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Homer the Library Cat

Author: Reeve Lindbergh

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ISBN: 9780763634483

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Binding: Hardcover

Year Distributed: 2012 - 2013

Availability: Past Books

Themes/Topics: Animals, Library

Book Acticity

Homer is a very quiet cat. He lives in a very quiet house with a very quiet lady. But one day, while the lady is away, Homer hears a very loud sound, and out the window he goes! Poor Homer just wants to find a spot where he can curl up and be quiet, but his hometown is a surprisingly loud place. Will Homer find a bit of calm in all the noise? And will he ever find his quiet lady?

Age Group 4 years

What’s Happening at this Age

  • Understanding that words are read from left to right and pages are read from top to bottom
  • Recognizing their name in print and other often-seen words, like those on signs name beginning letters or sounds of words
  • Matching some letters to their sounds
  • Developing awareness of syllables
  • May use familiar letters to try writing words
  • Retelling stories that have been read to them

Your child already knows how to read some words! Familiar favorite words like their own name, friends’ names, the name of their favorite restaurant, or other places you frequent, are part of your child’s sight word vocabulary. They aren’t quite decoding the words as they will later but they recognize the shape of the word when written out. Some logos like McDonalds or Subway also have color cues that your child can use to figure out the word. More and more, your child is paying attention to the visual clues of words. They are also continuing to make connections between the sounds and the letters that represent them. They may be telling stories by drawing pictures and sometimes adding letters or even a whole word to their drawings. This is a busy time in emergent literacy as your child is standing right on the edge of being able to read and write themselves!

Click here to see a full list of milestones for your 4-year-old as well as tips and activities for you and your child!

Why did we select this book?

The best characters in a story never know they are going on an adventure, and Homer is one of the best characters we have found in a picture book. We selected this book because Homer's adventure is filled with wonderful rhymes and highly detailed illustrations that allow children to explore Homer's town.

Book Acticity
Related Activities

The next time you visit the library, share with the librarian what your child’s “favorites” are. This can be their favorite book, their favorite thing to do, or what their favorite animal is. Librarians’ favorite thing to do is find new books for your child to love. You might introduce the idea of going to the library by talking about Homer, the cat in this book. You could ask something like, “Does Homer like to go to the library? Should we go to the library too?” As you are walking or driving to the library you might talk with your child about Homer’s first library trip. Maybe you can look for the places in your community that Homer visited, like the post office or the fire station. Making connections like these between books and your child’s real world can make a book a stronger experience.


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