The Christmas Day Kitten by James Herriot

This  week we continued with our cat theme, both reading books about cats as well as learning how to fill out a CAT slip (Call # ,  Author and Title of books ).    We read The Christmas Day Kitten by James Herriot. We talked about setting again this week.   We talking about how the Setting is not only the place but also the time period that a book takes place.  This week’s book was set in England a long time ago.  We could tell that the story took place in the past by the old car that was in the picture at the start of the story.


James Herriot was both an author and a Veterinarian.  We talked about what a veterinarian does and that he visited people and their animals at their farm or home.  This book is a true story, which like an information book, is a type of Nonfiction.   After reading the story, students looked for nonfiction books by their call #  and filled out the author and title of one book with that number.  We talked about books with the same number being about the same subject, such as 636.8 is the number for all books about cats..

Additional Activities 

Coloring Pages – What do Veterinarians do?

Featured Books – Books by James Herriot

Video – Author Profile: James Herriot

The Cat Who Walked Across France

This week we read the book The Cat Who Walked Across France by Kate Banks 


We talked briefly about how different countries can be the Setting for a book.  We also talked about Call Numbers (Letters) and how they help us find books in the library.  They then searched for a book by its Call Letters (in the Easy Picture Book section) and filled  out a CAT(alog) Slip with the Author and Title of the book.

Additional Activities

Featured Books – Books with setting in France

Printable – Map of France – Enchanted Learning


Henry’s Map

This past week we read the book Henry’s Map by David Elliot. Henry organizes the farm by drawing a map to show where the animals should be. 


After reading the story, we  talked about how the library is organized and how call numbers (letters) tell us where the books should be. To help students identify what a call number is, they filled out a slip with the call number of the book they checked out this week as well as the author and the title.  


Additional Activities

Anagram Farm

Rearrange  the letters to make words about farming


Curious George – Zoomazing

Help the animals find where they are suppose to be