Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Great Kids Books that Feature Dogs

Read Alouds (scroll down for books for older kids)

Letters From a Desperate Dog by Eileen Christelow (Clarion Books, 2006).
This book, told from the perspective of a dog, is about the problems between humans and pets, and how the dog seeks advice on controlling its owner. Readers love it because they can relate to the interactions between pet and owner.

Help Me Mr Mutt. Expert Answers for Dogs with People Problems by Janet Stevens 

Good Dog, Carl! By Alexander Day
No words, but a wonderful story told in pictures. I always have music playing to this one.

Dear Mr. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School by Mark Teague
A dog writes letters home after he is sent to Obedience school after an incident with a cat.
City Dog by Karla Kuskin
A dog who is used to traffic and sidewalks experiences the country for the first time.
Dex: The Heart of a Hero by Caralyn Buehner
Dexter decides that the only way to get some respect is to become a superhero.
Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats
After lots and lots of practice, Peter learns to whistle for his dog Willie.
For Grades 4 and up.  
  Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Opal learns about life and friendship with the help of her newly-adopted dog.
Big Red by Jim Kjelgaard
A well-loved story about a boy and his dog, a champion Irish setter.
Dog Diaries by Betsy Byars, Betsy Duffey, and Laurie Myers
A group of dogs gather to hear stories from dogs around the world and throughout history.
Henry and Ribsy by Beverly Cleary
Ramona's friend Henry stars in his own story about his dog Ribsy.
Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
Jack doesn't like poetry, but with his teacher's encouragement, he begins writing about a mysterious car and a lovable dog.
Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
A stray dog becomes friends with 14-year-old Travis in 19th century Texas.
Puppy Power by Judy Cox
If Fran's rowdy puppy Hercules can learn to behave, maybe she can, too!
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
When Marty befriends an abused dog he learns about loss, love, and loyalty.
Wanted...Mud Blossom by Betsy Byars
In this funny family story, Mud the dog is the suspect when Junior's hamster disappears.
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
A classic coming-of-age story, this is about a boy in the Ozark mountains and a pair of coon hounds.


  1. It's old and at a low level, but I like HARRY AND THE LADY NEXT DOOR.

  2. Harry and the Lady Next Door is a great book. I couldn't remember the name of it for my list. It is about a dog who is bothered by his next door neighbour's singing! It drives him crazy. The author is Gene Zion for anyone who is interested. Thanks for reminding me of an old favourite.

  3. What happened to Old Yeller?

  4. Old Yeller is on the list, if that's what you mean. If you asking me to give away the ending of the book, well I think everyone knows how it ends, the beloved dog dies.

  5. I'm going to print this list.

  6. How about Sounder, Shiloh or White Fang?

  7. The Summer of Riley by Eve Bunting is an excellent book. Its about the emotional void dogs can fill when life has its ups and downs.



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