Books that Teach

Lola Gets a Cat by Anna McQuinn

Lola Gets a Cat

Lola wants a cat, but Mommy says taking care of a pet is a lot of work. So Lola does her homework. At the library she finds books about cats and pet care and she and Mommy learn as much as they can. She pretends her stuffed kitty is real and practices taking care of it. When the time comes, Lola is allowed to pick out her new friend at an animal shelter. With patience and care, her kitten settles in at home.

Bradshaw’s colorful and warm illustrations highlight Lola’s close-knit family and how they use stories and books to interact with the world. This story is one that is perfect for aspiring young pet owners.

Why we LOVE this book:

  • Shows how books can lead you to new experiences
  • Simple, straightforward text makes it easy to read
  • Eye-catching illustrations
  • Promotes shelter-animal adoption

Old Manhattan Has Some Farms by Susan Lendroth

Old Manhattan Has Some Farms

No matter where you live, you can grow food. Kids in cities big and small raise fruits and veggies – and even bees – on balconies, in back lots, and on rooftops. Wherever it’s grown, fresh food is healthy, yummy, and worth singing about.

In this new take on “Old MacDonald Had a Farm,” the farmers are city dwellers and the farms consist of rooftops, empty lots, hydroponic labs, patios, and other urban nooks and crannies. No matter where you live, you can grow food! The book includes a link to a free downloadable song.

Why we LOVE this book:

  • Explores urban farming
  • A new spin on the traditional Old MacDonald
  • Includes growing worms and having bee hives
  • Includes various cities across America
  • Fun illustrations
  • Green Matters section in the back of the book
  • Additional resources listed in the back to help you get your garden started