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Totally Pawsome Children’s Books for National Pet Day

We are thrilled to celebrate with this collection of children’s books for National Pet Day! Pets hold a special place in the hearts of children, teaching them valuable lessons about responsibility, compassion, and unconditional love. What better way to honour our pets than by diving into a world of delightful stories that showcase the beautiful bond between children and their animal companions? Join us as we share some heart-warming book recommendations for kids that will not only entertain but also inspire young readers to cherish and appreciate the animals in their lives. We’ve gathered together picture books about pets and board books for younger readers. So curl up with your favourite pet and get ready for a paw-sitively wonderful reading adventure!

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D is for Dog

Written by Em Lynas Illustrated by Sara Ogilvie
2-5
Bound into this playful and energetic rhyming text featuring an adorable cast of dogs. Whether it's getting marvellously muddy, leaping and lolloping or hiding under the bed with a stolen slipper, a dog's life is so much FUN. This hilarious alphabet celebration of canine capers is perfect for dog lovers…
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Puppy Talk

Written by Dr Jess French Illustrated by Penelope Dullaghan
2-5
'Let's go and play' dog or 'had a bad day' dog? Learn exactly what your favourite canine is trying to tell you in this friendly and funny first board book about dog and puppy body language! In this beautifully illustrated board book, vet and TV presenter Dr Jess French provides…
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Flip Flap Dogs

Illustrated by Nikki Dyson
2-5
What do you get if you cross a Whippet with a Chihuahua? Why, that's obvious, it's a Whippihuahua! And how about a Beagle with a Poodle? That's a Boodle, of course! With over 121 possible creations, silly names and strange noises to make you giggle, this Flip Flap book is…
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Charlie Chooses

Written by Lou Peacock Illustrated by Nicola Slater
2-5
A funny, reassuring picture book about dogs, tricky choices and friendship - with artwork by bestselling illustrator Nicola Slater! Charlie does NOT like to choose. He can't make up his mind between chocolate or vanilla ice cream, stripy or spotty underpants . . . or whether he wants the lights…
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Ruffles and the Teeny Tiny Kittens

Written by David Melling
2-5
Ruff! Ruff! Meet Ruffles, the playful puppy who faces all the tricksy troubles of preschool life in this new picture book series from bestselling author and illustrator David Melling. Just like every preschooler, Ruffles the puppy experiences all the ups and downs of daily life as he learns about the…
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Cat Chat

Written by Dr Jess French Illustrated by Penelope Dullaghan
2-5
'Say hello' cat or 'let me go' cat? Learn exactly what your favourite feline is trying to tell you in this friendly and funny first book about cats and their chat In this beautifully illustrated board book, vet and CBeebies presenter Dr. Jess French provides the perfect introduction to living…
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Bad Cat!

Written by Nicola O'Byrne
2-5
It's not easy saying sorry, and this hilarious picture book about manners proves just how hard it can be. Fluffykins is a lovely cat, isn't he? Just look at him. He wouldn't do anything naughty . . . would he? But what's this? He's knocked over the flowers, tangled up…
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I’m Thinking of a Pet

Written by Charlotte Guillain & Adam Guillain Illustrated by Lucia Gaggiotti
2-5
Guess the animal from the clues, then pull a slider to reveal the answer! A brilliant non-fiction board book series perfect for little animal lovers. With vibrant energetic artwork and a friendly rhyming text, these interactive books are great for reading aloud. Each child is thinking of pet . .…
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Bizzy Bear: Vet’s Clinic

Illustrated by Benji Davies
0-2
Five easy-to-use sliders, a rhyming story and lots to spot and say in this series of bright, interactive board books for toddlers! Join Bizzy Bear as he looks after the animals at the vet's clinic! Little ones will love using the chunky sliders to help Bizzy Bear X-ray the dog's…
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