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Books About Dogs

Picture Books | Nonfiction | Poetry | Fiction

Picture Books

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The Adventures of Taxi Dog by Debra Barracca and Sal Barracca
Maxi thinks that being a taxi driver's dog in New York is just about the best job ever.
Akiak: A Tale from the Iditarod by Robert J. Blake
Even after she is injured, Akiak leads her dog-sled team to victory.
Angus Lost by Marjorie Flack
This is the first in a series of classic books about a Scottish terrier and his adventures.
Arthur's New Puppy by Marc Brown
Arthur finally gets a puppy—but can he teach him to behave?
Chowder by Peter Brown
A bulldog who has always "been different" tries to make friend when he visits a petting zoo.
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.
Dog and Bear by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Three simple stories tell about a timid bear and a frisky dachshund who are best friends.
Dog Biscuit by Helen Cooper
Will Bridget turn into a real dog after she eats a dog biscuit?
The Dog Who Belonged to No One by Amy Hest
Lonely Lia finds a true friend when a stray dog wanders into town.
The Dog Who Cried Wolf by Keiko Kasza
Moka thinks he should be more wolf-like, until he howls at the moon alone on a mountain.
Dogs on the Bed by Elizabeth Bluemie
When a family tries to go to bed peacefully, their dogs raise a riotous ruckus.
Dogzilla by Dav Pilkey
How will the residents of Mousopolis save their town when the gigantic Dogzilla invades?
Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy by Jane O'Connor
Nancy thinks only a special breed will do—until she meets the perfect pup at a dog shelter.
Finding Susie by Sandra Day O'Connor
Based on the Supreme Court judge's real-life experiences, this is the story of a little girl who can't seem to find the right pet, until she meets a dog named Susie.
First Dog by J. Patrick Lewis and Beth Zappitello
A dog travels the world looking for the perfect home, meeting dogs from many lands. He finds his true home with a very special family who live in a big white house.
Go Dog Go by P.D. Eastman
This ever-popular book about dogs of all sizes is in an easy-to-read format.
Good Dog Carl by Alexandra Day
Carl isn't just a dog — he's also a babysitter.
The Great Gracie Chase by Cynthia Rylant
When Gracie is let out she leads everyone on a wild chase.
Hanni and Beth: Safe and Sound by Beth Finke
A seeing-eye dog narrates her day as a companion dog.
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
Harry used to be a white dog with black spots, but now he's changed!
Henry and Mudge by Cynthia and Rylant
A boy and his dog share many adventures in this easy-to-read book series.
I Don't Want a Posh Dog! by Emma Dodd
A little girl knows exactly what kind of dog she wants.
The Last Puppy by Frank Asch
The last born of nine puppies worries that he will be the last chosen as a pet.
Let's Get a Pup!" Said Kate by Bob Graham
What do you do when you fall in love with two dogs at the animal shelter?
How Much Is That Doggie in the Window? by Iza Trapani and Bob Merrill
A boy saves his money to buy a puppy, but uses it instead to help his family.
Measuring Penny by Loreen Leedy
In this fun story that also teaches math concepts, Lisa measures her dog for a homework assignment.
No Dogs Allowed by Sonia Manzano
Despite mishaps, a family finally takes a road trip to the country—but what about their dog, El Exigente?
Not Afraid of Dogs by Susanna Pitzer
Daniel finds a new kind of courage when he has to comfort Bandit the dog during a thunderstorm.
Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathman
When Gloria the police dog comes along, Officer Buckle's safety lectures get a lot more exciting!
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willems
Insisting he will know how to care for it, a pigeon pleads for a puppy...until he meets one.
Sam Goes to School by Mary Labatt
Sam decides to visit school on the bus one day.
Some Dog! by Mary Casanova
Zippity, the new dog, runs circles around George. But when Zippity runs away, only George can find him.
Stella, Unleashed: Notes from the Doghouse by Linda Ashman
A dog describes the adoption, training, and care of her new family.
What Pet to Get by Emma Dodd
A little boy considers an elephant, a lion, even a dinosaur but settles on a "lovely little puppy."
What Pete Ate from A to Z by Maira Kalman
Pete's alphabet adventure begins when he eats an accordian.
Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats
After lots and lots of practice, Peter learns to whistle for his dog Willie.
Widget by Lyn Rossiter McFarla
A stray Westie finds that he has to change his ways when he winds up on a farm with six cats.

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Nonfiction

Brave Dogs, Gentle Dogs: How They Guard Sheep by Cat Urbigkit
Photographs show how dogs help ranchers in Wyoming by protecting the sheep.
A Dog's Best Friend: An Activity Book for Kids and Their Dogs by Lisa Rosenthal
This lively guide tells everything you want to know about caring for and playing with dogs.
Dogs by Gail Gibbons
A general overview about dogs, this includes facts about different breeds and dog care.
Dogs by Seymour Simon
All kinds of information about dogs is told with photographs.
Dogs and Cats by Steve Jenkins
Interesting artwork helps provide lots of facts about dogs.
First Dog Fala by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk
Before there was Bo, there was Fala, FDR's beloved Scottish terrier.
Hanni and Beth: Safe and Sound by Beth Finke
This book shows how Beth, and her guide dog Hanni, spending the day together at work, at home, and at play.
I Love to Draw Dogs! by Jennifer Lipsey
This step-by-step guide will help young artists create their own dog picture.
Lewis and Clark and Me by Laurie Myers
This is one of several books about Seaman, the dog who accompanied the Lewis and Clark expedition.
May I Pet Your Dog? The How-to Guide for Kids Meeting Dogs by Stephanie Calmenson
This friendly guide shows children how to behave safely around dogs.
Puppies! Puppies! Puppies! by Susan Meyers
Told in rhyme, this is a celebration of puppies and what they do.
Puppy: See How They Grow by Jane Burton
Color photos show how puppies grow into dogs.
The Right Dog for the Job: Ira's Path from Service Dog to Guide Dog by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Told with photographs, this book shows a golden retriever as he is trained to be a guide dog.
Why Do Dogs Bark? by Joan Holub
Cartoons and color photographs offer information on dog habits and activities.

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Poetry

Give a Dog a Bone: Anthology of Dog Poems by Joanna Cole and Stephanie Calmenson
This is an enjoyable collection of poems, stories, jokes, and riddles.
Good Dog by Maya Gottfried
A variety of dogs, from collies to bulldogs, express their personalities in these playful poems.
Once I Ate a Pie by Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest
Dogs of all shapes and sizes describe themselves in these poems.

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Fiction (selected books for older readers)

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.

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