields
Illustrator: Dan Taylor
How this book may help: This book would be a good choice for a child who can't have their desired pet for practical reasons.
The boy in this story really wants a dog, but his mum can't see why as he has a perfectly good pet... read more

Tags: dog, pet


My Cat Just Sleeps
Author: Joanne Partis
Illustrator: Joanne Partis
How this book may help: May help to set realistic expectations on what it is like to own a cat!
The little girl in the story just can't understand why her cat sleeps all the time. All her friends... read more

Tags: cat, pet


Harry and Hopper
Author: Margaret Wild
Illustrator: Freya Blackwood
How this book may help: To comfort a child who has lost a loved one. It may be a good starting point for a discussion about bereavement and grief.
Harry and his dog Hopper have done everything together, ever since Hopper was a jumpy little puppy.... read more

Tags: loss, loneliness, imaginary friend, emotions, dog, death, bereavement, sadness

Goodbye Mog
Author: Judith Kerr
Illustrator:
How this book may help: Comforting children who have lost a much-loved pet, and suggesting that grief can ease over time.
Mog the pet cat is very old and 'dead tired'. She dies, but a little bit of her stays behind... read more

Tags: cat, loss, pet, sadness

Let's Get a Pup!
Author: Bob Graham
Illustrator:
How this book may help: Pet care, responsibility, rescue centre/dog's home, love and friendship.
Kate asks her mum and dad if they can get a puppy. They visit a rescue centre and pick Dave the... read more

Tags: dog, pet

Goodbye Mousie
Author: Robie H. Harris
Illustrator: Jan Ormerod
How this book may help: Gently explaining what happens when a pet dies, and how the animal will not 'come back' (a concept which young children often find hard to grasp).
One morning, a small boy (the narrator of the story) can't wake up Mousie, his pet mouse. His Daddy... read more

Tags: None

The New Puppy (Usborne First Experiences)
Author: Anne Civardi
Illustrator: Stephen Cartwright
How this book may help: Introduces some common and practical aspects of owning a pet.
This book, which is appealingly illustrated by Stephen Cartwright, simply describes some common... read more

Tags: dog, pet

A Dog Called Rod
Author: Tim Hopgood
Illustrator: Tim Hopgood
How this book may help: This would be a good choice if you are trying to discourage a child from owning a pet that wouldn't be suitable or practical for their household. It also may make a child realise there is sometimes hard work and inconvenience associated with pet ownership.
Elsa lives with her dad on the top floor of a high-rise block of flats. She likes watching the... read more

Tags: dog, pet

The New Puppy
Author: Laurence Anholt
Illustrator: Catherine Anholt
How this book may help: A positive yet realistic view of what it's like to have a pet in the house. It shows that initial enthusiasm can wane but that it’s important to stay the course with an animal.
Anna, a little girl who lives in a house with her parents and smaller brother, loves dogs. But all... read more

Tags: dog, pet

Please Don't Torment Tootsie
Author: Margaret Chamberlain
Illustrator: Margaret Chamberlain
How this book may help: This book emphasises the importance of taking good care of pets.
‘PLEASE don’t torment Tootsie, or provoke Poochie. Don’t madden Mutley, or disturb... read more

Tags: cat, dog, pet, violence

Up In Heaven
Author: Emma Chichester Clark
Illustrator:
How this book may help: A lovely book to help children with loss
Daisy, the dog, has grown old and can no longer keep up with her boy, Arthur. One day she wakes up... read more

Tags: bereavement, death, dog, emotions, loss, love, pet

Vet (First Time)
Author:
Illustrator: Jess Stockham
How this book may help: A visually appealing book for young children which shows children bringing their pets to see a vet. The simple conversational text and lively illustrations may encourage them to talk about the experience and ask questions.
The book depicts children of various ethnic backgrounds bringing their pets to a vet's surgery.... read more

Tags: cat, dog, loss, mice, pet

I Don't Like Gloria
Author: Kaye Umansky
Illustrator: Margaret Chamberlain
How this book may help: Jealousy and rivalry amongst siblings and young children
Colin the dog is not pleased - no-one has asked him if it's O.K. for Gloria the cat to come and... read more

Tags: cat, dog, jealousy, sibling

Sammy In The Sky
Author: Barbara Walsh
Illustrator: Jamie Wyeth
How this book may help: For children who have lost a pet
Sammy, the 'best hound dog ever', becomes ill and eventually dies. The family keep his memory... read more

Tags: bereavement, death, dog, pet, sadness

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