Best Children's Books About Dogs

92+ Children's Books About Dogs

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Land Shark book
#1
Land Shark
Written by Beth Ferry and illustrated by Ben Mantle
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.

Dog Loves Drawing book
#2
Dog Loves Drawing
Written and illustrated by Louise Yates
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.

Ruff!: And the Wonderfully Amazing Busy Day book
#3
Ruff!: And the Wonderfully Amazing Busy Day
Written and illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church
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.

Everyone Sleeps book
#4
Everyone Sleeps
Written and 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"--

Lenny & Lucy book
#5
Lenny & Lucy
Written by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

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.

Sparky & Spike book
#6
Sparky & Spike
Written by Barbara Lowell and illustrated by Dan Andreasan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

This charming book is a story about a boy nicknamed Sparky and his beloved dog, Spike. Spike is the most amazing dog ever. He inspires Sparky to draw. Someday, Sparky will be an artist. Based on the childhood of Charles Schulz, creator of the world-renowned Peanuts comic, and the dog who inspired the most beloved dog of all—Snoopy—this book will resonate with children everywhere. Sparky & Spike includes a biographical note, as well as archival photographs of Sparky and Spike and a letter Charles Schulz wrote to the book’s illustrator, Dan Andreasen, when Andreasen was a boy.

Snow Dog, Sand Dog book
#7
Snow Dog, Sand Dog
Written by Linda Joy Singleton and illustrated by Jess Golden
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

What would you do if you were allergic but realy wanted a dog? In this whimsical picture book, a young girl uses her crafty nature and imagination to create four-legged friends each season as the weather changes. She builds a dog out of snow in winter, sand in summer, leaves in fall, and flowers in spring!

Bow-Wow-Meow book
#8
Bow-Wow-Meow
Written by Blanca Lacasa and illustrated by Gomez
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A laugh-out-loud funny and charming picture book about being yourself and understanding others. Max and his parents have a dog called Fabio. Fabio doesn’t like doing what other dogs do. One day, Max discovers that his dog goes out every night, and he decides to follow him... Blanca Lacasa: A journalist, singer, and writer from Spain. She writes lyrics and books for adults and children. She has published with several Publishing Houses in Spain. Bow Wow Meow is her first picture book with NubeOcho and her first picture book in the USA. GOMEZ studied Fine Arts at the prestigious University of Salamanca (Spain). A new talent, she has worked for several publishing houses in Europe, such as SM in Spain, Le Petit Bulles Edition in France, and Scholastics and Sterling in the USA.

Good Dog book
#9
Good Dog
Written and 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.

Rules of the Ruff book
#10
Rules of the Ruff
Written and illustrated by Heidi Lang
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Jessie, twelve, copes with what promised to be a long, boring summer with relatives by becoming apprentice to Wes, a grouchy neighborhood dog walker, who is facing new competition.

What I Think about When I'm Running book
#11
What I Think about When I'm Running
Written by Eleanor Levenson and illustrated by Katie O’Hagan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Have you ever wondered what dogs think about? A walk? A ball? Explore the meaning of life from a dog's point of view in this wonderful companion to Eleanor Levenson's fish first book, What I Think About When I Think About Swimming.

A Dog Day book
#12
A Dog Day
Written and illustrated by Emily Rand
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

A friendly little terrier wants nothing more than to go to the park to play ball with his doggy friends in spite of his owner's preferences, in a relatable story that is complemented by stylish pen-and-ink illustrations.

My Stinky Dog book
#13
My Stinky Dog
Written and illustrated by Christine Roussey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

A little boy who loves his dog, Alfred, even though he stinks from head to toe, gives him a good scrubbing, taking away the smell but also some of Alfred's charm.

Snuggle Puppy book
#14
Snuggle Puppy
Written and illustrated by Sandra Boynton
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

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!]

Dog on Wheels book
#15
Dog on Wheels
Written and illustrated by Gillian McClure
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Dog pals Dubbin and Todd are going on a walk before breakfast: Dubbin on his skateboard and Todd lagging behind on paws. Not only that, Todd is also carrying a huge bone which is attracting attention from another, not so nice dog. Can Dubbin, Todd and the bone get home safely?

Bad Dog, Macy! book
#16
Bad Dog, Macy!
Written by Wenjun Qin and illustrated by Yinzhi Qin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Macy hasn't been a good dog, and it seems as if his mommy has abandoned him in an unfamiliar place! Luckily, Macy meets two other abandoned doggy friends, who keep him company. This is a funny story that will keep children entertained, as they wonder whether Macy and his friends have really been abandoned. What appears to be a sad tale quickly transforms into one about getting pampered and fresh haircuts!

Charlie Piechart and the Case of the Missing Dog book
#17
Charlie Piechart and the Case of the Missing Dog
Written by Marilyn Sadler and illustrated by Eric Comstock
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

It’s puppy primping time! Watson the dog has an appointment at the Dirty Dog Salon at 4:15 P.M.—but no one can find him! Follow the clock as time runs out to find Watson the Dog in this third Charlie Piechart mystery. Spotting clues, from pink nail polish to cookie crumbs, Charlie and his pal Lewis are determined to get Watson to the groomers for his shampoo and haircut. Can they race against the clock and find him with enough time to make it on time? Complete with visual sidebars that illustrate the elapsing and remaining time, the third picture book mystery in the Charlie Piechart series is the perfect addition to any K-2 classroom or at-home library. Young math enthusiasts and time-keepers will adore this actioned-packed treat!

Puppy Mind book
#18
Puppy Mind
Written and illustrated by Andrew Jordan Nance
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

In this picture book for children and adults, illustrated by Jim Durk, who is adored by thousands of children for his many Clifford the Big Red Dog and Thomas the Steam Engine books, a young boy discovers his mind is like a puppy, always wandering away, into the past or the future. He sets about learning to train his puppy mind to heel to the present moment. Through remembering to breathe, the boy becomes a stronger and more caring master of his puppy mind, keeping it in the present, if only for a moment. Includes a link to a discussion guide for parents and teachers.

The Playful Little Dog book
#19
The Playful Little Dog
Written by Jean Horton Berg and illustrated by Maurice Robertson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Discover a treasure trove of beautifully illustrated books with our series, G+D Vintage! Featuring books from our Wonder Books line originally published in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, there's something for every reader in these timeless stories with classic illustrations. The Biggers' building in the city no longer welcomes dogs, so they decide it's time to move out--Archie, their Boston Terrier, is too important to them! They soon find out about a big, mean dog in their new neighborhood, so Mr. Biggers builds a fence. But when Archie meets the neighboring dog, they become fast friends. Sometimes dogs can teach people a lesson in getting along!

No! book
#20
No!
Written and illustrated by Marta Altes
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The little dog in this family works very hard to be good, but he doesn't understand why his collar has the wrong name on it.

Maggi and Milo Make New Friends book
#21
Maggi and Milo Make New Friends
Written and illustrated by Juli Brenning
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Perfect for fans of Ladybug Girl, this playground adventure about the joy of making new friends continues the story of the plucky girl-and-dog duo from Maggi and Milo Maggi is an irrepressible girl with an equally awesome best friend: her dog, Milo. So when Mom suggests a day at the park with other kids, Maggi isn’t sure. All she needs is Milo, afer all. But off to the playground they go—only to find that no dogs are allowed! Maggi wants to stay behind, but the other kids are having so much fun that . . . she decides to go in. Before long, she has a whole group of new friends, and all of them want to try walking Milo. But first, they have to find a family of rollie-pollies, complete a treasure hunt, and build a pirate ship. When it’s time to go, Maggi waves goodbye to her new friends—but she knows she’s going home with Milo, her best friend of all. With bright, playful, Charles Schulz-style illustrations and a distinctive real-kid voice, this endearing picture book series introduces kids to a sweet girl-and-dog friendship that full of adventure.

Love Is My Favorite Thing book
#22
Love Is My Favorite Thing
Written and illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Starring an enthusiastic pooch whose joy, optimism and love know no bounds, this lively picture book is based on Emma Chichester Clark’s own dog, and joyfully celebrates unconditional love. Plum has lots of favorite things—catching sticks, her bear, her bed—but really, LOVE is her absolute favorite thing. She loves her family and all the things they do together. Sometimes, however, Plum’s exuberance causes trouble, and she just can’t help being naughty. But fortunately, love is such a great thing that even when she makes mistakes, Plum’s family still adores her.

Jack Wants a Snack book
#23
Jack Wants a Snack
Written and illustrated by Pat Schories
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

Have you ever known a dog that didn't want a snack? When Jack sees the tea party, he decides to join. He wants a snack. Just one . . . well, maybe more than one. But Jack isn't alone. A chipmunk wanting a snack—or more than one—disrupts the party and the little girl joins Jack on a chase to set the tea party right. The unexpected outcome will surprise and delight the board book audience.

Puppy, Puppy, Puppy book
#24
Puppy, Puppy, Puppy
Written by Julie Sternberg and illustrated by Fred Koehler
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Baby and Puppy are inseparable. From the moment they wake up in the morning to when they go to bed at night, the two do everything together—from sharing breakfast to making a mess of the garden. Even nap time cannot keep the two apart for long, as Puppy finds a way to stay near Baby. Julie Sternberg’s sweet, spare text is fun to read aloud and complements Fred Koehler’s humorous and heartwarming illustrations, creating the perfect picture book for the youngest children.

Hello, Dog! book
#25
Hello, Dog!
Written by Susie Linn and illustrated by Zhanna Ovocheva
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Dog wants to play. Peek-a-boo! Turn the pages to discover the cute animal characters who want to play too and are hiding in every window. Delicate touch-and-feel textures cut into the board pages add to the sensory story time fun.

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