Is your child a dog lover? Or maybe you're thinking of adding a new dog to the family? Perhaps he or she is a little nervous around dogs? Or maybe you just want some new and interesting ideas on books to read. Whatever the case may be, these books about dogs are sure to catch the interest of your young reader.
1. Uh-Oh, Rollo!
Your children will be delighted and entertained by the escapades of Rollo, a lovable, mischievous bulldog, making this one of their favorite go-to series.
2. The Poky Little Puppy
Originally written by Janette Sebring Lowrey, this is the best-selling children's book of all time! Introduce your children to this classic tale today!
3. Stormy: A Story About Finding a Forever Home
As the old saying goes, "A picture is worth a thousand words," and nowhere is that more true than in this picture book about Stormy, a lonely, abandoned puppy who a woman finds hiding in a park.
4. A Ball for Daisy
Caldecott Medal Books never disappoint. This award-winning book explores what it is like to have and to lose through Daisy learning that her favorite toy, her ball, has been destroyed. Raschka helps children work through these complicated emotions with Daisy.
5. Top Puppies: German Shepherd Puppies
This non-fiction children's book will grab the attention of your young reader as they learn about America's favorite search-and-rescue dog. Teach your children all about German Shepherds and then move on to their books on other well-known breeds.
6. The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto (Step-Into-Reading)
This is the true story of Balto, a lead dog of a sled team who needs to get medicine for sick children. Will Balto be able to find his way through a blinding snowstorm to save the day?
7. White Star: A Dog on the Titanic
As far as books for children go, White Star is one of the best at teaching children about true love and resilience by telling the story of a boy and his dog on the Titanic.
8. No Roses for Harry!
Harry, a white dog with black spots, is the center of Gene Zion's beloved series. In this book, Harry receives a sweater emblazoned with roses, which he is not thrilled about! Children will love Harry's reaction to this handmade gift.
9. Lassie Come-Home
Most parents can remember the sweet story of Lassie, whether it be through reading this classic story or from watching the beloved family show. Teach your children the story of Lassie, a collie who is determined to make her way back to her family, no matter the odds stacked against her.
10. Bone Dog
This picture book by Eric Rohmann is a delightfully spooky story that takes place on Halloween and covers the topics of loss, friendship, and everlasting love.
11. The Call of the Wild
Introduce your child to the classic story of Buck as he is thrown into being a sled dog during the Alaskan gold rush. Draw your children in by watching the movie trailer to the 2020 film adaptation here!
While not about a dog, Pax--a fox--is still a beloved canine character. This contemporary classic touches on issues surrounding war, distance, and adventure. Full of graphic illustrations, this entire story will touch and enthrall the entire family.
13. A Night at the Animal Shelter
This touching book follows five dogs as they are left alone at the animal shelter on Christmas Eve. From a Golden Retriever to a three-legged Chihuahua, these touching characters will have the whole family laughing and crying.
14. Old Yeller
This teacher recommended novel is a must-read for all families. Set in the wilderness of Texas, this is a story of love and courage, and it will have readers both laughing and crying.
15. Journey: Based on the True Story of OR7, the Most Famous Wolf in the West
This powerful picture book for kids tracks Journey, the first wild wolf in California in a very long time. The graphic illustrations in this book help the reader feel like they truly know this canine character.
16. Dusty (Rescue Dogs #2)
If your child is interested in natural disasters, they will love this story of Dusty, an unassuming search-and-rescue dog who aides during a devastating earthquake.
17. The Last Dogs: The Vanishing
If you're looking for a series that will draw your child in from the beginning, look no further. In a world without humans, dogs must be the true heroes.
18. Strongheart: Wonder Dog of the Silver Screen
This story based on true events and the life of Etzel, a beloved German Shepherd, will draw your young reader in both with its compelling story and its wonderful illustrations.
19. A Stone for Sascha
The Biscuit series will draw all young readers in, as they will all fall in love with Biscuit and his adventures!
21. Goldy the Puppy and the Missing Socks
Ever wonder where those missing socks are? Goldy the Puppy knows!
22. Big Dog . . . Little Dog
Find out how opposites attract and can be best friends in this heartwarming, Dr. Seuss-like book!
23. The Stray Dog
The main characters in this story are surprised to find animal control looking for their new friend. Discover what happens to "Willy".
24. Scout: National Hero
Jennifer Li Shotz does not disappoint in her second canine story, this time about a dog who joins the National Guard.
25. The Hundred and One Dalmatians
Introduce your children to the classic tale of Cruella De Vil and her evil ways!
26. Because of Winn-Dixie
This classroom must-have is the story of the transforming power of the love of a dog.
27. The Poet's Dog
The Newberry Medal-winning author does not disappoint in this story that teaches young people about loss and healing a broken heart.
28. Madeline Finn and the Library Dog
A Children's Book of the Year winner and a Parents' Choice recommended book, all dog lovers should read this book.
29. Dog Man
Children who love graphic novels will love this series following the adventures of a hero who is half dog, half man.
30. Clifford the Big Red Dog
When creating a list of classic dog books, Clifford is always near the top. Pass along the love of this big red dog to your kids!