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Howlers! Dog Picture Books for National Dog Day


It’s Monday and National Dog Day! I was going to write a more involved post on the topic, but the dog days of summer are so doggone busy around here that I didn’t have time. But here are a few (of the many) terrific picture books about canines!

Dogku by Andrew Clements, Ages 3+
Dogku employs haiku poetry to tell the story of a stray dog who finds a loving family. Here is my favorite verse:

“Squirrel sits in tree.
Mooch sits below, looking up.
Who has more patience?”

A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka – Caldecott Medal Winner, Ages 3+
Dog loves ball. Ball breaks. Dog is heartbroken. It may be a simple story, but Rashka’s watercolor illustrations convey the dog’s emotions beautifully.

Boot & Shoe by Marla Frazee, Ages 3+
Boot is a “back porch kind of dog.” Shoe is a “front porch kind of dog.” But when an obnoxious squirrel forces them to switch places, they can’t figure out where the other one is. This is a sweet, moving story about friendship and devotion.

Doggone Dogs by Karen Beaumont, Ages 2+
The title sums it up nicely. These mangy mutts cause no end of trouble, but they sure are fun to watch.

Officer Buckle & Gloria by Peggy Rathmann – Caldecott Medal Winner, Ages 4+
No one really cares about Officer Buckle’s safety speeches – until Gloria the performing dog spices up his act. This is a great book for discussing safety and teamwork.

I Got Two Dogs: (Book and CD) by John Lithgow, Ages 1+
I love all of Lithgow’s Book/CD combos. This one is particularly entertaining – and easy to sing!

Hondo and Fabian by Peter McCarty – Caldecott Honor Book, Ages 3+
This gorgeous book featuring a day in the life of a dog and a cat is one of my all-time favorites. Nothing surprising happens, but there is something deeply satisfying about reading it.

The Hound from the Pound by Jessica Swaim, Ages 3+
A woman picks out a dog from the pound – only to accidentally end up with all of them, including the handsome keeper. My son really enjoys this story.

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