Raj the Bookstore Tiger

Written by Kathleen Pelley | Illustrated By Paige Keiser

2011 Bank Street Best Book

2012 Top Hand Award – Colorado Authors’ League

Cardoza Award Finalist

Colorado Book Award Finalist

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RAJ is a bookstore cat with the heart of a tiger. But when he runs against a bully—a new bookstore cat named Snowball—Raj starts to doubt his inner tiger. With help from his owner and some wise words from a famous poet, Raj regains his confidence and helps Snowball do the same.

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Activity Guide

Kathleen’s guides assist readers to a deeper understanding of concepts in her books with activities such as games, puzzles and discussion questions.

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Book Trailer

Video ReadAloud

A Visit to Mumbai

Kathleen shares Raj with Indian students at Shri Ram Vidya Mandir High School, Kandivali East, Mumbai.

Video ReadAloud in Hindi

Vince the Cat (aka Puma), Read, Write, Repeat

Some cats have all the luck. They not only have a nice home and people who give them tuna on demand, they’re also mistaken for jungle cats. I’ve always fancied I resemble a puma. Unfortunately, no one else seems to see it…. After reading this book, I might have to pay more attention to the other books scattered around this place. Maybe I’ll find a photo of a puma that looks like me.

Vince the Cat (aka Puma), Read, Write, Repeat

Raj the Bookstore Tiger Children's Book written by Kathleen Pelley
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Vince the Cat (aka Puma), Read, Write, Repeat

Some cats have all the luck. They not only have a nice home and people who give them tuna on demand, they’re also mistaken for jungle cats. I’ve always fancied I resemble a puma. Unfortunately, no one else seems to see it…. After reading this book, I might have to pay more attention to the View Full →

Alicia Bayer, The Examiner

This is a sweet book that would be perfect for cat lovers, book lovers or children who are hearing messages that make them doubt how special they are.

Alicia Bayer, The Examiner

Raj the Bookstore Tiger Children's Book written by Kathleen Pelley
2015-04-29T17:05:29+00:00

Alicia Bayer, The Examiner

This is a sweet book that would be perfect for cat lovers, book lovers or children who are hearing messages that make them doubt how special they are.

Kirkus

Nice nourishment for the blossoming bookworm.

Kirkus

Raj the Bookstore Tiger Children's Book written by Kathleen Pelley
2015-04-29T17:05:56+00:00

Kirkus

Nice nourishment for the blossoming bookworm.

Booklist

The lively, descriptive narrative will provide an entertaining read-aloud…a whimsical title with a positive message.

Booklist

Raj the Bookstore Tiger Children's Book written by Kathleen Pelley
2015-04-29T17:06:20+00:00

Booklist

The lively, descriptive narrative will provide an entertaining read-aloud…a whimsical title with a positive message.

School Library Journal

Illustrations done in watercolors and colored pencil bring the bookstore and its inhabitants to life. Youngsters will wish they could be part of Felicity’s storytime with a marmalade cat in their laps. Raj’s self-esteem issues will resonate with youngsters and spark discussions.

School Library Journal

Raj the Bookstore Tiger Children's Book written by Kathleen Pelley
2015-04-29T17:07:42+00:00

School Library Journal

Illustrations done in watercolors and colored pencil bring the bookstore and its inhabitants to life. Youngsters will wish they could be part of Felicity’s storytime with a marmalade cat in their laps. Raj’s self-esteem issues will resonate with youngsters and spark discussions.