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June 1, 2016

If I Only Had a Dog

We never had a dog growing up. My grandparents had a beagle, and my great-grandma had a small dog named Tag, but there was never a dog living in our house. As an adult, I understand why. (By the time I was ten, there were five children in the family and my dad’s job had us packing boxes to move every few years.) But as a child, it felt like the Scott kids were being excluded from a universal experience.

It’s no wonder that some of my favorite childhood stories feature dogs or that some of those books still have a place of honor on my bookshelf. Here three of my favorites.


Clifford the Big Red Dog: I’ll admit, I dreamed of being Emily Elizabeth. Who could resist daydreaming about having a loyal friend so big nobody would ever bother you– and so loving you’d always have a very best friend?


Henry Huggins: I’ve mentioned before that Beverly Clearly’s books have a special place in my heart. I’m sure part of it is the relationship between Henry and Ribsy. I still have fantasies about bringing home a stray dog who becomes my BFF.


Harry the Dirty Dog: As a young reader, I loved this story of Harry and his mischievous ways because I empathized with this little dog. More than once, I’d gotten into trouble because my mom told me not to get dirty…and I headed straight to make mudpies!


You can find more books about dogs (and their people) online at scholastic.com/clubs now!





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