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Explore pets with non-fiction

October 15, 2019
Amy Phelps , MOV Parent

By Amy Phelps

National Geographic Kids has recently published a set of new books that will both be educational and fun about a favorite subject for a lot of kids - pets!

With a lot of colorful photos, these books will draw kids' eyes and pull them into the non-fiction text.

"Little Kids First Big Book of Pets"?by Catherine D. Hughes teaches young readers the basics about a variety of pets, including dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, horses, snakes, goldfish and much more. There are lots of facts about each pets and questions to help kids think more about each one.

For those interested in breeds, there are two new books, "Dog Breed Guide" by T.J. Resler and Gary Weitzman, D.V.M, and "Cat Breed Guide" by Stephanie Warren Drimmer and Gary Weitzman, D.V.M. Both books have plenty of photographs and facts about the different breeds of the animals, as well as facts about them in general. There is also a chapter in each book about owning the animals, choosing the right one for you and how to properly take care of them.

For older kids wanting to do some science-related activities with their cat is "Cat Science Unleashed" by Jodi Wheeler-Toppen. There are four chapters of activties for your child to do to interact with their cat intending to get the cat to exercise and explore and your child to learn more about animals. There's an activity to build a secret fort for the cat, watch how a cat drinks to learn how they use their tongues, learn how much light a cat needs to hunt and more. These are fun "experiments" to get your child thinking about the scientific process in a relatable way.

For younger kids who want to learn more about working dogs, there is a series of four new books, "Doggy Defenders" that introduce kids to real working dogs and what they do in their day-to-day life: "Tiger the Police Dog," "Willow the Therapy Dog," "Stella the Search Dog" and "Dolley the Fire Dog." With photos of these real dogs in action, kids can follow along as the police K9 sniffs for things that might hurt people, the therapy dog visits people in the hospital, the search dog rides a helicopter in order to find a missing hiker and the fire dog sniffs for the reason behind fires.

Young kids will enjoy seeing real animals in action helping people.

Amy Phelps is the book editor for the Parkersburg News and Sentinel. You can contact her at



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