Best Kids Books About Dogs

92+ Kids 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!

Dumpster Dog book
#8
Dumpster Dog
Written by Colas Gutman and illustrated by Marc Boutavant
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

But freedom isn’t everything and Dumpster Dog needs a friend. He wants someone to play with, someone who will take him on long walks, someone who will feed him. He dreams of treats, balls, and leashes. So begins Dumpster Dog’s search for a human companion. But he will soon learn that finding a good human isn’t as easy as it sounds, and that the world can be a dangerous place.

Bow-Wow-Meow book
#9
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.

Hannah and Sugar book
#10
Hannah and Sugar
Written and 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"--

My Stinky Dog book
#11
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.

Good Rosie! book
#12
Good Rosie!
Written by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Harry Bliss
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Rosie is a good dog and a faithful companion to her owner, George. She likes taking walks with George and looking at the clouds together, but the closest she comes to another dog is when she encounters her reflection in her empty dog bowl, and sometimes that makes Rosie feel lonely. One day George takes Rosie to the dog park, but the park is full of dogs that Rosie doesn’t know, which makes her feel lonelier than ever. When big, loud Maurice and small, yippy Fifi bound over and want to play, Rosie’s not sure how to respond. Is there a trick to making friends? And if so, can they all figure it out together?

Smick book
#13
Smick
Written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Juana Medina
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Smick is a BIG dog. Sit, Smick. Chick is a little chick. Stay, Smick! So what happens when they see a stick? Written by New York Times bestselling author Doreen Cronin and ingeniously illustrated by newcomer Juana Medina, Smick is a story of unlikely friendship, a sense of adventure, and a lot of wonderful wordplay.

Puppy, Puppy, Puppy book
#14
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.

A Dog Day book
#15
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.

What I Think about When I'm Running book
#16
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.

Good Dog book
#17
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.

Maggi and Milo Make New Friends book
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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.

From Wolf to Woof! book
#21
From Wolf to Woof!
Written and illustrated by Hudson Talbott
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

How did dog become man’s best friend? Dogs come in such a variety of shapes, sizes, and breeds, that it is hard to believe that they all have a common ancestor–the wolf! Hudson Talbott takes readers on a fascinating journey through history to see how wolves’ relationships with humans sparked their development into the dogs we know and love today. Striking paintings, from an adorable wolf pup to a wide range of modern-day dog breeds, illustrate this insightful story of teamwork and friendship. Through the eyes of a prehistoric boy and a lone wolf pup, we see how the bond between our ancestors and these wild animals may have developed. Starting as enemies competing for food, the wolf and the boy realize that they’ll eat better and be safer if they team up. Over time, others catch on, and as many of the wolves become more domesticated, the humans breed them for skills like hunting, herding, pulling, and rescuing. And today, there are more breeds of dog than of any other animal, all thanks to this relationship that started so long ago.

The Firefighter book
#22
The Firefighter
Written by Jenny Goebel and illustrated by Alessandra Psacharopulo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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.

Max and the Doglins book
#23
Max and the Doglins
Written and illustrated by Amanda Montgomery-Higha
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Max the dog steals and eats the eggs from Beryl's chicken coop until one night when the doglins visit him to take his place on the farm.

No! book
#24
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.

Dog on Wheels book
#25
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?

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