Author Jeannine Atkins recommends Love that Dog (2001) and Hate that Cat (2008), both by Sharon Creech (HarperCollins). “Love That Dog and its follow-up, Hate That Cat, stand out among the rare books embraced by those who enjoy reading and those who aren’t so sure. A great introduction to poets such as William Carlos Williams, Walter Dean Myers, Edgar Allen Poe, and the star of these books: Jack.”
Both books are recommended for ages 8-12.
Be sure to check out Atkins’ books Borrowed Names: Poems about Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madam C. J. Walker, Marie Curie and Their Daughters (Henry Holt and Co., 2010); Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science (Atheneum, 2016); and Girls Who Looked Under Rocks: The Lives of Six Pioneering Naturalists (Dawn Publications, 2000).
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