Christmas is just around the corner, and if you’re looking to purchase a pet-themed children’s book for a little fan of dogs or cats, several stories were published this year which were narrated by, inspired by or penned by high-profile pals to those with paws.
Daisy and Josephine— She’s charmed generations of television viewers with her portrayal of Half Pint in the classic series based on the Little House novels by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and now actress Melissa Gilbert is entertaining kids with her writing as the author of a picture book about a little girl and her barking buddy, a French Bulldog based on Gilbert’s own four-legged friend from childhood.
Lupo and the Secret of Windsor Castle — Young dog-loving Anglophiles can follow the adventures of a regal Rover thanks to author Aby King, who created a fictional tale about Prince William and The Duchess of Cambridge’s canine companion, who finds that he has to proclaim his innocence after a conniving Corgi frames him for wrong-doing.
My Very, Very Busy Day — Sharing the silver screen this holiday season with a real life rescue dog in the cinematic remake of Annie, actress Quvenzhane Wallis shares her time off the movie set with her four-pawed pals, Sammie and Shuga. Doggedly devoted to animals (the young star dreams of one day becoming a veterinarian), the Academy Award-nominated actress contributed the forward to Banfield Pet Hospital’s new children’s book, which tells the tale of Captain Noodles and Kitty– two tail-wagging chums enjoying a day filled with play, nap time, tasty treats and a six-month check-up at the veterinarian.
Helping a Paws Cause: Proceeds benefit Banfield Charitable Trust, to provide preventative care to pets in need.
Sassafrass Jones and the Search for a Forever Home — He had music lovers moving their feet to the beat of pop party hits like “Rock Lobster” and “Love Shack,” and now singer Fred Schneider has dog devotees dancing on cloud nine thanks to his participation in the audio CD included in this children’s tome about a Pekingese looking for loving pet parents.
Helping a Paws Cause: Proceeds from authors Cathleen Smith Bresciani and Rich Eldredge’s book benefits several organizations, including The Humane Society of New York and Canine Companions for Independence.
For Fans of Felines
Sal Everybody’s Pal — As a former news correspondent on The Today Show, NBC News and World News Now Diana Alvear was accustomed to reporting the day’s top stories, but in 2014 the journalist created a story of her own with a children’s book inspired by Alvear’s adoption of a special needs kitty in 2003.
Helping a Paws Cause: Ten percent of the proceeds from the sweet story are donated to animal rescue organizations.
Yoda: The Story of a Cat and His Kittens — Written by TV personality/New York Times bestselling author Beth Stern (wife of America’s Got Talent judge Howard Stern), Yoda is the true tale of a white Persian cat who was first fostered by the compassionate celebrity couple before becoming a permanent purring member of the Stern’s fur family. A cat with a damaged heart, Yoda’s nurturing nature toward the multitude of kittens fostered by his forever family has helped him to heal.
Helping a Paws Cause: The children’s book will help cats and kittens turn the page to a new chapter in their lives, as proceeds benefit Bianca’s Furry Friends, a proposed 140,000-square-foot, cage free Feline Wellness and Adoption Center which will be an extension of North Shore Animal League America’s existing facility in Port Washington, New York.
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