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A Purrfect Dozen: Cat Books for the Dog Days
selected by Melanie Kimball

We've reached the dog days of summer, so-called because the rising of Sirius, the Dog Star, coincides with the rising of the sun. The weather is hot and sticky and everything slows down for a time before the frenzy of preparation for school begins again. Since we've already done a list of dog stories, we thought it was high time that we do the same for our other faithful domestic animal, the cat. Ever since Wanda Gág penned "Hundreds of cats, thousands of cats, millions, and billions, and trillions of cats" children's authors have tried to create enough cat books for each one of them. So take a load off, set the air conditioner on high, curl up with your favorite kitty and have a read. Meow!

--Melanie Kimball, Research Assistant,

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