Reading ability has a significant impact on all areas of academic learning. Poor reading skills at an early age are linked to lower self-esteem, underachievement, a dislike of school and an increased risk of dropping out.
While working on our “Dogs Make A Difference” TV Episode, research showed that one way to encourage students to read more and improve their skills and confidence, is the introduction of dogs as reading buddies. Health and psychological studies indicate the benefits of contact with animals, particularly for children. They can provide children with a relaxed and non-judgemental atmosphere where they can feel comfortable learning. A bit of reading time with the family pet can greatly improve your child’s literacy skills. Guess what type of books the kids requested? Books about dogs.
We are currently creating a picture book series for kids so we have lots of respect for anyone who has produced a book. We have so many talented friends writing books, we wanted to show case some here, as well as some classics we love.
Enjoy our list of child-friendly books about our cuddly, protective, and smart canine pals recommended or written by dog lovers.
Our friends generously gave away: Tales of French Scent Hound By: Debucher Baguette aka Emma the GBGV, Chasing Bocker’s Tale by Marie and Bocker and What’s Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy By Dorothy Wills-Raftery
Visit all of the amazing authors to learn more about them and their books by clicking on their names or book titles.
If we missed your dog book or a dog book you love, add it in the comments and/or e-mail me susan at talenthounds dot ca.
Non-Fiction Dog Books for Kids
Chasing Bocker’s Tale
We absolutely love Bocker and his mom Marie. He is a very special Labradoodle who spreads smiles and happiness to everyone he meets and his charity and therapy work has inspired us greatly. About Bocker’s Story: “Even as a very young pup, Bocker the Labradoodle pondered on where his life would lead, what was his purpose in life. Follow Bocker’s own tale of his amazing journey and how he has touched the lives of so many throughout the world.” BUY NOW
Quote from Marie, Bocker’s mom: “From the first day that Bocker came into our lives, I always knew there was something very special about him. He went on at a very young age to prove me right. Chasing Bocker’s Tale is just that follows him on his journey and introduces us to some of the lives he has touched.”
Tales of French Scent Hound By:Debucher Baguette aka Emma the GBGV
Tales of French Scent Hound is a fun book written by our fellow blogger pal, Debucher Baguette, aka Emma from My GBGV Life.
Your child will love learning about Emma’s tales and seeing 120 color photographs of her life as a French scent hound. Stay up to date with Emma adventures daily on her blog HERE BUY Her Book NOW and comment below to enter the GIVEAWAY.
Quote from Emma’s Mom who helped her write the book:
“I love the GBGV breed and wanted to help promote it. Emma is a big inspiration with her sweet and goofy traits. She loves to have fun and model which is why we started our blog. I thought it would be a fun idea to create a book from the blog to bring smiles, laughter, and GBGV breed recognition to more people.”
We are glad she did as Emma and her family make us smile!
What’s Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy By Dorothy Wills-Raftery
A percentage of proceeds is donated to Canine Epilepsy Resources “Emma’s Fund.”
Getting Healthy With Harley: Learning About Health & Fitness By: Dorothy Wills-Raftery
Rumplepimple (The Adventures of Rumplepimple) (Volume 1)
By: Suzanne DeWitt Hall
Life isn’t easy when your big sister is an annoying cat and your moms can’t understand a word you say. But that doesn’t stop Rumplepimple from saving the day in a most unusual way. Find out how a car ride transforms a naughty terrier into a grocery store hero.
The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be By: Farley Mowat
Farely Mowat’s best loved book tells the splendidly entertaining story of his boyhood on the Canadian prairies. Mutt’s pedigree was uncertain, but his madness was indisputable. He was a marvelous dog, worthy of an unusual boy growing up a raw, untamed wilderness. Hear stories of the human-animal bond between a boy and his dog. BUY NOW
A Puppy’s New Home By: Rayah Jaymes and A.J. Richards
A series of educational children’s books that teach youth how to care for specific canine breeds retrieved from expert research.
Breeds interact with youth in each book to help them understand specific breed behavior, health management, and their origins. Books include other academic components: alphabet, numbers, vocabulary, geography, history, character counts, and the importance of community and service learning. BUY NOW
Doggies (Boynton on Board) Board book – by
NORBERT & LIL BUB: What Can Little WE Do
Our pal Norbert, the little dog with a BIG heart, is preparing to release the third picture book in his series. In this picture book, Norbert the dog and Lil Bub the cat are joining forces to teach young readers the importance of teamwork to make the world a better place. It will be ready for November 2015.
Quote from Julie and Norbert :
“Norbert and Lil BUB are the perfect duo to show us that despite our differences, we can all work together to create something magical, amazing and inspiring.”
For each book sold, a $3.00 donation will be made to the Lil BUB’s Big Fund to help animals with special needs. Pre-Order Now.
Fiction Dog Books for Kids
JJ The American Street Dog and How He Came to Live in Our House by
Maya has wanted a dog for as long as she can remember. Just when her parents decide to buy her one, her Uncle Jerry finds a homeless puppy that he can’t keep. Although Mom is skeptical about keeping a dog from the street, she agrees to take in the pup and they name him JJ. Before long, JJ warms his way into their hearts, and Maya and her family learn about homeless animals and how they can be a part of the solution to end pet over-population. Buy here
Before You Were Mine Hardcover by
A little boy imagines what life was like for his new dog before he adopted him from a shelter. Maybe he had a boy who loved him, but the family had to move and couldn’t keep him. Maybe he belonged to someone who didn’t appreciate how mischievous puppies can be. Maybe he was treated badly, and now he can be shown all the love he’s been missing. This boy wonders about all of these things, but maybe they don’t matter. Because now, his dog is home. Buy Here Winner of the Humane Society KIND Children’s Picture Book Award and the ASPCA Henry Bergh Children’s Book Award, this touching story celebrates all who support, care for, and adopt shelter dogs.
My Dog Is the Best By: Laurie Ann Thompson
What do you get when you combine one energetic, enthusiastic little boy with his sleepy but tolerant dog? Unconditional love. My Dog Is the Best celebrates the special bond that exists between a young child and a beloved family pet. BUY NOW
Ranger in Time #2: Danger in Ancient Rome By: Kate Messner
Ranger, the time-traveling golden retriever, is back for the second book in Kate Messner’s new chapter book series. This time, he’s off to save the day in ancient Rome! BUY NOW
Pig and Pug By: Lynne Berry
Pig and Pug are very different (but not really). See how their similarities show up in this mischievous picture book that’s perfect for pet lovers. BUY NOW
Skeeter Maghee Finds a Home By: Molly Harrison
Did a dog ever choose you? Skeeter Maghee races into the Town Pound in hopes of finding an owner. He is greeted by the lady, Mrs. DeWitt, who plans to return Skeeter to his former owner. But Mrs. DeWitt’s attempts to find the owner change her mind and her heart. This is a heartwarming story of a puppy from a shelter that wants very much to have a home. BUY NOW
Lassie Come-Home By:
Lassie is Joe’s prize collie and constant companion. But when Joe’s father loses his job, Lassie must be sold. Three times she escapes from her new owner, and three times she returns home to Joe, until finally she is taken to the remotest part of Scotland–too far a journey for any dog to make alone . . . But Lassie is not just any dog. BUY NOW
Old Yeller By: Fred Gipson
The stray dog was ugly, and a thieving rascal, too. But he sure was clever, and a smart dog could be a big help on the wild Texas frontier, especially with Papa away on a long cattle drive up to Abilene. Travis soon learns that appearances can be deceiving and that the stray dog he takes for a rascal has a fierce sense of loyalty and is committed to protecting his new family. Strong and courageous, Old Yeller proved that he could protect Travis’s family from any sort of danger. But can Travis do the same for Old Yeller? BUY NOW
The Great Gracie Chase: Stop That Dog!
Gracie Rose has always been a good, quiet puppy, but when she barks at some noisy painters she’s put outside. Your child will follow Gracie as she takes a walk around the neighborhood, which turns into a hilarious chase. Outstanding illustrations capture the comic fun from a dogs-eye view as the entire town joins in the chase. BUY NOW
Schnitzel Von Krumm, Dogs Never Climb Trees (Hairy Maclary and Friends) By:
Schnitzel von Krumm – with the very low tum – is up to mischief, chasing, digging, hiding and hustling. He should remember that dogs never climb trees – but that’s not going to stop him scampering right to the very top of the tree! BUY NOW
The Good Dog By: Avi
McKinley, a malamute, is a good dog — he’s reliable and trustworthy. Whether it’s watching over the other dogs of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, or taking care of his human pup, Jack, McKinley never even thinks of letting anyone down — until he meets Lupin. Lupin is a she-wolf and she’s urging the dogs of Steamboat Springs to leave their domesticated lives and join her wild pack.
For the first time, McKinley’s loyalties are torn. Should he stay with his humans and continue to lead the dogs of Steamboat Springs? Or should he join the wolf and live freely, like his ancestors did? When the wild calls, what will McKinley’s answer be? BUY NOW
Where The Red Fern Grows By: Wilson Rawls
Old Dan had the brawn, Little Ann had the brains — and Billy had the will to train them to be the finest hunting team in the valley. Glory and victory were coming to them, but sadness waited too. And close by was the strange and wonderful power that’s only found… An exciting tale of love and adventure you’ll never forget. BUY NOW
Shiloh By: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Marty will do anything to save his new friend Shiloh in this Newbery Medal–winning novel from Phillis Reynolds Naylor. When Marty Preston comes across a young beagle in the hills behind his home, it’s love at first sight—and also big trouble. It turns out the dog, which Marty names Shiloh, belongs to Judd Travers, who drinks too much and has a gun—and abuses his dogs. So when Shiloh runs away from Judd to Marty, Marty just has to hide him and protect him from Judd. But Marty’s secret becomes too big for him to keep to himself, and it exposes his entire family to Judd’s anger. How far will Marty have to go to make Shiloh his?
Not only will you love the beagle puppy Shiloh, but also his kind-hearted rescuer, who, although young, still shows readers the very best of human nature. BUY NOW
The Poky Little Puppy By:
One of the original 12 Little Golden Books, The Poky Little Puppy has sold nearly 15 million copies since 1942, making it one of the most popular children’s books of all time- a true classicv. Now this curious little puppy is ready to win the hearts and minds of a new generation of kids. BUY NOW
Newbery Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary gives Henry’s dog, Ribsy, the center stage in this dog’s-eye view of the adventure of a lifetime.
Good ol’ Ribsy’s ever-curious mind has always gotten him into scrapes, but this time he may have gone too far. After a comical turn of events, Ribsy finds himself in the wrong station wagon with the wrong children. Ribsy will do anything to find Henry, but there’s plenty of excitement to be had along the way—and scoring a touchdown for a local high school team is only part of the fun! BUY NOW
Henry Says, “Hello” Written and Illustrated by S.L. Parker
Henry Says, “Hello” is a unique, true-to-life children’s book full of adult wisdom. It is a teaching tool for parents and teachers, designed to teach children how to safely and gently say “Hello” to dogs by reading the dog’s body language and recognizing signs of imminent danger. n this book, Henry is a real-life, sweet little dog, whose main purpose in this story is to teach children how to safely and gently say “Hello” to dogs.
Where’s Spot by Eric Hill
One of my favourite picture flap books- simple and cute adventures of curious Spot.
Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Birdwell
Although Clifford was the runt of the litter, the love of his littlest owner, helps him grow and grow and grow.
Biscuit by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
This pint-sized book tells the story puppy parents know all too well – bedtime equals snack time, play time, basically anything but go to sleep time. I particularly like the illustrations of this little cutie.
Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant
On a street without other kids to play with, Henry finds companionship with the lovable (and often slobbery) 180-pound Mudge.
Big Dog…Little Dog by P.D. Eastman
You really can never go wrong with a mismatched friendship duo. Ted and Fred are no exception.
My Dog Skip by Willie Morris
This memoir encapsulates the love of a boy and his dog and their never-ending adventures in small-town America.
Sparky the Fire Dog by Don Hoffman Illustrator Todd Dakins
This adorable Dalmatian puppy is an important member of the team at the fire station. But he’s more than just a cute character in a book: Sparky is the official spokesdog for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and what he has to say can actually save lives. This canine hero rescued a little girl and her family, and now he’s helping kids become junior fire inspectors right in their own homes.
The Incredibly Journey by Sheila Burnford
An inspiring story of the unbreakable bond between animals and their family that no distance can destroy.
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
This harrowing story of Buck who is transported from his life as a pet and sent to Alaska to become a sled dog where he must adapt quickly in order to survive. Jack London’s series – more information here.
Because of Winn-Dixie Paperback by
Winn-Dixie proved to be a keeper — a New York Times bestseller, a Newbery Honor winner, the inspiration for a popular film, and most especially, a cherished classic that touches the hearts of readers of all ages.
A Diary of a Dog Named Belle by
This book is about a wonderful adventure of a dog named Belle. Follow along on Belle’s exciting adventure as she learns how to deal with peer pressure, bullying and decision making. Watch Belle triumph over the many obstacle facing her in this real life parallel. Also, this book features a diary section in order for a child to share his or her own thoughts and experiences. Diaries and journals are wonderful places for kids to share and open up about their own private thoughts, feelings and concerns. Also, this diary and journal can be a great place for a child to dream and imagine. An escape mechanism if you will in order to cope with the many issues that life presents kids with on a daily basis.
Of course we also love the classic Disney Movies that have been made into books like 101 Dalmations and Lady and the Tramp.
Penny P Pug created by Susan Nation
We are also developing our picture book series Penny P. Pug, about a curious mischievous little pug, her brother Paco and her friends (including Kilo and other collaborations). We celebrate the joy of active discovery as this little girl has “things to see and things to do, things to smell and things to chew”. Here is a preview of her picture- illustration by the talented Shelley Davies.