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Cat Secrets and More

Cat Secrets by Jef Czekai is one of our favorite read-alouds this year in grades K, 1, and 2. I was amazed how many students loved Cat Secrets. It remains one of the most sought-after titles in our collection.

When we began our school year, I desperately sought titles to engage students and to help them interact. Cat Secrets was a huge hit because students felt like the cats were talking directly to them…. much like in Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus or the old Sesame Street Grover favorite There’s a Monster At the End of This Book. Every time I read this title, students instinctively began play-acting and participating. It took no coaching and they were happy to anticipate what they’d need to do to prove they were cats.

The preschool and kindergartners also enjoyed Ashlee Fletcher’s My Dog, My Cat where we were able to compare and discuss same and opposites. The second through fourth graders enjoyed hearing Bad Kitty Meets the Baby by Nick Bruel. This chapter book is perfect for those who loved the original Bad Kitty series in kindergarten.

What picture book titles have you used well this year?


  1. Not new by any means, but my first graders are crazy for the Baby Brains books by Simon James. Bad Kitty is also well-loved around here :) We’ll have to try out My Dog, My Cat.

    My fourth graders loved Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude by Kevin O’Malley and second graders just flipped over Shark Vs. Train last week as well.

    Fun stuff. Elementary is where it’s at!