Great Books for National Dog Day
Did you know that August 26th is National Dog Day? Here at ReadKiddoRead, we've compiled some of our favorite reads about our favorite four-legged friends. Visit ReadKiddoRead.com for more great recommended reads!
GREAT ILLUSTRATED BOOKS
May I Pet Your Dog?: The How-to Guide for Kids Meeting Dogs (and Dogs Meeting Kids)
By Stephanie Calmenson, Illustrated by Jan Ormerod
Some children are too afraid of dogs. Others are not afraid enough. How should we behave when we encounter a strange dog? Harry, a longhaired, chocolate-dappled dachshund, encounters a young boy and gives him a series of concrete and practical instructions on how to be friends with a dog.
By Daniel Kirk
Dog lovers will have a blast with this large, personable book of 22 meaty dog-narrated poems, all accompanied by soulful paintings of the notable pooches. Every aspect of dogdom is covered here; titles include: "In My Doghouse," "Pet Me," "Lapdog," "Chowhound," "Chasing My Tail," and my personal favorite, the final selection, the lullaby-like "Dog-Tired."
The Helpful Puppy
By Kim Zarins; Illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully
Comfortably old-fashioned illustrations help to tell the simple story of the brown-and-white puppy who lives on a farm and wants, more than anything, to help out. After all, the other animals have jobs to do! This puppy will try anything, and in page after page he does.
GREAT TRANSITIONAL BOOKS
Just a Dog
By Michael Gerard Bauer
Even kids who don't love dogs will love this book. Even if they don't own a dog, they will want to own this book so that they can read it again and again, and loan it to their friends and persuade their teacher to read it aloud in class. When Corey was three years old, his family let him choose a puppy from a litter of mixed-breed dogs. Without hesitation, he picked the puppy that was mostly white. The name "Mister Mostly" eventually became "Mr. Mosely," because Corey was too little to be able to say the letter "t."
My Senator And Me: A Dog's Eye View Of Washington, D.C.
By Edward Kennedy
"If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog." Senator Ted Kennedy did just that—an effusive black Portuguese Water Dog named Splash, who narrates this breezy and informative tour of the nation's capital and guide to daily life in the Capitol. Splash attends the Senator's staff meeting, takes a ride on the tram, and is at Kennedy's side for a press conference.
Owney: The Mail-Pouch Pooch
By Mona Kerby
In October of 1888, a stray brown and white terrier wandered out of the rain into the post office in Albany, New York, and sacked out on a pile of canvas mail pouches. He stayed, hopping aboard the mail wagon each day for a ride to the train depot. One day he hopped aboard the train and rode it all the way to New York City, and didn't return for seven months.
City of Dogs
By Livi Michael
On Sam's birthday, the one he thinks will be the worst ever, his Aunty Dot brings to the house a small white dog she has just hit with her car. The dog, which Sam names Jenny, has no obvious injuries, though in her mouth, she is holding a sprig of mistletoe carved like a dart. What Sam does not know is that Jenny has come from another one of the nine worlds, where she inadvertently altered the course of destiny when she saved her master, Baldur, the Golden Boy, from death.
Lewis and Clark and Me: A Dog's Tale
By Laurie Myers, Illustrated by Michael Dooling
It's been more than two centuries since Meriwether Lewis and William Clark undertook their famed expedition with the Corps of Discovery to chart the lands west of the Mississippi in 1803. They spent two and a half years, journeying 7,000 miles to the Pacific Ocean and back. Along with their 33-member team, Lewis brought along his huge black Newfoundland dog named Seaman.
Survivors: The Empty City
By Erin Hunter
In SURVIVORS, Erin Hunter, creator of the popular WARRIORS series, introduces us to a world of dogs rather than cats. Readers will find it as compelling, eye-opening and exciting as its feline counterpart. It certainly stands on its own, with appeal to both boys and girls looking for a great adventure. Fans of the WARRIORS will enjoy a look at another species and will be glad to see that the dog mythology is as complete as the cat mythology.
GREAT ADVANCED READS
The Dogs of Winter
By Bobbie Pyron
Readers will be riveted by five-year-old Ivan's tragic transformation from Mishka, his mother's little bear, into Malchik, dog boy, a member of a pack of feral dogs trying to survive on the streets of St. Petersburg. Although a stark lesson in human-failing, this story, based on an actual event, is unexpectedly uplifting.