New Titles Offering Gentle Wisdom for the Youngest Pet Lovers

Good books feed tender hearts. When it comes to the bond between kids and pets, things can get complicated—especially when the furry (or fishy, or feathery) friend must leave. With both humor and sensitivity, some of the best recent children’s releases delve into the topic of what it means to have a great friend, and then lose them.

Ask your local librarian about the titles below, or purchase through any of the valley’s beloved local bookstores: Book Train (723 Grand Avenue, Glenwood Springs), Bookbinders Basalt (760 E. Valley Road, C-122, Willits), or Explore Booksellers (221 E. Main Street, Aspen). 

 

“Hey, Boy”

by Benjamin Strouse and Jennifer Phelan 

Margaret K. McElderry Books, $15.99

In reading this picture book about the bond between a young boy and the dog that comes in and out of his life, children learn the value of patience, the joy of true friendship, and the importance of pet adoption.

 

“Splotch”

by Gianna Marino

Viking Press, $17.99

To tell the kids when the pet fish dies, or not to tell? That is the question. It’s easy to plop a lookalike replacement in the bowl to skirt the truth, but this book shows that kids are capable of dealing with a lot more than we think.

 

“Big Cat, Little Cat”

by Elisha Cooper

Roaring Brook Press, $17.99

A lonely cat gets a new friend, and they spend all their happy time together. One day the older cat has to go away, and doesn’t come back. This poignant story is a compassionate lesson in loving through loss.