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Adventure and Dogs: Books For Kids

Adventure is one of the greatest gifts we get from books. You open the cover, and immediately you're transported into another world, someone's story and experiences. Each book is an adventure just waiting to happen. You'll make great new friends to journey with on the highs and lows of their stories. So what are you waiting for? Adventure awaits!

As a few popular writers have put it:

“Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.”
― J.K. Rowling

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose."
― Dr. Seuss

Hey, Boy book
#1
Hey, Boy
Written by Benjamin Strouse and illustrated by Jennifer Phelan
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In the classic style of The Giving Tree comes a touching debut picture book about the unfaltering love between a boy and his pet. One day a boy finds a dog. He takes him home, already dreaming of the adventures they will have and the games they will play. But when the boy gets hurt, he and his new best friend are separated. Will the boy be able to grow up quickly enough to get his furry companion back, or will life keep getting in the way? With dreamily spare text and sweeping yet simple illustrations, Hey, Boy is a reminder that true friends always find their way home to each other.

Muddle the Magic Puppy Book 4: Rainforest Hide and Seek book
#2
Muddle the Magic Puppy Book 4: Rainforest Hide and Seek
Written by Hayley Daze
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

Muddle is a naughty puppy who loves to go on magical adventures with his friends Ruby and Harry. He only has to jump into a puddle for the magic to begin. Ruby and Harry are amazed when Muddle whisks them away to a huge rainforest. But somebody is causing trouble, and for once it's not Muddle! Things keep going missing and Muddle and the children need to find out the reason why!

Soapstone Porcupine book
#3
Soapstone Porcupine
Written by Jeff Pinkney and illustrated by Darlene Gait
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

The dog shows up the way snow does on a winter’s day. She just drifts in and stays, becoming the friend of a young Cree boy. The boy and the dog set out on an adventure that ends in a quandary of quills and a big brother who swears to take revenge on the porcupine. But Lindy, a Cree elder and master carver, reminds the brothers of the importance of the great porcupine. After a day spent carving in town, the boy learns some truths about human nature and realizes that sometimes, like the porcupine, you must put your quills up to keep from getting pushed around. Soapstone Porcupine is the second book, after Soapstone Signs, narrated by a young Cree boy.

All about Spot book
#4
All about Spot
Written and illustrated by Eric Hill
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Little hands will love this adorable puppy-shaped board book! Join Spot as he has lots of fun, rain or shine, playing with friends as well as by himself. Spot’s everyday adventures fill the pages of this big puppy-shaped board book that children will love.

Fenway and Hattie Up to New Tricks book
#5
Fenway and Hattie Up to New Tricks
Written by Victoria J. Coe
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Fenway's dog's-eye-view of the world is as enthusiastic as ever, but his favorite short human is not acting the way he expects--and he doesn't like it one bit! Fenway's life is pretty great, except for the strange stripey chipmunks that have suddenly appeared in the Dog Park behind his house. He's determined to catch them, but one of their hiding places contains some stinging insects. Ouch! Fenway thinks he can take care of this injury himself, but his humans don't let him. They take him to the Place of Fear and then Hattie doesn't even help him take off the Cone of Doom! Fenway never would have expected Hattie to do these things to him. Doesn't she love him anymore? But even though his family is acting weird, Fenway is determined do whatever it takes to make them all happy again.

A Dog Named Doug book
#6
A Dog Named Doug
Written by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Matt Myers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Meet Doug. Doug is a dog that loves to dig. But when Doug digs he doesn’t just dig holes in the backyard. He digs...ditches the size of tractors! He digs...tunnels through gold mines! He even digs his way into...the White House! But not even the Secret Service can stop this digging doggy, because when Doug digs, oh boy, does Doug DIG!

Barkus book
#7
Barkus
Written by Patricia MacLachlan and illustrated by Marc Boutavant
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Meet Barkus. Barkus is loyal. Barkus is generous. Barkus is family. The exuberant Barkus and his lucky young owner whirl and twirl across the pages of this delightful pre-chapter book series from award-winning author Patricia MacLachlan. The accessible text is ideal for even the newest independent reader, while the warm, humorous story and energetic illustrations will appeal to picture book readers as well as advanced readers.

The First Dog book
#8
The First Dog
Written and illustrated by Jan Brett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

An exciting tale of adventure in prehistoric times, set against a spectacular Ice Age landscape. Kip the cave boy bounds along the trail home with a sack of warm and tasty Woolly Rhino ribs. If he could only get rid of pesky Paleowolf, who follows him, hoping for a taste of those delicious ribs! But Paleowolf’s presence turns out to be useful: His warnings save Kip from the Cave Bear, the Mighty Mammoth, and the frightening Saber-Toothed Cat. So Kip offers to share his food—if Paleowolf will use his keen nose, fine ears, and sharp eyes to keep Kip from being eaten up. With a bark and a wag of his tail, Paleowolf agrees to this bargain, and Kip christens his new friend “Dog.” In this exciting tale of adventure in prehistoric times, Jan Brett creates a spectacular Ice Age landscape populated with the massive animals of the time and bordered with images inspired by cave paintings and Ice Age artifacts. She convincingly portrays the growth of the warm bond between man and animal that must, long, long ago, have resulted in the first domesticated dog.

I am a Puppy book
#9
I am a Puppy
Written by Ole Risom and illustrated by Olivia Chin Mueller, Ole Risom
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

The classic board book I am a Puppy is back—fully reillustrated and ready to be embraced by a new generation of children. Join Bruno, an adventurous puppy, as he plays with friends, leaps in the snow, takes a bath, and more! With simple words and adorable illustrations, this is perfect for toddlers.

Ladybug Girl Dresses Up! book
#10
Ladybug Girl Dresses Up!
Written by Jacky Davis and illustrated by David Soman
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

All dressed up with everywhere to go, Ladybug Girl Dresses Up! (Board Book) is a darling and charmingly illustrated book presented in a board book format for younger readers that follows Ladybug Girl as she embarks on dress-up adventures.

Ladybug Girl Loves... book
#11
Ladybug Girl Loves...
Written by Jacky Davis and illustrated by David Soman, Jacky Davis
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Readers from ages 3 and up will love this delightful board book! It’s the perfect complement to the Ladybug Girl picture books. Ladybug Girl is Lulu, a little girl who loves to dress up in her ladybug costume and use her imagination to turn every moment into an adventure. In this board book, readers will learn about the many loves of Ladybug Girl, from climbing the tallest trees to playing with her friends on the playground. And her beloved dog, Bingo, is always by her side!

The Treasure of Pirate Frank book
#12
The Treasure of Pirate Frank
Written by Elspeth Graham, Mal Peet and illustrated by Jez Tuya
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A boy and his dog set sail in search of treasure, braving stormy seas, mountains snowy and cold, the forest where the monkeys swing, the swamp where the bullfrogs sing, and other challenging obstacles, before finally reaching the end of their quest—the treasure of Pirate Frank. But there’s a surprise in store when they discover that Pirate Frank is a girl. And no one is going to steal her treasure!

Time Dogs: Seaman and the Great Northern Adventure book
#13
Time Dogs: Seaman and the Great Northern Adventure
Written by Helen Moss and illustrated by Misa Saburi
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

An exciting new illustrated chapter book series for dog-loving readers! When a pack of senior dogs find themselves transported back in time—and turned into puppies!—they must make their way back home, helping real-life historical dogs along the way. In this second adventure, Baxter, Trevor, Newton, Titch, and Maia—the time dogs!—find themselves transported through time and space to 1805 on the Missouri River. There, deep in the wilderness, the puppies must help Seaman, the dog of legendary explorers Lewis and Clark.

Ladybug Girl book
#14
Ladybug Girl
Written by Jacky Davis and illustrated by David Soman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

After her brother tells her she is too little to play with him, Lulu, dressed as Ladybug Girl, makes her own fun.

Space Walkies book
#15
Space Walkies
Written and illustrated by Robert Dunn
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

When Bailey the dog, scampers off without his owner, he ends up having an out-of-this world adventure! Bailey is adventurous and often gets in trouble for eating Orson's dinner or chewing dad's slippers. One day, he heads off on his own and discovers a space rocket in the neighbour's garden. It's not long before Bailey is inside the rocket and heading for the Moon! The Moon is fun and different, and he even makes friends with some shiny robot dogs! it's not quite the same as home though and Bailey starts to miss Orson and his normal earth walkies. A game of Space fetch soon turns dangerous and Bailey finds himself hurtling toward Earth. Or does he? Throughout the years, QEB has built this successful Storytime series. These charming books combine colorful illustrations with heart-warming narrative, each with its own unique message.

Stick book
#16
Stick
Written and illustrated by Irene Dickson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A boy and his dog set off to play together one sunny day, taking nothing with them but a good stick. There are so many things you can do with a stick, especially if you use your imagination. You can throw it, balance with it, float it down a stream, and draw pictures in the sand. It might even help you make new friends!

Motor Miles book
#17
Motor Miles
Written and illustrated by John Burningham
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Miles is a difficult dog, until he gets his own car. . . . From picture book master John Burningham comes a delightful new story. Miles does not come when he is called. He does not like going for walks, his food, other dogs, or the rain. What Miles does like is going for drives in the car. So when Mr. Huddy makes Miles a car of his own, Miles becomes a much happier dog. And now he and his friend Norman can go on all sorts of adventures! Inspired by his own dog, Miles, renowned children s book author and illustrator John Burningham (who celebrated his eightieth birthday this year) creates a new picture book offering all the charm and exuberance of his best work."

I Love You, Bingo book
#18
I Love You, Bingo
Written by Jacky Davis and illustrated by David Soman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-7

Lulu loves her dog, Bingo. They do everything together: draw, run in the woods, and play with the Bug Squad. Join in the fun as Ladybug Girl and Bingo have the best day playing together!

Violet and the Woof book
#19
Violet and the Woof
Written by Rebecca Grabill and illustrated by Dasha Tolstikova
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

If you love stories of imagination, such as Little Red Riding Hood, Where the Wild Things Are, and Charlie and Lola—you’ll adore spending time with these two courageous siblings. “Once upon a time, a brave little girl and her brother set out on a long, long journey,” Violet tells Peter. “A journey fraught with danger and peril.” Riding their building’s elevator and traveling the hallways past apartment doors to bring soup to a sick neighbor, Violet and Peter encounter both real and imagined adventure—getting lost in the laundry room, running into a troll, and escaping scary noises in the nick of time, only to find that their poor sick neighbor looks . . . like a wolf! Clever, thought-provoking, and with an unforgettable ending, Violet and the Woof is a book that explores the power of imaginative storytelling and will have kids asking: “What’s real?”

Time Dogs: Balto and the Race Against Time book
#20
Time Dogs: Balto and the Race Against Time
Written by Helen Moss and illustrated by Misa Saburi
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

An exciting new illustrated chapter book series for dog-loving readers! When a pack of senior dogs find themselves transported back in time—and turned into puppies!—they must make their way back home, helping real-life historical dogs along the way. In this first adventure, meet Baxter, Trevor, Newton, Titch, and Maia—the time dogs!—as they find themselves transported through time and space to 1925 Alaska. There, deep in the wilderness, the puppies must help Balto in his famous sled race to deliver medicine during a diphtheria outbreak. Adorable illustrations and an action-packed story make this the perfect read for fans of Paw Patrol!

Honey & Leon Take the High Road book
#21
Honey & Leon Take the High Road
Written by Alan Cumming and illustrated by Grant Shaffer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Alan Cumming and Grant Shaffer’s world-traveling dogs are back... and off to Scotland! When Honey falls in love with a handsome Scottish pup, will Leon be able to protect their dads on his own?

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