Kumon Booklist – Feline Stories and Poems
Does your child love cats? This collection of charming feline stories and poems can spark interest in your child to read more books for fun. Catering to a variety of grade levels ranging from pre-k through 8th grade, these books were selected from Kumon’s Recommend Reading List.
- Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
Readers between prekindergarten and 1st grade
Follow brave Kitten along a journey to get the bowl of milk she sees in the sky – which is really the full moon. This bestselling and well-illustrated book has won several awards, including the Caldecott Medal. Kumon and the Common Core encourage parents and teachers, respectively, to read this charming and beloved story aloud to children.
- The Fire Cat by Esther Averill
Readers between kindergarten and 2nd grade
After being rescued from a tree by the local fire department, Pickles the cat works hard to become a valuable asset at the firehouse. He also learns the importance of being friendly and kind. The Fire Cat is a good book for children learning how to sound out words. It is also given as a text exemplar for teachers to use along with the Common Core Standards.
- Sam, Bangs & Moonshine by Evaline Ness
Readers between 2nd and 4th grades
Sam has an active imagination and likes to tell stories. She also has a habit of bending what’s REAL into MOONSHINE, particularly when she is talking to her friend Thomas. Sam sends Thomas along with her cat Bangs on an adventure that leads to Sam learning the difference between moonshine and reality. Sam’s hard-learned lesson has a happy ending in this wise story. This book was a winner of the Caldecott Medal.
- It’s Like This, Cat by Emily Cheney Neville
Readers between 5th and 7th grades
Taking place in the 1950’s, this book features a teenage boy, Dave Mitchell, in the hustle and bustle of New York City. After dealing with friction in the family and going on adventures with his cat (which he named Cat) to meet girls, Dave matures through his life experiences and feels compassion for his parents as human beings. With insight and humor, the author has written a fine book. This title was the recipient of the prestigious Newbery Medal.
- Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot
Readers between 6th and 8th grades
This book of fifteen poems by world-renowned author T.S. Eliot is perfect for cat lovers and for those who love humorous tales. These playful cat poems and drawings were the inspiration for Andrew Lloyd Webber to create the Tony award winning musical Cats, which is set to make a comeback to Broadway.