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June 1, 2016

Pick of the Litter

Who doesn’t love a good dog book?

As a kid, I read TONS of them. Books about kids and their dogs, talking dogs, the secret lives of dogs…the list went on and on. So I wanted to dedicate today’s Woof Woof Wednesday post to some of my favorite dog books, both old and new.

For Picture Book Fans


Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion, illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham

Harry loves everything…except baths. So eventually this white dog with black spots turns into a black dog with white spots. Will his family be able to recognize him?




Bark, George by Jules Feiffer

George is a floppy-eared dog who makes the most unusual sounds. He meows like a cat, quacks like a duck, moos like a cow, and oinks like a pig!



Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats

Peter wants to learn how to whistle. Wouldn’t it be the perfect way to call his dog, Willie? Peter tries so hard to whistle that his cheeks hurt, but he doesn’t give up.


For Young Readers


Henry and Mudge: The First Book by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Suçie Stevenson

Henry has no friends in his neighborhood and no siblings to play with, but he does have Mudge. This series features one of the most charming boy-and-dog friendships ever.




The Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Kevin Cornell

This witty farmyard mystery stars a canine detective and a family of crazy chickens that desperately need his help.




See Me Run by Paul Meisel

This high-energy pack of pups spends the day running around the park digging holes and rolling in mud. Wait till you see what they find!



For Older Readers


Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

A gracefully written tale of a stray dog that mends the hearts of a young girl and her father—and draws a community together




Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Billy, a young boy living in the Ozarks, achieves his heart’s desire when he becomes the owner of two redbone hounds and teaches them to be champion hunters.




A Dog’s Way Home by Bobbie Pyron

An utterly compelling story about an 11-year-old girl and her Shetland sheepdog who are separated by a tragic accident and must find their way back to each other.



All of these dog books (and many more!) are available through Scholastic Reading Club now! 


Bio About Author: Catherine Alexander is a managing editor of online copy at Scholastic Reading Club. She previously worked at Sesame Workshop. So yes, she has in fact met Big Bird.

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3 Responses

  1. Nancy O

    Yes, several favorites are here, of mine and my first grade class!

  2. Marsha

    Great list but where is Go, Dog, Go? Does this mean you do not like my hat?

    • Heather

      Of course we love Go, Dog. Go! (And Lassie and Shiloh and Carl…) Catherine only included a few of her favorites here and hoped that readers would add to the list with their own favorite dog stories!

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