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Looking for a list of the best kids books about dogs?

Man’s best friend! Known for their loyalty and friendliness, dogs have a special place in many people’s hearts. If you’re a dog lover (or happen to live with one!) we know you’ll love this collection of books to read together from classics like Clifford and Old Yeller to new friends like Ruff and Doug.

Top 10 Books About Dogs

#1
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Officer Buckle and Gloria
Written & illustrated by Peggy Rathmann
Thoughts from Grammy
It has been easily more than a decade since I read this book aloud and yet whenever someone brings up the book Officer Buckle and Gloria, I immediately think, "Always stick with your buddy." Officer Buckle is a roundish, straightish, serious police officer who makes a career of giving school presentations on safety tips. Once Gloria, a precocious and animated K-9, becomes his partner, their presentations get really entertaining. While the tips themselves are a little droll in their obviousness, Gloria's charades and Peggy Rathman's imaginative illustrations will have them laughing in the aisles. Officer Buckle and Gloria are much better together than singly; they learn how important it is to stick together.
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Recommend Ages: 4-8
"Besides the beguiling story, the affable illustrations of the smiling Gloria, the accidental mayhem in the background, and the myriad safety tips -- such as 'always pull the toothpick out of your sandwich' and 'never lick a stop sign in the winter' -- add to the enjoyment. A glorious picture book." -- The Horn Book" Rathmann is a quick rising star in the world of children's books. In this book, she again shows her flair for creating real characters, dramatic situations and for knowing what will make young audiences giggle and think." -- Children's Book Review Magazine" Rathmann brings a lighter-than-air comic touch to this outstanding, solid-as-a-brick picture book." -- Publisher's Weekly "A five-star performance." -- School Library Journal
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Ruff!: And the Wonderfully Amazing Busy Day
Written & illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
This book is about making new friends, helping each other find new homes, and being busy! I love that Ruff found new friends to live by and that they were all happy working hard together. This book is pretty cute and I love how the animals all express themselves when they're happy, excited, or trying to get each other's attention. :) This story would be great to talk about emotions and how those, in turn, lead to certain actions. Cute illustrations, too!
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Meet Ruff the Dog, star of the picture book Ruff! And the Wonderfully Amazing Busy Day. He’s an adorable new animal character created by bestselling illustrator Caroline Jayne Church. What Ruff wants most is to make some friends. He accidentally digs up the house of a little grey mouse named Hubble. By the time Ruff helps Hubble make a new home, he has a friend. Then he and Hubble decide to help Lottie, a duck who has also lost her home. And soon Ruff has a second friend! Caroline Jayne Chruch’s full-color illustrations bring all the animals in her charming story to life.
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Gaston
Written by Kelly DiPucchio & illustrated by Christian Robinson
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
It seems two dogs may have been taken home with the wrong pup families, but they decide they are exactly where they're supposed to be. :) This fun and beautifully illustrated book has a great message about being yourself.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
A bulldog and a poodle learn that family is about love, not appearances in this adorable doggy tale from New York Times bestselling author Kelly DiPucchio and illustrator Christian Robinson. This is the story of four puppies: Fi-Fi, Foo-Foo, Ooh-La-La, and Gaston. Gaston works the hardest at his lessons on how to be a proper pooch. He sips—never slobbers! He yips—never yaps! And he walks with grace—never races! Gaston fits right in with his poodle sisters. But a chance encounter with a bulldog family in the park—Rocky, Ricky, Bruno, and Antoinette—reveals there’s been a mix-up, and so Gaston and Antoinette switch places. The new families look right…but they don’t feel right. Can these puppies follow their noses—and their hearts—to find where they belong?
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Harry the Dirty Dog
Written by Gene Zion & illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Harry is a white dog with black spots who loves everything . . . except baths. So one day before bath time, Harry runs away. He plays outside all day long, digging and sliding in everything from garden soil to pavement tar. By the time he returns home, Harry is so dirty he looks like a black dog with white spots. His family doesn't even recognize him!
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Hey, Boy
Written by Benjamin Strouse & illustrated by Jennifer Phelan
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
I don't even like dogs, and I thought that this was a beautiful coming of age story about true friendship and love—the kind that is patient and forgiving and lasts a lifetime. The minimalist illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to the sweetness of the story and it's one that will appeal broadly to the young and the old alike.
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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.
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Floaty
Written & illustrated by John Himmelman
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
A delightful book filled about the wonderful friendship that develops between one very crotchety old man and one very light dog. This particular dog's unusual proclivity for floating adds humor and a novelty to the story that makes this a fresh take on a familiar tale of friendship and the illustrations beautifully convey the disposition of the old man and his changing feelings towards Floaty. Utterly enjoyable!
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Recommend Ages: 4-8
Blah! Mr. Raisin is a bit of a grump. He lives all alone in a little house, and he likes it that way just fine. One day, a mysterious basket appears on Mr. Raisin’s doorstep. When he opens it up, it seems there’s nothing inside . . . until he notices a floating dog bobbing along his ceiling. What follows is a heartwarming, hilarious tale about embracing the unexpected—and finding friendship that takes you to new heights.
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Hot Dog, Cold Dog
Written & illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Using simple rhyming text, follows the adventures of various Dachshund dogs, including playing in the snow, digging in the garden, reading, and roller skating.
#8
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Where's the Dog?
Written by Nosy Crow & illustrated by Ingela Peterson Arrhenius
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Five stylishly illustrated spreads show a series of friendly pets hiding behind bright felt flaps. A mirror on the final spread makes for a satisfying ending to the book's search-and-find inquiries. (Where are you? There you are!) A perfect book to share with very little ones.
#9
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Clifford the Big Red Dog
Written & illustrated by Norman Bridwell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Emily Elizabeth loves her huge dog Clifford even though he's far from perfect.
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Because of Winn-Dixie
Written & illustrated by Kate DiCamillo
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
One summer’s day, ten-year-old India Opal Buloni goes down to the local supermarket for some groceries – and comes home with a dog. But Winn-Dixie is no ordinary dog. It’s because of Winn-Dixie that Opal begins to make friends. And it’s because of Winn-Dixie that she finally dares to ask her father about her mother, who left when Opal was three. In fact, as Opal admits, just about everything that happens that summer is because of Winn-Dixie. Featuring a new cover illustration by E. B. Lewis.
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Books About Dogs and Love

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Hey, Boy
Written by Benjamin Strouse & illustrated by Jennifer Phelan
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
I don't even like dogs, and I thought that this was a beautiful coming of age story about true friendship and love—the kind that is patient and forgiving and lasts a lifetime. The minimalist illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to the sweetness of the story and it's one that will appeal broadly to the young and the old alike.
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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.
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Picking Pickle
Written by Polly Faber & illustrated by Clara Vulliamy
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
It's not always easy to pick the right dog! Which one will find its perfect home? An endearing story about an adorable but overlooked pup--and his dream of getting adopted. Looking for a pet? Take a guided tour of the dogs' home with one characterful canine! He's been there the longest and knows everyone, so he'll help you find the perfect companion. Will it be hungry Harvey? Clever Dumpling? Sporty Boo-Boo? What a pickle! With gorgeous illustrations from Clara Vulliamy, and laugh-out-loud text from Polly Faber, this book is guaranteed to touch your heart.
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Dogs
Written by Emily Gravett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Gorgeous canines of every shape, size and color are bounding through this irresistible book. Can you choose one dog to love best of all? With playful pencil and watercolor illustrations to delight children and adults alike, everyone will long to bark along with the Chihuahua and tickle the Dalmatian's tummy. This is a wonderfully satisfying book with a twist in the tail.
Honorable Mentions
Spot Loves His Daddy book
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Snuggle Puppy book
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Fenway and Hattie Up to New Tricks book
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Two Brothers, One Tail book
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  1. Spot Loves His Daddy - Whether playing ball in the park, feeding the ducks, or reading bedtime stories, Spot and his Daddy are great buddies. Perfect for Father’s Day, as well as all year long, this happy and heartwarming book is great for sharing.

  2. Snuggle Puppy - A great big hug in book form, Snuggle Puppy is a year-round valentine from parent to child. It is bright, chunky, a pleasure to hold, and has a die-cut cover that reveals a glimpse of the joy inside before it’s even opened. Best of all, it’s packed, of course, with pure Boynton: her inimitable language, her inimitable illustrations, her inimitable sense of fun. OOO, Snuggle Puppy of mine! Everything about you is especially fine. I love what you are. I love what you do. Fuzzy little Snuggle Puppy, I love you. Featuring a sweet and cuddly doggie cast and rhyming verse, Snuggle Puppy is the perfect bedtime book to read last, because of an ending that kids will want again and again: I started with OOO. . . . Now we’ll end like this: [BIG SMOOCH!]

  3. Fenway and Hattie Up to New Tricks - 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.

  4. Two Brothers, One Tail - A sweet and charming picture book about the unending love between a boy and his dog. Two brothers, two hands Two brothers, four paws Two brothers, ten fingers Two brother, ten claws With simple rhyming text by Richard T. Morris and charming illustrations from Jay Fleck, Two Brothers, One Tail is a heart-warming story about a boy and his brother, who just happens to be a dog. Perfect for fans of Bad Dog, Marley and Harry the Dirty Dog!

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Books About Dogs and Feelings And Emotions

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Ruff!: And the Wonderfully Amazing Busy Day
Written & illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
This book is about making new friends, helping each other find new homes, and being busy! I love that Ruff found new friends to live by and that they were all happy working hard together. This book is pretty cute and I love how the animals all express themselves when they're happy, excited, or trying to get each other's attention. :) This story would be great to talk about emotions and how those, in turn, lead to certain actions. Cute illustrations, too!
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Meet Ruff the Dog, star of the picture book Ruff! And the Wonderfully Amazing Busy Day. He’s an adorable new animal character created by bestselling illustrator Caroline Jayne Church. What Ruff wants most is to make some friends. He accidentally digs up the house of a little grey mouse named Hubble. By the time Ruff helps Hubble make a new home, he has a friend. Then he and Hubble decide to help Lottie, a duck who has also lost her home. And soon Ruff has a second friend! Caroline Jayne Chruch’s full-color illustrations bring all the animals in her charming story to life.
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Hannah and Sugar
Written & illustrated by Kate Berube
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7
"Every day after school, Hannah sees her classmate's dog, Sugar. Hannah politely declines to pet Sugar, because Hannah is afraid of dogs. But one day, Sugar goes missing, and it's Hannah who finds him"--
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A Ball for Daisy
Written & illustrated by Chris Raschka
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Winner of the 2012 Randolph Caldecott Medal This New York Times Bestseller and New York Times Best Illustrated Book relates a story about love and loss as only Chris Rashcka can tell it. Any child who has ever had a beloved toy break will relate to Daisy's anguish when her favorite ball is destroyed by a bigger dog. In the tradition of his nearly wordless picture book Yo! Yes?, Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka explores in pictures the joy and sadness that having a special toy can bring. Raschka's signature swirling, impressionistic illustrations and his affectionate story will particularly appeal to young dog lovers and teachers and parents who have children dealing with the loss of something special.
Honorable Mentions
Tricky book
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Black Dog book
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Doggie Gets Scared book
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Anxious Charlie to the Rescue book
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  1. Tricky - An old dog learns new tricks in this story about righting wrongs

  2. Black Dog - In a modern fairy tale about the power of fear and how it distorts our view of the world, the Black Dog that appears outside the Hope family’s home seems to grow larger and larger as each frightened member of the Hope family sees it, but the youngest member of the household is not afraid and is able to break the spell.

  3. Doggie Gets Scared - Shadows, strangers, thunder and lightning! Sometimes a toy doggie gets scared. Don’t worry, Doggie, Baby is here. Baby’s toy doggie is scared of many things: shadows, swimming pools, strangers, loud noises. Boom! Good thing Baby is there to help, with a trusty blankie (which sometimes works). Baby also comforts Doggie at daycare and at the playground when Mommy steps out of their sight. But when Doggie himself goes missing, could that be too scary even for brave Baby? Leslie Patricelli gives a fearless new spin to a universal toddler experience—and offers a few suggestions for things that can help the scary go away.

  4. Anxious Charlie to the Rescue - A friend in need causes an anxious pup to confront his fear of change in this thoughtful and encouraging tale. Charlie follows the same routine every day: he hops out of bed in the morning, walks the same route to the market, and lines up his stuffed animals just so in the evening. If anything is slightly different, Charlie worries that something bad might happen. But when friends call one morning asking for Charlie’s help, he forgets to follow his usual routine. Will something bad happen, as Charlie fears? Or will he learn that change can be good? In this touching story by Terry Milne, readers will fall in love with the nervous little dog named Charlie and his ability to overcome his fear of change.

Books About Dogs and Family

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Gaston
Written by Kelly DiPucchio & illustrated by Christian Robinson
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
It seems two dogs may have been taken home with the wrong pup families, but they decide they are exactly where they're supposed to be. :) This fun and beautifully illustrated book has a great message about being yourself.
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Recommend Ages: 4-8
A bulldog and a poodle learn that family is about love, not appearances in this adorable doggy tale from New York Times bestselling author Kelly DiPucchio and illustrator Christian Robinson. This is the story of four puppies: Fi-Fi, Foo-Foo, Ooh-La-La, and Gaston. Gaston works the hardest at his lessons on how to be a proper pooch. He sips—never slobbers! He yips—never yaps! And he walks with grace—never races! Gaston fits right in with his poodle sisters. But a chance encounter with a bulldog family in the park—Rocky, Ricky, Bruno, and Antoinette—reveals there’s been a mix-up, and so Gaston and Antoinette switch places. The new families look right…but they don’t feel right. Can these puppies follow their noses—and their hearts—to find where they belong?
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A Family for Louie
Written & illustrated by Alexandra Thompson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
A foodie French bulldog finds a forever home in this heartwarming and adorable debut picture book, sure to appeal to fans of Gaston, Ellie, and Little Elliot, Big City. Meet Louie. He's a dog of very fine taste. He knows every chef in town, and each day he wanders the city, visiting his favorite restaurants. It's a good life, except... Louie is all on his own. What Louie wants more than anything is a family. But try as he might, Louie can't seem to find a family that's right for him. At the beach, he meets a little boy and his mother... but they're eating green jello salad and sardine sandwiches (Louie's least favorite foods!). At his favorite sushi restaurant, Louie spies a father and daughter with an open seat at their table... but their cat chases him away. At the park, he meets a nice family having a yummy barbecue, but when they invite him to play frisbee... Louie just can't keep up. Where-oh-where will Louie find a just-right family of his very own?
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My Pillow Keeps Moving!
Written by Laura Gehl & illustrated by Christopher Weyant
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-9
A lonely man tries to buy a pillow . . . and ends up with a new best friend in this silly and sweet doggy tale, perfect for fans of Officer Buckle and Gloria. Dogs make good pillows, don't they? A clever pup ends up in a cozy home, and she'll do anything to stay there. She impersonates everything the lonely homeowner needs--a pillow, a footstool, a jacket. But in the end, being herself works best. Laura Gehl's spare, humorous text and New Yorker cartoonist Christopher Weyant's expressive characters will leave young readers giggling and begging for more.
Honorable Mentions
Vilonia Beebe Takes Charge book
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The Other Dog book
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Spot Loves His Mommy book
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It's Only Stanley book
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  1. Vilonia Beebe Takes Charge - “Vilonia must prove she is responsible enough to get a dog in order to help her mom get over her grief”—

  2. The Other Dog - Reissued in hardcover to coincide with the movie release of A Wrinkle in Time, here is a true tale of dog-meets-baby from Newbery Medal–winning author Madeleine L’Engle! Based on Madeleine L’Engle’s own poodle’s experience coping with a new baby in the house, this sprightly picture book presents a familiar domestic drama with an utterly charming new twist. Tongue-in-cheek wit, endearing illustrations, and a revealing author’s note make this a publishing event to celebrate!

  3. Spot Loves His Mommy - Spot loves spending time with his Mom.Whether playing hide-and-seek, baking a cake, or reading his favorite story, Spot and Mommy have lots of fun together. Perfect for Mother’s Day and all year long, this touching and heartwarming book is great for sharing.

  4. It's Only Stanley - Mysterious noises keep waking up the Wimbledon family. “That’s very odd,” says Mr. Wimbledon each time, but when he returns from checking on the sounds, he’s always reassuring: “It’s only Stanley; he’s fixing the oil tank.” “It’s only Stanley; he’s clearing the bathtub drain.” But what Stanley the dog is actually doing while his oblivious family goes back to bed is deliciously absurd: he’s turning the house into a rocket ship to zoom himself and his family to another planet for an alien encounter. This is a perfect rhyming read-aloud for fans of irreverent tales like Click Clack Moo and I Want My Hat Back.

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Books About Dogs and Death

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Old Yeller
Written by Fred Gipson
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-14
When a novel like Huckleberry Finn, or The Yearling, comes along it defies customary adjectives because of the intensity of the respouse it evokes in the reader. Such a book, we submit, is Old Yeller; to read this eloIquently simple story of a boy and his dog in the Texas hill country is an unforgettable and deeply moving experience. The big, ugly, yellow dog showed up out of nowhere one night and stole a whole side of hanging pork, and when Travis went for him the next morning that dog started yelling like a baby before he was touched. Then he got into the spring water with five-year-old Arliss, Travis took an easy hate to Old Yeller, as they started to call him; in fact, he would have driven him off or killed him if it hadn't been for brother Arliss' loud and violent protests, So Yeller stayed, and Travis soon found he couldn't have got along without him. Pa and Ma and Travis and Arliss lived on Birdsong Creek in the Texas hill country. It wasn't an easy life, but they had a snug cabin that Pa had built himself, and they had their own hogs and their own cattle, and they grew most of what else they needed. The only thing they and the rest of the settlers lacked that year in the late 1860's was cash, so the men decided to get together and drive all the cattle up to the new market in Abilene, Kansas, more than six hundred miles away. Travis was only fourteen, but he was proud of his new role as man of the family and determined to live up to his responsibility. It was hard work, too, plowing until his legs ached, chopping wood until his hands were raw and his head was spinning, weeding the garden in the hot sun, toting the heavy buckets tip from the spring, and trying to keep his mischievous little brother in line. But there were pleasant moments, too: his Ma treating him like a man, and deer hunting in the early-morning stillness, and hot summer nights out in the corn patch under the stars with Old Yeller, trying to keep the coons and skunks out of the winter food supply. And there was plenty of excitement, like the fight between the two bulls, and the time Arliss nearly got mauled by the bear, and trying to catch and mark the new hogs. Here the suspense and excitement reach a peak, only to be topped a few pages later when the crazy-sick loafer wolf goes for Ma. Both times it is Yeller who saves them, only the second time it is not lucky for Yeller, as Travis comes to find out. And in finding out, Travis learns just how much he has come to love that big ugly dog, and he learns something about the pain of life, too. Old Yeller is a story that will be read and treasured by many thousands for years to come. In a shorter form, this has appeared as a three-part serial in Collier's.
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My Old Pal, Oscar
Written by Amy Hest & illustrated by Amy Bates
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7
After a young boy’s beloved pet passes away, he encounters an adorable stray dog on the beach. The boy tries to walk away and ignore the cuddly creature, but the puppy continues to follow him, undeterred. Though the boy is still dealing with the pain of his loss and feels afraid to care about a new pet again, as the two walk the sand together, the boy slowly opens himself up to the joy of having a new dog in his life and making peace with the past. New York Times bestselling Amy Hest and Amy Bates, the beloved team who created The Dog Who Belonged to No One, have created a touching story about new beginnings and how friendship and love have the power to heal.
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Where the Red Fern Grows
Written by Wilson Rawls
Thoughts from The Fun Uncle
I have very fond memories that come flooding back whenever I read this. I love Old Dan and Little Ann (Billy's two hounds)! Rawls tells an incredible story that tugs at the heart of any reader. There are so many gold nuggets that carry great lessons, like Billy's determination to catch his first coon, Billy's diligence throughout the book in caring for his dogs, and the family unity that Billy and his family share. Where the Red Fern Grows is one of the best books there is.
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
"Billy has long dreamt of owning not one, but two, dogs. So when he's finally able to save up enough money for two pups to call his own--Old Dan and Little Ann--he's ecstatic. It's true that times are tough, but together they'll roam the hills of the Ozarks. Soon Billy and his hounds become the finest hunting team in the valley. Stories of their great achievements spread throughout the region, and the combination of Old Dan's brawn, Little Ann's brains, and Billy's sheer will seems unbeatable. But tragedy waits for these determined hunters--now friends--and Billy will learn that hope can grow out of despair and that the seeds of the future can come from the scars of the past. This beloved classic is sure to delight readers of all ages as it captures the powerful bond between man and man's best friend. To commemorate more than fifty years in print, this special edition includes historical materials to enrich this treasured novel."
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I'll Always Love You book
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The Rough Patch book
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Raising Lumie book
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Where Lily Isn't book
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  1. I'll Always Love You - A child’s sadness at the death of a beloved dog is tempered by the remembrance of saying to it every nignt, “I’ll always love you.”

  2. The Rough Patch - Evan and his dog do everything together. They play and read and eat. But mostly you will find them tending to Evan’s extraordinary garden, where flowers and other good things flourish and reach for the sky. But friends don’t always stay forever, and when Evan loses his, he destroys the place that meant the most to them, and creates something to match his mood. Something ugly and twisted, sad and stubborn, ragged and rough—and he likes it that way. Until one day . . . New York Times–bestselling author Brian Lies has created a breathtakingly beautiful and luminescent book about loss and grief, love and hope, and the healing power of friendship, curiosity, and nature.

  3. Raising Lumie - A poignant, hopeful story of a girl and her puppy. Olive Hudson desperately wants a dog. But that doesn’t seem to be a possibility right now. Newly orphaned, she’s moving in with the half sister she hardly knows and their life is too chaotic to include a dog. But then something wonderful happens: Olive gets a chance to raise Lumie, a guide dog puppy. Discipline. Rules. Lots of hugs. Only the best of the best puppies continue on to become guide dogs, and of course Olive wants Lumie to be chosen. But if she is, that means that Olive will lose her. Once again, the incomparable Joan Bauer tells a touching story that is full of heart and warmth and unabashed idealism.

  4. Where Lily Isn't - Lily ran and jumped and barked and whimpered and growled and wiggled and wagged and licked and snuggled. But not now. It is hard to lose a pet. There is sadness, but also hope—for a beloved pet lives on in your heart, your memory, and your imagination.

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Books About Dogs and First Concepts

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Where's the Dog?
Written by Nosy Crow & illustrated by Ingela Peterson Arrhenius
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Five stylishly illustrated spreads show a series of friendly pets hiding behind bright felt flaps. A mirror on the final spread makes for a satisfying ending to the book's search-and-find inquiries. (Where are you? There you are!) A perfect book to share with very little ones.
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Contrary Dogs
Written & illustrated by Elo
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Lift the flaps to learn about opposites from the lovable dogs in this humorous board book. A small green dog runs across the page -- but a lift of the accordion flap stretches him out into a long, lanky pup. Dogs of all shapes and sizes transform into surprising new forms in this vibrant, interactive play on opposites.
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A Greyhound, a Groundhog
Written by Emily Jenkins & illustrated by Chris Appelhans
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
From a heavyweight author and illustrator duo comes a delicious tongue twister of a picture book that features a little round greyhound and a little round groundhog. With very spare, incredibly lively language, this is an entertaining read-aloud, with two amazing—and oh-so-adorable—characters at its heart. When a greyhound meets a groundhog, wordplay and crazy antics ensue. The two animals, much like kids, work themselves into a frenzy as they whirl around and around one another. (Around, round hound. Around, groundhog!) The pace picks up (Around and around and astound and astound!), until they ultimately wear themselves out.
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Follow Me book
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Pup and Down! book
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  1. Follow Me - Follow, point, press! Children are invited to interact with the bright, bold artwork to complete simple activities using their fingers. Follow the wiggly dog to pat him on the head, help the butterflies get to the flowers and lots more. Features tactile embossing on every page. These activities are perfect for encouraging the development of fine motor skills.

  2. Pup and Down! - Two pups hit the town and create a special kind of puppy mayhem as they embark upon an adventure in opposites. Pup and Down is a roller-coaster ride that will have kids squealing with laughter from beginning to end. Pup and Down follows adorable, playful dogs as they discover opposites. This is the perfect addition to any toddler’s library with Sophie Beer’s irresistible artwork and playful energy. Beginning concepts have never been so much fun!

Books About Dogs and Imagination And Play

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A Dog Named Doug
Written by Karma Wilson & illustrated by Matt Myers
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
The typography is my favorite part of this book—the way the illustrator uses the tunnels to create the words is fantastic and fun! There's no great moral or lesson to this story (mostly just a dog being a little naughty and digging) but it's humorous and the illustrations really make it.
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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!
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Solutions for Cold Feet
Written & illustrated by Carey Sookocheff
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Recommend Ages: 4-8
What do you do when you're missing a shoe? When you're caught in the rain? Or when your ice cream melts? Solutions for Cold Feet is a sweet and gently humorous look at practical and creative answers for all the little daily problems in one young girl's life, including her exuberant and pesky dog. Will her dog, who starts out as a problem, end up as solution?
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Hurry Up!: A Book About Slowing Down
Written by Kate Dopirak & illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal
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Recommend Ages: 0-8
A busy boy and his dog learn to slow down and enjoy life together in this lyrical, rhyming picture book perfect for hurried families everywhere. For one busy boy, life is all hurry up, hurry down, hurry round and round and round! That is until he takes a big breath...and a big break...and slows down to see all the wonderful things in the world around him. From celebrated picture book creators Kate Dopirak and Christopher Silas Neal, this playful yet powerful picture book reminds us to be present, to be mindful, and to appreciate each moment.
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The Most Magnificent Thing book
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All about Spot book
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  1. The Most Magnificent Thing - A little girl and her canine assistant set out to make the most magnificent thing. But after much hard work, the end result is not what the girl had in mind. Frustrated, she quits. Her assistant suggests a long walk, and as they walk, it slowly becomes clear what the girl needs to do to succeed. A charming story that will give kids the most magnificent thing: perspective!

  2. All about Spot - 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.

Books About Dogs and City And Town Life

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Because of Winn-Dixie
Written & illustrated by Kate DiCamillo
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
One summer’s day, ten-year-old India Opal Buloni goes down to the local supermarket for some groceries – and comes home with a dog. But Winn-Dixie is no ordinary dog. It’s because of Winn-Dixie that Opal begins to make friends. And it’s because of Winn-Dixie that she finally dares to ask her father about her mother, who left when Opal was three. In fact, as Opal admits, just about everything that happens that summer is because of Winn-Dixie. Featuring a new cover illustration by E. B. Lewis.
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The Bear Ate Your Sandwich
Written & illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach
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Recommend Ages: 3-7
Bear meets sandwich, adventure ensues. . . . A sly classic-in-the-making for fans of Jon Klassen, Peter Brown, and Mo Willems. By now I think you know what happened to your sandwich. But you may not know how it happened. So let me tell you. It all started with the bear . . . So begins Julia Sarcone-Roach’s delicious tale of a bear, lost in the city, who happens upon an unattended sandwich in the park. The bear’s journey from forest to city and back home again is full of happy accidents, funny encounters, and sensory delights. The story is so engrossing, it’s not until the very end that we begin to suspect this is a TALL tale. The wonderfully told story, spectacular illustrations, and surprise ending make this Julia Sarcone-Roach’s best book to date. You’ll want to share it with your friends (and keep a close eye on your lunch).
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Nothing in Common
Written by Kate Hoefler & illustrated by Corinna Luyken
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
**A tender and timely story of compassion and finding common ground with others, perfect for fans of _I Walk With Vanessa _and** _**Thank You, Omu!**_ Two neighbors both love to watch the old man and his dog from their windows, but they never wave to each other. After all, they have nothing in common. But everything changes when they are the only ones who notice that one day is different—there is the old man, but where is the dog? In this lyrical picture book, two strangers learn about the many ways the world connects us—even if the only thing we have in common is how much we care about someone else. Filled with whimsy and warmth, _Nothing In Common_ is a tender friendship story that reminds us to always lead with compassion.
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Spot & Dot book
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The Firefighter book
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  1. Spot & Dot - From beloved author-illustrator Henry Cole comes the stunning follow-up to Spot, the Cat. In this beautiful wordless picture book, Spot the cat finds a dog named Dot who’s off on her own adventure through the city! In Henry Cole’s vivid wordless picture book Spot, the Cat, readers joined Spot on a journey through a city that began with him following a bird outside his window. This time, a dog named Dot draws Spot from his window. As we follow Spot and Dot on their wordless journey, we quickly realize that it’s Dot the dog who is missing this time, and Spot is trying to get her back home. We follow these two on a different journey through the city as they weave in and out of a bakery, a library, a busy park, and more. And with a surprise twist at the end, we realize that “home” for both cat and dog was never very far away. With detailed black-and-white illustrations, readers will love following Spot and Dot on their adventure and cheering for the sweet reunion at the end.

  2. The Firefighter - Brr-ring! Up pops a fireman at the sound of the fire station alarm, and he rushes with his crew to put out a house fire in a nearby neighborhood. The family is safe, but one of their Dalmatian puppies is missing! It’s up to the brave fireman to rescue the pup from the burning house—and in the process, he finds himself a new firehouse friend.

Books About Dogs and Action And Adventure

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Good Dog, Carl
Written & illustrated by Alexandra Day
Thoughts from Grammy
It was really interesting for me, coming back to this book after so many years. It reminded me of both The Cat in the Hat and Nana from Peter Pan. A few of the events in the book reminded me of our neighbor's old dog, Max, a German shepherd/great Dane mix who seemed competent enough to be left to mind the baby. Other scenes, though called for a little suspension of reality, like when the baby went down the laundry chute and landed perfectly fine in a pile of clothing at least one story down in the house. The illustrations, rich with color, are wonderful and the very limited text allows for plenty of opportunities to talk about what is happening on each page, including plausibility, if you are so inclined. Carl is the dog that every family needs and wants.
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Recommend Ages: 4-8
Available in paperback for the first time, the modern classic that introduced the beloved baby-sitting rottweiler to the world.
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Pirate Nell's Tale to Tell: A Storybook Adventure
Written by Helen Docherty & illustrated by Thomas Docherty
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
**From the author/illustrator team behind _The Snatchabook_ comes a book-filled adventure on the high seas!** Nell is finally a pirate! And she has her trusty Pirate's Almanac to help her sail the seas, even if Captain Gnash doesn't like books on his ship. But when the journey gets rough and the captain is in trouble, it's Nell and all her pirate knowledge that saves the day and leads them to the greatest buried treasure of all...
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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!
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Emma and the Blue Genie book
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Take a Hike, Miles and Spike! book
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Paradise Found book
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Survivors: The Gathering Darkness #5: The Exile's Journey book
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  1. Emma and the Blue Genie - Setting a genie free from a bottle that washes up from the ocean, Emma and her noodle-tailed dog help the genie reclaim his magic nose ring from an evil yellow genie who has stolen all of his powers. By the best-selling author of Inkheart. Simultaneous eBook.

  2. Take a Hike, Miles and Spike! - Take care, GRIZZLY BEAR! Stay loose, MOOSE! Buh-bye, BUTTERFLY! Join Miles and Spike as they take a hike…and a few provisions, as well, much to the vexation of their fellow forest creatures. Travis Foster and Ethan Long offer a hilarious picture book full of silly rhymes, outdoor adventures, and learning how to get along with others.

  3. Paradise Found - Albie, the farmer’s dog, wakes up one morning to find that his companion Nellie has disappeared. Where has she gone? They are normally always together by the fire in the kitchen, or playing in the garden and the surrounding fields. As he sets off to find her, Albie takes in all the sights and smells of the countryside and a range of familiar and strange places as he follows the mystery. Illustrated with original paintings by artist Helen Elliott, this is a charming and visually stunning tale for young readers.

  4. Survivors: The Gathering Darkness #5: The Exile's Journey - A loyal dog must make her way alone in this gripping fifth book in the second Survivors series. From Erin Hunter, #1 nationally bestselling author of Warriors, Survivors is full of “wild and wonderful adventure” (Kirkus Reviews; starred review) that will thrill fans of Spirit Animals and Wings of Fire. Storm is in exile—and though she’s finally free of the suspicion of her Packmates, she feels more lost than ever. There are only two dogs she knows will never give up on her: Arrow and his mate, Bella. To find them, Storm must fight through longpaw dangers, Leashed Dogs, and a forbidding pack of wolves, all in search of a place where she might finally belong.

Books About Dogs and Self-esteem

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Good Dog
Written & illustrated by Cori Doerffeld
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
This charming picture book—from the author-illustrator of The Rabbit Listened and Little Bunny Foo Foo: The Real Story—follows an adorable stray puppy who exemplifies what it truly means to be a “good dog.” When a puppy in need of a friend follows a kind girl into town, he lands himself into all sorts of trouble. He gets lost. He’s nearly run over. And he gets chased out of a bakery for being a “bad dog.” But when the pup and the girl reunite in the park and she leaves behind her favorite doll, the puppy has a chance to prove just what a good dog he really is! This heartwarming story told with bold, beautiful illustrations and sparse text is a perfect read-aloud book and great for beginning readers. Families who enjoyed Kelly DiPucchio’s bestselling Gaston, Patrick McDonnell’s lovable characters, and Mike Twohy’s award-winning Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run! will fall in love with Cori Doerrfeld’s Good Dog.
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Antoinette
Written by Kelly DiPucchio & illustrated by Christian Robinson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
"Raised in a family of talented bulldogs, Antoinette the poodle wonders what makes her special. She gets the chance to prove herself and find what she's good at when puppy Ooh-la-la goes missing"--
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Madeline Finn and the Library Dog
Written & illustrated by Lisa Papp
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Madeline Finn does NOT like to read. But she DOES want a gold star from her teacher. But, stars are for good readers. Stars are for understanding words, and for saying them out loud. Fortunately, Madeline Finn meets Bonnie, a library dog. Reading out loud to Bonnie isn’t so bad; when Madeline Finn gets stuck, Bonnie doesn’t mind. As it turns out, it’s fun to read when you’re not afraid of making mistakes. Bonnie teaches Madeline Finn that it’s okay to go slow. And to keep trying. With endearing illustrations, Lisa Papp brings an inspiring and comforting book to all new readers who just need a little confidence to overcome their fears.
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Odd Dog Out book
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Scruff book
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Hey, Dog book
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Extraordinary Jane book
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  1. Odd Dog Out - A heartwarming and poignant story from award-winning creator Rob Biddulph about the power of embracing your true colors. Perfect for fans of Peter Brown’s Tiger Goes Wild. It’s a dog’s life in the big, busy city, but there’s one lonely pup who doesn’t quite fit in. She behaves differently from the rest, sports rainbow in a sea of gray, and marches to the beat of her own drum. She’s one Odd Dog. Join Odd Dog as she journeys to the other side of the world to find her place in it, only for her to discover that maybe she’s meant to be right where she started. And check out Rob Biddulph’s other books for children, including: Blown Away The Grizzly Bear Who Lost His GRRRRR!

  2. Scruff - I wanted a dog… This one was perfect! Nobody wanted him because he looked scruffy…. but I’m a scruffy guy so that suited me just fine. After picking out the scruffiest dog at the pound, the narrator is surprised to find that Scruff isn’t what he initally seemed. He doesn’t want to catch sticks… or roll in the mud or swim in the pond. What could be the problem? It turns out that Scruff just loves being pampered! So the narrator goes along with it. They wash, brush, trim and polish together, until they are anything but scruffy! In their newly groomed state they go to the dog show… but have they done enough to win…? A funny story that is sure to charm dog-mad little ones and their parents.

  3. Hey, Dog - A boy cares for, feeds, and helps an abused stray dog to learn to trust humans again.

  4. Extraordinary Jane - Jane the dog doesn’t have a unique talent in the circus like the rest of her family, until the ringmaster discovers what is truly special about her

Books About Dogs and Imagination

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Dog Loves Drawing
Written & illustrated by Louise Yates
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
Such a cute book about imagination and the fun adventures it will take you. :) I love that this book starts with the dog unsure of what to think up next, and that it gives the idea to doodle to gain some inspiration. :)
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Dog loves books, but one day he receives a strange one in the mail—it's blank! Soon, Dog realizes that this book is not for reading, but for drawing. Before long, Dog is doodling and drawing himself into a new world, full of friends and surprises.
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Barkus
Written by Patricia MacLachlan & 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.
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Spencer's New Pet
Written & illustrated by Jessie Sima
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
When Spencer gets a new pet, he’s excited to do all the things that pets do—taking walks in the park, going to the vet, and attending parties together. There’s just one hitch: Spencer’s new pet is a balloon. And that means No. Sharp. Objects. No drooling dogs at the park. No prickly porcupines at the vet. And absolutely no pinning tails on any donkeys! Spencer’s New Pet is a story of pure fun about a boy, his dog, and a friendship that endures life’s sharpest...and most unexpected twists.
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Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse book
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Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble book
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Skippyjon Jones-- Lost in Spice book
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  1. Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse - For another loco adventure. In his room for a time-out, Skippyjon Jones lets his imagination take him to a shack where his Chihuahua friends are yipping and yapping and hiding out from the bad Bobble-ito, who has taken over their doghouse. How El Skippito chills the Chihuahuas and banishes the Bobble-ito will make more amigos for this endearing and irresistible rascal, who made his first appearance in the favorite Skippyjon Jones.

  2. Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble - El Skippito is back! His doggy pals want to visit the Under Mundo—the underworld—where mummitos rest in peas. But they need El Skippito’s brains and courage to answer the riddle of the Finx and enter the mummy’s tomb. Our hero is up to the task, and he’s in for another whirlwind adventure.

  3. Skippyjon Jones-- Lost in Spice - The New York Times bestselling kitty boy blasts off into another hilarious adventure. Buckle up, amigos— everyone’s favorite kitty boy is about to lift off. You’ll want to be there when the brave Skippito gets lost in spice! That’s right, spice. Skippy knows— from his big ears to his toes—that the planet Mars is red because it’s covered in spicy red pepper. To prove it, he’s off on a space jaunt replete with craters, crazies, and creatures from Mars. His new adventure is packed with witty wordplay, Spanish phrases, and Judy Schachner’s trademark hilarity. This rollicking romp is simply out of this world.

Books About Dogs and Police

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Officer Buckle and Gloria
Written & illustrated by Peggy Rathmann
Thoughts from Grammy
It has been easily more than a decade since I read this book aloud and yet whenever someone brings up the book Officer Buckle and Gloria, I immediately think, "Always stick with your buddy." Officer Buckle is a roundish, straightish, serious police officer who makes a career of giving school presentations on safety tips. Once Gloria, a precocious and animated K-9, becomes his partner, their presentations get really entertaining. While the tips themselves are a little droll in their obviousness, Gloria's charades and Peggy Rathman's imaginative illustrations will have them laughing in the aisles. Officer Buckle and Gloria are much better together than singly; they learn how important it is to stick together.
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Recommend Ages: 4-8
"Besides the beguiling story, the affable illustrations of the smiling Gloria, the accidental mayhem in the background, and the myriad safety tips -- such as 'always pull the toothpick out of your sandwich' and 'never lick a stop sign in the winter' -- add to the enjoyment. A glorious picture book." -- The Horn Book" Rathmann is a quick rising star in the world of children's books. In this book, she again shows her flair for creating real characters, dramatic situations and for knowing what will make young audiences giggle and think." -- Children's Book Review Magazine" Rathmann brings a lighter-than-air comic touch to this outstanding, solid-as-a-brick picture book." -- Publisher's Weekly "A five-star performance." -- School Library Journal
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Officer Katz and Houndini
Written by Maria Gianferrari
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
It’s all paws on deck in this hilarious picture book that explores the age-old debate of which four-legged friends are best: cats versus dogs? Officer Katz is looking forward to a nice retirement, complete with all the treats he could want, until his arch-nemesis, Houndini, reappears one final time to challenge Katz to a showdown. If Katz manages to catch Houndini after three tries, Houndini will stay out of Kitty City forever. But if Houndini manages to escape, the town will be renamed...Houndiniville. And Katz isn’t about to let his town go to the dogs. All the claws are out as Katz chases Houndini up, down and around town. With the help of their two assistants—Deputy Catbird and Squirrel—can Katz and Houndini call a truce? Or will this challenge have them both chasing their tails out of town?
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Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls
Written & illustrated by Dav Pilkey
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10
The Supa Buddies have been working hard to help Dog Man overcome his bad habits. But when his obsessions turn to fears, Dog Man finds himself the target of an all-new supervillain! Meanwhile, Petey the Cat has been released from jail and starts a new life with Li'l Petey. But when Petey's own father arrives, Petey must face his past to understand the difference between being good and doing good. Dav Pilkey's wildly popular Dog Man series appeals to readers of all ages and explores universally positive themes, including empathy, kindness, persistence, and the importance of being true to one's self.
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Dog Man: Fetch-22 book
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Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild book
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Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas book
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Dog Man and Cat Kid book
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  1. Dog Man: Fetch-22 - Petey the Cat is out of jail, and he has a brand-new lease on life. While Petey’s reevaluated what matters most, Li’l Petey is struggling to find the good in the world. Can Petey and Dog Man stop fighting like cats and dogs long enough to put their paws together and work as a team? They need each other now more than ever — Li’l Petey (and the world) is counting on them! Dav Pilkey’s wildly popular Dog Man series appeals to readers of all ages and explores universally positive themes, including empathy, kindness, persistence, and the importance of being true to one’s self.

  2. Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild - Is Dog Man bad to the bone? The heroic hound is sent to the pound for a crime he didn’t commit! While his pals work to prove his innocence, Dog Man struggles to find his place among dogs and people. Being a part of both worlds, will he ever fully fit in with one? Dav Pilkey’s wildly popular Dog Man series appeals to readers of all ages and explores universally positive themes, including empathy, kindness, persistence, and the importance of being true to one’s self.

  3. Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas - When a new bunch of baddies bust up the town, Dog Man is called into action — and this time he isn’t alone. With a cute kitten and a remarkable robot by his side, our heroes must save the day by joining forces with an unlikely ally: Petey, the World’s Most Evil Cat. But can the villainous Petey avoid vengeance and venture into virtue? Dav Pilkey’s wildly popular Dog Man series appeals to readers of all ages and explores universally positive themes, including empathy, kindness, persistence, and the importance of being true to one’s self.

  4. Dog Man and Cat Kid - Hot diggity dog! Dog Man is back — and this time he’s not alone. The heroic hound with a real nose for justice now has a furry feline sidekick, and together they have a mystery to sniff out! When a new kitty sitter arrives and a glamorous movie starlet goes missing, it’s up to Dog Man and Cat Kid to save the day! Will these heroes stay hot on the trail, or will Petey, the World’s Most Evil Cat, send them barking up the wrong tree? Dav Pilkey’s wildly popular Dog Man series appeals to readers of all ages and explores universally positive themes, including empathy, kindness, persistence, and the importance of being true to one’s self.

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Books About Dogs and Farm Animals

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Sheep Dog and Sheep Sheep
Written & illustrated by Eric Barclay
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
An accidental-friendship story packed with humor from author-illustrator Eric Barclay Sheep is an expert at protecting sheep—or so she thinks until one happy afternoon when she bumps into a very hairy someone on the farm. “Who are you?” she asks. “I’m the sheep dog!” the someone says. “I watch the sheep.” Holy begonia! Sheep knows this can’t be right. After all, she’s the pro! So Sheep goes off to get everything Sheep Dog needs to get the job done, but each time she goes, something almost happens to Sheep… And it's Sheep Dog who saves the day! For fans of Goodnight Already! by Jory John, You Will Be My Friend! by Peter Brown, and Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle, this hilarious and tender friendship story proves that even the best watchers must look out for one another.
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The Chicken Squad
Written by Doreen Cronin & illustrated by Kevin Cornell
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10
They might be chicks, but they sure aren’t chicken, and they’re on a mission. And on this, their first (mis)adventure “in this delightful spinoff of the J.J. Tully series” (Kirkus Reviews), the Chicken Squad launches a galactic backyard expedition. Meet the Chicken Squad: Dirt, Sugar, Poppy, and Sweetie. These chicks are not your typical barnyard puffs of fluff, and they are not about to spend their days pecking chicken feed and chasing bugs. No sir, they’re too busy solving mysteries and fighting crime. So when Squirrel comes barreling into the chicken coop, the chicks know they’re about to get a case. But with his poor knowledge of shapes (“Big” is not a shape, Squirrel!) and utter fear of whatever it is that’s out there, the panicky Squirrel is NO HELP. Good thing these chicks are professionals. But even professionals get worried. Especially once they see that round, shiny, green, BIG thing in the yard. What if it’s a UFO full of aliens who want chickens as pets, or worse, dinner? It’s up to the Chicken Squad to crack a case that just might be out of this world.
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Sheep Go to Sleep
Written by Nancy Shaw & illustrated by Margot Apple
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
At the end of the day, tired sheep return to their shed but none can sleep until the collie arrives, giving a hug, a drink of water, and more until all have begun to snore.
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My Dog's a Chicken book
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Spot Goes to the Farm book
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Sheep Dog and Sheep Sheep: Baaad Hair Day book
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Charlie Plays Ball book
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  1. My Dog's a Chicken - Lula Mae wants a puppy, but times are hard and she’ll just have to make do. Her family has plenty of chickens, so she decides maybe a chicken can be a dog. Pookie, as Lula Mae names her, is an ordinary chicken, but Lula Mae thinks she is very doglike indeed. With a bow in Pookie’s hair, Lula Mae declares her a show dog. When she runs circles around the other chickens, Pookie is a shepherd dog. And when Cousin Tater sneaks up with a snake and Pookie starts _bawk, bawk, bawk_ing, well, she’s a guard dog, too. Then Lula Mae’s brother, Baby Berry, wanders away, and who do you think comes to the rescue? Readers will cheer for plucky Lula Mae and giggle over her beloved Pookie, who quite unknowingly saves the day.

  2. Spot Goes to the Farm - Spot searches for new babies among the farm animals, each of which greets him with its own distinctive noise. Movable flaps conceal portions of the illustrations.

  3. Sheep Dog and Sheep Sheep: Baaad Hair Day - If you’ve ever wanted a perfect reason to say: You’ve pulled the wool over my eyes—it’s here! It’s a brand-new picture book adventure with Sheep Dog and Sheep Sheep that’s perfect for kids who love animals, laughter, and screwball comedy! Meet Sheep: Sheep loves styling her full and fluffy wool—but when it grows too full and too fluffy, it covers her eyes, and that’s when she trips over things—ouch! Luckily, it’s shearing day. But Sheep doesn’t want to give up her fabulous curls! Can Sheep Dog convince Sheep that a haircut is for the best? Eric Barclay writes and illustrates these irresistible tales and always hits all the right notes. Kids howl, parents and teachers howl, and even the coyotes howl!

  4. Charlie Plays Ball - Charlie the Ranch Dog trades in nap time for game time in this sporty adventure by Ree Drummond—#1 New York Times bestselling author, Food Network star, and The Pioneer Woman herself. With expressive illustrations by Diane deGroat, a new delicious recipe from Ree Drummond, and the hilarious antics of Charlie, this picture book is a slam dunk! Life on the ranch means lots of time outside, either helping out with the cattle or tossing around a ball with the family. From football to soccer to basketball, Charlie’s ready to jump into the game and take his team to victory. But Charlie’s favorite part of sports comes after the winning goal when everyone breaks for a postgame meal. He may be more of a benchwarmer when it comes to athletics, but Charlie will always be the MVP of dinnertime!

Books About Dogs and Culture

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The Call of the Wild
Written & illustrated by Jack London
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Life is good for Buck in Santa Clara Valley, where he spends his days eating and sleeping in the golden sunshine. But one day a treacherous act of betrayal leads to his kidnap, and he is forced into a life of toil and danger. Dragged away to be a sledge dog in the harsh and freezing cold Yukon, Buck must fight for his survivial. Can he rise above his enemies and become the master of his realm once again? With an inspirational introduction by award-winning author Melvyn Burgess, The Call of the Wild is one of the twenty wonderful classic stories being reissued in Puffin Classics in March 2015.
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Madeline's Rescue
Written & illustrated by Ludwig Bemelmans
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
“In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines the smallest one was Madeline.” Nothing frightens Madeline—not tigers, not even mice. With its endearing, courageous heroine, cheerful humor, and wonderful, whimsical drawings of Paris, the Madeline stories are true classics that continue to charm readers even after 75 years! When Madeline falls into the river Seine and nearly drowns, a courageous canine comes to her rescue. Now Genevieve the dog is Madeline’s cherished pet, and the envy of all the other girls. What can be done when there’s just not enough hound to go around?
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Scout: Storm Dog
Written by Jennifer Li Shotz
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
The adventure continues in the third installment of the action-packed Scout series, from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Li Shotz. Scout, a National Guard dog, was born to be a hero. When Scout and his 12-year-old owner, Matt, land in Puerto Rico after a devastating hurricane, they want to help. The pair befriend Luisa, who knows all about the Sato dogs—abandoned pups who need food and shelter. Scout and Matt decide to foster an injured dog named Pepita. But Pepita is clearly searching for something and runs off into the rainforest. Now it’s up to Scout, Matt and Luisa to find the missing dog and bring her back safely. Surviving the dangers of the wilderness will be far from easy, but Scout and Matt make an excellent team. This fast-moving tale of Scout the hero dog will grab even reluctant readers and is perfect for fans of Cracker!, Max, and Hero.
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Soapstone Porcupine book
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Poppy and Vivaldi book
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Paolo, Emperor of Rome book
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  1. Soapstone Porcupine - 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.

  2. Poppy and Vivaldi - Go on a musical adventure with Poppy the dog and friends in Poppy and Vivaldi. Children and parents will love pressing buttons and hearing the instruments and sounds of Vivaldi on every page! Go on a musical adventure with the adorable dog, Poppy, and learn about Vivaldi as he listens to favorite sounds from the great composer with his friend Enzo. The two friends take an unforgettable trip to the Carnival of Venice, where they hear the sounds of the mandolin, cello, flute, and more. From The Four Seasons to Griselda, Poppy and Enzo explore the opera and take a ride on a gondola, listening to the sounds of Vivaldi and learning a little bit about this great composer at the same time. With 16 buttons to push and hear, kids will love listening to the sounds of Vivaldi and the different instruments as they follow along with the story. With colorful illustrations and a new sound to discover on each page, both kids and parents will be entertained and engaged for hours. Poppy and Vivaldi offers an opportunity to teach kids about classical music and the sounds of some of Vivaldi’s great works. Now that is truly unique!

  3. Paolo, Emperor of Rome - A daring dog takes a whirlwind tour of Rome in search of freedom in new picture book from beloved storyteller Mac Barnett and masterful illustrator Claire Keane Paolo the dachshund is trapped. Though he lives in Rome, a city filled with history and adventure, he is confined to a hair salon. Paolo dreams of the sweet life—la dolce vita—in the Eternal City. And then, one day, he escapes! Paolo throws himself into the city, finding adventure at every turn. Join our hero as he discovers the wonders of Rome: the ruins, the food, the art, the opera, and—of course—the cats. Readers will cheer the daring of this bighearted dog, whose story shows that even the smallest among us can achieve great things.

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Books About Dogs and Infancy

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The Three Little Pugs
Written & illustrated by Nina Victor Crittenden
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Gordy, Jilly, and Zoie love to race, chase, and play pug-of-war. But most of all, they love snoozing in their big, cozy basket. Then one day just before their morning nap, the big bad cat decides to make himself at home in the pugs’ beloved basket! Will the pugs figure out how to keep him away before they get too sleepy?
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Land Shark
Written by Beth Ferry & illustrated by Ben Mantle
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
The illustrations for this story are beyond amazing and add so much additional detail, emotion, suspense and depth to this story that was already pretty great to begin with. As a mom, I don't love the destruction that this dog wreaks without consequence all across the house, but I do love the awesome vocabulary and the fact that although it does take a while, the little boy is able to adjust his expectations and revel in the wonderful gift he WAS given.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-6
The only thing Bobby wants for his birthday is a pet shark. So you can imagine his disappointment when his parents get him...a puppy. Everyone knows shark lovers can never become dog lovers. Or can they? Full of humor and heart, this book explores the idea that sometimes, getting exactly what you don't want turns out to be exactly what you need.
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The Poky Little Puppy
Written by Janette Sebring Lowrey & illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Five little puppies dug a hole under the fence and went for a walk in the wide, wide world… . The Poky Little Puppy was one of the original twelve Little Golden Books published in 1942, and went on to become the bestselling picture book of all time. The story of a curious puppy, who digs holes under fences and who has to go to bed without any strawberry shortcake, has delighted families for generations. it is, quite simply, an icon. Delightful to read aloud, The Poky Little Puppy is a cherished story that every child should know.
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Olive & Pekoe book
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  1. Olive & Pekoe - A funny and engaging story about two dogs—one old and tiny and wise; one young and huge and boisterous—told in four short chapters by Jacky Davis, the bestselling author of the Ladybug Girl series. A perfect choice for emerging readers, fans of Dav Pilkey’s Big Dog and Little Dog, and dog people everywhere! Olive and Pekoe are best friends. Olive is an older dog who likes to take her time; Pekoe is a bouncy puppy with a nose for exploration. Together they make the perfect team. Pekoe fetches sticks for Olive, and Olive protects Pekoe from bigger, meaner dogs. They go on walks, encounter a chipmunk, and get caught in a rainstorm, among other adventures. Their escapades may be small but are nevertheless filled with excitement and love. In four short and easy-to-read chapters (or walks), New York Times–bestselling author Jacky Davis explores the nature of friendship in all its humor and drama. Giselle Potter’s lively and engaging watercolors are the perfect match to the story. Ideal for emerging readers, fans of Kelly DiPucchio’s Gaston, and anyone who loves dogs of all shapes and sizes!

  2. Heidi Heckelbeck and the Magic Puppy - In the twentieth Heidi Heckelbeck adventure, Heidi gets in some magic puppy trouble! When Heidi stumbles across a lost puppy at the park, she promises to find the cute critter’s family. Along with Bruce and Lucy, Heidi tries her hardest to solve this mystery. They check the local dog park, visit the vet’s office, and even hang up Found Puppy posters, but they can’t find the owners anywhere. So Heidi decides to use just a teensy-weensy pinch of magic that sets off a mega-gigantic case of magic puppy trouble. Maybe this is why witches only have cats for pets? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

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Books About Dogs and Counting And Numbers

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Doggies
Written & illustrated by Sandra Boynton
Thoughts from Grammy
The is a fun counting book, working up to 9 dogs, each making a different dog sound--all the favorites! It is fun for toddlers to remember and help make the different doggie sounds. There is a good variety of identifiable dogs, and just one cat, to keep things interesting!
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4
Count—and bark—with a fun pack of pups in this Sandra Boynton classic. Serious silliness for all ages. Artist Sandra Boynton is back and better than ever with completely redrawn versions of her multi-million selling board books. These whimsical and hilarious books, featuring nontraditional texts and her famous animal characters, have been printed on thick board pages, and are sure to educate and entertain children of all ages.
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Smart George
Written & illustrated by Jules Feiffer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Everyone’s favorite dog is back in the much-anticipated follow-up to Bark, George from celebrated author-illustrator Jules Feiffer. When George’s mother asks her pup to add one plus one, two plus two, and three plus three, George would rather eat, go for a walk, and take a nap. But soon George finds himself in a colorful dream about…numbers! Can George count his way out? Featuring laugh-out-loud humor and expressive and bold illustrations from acclaimed author-illustrator and Pulitzer Prize–winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer, this imaginative follow-up to Bark, George is the perfect read-aloud for children ready to learn their numbers.
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Penny the Puppy
Written by Lily Small
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
Penny the Pollen Puppy is trying to learn how to count in school, but she keeps getting distracted. How is a puppy supposed to concentrate on her numbers when Misty Wood is so beautiful and interesting? Includes activities. Illustrations.
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Counting Our Blessings book
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Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown book
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  1. Counting Our Blessings - A big dog and a little dog count ten things they are grateful for, but being together is always number one. We’re counting our blessings one by one. How many will there be? Let’s count together, just us two, and very soon we’ll see.
    In this affirming story, beloved children’s book creator Emma Dodd combines a counting element with a celebration of all that is important in life. From a home full of love to the blue sky above, little ones will be reassured by the reminder of everything they have to be thankful for.

  2. Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown - Groovy Joe is totally fun.
    He’s a tail-wagging, song singing party of one!
    And he rocks like this:
    Disco party bow wow!
    #1 New York Times bestsellers Eric Litwin (Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes) and Tom Lichtenheld (Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site) are back in another groovy story that will have little ones singing, dancing, and learning math to a whole new beat. In his second book, Groovy Joe has a dance party. But Oh no! More and more doggies are knocking on his door, asking to come in. Will there be enough room for everyone? Joe knows just what to do and, soon enough, he everyone moving and grooving — the party has only just begun! Signature rhyme, repetition, and musical writing style, combined with wild and witty illustrations infused and gentle math concepts come together to create an unforgettable new Groovy Joe story all about positivity, creativity, math, and kindness. Groovy Joe is back, ready to get groovy!

Books About Dogs and Social Themes

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Oh No, George!
Written & illustrated by Chris Haughton
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Trusted by his owner to be a well-behaved dog while alone during the day, George finds it hard to resist the many temptations about the house, including the cake on the table, the cat, and the flower pot dirt.
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Hello Goodbye Dog
Written by Maria Gianferrari & illustrated by Patrice Barton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
For Zara's dog, Moose, nothing is more important than being with her favorite girl. So when Zara has to go to school, WHOOSH, Moose escapes and rushes to her side. Hello, Moose! Unfortunately, dogs aren't allowed at school and Moose has to go back home. Goodbye, Moose. But Moose can't be held back for long. Through a series of escalating escapes, this loyal dog always finds her way back to Zara, and with a little bit of training and one great idea, the two friends find a way to be together all day long.
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Dex: The Heart of a Hero
Written by Caralyn Buehner & illustrated by Mark Buehner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Tired of being overlooked because he is so small, Dexter, a big-hearted dog with big dreams transforms himself into a superhero.
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Tiny and the Big Dig book
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  1. Tiny and the Big Dig - Sniff! Sniff-sniff! I smell a bone. A bone that’s BIG. I’ll get it out, I’ll dig and dig. A big, BIG bone! I know it’s there! It will take work, but I don’t care! Tiny may be a small dog, but don’t let that fool you. He’s a pooch with power who knows what he wants. And he’s going for it. But oh, those pesky pessimists — they’re trying to rain on Tiny’s dig-parade! Thank goodness for one special boy who believes in Tiny, because in the end, this dog’s grit proves that he’s the little pup who could… dig up some giant surprises!

  2. A Home for Goddesses and Dogs - A unique masterpiece about loss, love, and the world’s best bad dog, from award-winning author Leslie Connor, author of the National Book Award finalist The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle. It’s a life-altering New Year for thirteen-year-old Lydia when she uproots to a Connecticut farm to live with her aunt following her mother’s death. Aunt Brat and her jovial wife, Eileen, and their ancient live-in landlord, Elloroy, are welcoming―and a little quirky. Lydia’s struggle for a sense of belonging in her new family is highlighted when the women adopt a big yellow dog just days after the girl’s arrival. Wasn’t one rescue enough? Lydia is not a dog person―and this one is trouble! He is mistrustful and slinky. He pees in the house, escapes into the woods, and barks at things unseen. His new owners begin to guess about his unknown past. Meanwhile, Lydia doesn’t want to be difficult―and she does not mean to keep secrets―but there are things she’s not telling… Like why the box of “paper stuff” she keeps under her bed is so important… And why that hole in the wall behind a poster in her room is getting bigger… And why something she took from the big yellow dog just might be the key to unraveling his mysterious past―but at what cost? Award-winning author Leslie Connor crafts a story that sings about loss and love and finding joy in new friendships and a loving family, along with the world’s best bad dog. This uplifting story about recovery features strong female characters, an adorable dog, and the girl who comes to love him.

  3. Wish - A touching story about a girl and her dog, perfect for young fans of A Dog’s Purpose Eleven-year-old Charlie Reese has been making the same secret wish every day since fourth grade. She even has a list of all the ways there are to make the wish, such as cutting off the pointed end of a slice of pie and wishing on it as she takes the last bite. But when she is sent to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to live with family she barely knows, it seems unlikely that her wish will ever come true. That is until she meets Wishbone, a skinny stray dog who captures her heart, and Howard, a neighbor boy who proves surprising in lots of ways. Suddenly Charlie is in serious danger of discovering that what she thought she wanted may not be what she needs at all. From award-winning author Barbara O’Connor comes a middle-grade novel about a girl who, with the help of a true-blue friend, a big-hearted aunt and uncle, and the dog of her dreams, unexpectedly learns the true meaning of family in the least likely of places. This title has Common Core connections.

Books About Dogs and Transportation

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Otis and the Puppy
Written & illustrated by Loren Long
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Otis and his farm friends love to play hide-and-seek. Otis especially loves to be “It,” finding his friends as they hide. Yet when the newest addition to the farm—a bounding puppy who can’t sit still and has a habit of licking faces—tries to hide, he finds his attention wandering and is soon lost in the forest. Night falls and Otis, knowing his new friend is afraid of the dark, sets out to find him. There’s just one problem: Otis is also afraid of the dark. His friend is alone and in need, though, so Otis takes a deep breath, counts to ten, and sets off on a different game of hide-and-seek. From the critically-acclaimed illustrator of The Little Engine that Could, Of Thee I Sing, and Otis.
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Two Dogs on a Trike
Written by Gabi Snyder & illustrated by Robin Rosenthal
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-5
**Count up to 10 and back down again in this picture book starring 10 traveling dogs and one very tenacious cat!** One by one, each dog escapes its yard and joins the adventure in this hilarious counting story. Vehicle-obsessed readers will love seeing all the modes of transportation that the pups use—until the family cat decides to round them all up to go back home. Gabi Snyder’s charming text and Robin Rosenthal’s delightful illustrations are a surefire combination in this winning picture book.
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Take a Ride by My Side
Written by Jonathan Ying & illustrated by Victoria Ying
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
**Join Cat and Dog as they travel by bike, boat, plane, and more, and ultimately realize that there's no place quite like home.** With simple, animated rhymes and whimsical illustrations that bring these adorable animals and their adventures to life, brother and sister team Jonathan and Victoria Ying (_Not Quite Black and White_ and _Lost and Found, What's That Sound)_ introduce readers to all different types of vehicles in their third picture book collaboration--a great read-aloud perfect for the youngest picture book audience. _Let's take a trip._ _A trip to where?_ _We'll take a trip from here to there._
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Go, Go, Go book
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Ready, Set, Build! book
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Go, Dog, Go! book
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Little Dog Lost book
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  1. Go, Go, Go - A dalmatian driving a fire truck, a corgi riding a bike! Join a pack of dogs as they zoom around in this fast-paced level C reader for kids. Cars go. Buses go. Trucks go. But when a flock of ducklings need to cross? Stop! The pups must brake and let their feathered friends cross. Bob Barner has created a delightful world complete with tie-dye boats, floral cars, and long, tandem bicycles for happy dogs to ride together. Developing readers will love zipping around with the various pooches and parents will appreciate the message of situational awareness. The award-winning I Like to Read(R) series focuses on guided reading levels A through G, based upon Fountas and Pinnell standards. Acclaimed author-illustrators—including winners of Caldecott, Theodor Seuss Geisel, and Coretta Scott King honors—create original, high quality illustrations that support comprehension of simple text and are fun for kids to read with parents, teachers, or on their own! Level C books are suitable for mid-to-late kindergarten readers who have mastered basic sight words are ready for more. When Level C is mastered, follow up with Level D. This book has been officially leveled by using the F&P Text Level Gradient(TM) Leveling System.

  2. Ready, Set, Build! - Grab your hard hat and get ready for a day of construction fun with a busy builder and his friend! Grab your hard hat, tie your boots. Pack your lunch. Ready? Scoot! Sketch a dream. Post a chart. Hatch the plan before you start. Get ready for a day full of construction fun! Children can follow a busy dog builder as he sketches and plans his dream, clears rubble to make space, and gets to work digging, lifting, and sawing. He builds a house for himself and his bird friend, and satisfied after a hard day’s work, they takes in all they’ve done and look forward to the next day of building!

  3. Go, Dog, Go! - Different kinds of dogs drive cars, wear hats, run around in mazes, and even have wild parties in treetops.

  4. Little Dog Lost - On a cold winter day, a curious dog wanders onto a frozen river. Suddenly, the ice starts breaking up, and soon the dog is adrift and traveling — the unwilling passenger on a fast-moving sheet of ice. The dramatic rescue of this little lost dog, who traveled seventy-five miles in two days, is a true story that will warm reader’s hearts. Monica Carnesi’s poignant text and charming illustrations perfectly convey the excitement of this remarkable tale, and readers will root for this little dog every step of the way.

Books About Dogs and New Experiences

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Ollie and Augustus
Written & illustrated by Gabriel Evans
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
<b>In a sweet story full of visual humor, first-day-of-school worries take on a new weight when Ollie's best (and furriest) friend must stay at home.</b> <p/><i>Ollie was small -- like a pickling jar or a shoe box.<br>Augustus was big -- like a fridge or a table.<br></i> <p/>Ollie and his dog, Augustus, do almost everything together: painting, riding bikes, digging (Ollie's favorite), and collecting sticks (Augustus's favorite). So as Ollie is getting ready to start school, he's a little worried. Won't Augustus be lonely during the day? Ollie has just the idea: a sign that reads <i>Wanted: Friend for Augustus</i>. But good friends, as it turns out, are hard to find. Luckily, Ollie and Augustus aren't just any kind of friends -- they're <i>best</i> friends, and nothing will ever change that. Endearingly illustrated with scratch-scratchy appeal, this is a tale for animal lovers and new school-goers alike.
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Boomer's Big Day
Written by Constance McGeorge & illustrated by Mary Whyte
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
Moving day proves confusing for Boomer, a golden retriever, until he at last explores his new home and finds his own favorite and familiar things.
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Vinny Gets a Job
Written & illustrated by Terry Brodner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
The Secret Life of Pets meets Amelia Bedelia in this witty and sweet debut picture book about an overly-literal pup trying his paw at several different jobs and the hilarious mishaps that ensue. When Vinny the dog decides he should get a job to contribute to his family, he knows exactly what to do. He puts on his best suit and his sharpest hat, picks up his briefcase, and hits the pavement. Vinny isn’t completely sure what a job is, but with his can-do attitude, he’s sure he can figure it out. But it’s a dog-eat-dog world, and Vinny’s silly misunderstandings when following instructions keep him from staying in one job for long. The irrepressible canine doesn’t give up as he doggedly moves from a restaurant to a florist to a museum filled with humongous (and delicious-looking) dinosaur bones! Can this dog learn new tricks, or will Vinny finally have to call it quits?
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The Brave Little Puppy (A Wish Book) book
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Lenny & Lucy book
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  1. The Brave Little Puppy (A Wish Book) - “A very curious puppy gets lost in the woods! Luckily, his kind forest friends help guide him home”—Page [4] of cover.

  2. Lenny & Lucy - Peter and his father are moving to a new house beyond the dark unfriendly woods. When they arrive at their new home, Peter wants to turn back. Fortunately, he has Harold for company, but Harold is just a dog and can’t help Peter. Scared of the things hidden in the woods, Peter makes a tall pile of pillows. He stiches and sews. He pushes and pulls. And when he is done, he has Lenny, Guardian of the Bridge, to protect him and Harold. Lenny is a good guard but Peter worries that Lenny will get lonely out by the woods all by himself, so he makes Lucy, who is a good friend. Together, Lenny, Lucy, Peter, and Harold discover that this new place isn’t so scary after all.

Books About Dogs and Human-animal Relationships

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Ruckus
Written by Laurie Elmquist & illustrated by David Parkins
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8
Reece’s new dog, Ruckus, tears through life like a Tyrannosaurus rex. He bites every- thing that moves and drives Reece’s mom nuts. The puppy was Dad’s idea, to make things easier for Reece after his parents’ separation, but Ruckus is not easy at all and Mom is getting fed up. When her diamond earrings go missing, it sends the family into a tailspin. What happens when a dog swallows something precious? Reece is about to find out. But they can’t give up on this little Jack Russell terror, can they? He’s family, after all. We first met Reece and his family in the Orca Echoes title Where’s Burgess?
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Mr. Scruff
Written & illustrated by Simon James
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
A sweetly silly story of a little boy and a dog who make an unlikely (but perhaps perfect) pair. Everyone knows that owners and their dogs belong together in a unique way. Polly belongs to Molly, Eric belongs to Derek, Berry belongs to Terry. But poor Mr. Scruff, alone in the rescue shelter, doesn’t belong to anyone. Then a boy named Jim walks in, and they seem to get along. Jim and Mr. Scruff don’t look anything alike, and their names certainly don’t rhyme, but they may end up belonging to each other just the same. From author-illustrator Simon James comes a warm, winning story about friendship and finding a home.
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A Friend Like Iggy
Written by Kathryn Cole & illustrated by Ian Richards
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-8
Iggy has an important job to do. The true story of Iggy, a special dog who helps kids navigate difficult times. When children disclose abuse, they often navigate an unfamiliar chain of events, sometimes testifying in court. Iggy is a specially trained facilitator dog, and his job is to make each child he meets comfortable with the job they have to do. Iggy eases their path with his gentle, non-judgmental friendship. He can be present for police interviews, counseling sessions, court preparation, and testifying. He helps children aged three to eighteen feel more comfortable and confident. It's a big job, but not too big for a dog with an even bigger heart.
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I'm My Own Dog book
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My Puppy Patch book
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Fenway and Hattie in the Wild book
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George Washington and the General's Dog book
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  1. I'm My Own Dog - A dog without a human companion fetches his own slippers and curls up at his own feet but cannot reach a certain itchy spot in the middle of his back, compelling him to leash a poor lonely human who will loyally offer a helpful scratch.

  2. My Puppy Patch - It’s a big day for Patch the puppy as her girl decides to take her for her first walk outside of the yard. Patch needs to learn her manners, but the playful pup is sometimes too excited to listen! With patience and perseverance, Patch’s girl guides her new canine companion through basic commands including “sit,” “stay,” and “down,” making sure to dole out plenty of treats and belly rubs for a job well done along the way. This delightful story from author, performer, and children’s librarian Theo Heras is a great introduction for young children about caring for and training a puppy, complemented by Alice Carter’s warm, inviting illustrations and a sturdy format complete with padded cover.

  3. Fenway and Hattie in the Wild - In the fourth book in the adorable middle-grade series, Fenway gets a taste of the wild when he goes on a back-to-school camping trip with Hattie. When Hattie starts using a word Fenway hasn’t heard in a long, long time – “skool” – some other things change as well. Hattie’s bushy ponytail disappears, clothes that smell like no one ever wore them get tossed around her room, and she smells nervous much more than usual. Then the family fills the Food Box with yummy hot dogs and loads it in the car. Fenway is thrilled that he gets to go along where ever they are going, and is even more excited when they arrive in the wilderness with tons of new scents to investigate, dogs and humans to meet, and lots of meat cooking over fires. Hattie seems excited about it all, too, and happy her friend Angel also came, but when more families arrive with lots of new kids, she smells nervous again. Especially when one certain kid that all the others seem to follow everywhere starts bossing everyone around. Fenway can sympathize, because a tiny dog is doing the same thing to all the other dogs. Fitting in can be a tough business, but luckily both Fenway and Hattie come around to realizing that being true to themselves is much more important.

  4. George Washington and the General's Dog - Children will delight at this little-known-story about our nation’s first president, George Washington, that makes for perfect President’s Day readers! Boom! Bang! Guns fire! Cannons roar! This Step 3 History Reader is about George Washington fighting in the American Revolution. He sees a dog lost on the battlefield. Whose dog is it? How will it find its master? Early readers will be surprised to find out what happens in this little-known true story about America’s first president. Step 3 Readers feature engaging characters in easy-to-follow plots about popular topics. These books are for children who are ready to read on their own.

Books About Dogs and Bedtime And Dreams

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Everyone Sleeps
Written & illustrated by Marcellus Hall
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
"A wide-awake dog looks for a friend in a nighttime world full of sleeping animals"--
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Good Night, Spot
Written & illustrated by Eric Hill
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Spot has been very busy, and it’s time to get ready for bed. After a bath and drying off in his warm, fuzzy towel, Spot chooses a favorite book for a bedtime story. Any young child can relate to the ritual of preparing for bedtime with this board book, now available with a bold, colorful cover.
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The Dragon Hunters
Written by James Russell & illustrated by Link Choi
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Away across the oceans, where few have dared to roam, upon a wondrous island, a family made its home. Living on an island means life is full of adventure for brothers Flynn and Paddy. So when a dragon swoops out of the sky and nabs their beloved dog, Coco, Flynn and Paddy know it's up to them to bring her home. That night, they pack their bags, make some terrible sandwiches, and set off on an epic adventure... See the map in this book come alive!
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Lazy Dave book
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  1. Lazy Dave - Dave is a dog. Dave is a dog who loves to sleep all day long. Lilly thinks Dave is the laziest dog in the world! But maybe Dave isn’t as lazy as Lilly thinks. . . . Find out what Dave really does all day in this debut picture book from author-illustrator Jarvis!

  2. Wolf Camp - “Homer the dog goes away to wolf camp to learn how to bring out his inner wolf”—

Books About Dogs and Cats

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Houndsley and Catina through the seasons
Written by James Howe & illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
Follow two adorable friends all year long in this four-in-one collection of adventures featuring the sweet, endearing Houndsley and Catina. Funny, friendly, and just right for emerging readers, the world of Houndsley and Catina is the perfect place to escape to at any time of year. Whether they’re watching fireflies, canoeing through the water, cheering each other up, or savoring the first snow of winter, these best buds will delight new readers and encourage them to keep turning the pages. This bind-up includes: Houndsley and Catina Houndsley and Catina Plink and Plunk Houndsley and Catina and the Birthday Surprise Houndsley and Catina and the Quiet Time
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Are You a Cat?
Written & illustrated by Coll Muir
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
From the creator of *Can Cat and Bird Be Friends* comes a delightful story featuring an adorable cat and an inquisitive dog. Dogs chase cats. Everyone knows this, especially cats. When Dog wants to chase Cat, he politely asks, “are you a cat?” To outrun and outsmart Dog, Cat pretends to be other animals that dogs wouldn’t ordinarily want to chase. It’s a masterful plan indeed. But when an unexpected creature walks by, it’s impossible for Cat to play pretend for much longer. In a charming picture book filled with pleasing banter and hilarious quips, rising talent Coll Muir creates the perfect story about staying true to yourself. Perfect for fans of Jon Klassen’s *I Want My Hat Back*, *This Is Not My Hat*, and *We Found a Hat*.
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Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties
Written & illustrated by Dav Pilkey
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10
He was the best of dogs... He was the worst of dogs... It was the age of invention... It was the season of surprise... It was the eve of supa sadness... It was the dawn of hope... Dog Man hasn't always been a paws-itive addition to the police force. While he can muzzle miscreants, he tends to leave a slick of slobber in his wake! This time, Petey the cat's dragged in a tiny bit of trouble -- a double in the form of a super-cute kitten. Dog Man will have to work twice as hard to bust these furballs and remain top dog! Dav Pilkey's wildly popular Dog Man series appeals to readers of all ages and explores universally positive themes, including empathy, kindness, persistence, and the importance of being true to one's self.
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Petey and Pru and the Hullabaloo book
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Dear Beast book
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Dog Man Unleashed book
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  1. Petey and Pru and the Hullabaloo - Petey is enjoying a peaceful afternoon of gardening when his good friend Pru starts to cause trouble. Petey reacts in turn, and before long, things have escalated from a scuffle to a tussle to a true hullabaloo! This beautifully illustrated story about the true meaning of friendship is packed with excitement and near disaster as well as vocabulary-expanding words that are fun to say and thrilling to master. Glossary.

  2. Dear Beast - A jealous cat really, really, REALLY wants to drive away his young owner’s new dog in this playful illustrated chapter book from a two-time Geisel Honor winner. Simon has taken care of his owner, Andy, for many years. He’s a good cat. Clean, responsible, and loyal. What more could a boy want? Even when Andy’s dad moves out, Simon is certain that Andy doesn’t need another pet. So why would Andy’s dad adopt a DOG?! To make matters worse, the animal is a rude, rowdy troublemaker. Simon’s job is clear: the beast has got to go. He decides to write him a letter. Strongly worded, of course. But when the dog’s response sets off an unexpected correspondence, Simon realizes the beast may be here to stay. Can he make room for another pet in Andy’s life? This funny and heartwarming collaboration between Geisel Honor and Edgar Award-winning author Dori Hillestad Butler and bestselling illustrator Kevan Atteberry is a tribute to the love of a good pet - and the joy found in new friendship. With nine chapters and adorable full-color illustrations on every spread, the series is perfect for kids transitioning from picture books to chapter books. A Junior Library Guild Selection

  3. Dog Man Unleashed - Dog Man is still learning a few tricks of the trade. Petey the cat is out of the bag, and his criminal curiosity is taking the city by storm. Something fishy is going on! Can Dog Man unleash justice on this ruffian in time to save the city, or will Petey get away with the purr-fect crime? Dav Pilkey’s wildly popular Dog Man series appeals to readers of all ages and explores universally positive themes, including empathy, kindness, persistence, and the importance of being true to one’s self.

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Books About Dogs and Pugs

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Thunder Pug
Written by Kim Norman & illustrated by Keika Yamaguchi
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Recommend Ages: 3-7
Welcome back the perfect pug-and-pig pair: Percy and Petunia. The two besties are inseparable--until Petunia wins a blue ribbon at the fair. Suddenly she's too busy to play anymore. So when lonely Percy finds a faded comic book, he takes on a new persona: THUNDER PUG! But what's a superhero without a sidekick? Will a little "Pink Lightning" (aka Petunia) come to his rescue?
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I Love You, Fred
Written by Mick Inkpen & illustrated by Chloe Inkpen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6
From the father-daughter team behind I Will Love You Anyway comes another heartwarming tale about a sweatband-wearing pug. Fetch! and Sit! and Stay! and Ball! and Walk! and Bed! I know those words… …but what is Fred? Little ones will laugh out loud as you read Mick and Chloë Inkpen’s delightful second story all about a troublesome little dog who finally discovers his own name.
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Pig the Pug
Written & illustrated by Aaron Blabey
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Recommend Ages: 3-5
Pig is a greedy and selfish Pug. He has all the bouncy balls, bones, and chew toys a dog could ever want yet he refuses to share with his poor friend, Trevor. Little does he know, however, that being greedy has its consquences. Join Pig as he learns to share - the hard way! Young readers will love the irresistbly quirky and funny illustrations that are paired with a relatable lesson of learning to share with others. For dog and pet lovers everywhere.
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Pig the Fibber book
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Good Dad Diego book
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Pug & Pig Trick-or-Treat book
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  1. Pig the Fibber - The world’s bestselling pug is back! Pig was a pug, and I’m sorry to say, he would often tell lies just to get his own way. Pig the Pug tells lies to get what he wants and get Trevor the sausage dog in trouble. When Pig hatches a plan to get at the hidden treats in the back of the closet, his lies get Trevor thrown out of the house. Finally he’s all alone with those treats. What he didn’t expect was the bowling ball. Maybe this time Pig the Pug will learn his lesson.

  2. Good Dad Diego - Diego is a dog, but he has one of the toughest jobs in the world. Is he a ninja? Nope. Is he a superhero? Nope. Is he a king or a police officer or the president? Nope. Nope. Nope. Diego is a DAD. And that requires the patience and fortitude of all of these positions combined . . . as Diego—an adorable pug—demonstrates in this laugh-out-loud photographic picture book. Admonitions and chores may be somewhat different for dogs: “Stop chewing on the furniture!” “Don’t eat cat barf!” But Diego does everything out of love . . . and we get to see the objects of his affection at the end of the story: pug puppies!!

  3. Pug & Pig Trick-or-Treat - Pug and Pig are back for a heartwarming Halloween adventure in this adorable picture book that’s perfect for pet lovers of all ages. Halloween night has come to Pug and Pig’s house, and the darling duo is sporting matching costumes. The costumes are cozy. They glow in the dark. And they have masks! There’s only one problem—Pug hates wearing his. So he decides to rip it up and stay home. But Halloween just isn’t any fun for Pig without Pug! Can Pug find a way to be a good friend and get back into the Halloween spirit?

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Epilogue

11 books that are just too good to leave off of our dogs list.
McDuff Moves In book
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Smelly Bill book
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Can I Be Your Dog? book
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The 101 Dalmatians book
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  1. McDuff Moves In - Grammy -

    The most fitting word I can find for this book is appealing. McDuff, a little grey dog that no one seems to want, is surprisingly appealing for a stray. It is easy to see how life with Lucy and Fred would be appealing for McDuff--from their lovely home furnishings to their cozy habits, their picture-perfect life is missing just one thing--a dog. The text is on the spare side as if told from the perspective of the dog. Rosemary Wells' vibrant and warm illustrations give the story real heart. Although I am not sure which decade she was aiming for, I have always liked the period feel of the illustrations. Our family has never had a dog but, in the context of this book, even I find the idea of having a dog appealing.

  2. Smelly Bill - Bill the dog loves smelly things, like muddy ponds and rubbish bins. Will the arrival of Great Aunt Bleach put an end to his smelly ways, or will Bill live to stink another day?

  3. Can I Be Your Dog? - A dog looking for a home sends letters to prospective owners on Butternut Street, with surprising results.

  4. The 101 Dalmatians - Pongo the Dalmatian and his wife Missis undertake a daring expedition to rescue their fifteen puppies from the clutches of the vicious Cruella de Vil.

Ribsy book
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Little Friends: Happy Birthday book
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Great Dog book
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The Detective Dog book
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  1. Ribsy - Newbery Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary gives Henry’s dog, Ribsy, center stage in this dog’s eye view of the adventure of a lifetime. This classic story about a dog and his boy is as fresh and funny as ever! Good ol’ Ribsy’s ever-curious mind has always gotten him into trouble, but this time he may have gone too far. After a comical turn of events, Ribsy finds himself in the wrong station wagon with the wrong children. Ribsy will do anything to find Henry, but there’s plenty of excitement to be had along the way—and scoring a touchdown for a local high school team is only part of the fun! For kids looking for a fast, funny dog story, Ribsy is a winner.

  2. Little Friends: Happy Birthday - Little Puppy is excited – it’s his birthday, and all the Little Friends are coming to his party! This charmingly illustrated board book is filled with all the things that make a birthday so special, garlands and party hats, presents and cake, and most important of all friends to celebrate with. A delightful book to share with little ones on their special day, Happy Birthday has textures to touch, feel, and explore, as well as a big birthday surprise flap to lift.

  3. Great Dog - The age-old question of “what will I be when I grow up” gets a hilarious twist in this stylish and clever story. A pup and his father contemplate his grand future while looking at other Great Dogs in their family. Will he be a marathon runner like Uncle Tibor, the fastest dog in the family? Will he be an astronaut like Aunt Yuki, who reached for the stars? Or maybe a teacher like Uncle Scooter, respected by all? No matter what, says his father, he will be a GREAT dog!

  4. The Detective Dog - A rollicking rhyming picture book from bestselling author Julia Donaldson about a dog who uses her amazing sense of smell to solve mysteries. When Detective Dog Nell puts her nose to the task, there’s no mystery she can’t solve. Whether she’s tracking the missing shoe of her human, Peter, or locating some lost honeycomb, all Nell has to do is sniff, sniff, sniff and she’s hot on the trail. Besides solving mysteries, there’s something else Nell loves—listening to children read. Every Monday, Peter takes her to school where children tell her stories. One day, Nell and Peter arrive to find that all the books are gone. Who could have taken them? And why? There’s only one dog for the job, and Detective Dog Nell is ready to sniff out the thief!

Olive, the Other Reindeer book
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Ballerino Nate book
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Dog Loves Books book
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  1. Olive, the Other Reindeer - Olive is merrily preparing for Christmas when suddenly she realizes “Olive… the other Reindeer… I thought I was a dog. Hmmm, I must be a Reindeer!” So she quickly hops aboard the polar express and heads to the North Pole. And while Santa and the other reindeer are a bit surprised that a dog wants to join the their team, in the end Olive and her unusual reindeer skills are just what Santa and his veteran reindeer team need. Colorful graphic illustrations accompany this zany dog story from the well-known author and artist team, Vivian and J.otto Seibold. Adorable Olive and her hilarious adventures are sure to make anyone’s Christmas merry.

  2. Ballerino Nate - After seeing a ballet performance, Nate decides he wants to learn ballet but he has doubts when his brother Ben tells him that only girls can be ballerinas.

  3. Dog Loves Books - Dog loves books so much that he decides to open a book store.

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