by Janet Blue on May 6, 2016

Baker and Taylor Book Jacket

Photo Courtesy of Baker and Taylor, LLC

Book Review and Giveaway

For anyone who loves cats The True Tails of Baker and Taylor is a must read and a book you’ll want in your permanent collection. Baker and Taylor are a pair of Scottish Fold cats who “worked” in the Douglas County Public Library in Minden, Nevada, from the mid-eighties through the mid-nighties. “Hired” by librarians Jan Louch (the author) and Yvonne Saddler, they were named for a book wholesaling company. When the company discovered this, they turned these two adorable kitties into their mascots and media stars, long before the days of Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Inseparable Baker and Taylor

Photo Courtesy of Baker and Taylor, LLC

Through posters, book bags and a variety of other advertising products, Baker and Taylor gained worldwide popularity among librarians and the public. They received letters, phone calls and visits from their fans.

Baker and Taylor even had their very own fan club, the second grade classes of Leslie Kramm at Jefferson Elementary School in Ohio. Through the years, classes sent cards, letters, photos and toys to the cats, and Louch responded as both herself and the cats. Teacher Kramm even wrote a song about Baker and Taylor, which the students sung and recoded for the cats. Click here to see the video.


Baker and Taylor Fan Club

Photo Courtesy of Leslie Kramm Twigg


Jan Louch with Baker and Taylor

Photo Courtesy of Jan Louch

This book by Louch (with Lisa Rogak, who originally wrote about the cats in her book, Cats on the Job) not only covers the lives of Baker and Taylor but also serves as a memoir for Louch, from growing up during the depression in the east bay of California, through her divorce and move with her two children to a Nevada farm to live with her parents, her days at the library, and finally the passing of the cats and her retirement. Additionally, the book includes bios/interviews with other library cats as well as with Baker’s and Taylor’s veterinarian. This combination along with several pages of photos made this book a standout for me.


Taylor in his favorite sitting position.

Photo Courtesy of Jan Louch

Baker in his favorite spot at the Circulation Desk.

Photo Courtesy of Jan Louch


Released this past Tuesday, you can purchase The True Tails of Baker and Taylor on

For our readers in the U.S., we will be giving away one copy of The True Tails of Baker and Taylor. For the opportunity to win, leave a comment on this post by 5 p.m. ET, Thursday, May 12. The winner will be selected using and announced on Friday, May 13. Now there’s a great reason to look forward to a Friday the 13th.

We’ll be back tomorrow with Caturday Art. And don’t forget that our Mother’s Day Sunday Selfies Blog Hop will include a don’t-miss, extra special announcement.



Linda Arthur Tejera May 10, 2016 at 8:24 pm

So cute. I think I’ve actually heard of these little cats. Maybe I can win the book!

Canadian Cats May 10, 2016 at 4:18 pm

Hi there,

We want to enter too. We have an American address, if by some slight chance we win.

Shoko and Kali
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Maggie@shelter-cats May 10, 2016 at 12:31 pm

I wish our library had a cat! Meanwhile, I’d really like to read the book. Thank you for having the give away.
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Carolsue May 9, 2016 at 8:18 pm

Those cats are adorable! I love ANY book about cats — fiction or non-fiction. Purrrrrr
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Canadian Cats May 8, 2016 at 11:57 am

Hi everyone,

We would sure like to win this little book as we love our reading hour before bed with mom and dad.

Shoko and Kali
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Laura Zaccardi May 8, 2016 at 11:49 am

This looks like a great story! Would love to be the winner of this book, but regardless–adding it to the reading list! Thanks for the review and sharing with us!

meowmeowmans May 8, 2016 at 12:09 am

This sure does sound like an amazing book. We’d be excited to win, but if we plan on reading this one, even if we don’t win! 🙂
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Cathy Keisha May 6, 2016 at 11:17 pm

Whoa! I must be the only one who never heard of them. I’ll bet there’s someone somewhere who never heard of me either.
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Maureen May 6, 2016 at 7:31 pm

sounds great – would love to read it – but don’t tell Bert. He’d get his paws in a twist…
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Toby May 6, 2016 at 7:09 pm

We have a copy we’ll be reviewing, too! It was wonderful!!!!
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Nerissa's Life May 6, 2016 at 4:56 pm

I heard about this book! Sounds super good, for sure.

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The Island Cats May 6, 2016 at 4:56 pm

Another book to add to the mom’s already very long reading list!
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Deziz World May 6, 2016 at 3:07 pm

They are cuties. Sounds like a great book.

Luv ya’

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The Swiss Cats May 6, 2016 at 2:54 pm

That sounds like a great book ! Purrs
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Phyllis S May 6, 2016 at 10:41 am

Very interesting book review and would love to add to my collection!

Raylene May 6, 2016 at 10:13 am

Thanks for the review. This sounds like a wonderful read for my book club, as well as for our Entertainment Reviewer, Lucky. Looking forward to reading it, even if we don’t win.

The Menagerie Mom May 6, 2016 at 10:04 am

I’ve been hearing so many great things about this book, and your review really seals the deal. Thank you for sharing this with us, and for giving us the chance to win a copy! Purrs!
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Three Chatty Cats May 6, 2016 at 9:37 am

This sounds like a wonderful book and a must-read!
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Karen French May 6, 2016 at 8:59 am

I worked in a small college library after I graduated from college back in the ’60’s. I am a cat-lover and currently have 8. I will really enjoy reading this book! If I don’t win a copy (& I probably won’t as I never win anything), I plan on buying a copy of this book to read.

Ellen Pilch May 6, 2016 at 8:42 am

Imagine how famous they would be now with Twitter and all social media. I am going to pass on the giveaway because I have a copy to review.
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Sammy May 6, 2016 at 6:44 am

Oh we think Baker and Taylor were gorgeous library kitties………I’m sure it’s a darling book. I bet they loved working in a library and having so many visitors while they worked to keep mousies out and readers happy! We’d love to read this one for sure. See you at Mom’s Day Selfies!

Love, Sammy
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Stephanie B May 6, 2016 at 6:21 am

Friday the 13th is my lucky day and I would love to read this!!!!

Hannah and Lucy May 6, 2016 at 4:04 am

We loved seeing and hearing the children singing.
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Sue May 6, 2016 at 4:03 am

I remember these two cats from a Midnight Louie story years ago. I don’t remember the name of the book but remember that in the story they were kitnapped and Midnight Louie and his human Temple Barr rescued them!
I would love to read their real story tho!

Summer May 6, 2016 at 1:47 am

I am a big admirer of these two kitties, and I would LOVE to win a copy of the book!
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McGuffy's Reader May 6, 2016 at 12:22 am

Oh, yikes…Friday, the 13th. Well, maybe my luck will change. This sounds like my kind of book.
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