The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read by Curtis Manley

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It’s not easy to teach a cat to read, but one boy tries to anyway in this sweet and silly picture book debut that captures the challenges and rewards of learning to read.

Nick loves to read books—and he loves to play with his cats, Verne and Stevenson. So naturally Nick decides it’s a great idea to teach his cats to read. But Verne and Stevenson don’t appreciate when Nick wakes them up with a flashcard that says NAP. Nick finally piques Verne’s interest with words like MOUSE and FISH. But not Stevenson’s. While Nick and Verne go to the library, Stevenson hides under the porch. Will Nick ever find a way to share his love of reading with his feline friends?


About Curtis Manley

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Curtis Manley liked stories with cats when he was young, but never tried to teach his cat Inky to read. When his daughter came along years later, she also liked stories with cats—and stories with mice! Curtis grew up in Pennsylvania but now lives near Seattle, Washington, with his wife, daughter, and just one cat. The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read is his first picture book. Visit him at Kate Berube is an illustrator who grew up in Connecticut and now lives all the way on the other side of the country in Portland, Oregon. Formerly a bookseller at the well-known Powell’s in Portland, Kate now writes and draws in a room filled with zero cats, but lots of books, dog hair, and a one-eyed dog who still cannot read despite all of Kate’s best efforts. Find out more about her at
Published July 5, 2016 by Paula Wiseman Books.
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PreS-Gr 2—Book-loving Nick teaches his cats, Verne and Stevenson, to read in this debut picture book. Nick loves spending time with his cats, but he notices that they seem bored every time he pulls out a book. He decides that teaching them to read will not be too difficult, and quickly makes flas...

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