Thematic Reading List: Dogs- 15 Books About Dogs


Dog characters are no stranger to children’s literature- Biscuit, Clifford, Hank the Cowdog just to name a few. We have chosen a variety of books, suitable for ages 5 to 12, that show dogs in many distinct roles and situations. Many of the titles will provoke meaningful conversations about responsibility, loyalty, acceptance, and much more.






9781442451025 Gaston
By: Kelly DiPucchio

A proper bulldog raised in a poodle family and a tough poodle raised in a bulldog family meet one day in the park.

9780385383967 A Dog Wearing Shoes
By: Sangmi Ko

Mini finds a dog in the park wearing shoes but no collar and begs to keep him, but soon she realizes that whoever put the shoes on him loves the dog, as well.

9781592701728 Americanine: a haute dog in New York
By: Yann Kebbi

From Broadway to the subway, the Flatiron to Central Park, Americanine explores New York City from the ground up!

Captain Pug : the dog who sailed the seas
By: Laura James

Pug is going on a seafaring adventure. He’s had jam tarts for breakfast. He’s wearing a smart sailor suit. There’s just one problem. Pug is afraid of the water!

0062396781 Argos : the story of Odysseus as told by his loyal dog
By: Ralph Hardy

Retells the epic tale of Odysseus, the ancient Greek hero who encounters witches and other obstacles on his journey home after fighting in the Trojan War, told from the point of view of the steadfast companion who never gives up hope of his master’s safe return.

9781943328536 Sojo : memoirs of a reluctant sled dog
By: Pam Flowers

A sled dog on an Alaskan dog team relates her exciting adventures, including a trek across the Arctic with explorer Pam Flowers.

0062292625 The Poet’s Dog
By: Patricia MacLachlan

Teddy, a dog, leads siblings Nickel and Flora through a terrible snowstorm to shelter in a cabin, where he is flooded with memories of his deceased owner, the poet Sylvan.

9780807575369 Snow Dog, Sand Dog
By: Linda Joy Singleton

When Ally’s allergies prevent her from owning a pet dog, she uses her imagination to craft four-legged friends during each season, including a snow dog, flower dog, and leaf dog.

9781620311226 Dogs
By: Cari Meister

This photo-illustrated book for early readers tells how to take care of a pet dog.

9780399186417 Found Dogs
By: Erica Sirotich

Counts up ten dogs who are waiting in a shelter, then counts back down to one as each dog is adopted.

9780805099874 Won Ton and Chopstick: a cat and dog tale told in haiku
By: Lee Wardlaw

Won Ton and his boy are enjoying a fine life until “Doom” arrives–a dog that is smelly and steals his dinner, but soon the disgruntled cat learns that his new family member might have some good points, too.

9780802854513 The Dog That Nino Didn’t Have
By: Edward van de Vendel

Nino has a wonderful time playing with his imaginary dog until he gets a real one, and although the new dog does not always behave as he expects, Nino is still content.

9780375858635 Please Take Me for a Walk
By: Susan Gal

A dog gives many good reasons it likes to go for a walk–to chase away the neighbor’s cat, to greet people on the street, to watch guys shooting hoops, and to feel the wind lifting its ears.

0230704220 Dogs
By: Emily Gravett

Big dogs, small dogs, stripy dogs, spotty dogs. There are so many different kinds of dogs. How can anyone pick one type of dog to love the most?

9781554987269 The Missing Dog is Spotted
By: Jessica Scott Kerrin

Trevor and Loyola, paired together for a dog walking assignment, become friends as they try to track down a missing spotted dog.


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