Loving Literature: Books About Dogs

We all know about Clifford, Biscuit and The Poky Little Puppy.
But, there are many more fun books about dogs. So, for your puppy loving kids are are some favorites that we have found lately.

The Great Gracie Chase: Stop that Dog! by Cynthia Rylant is a fun romp around town led by Gracie, who’s usually a quiet little dog. When the painters come and put her outside, she decides to run off and soon has the whole town chasing after her. She runs and runs until no one can keep up with her. My girls loved Gracie’s spunk and Mark Teague’s illustrations are well suited to the action in the book. It is a great read aloud choice!


Fergus is a little guy who can be just a bit naughty. But, like all dogs, we love him anyway! Good Boy, Fergus! by David Shannon is a fun story. Through the illustrations, we see Fergus’s day and through the words we hear what Fergus must hear as he goes about his day getting in all sorts of trouble. This has long been a favorite at our house and has been sitting in the bookshelf since my oldest was a baby.

Some Dog! by Mary Casanova is the story of George, a basset hound, who is well-loved and lives a quiet life. Then one day, Zippity, a stray dog, shows up and just like his name, jumps, bounces, runs around and is quite loud. Zippity disrupts George’s life and George even grows a bit jealous of the attention Zippity gets. Then one day, Zippity runs off in the middle of a thunderstorm and it’s time for George to save the day. George is a very lovable fellow and we enjoyed reading about his feelings and his loyalty as well as watching him learn to be friends with Zippity.


Sit, Truman! by Dan Harper is perfect for even the youngest dog lover. The words are few, but the story is in the illustrations of Truman, a big, lovable Mastiff. My girls fell in love instantly with Truman while they watched him go about his day. Pick this one up and when you’re done, you’ll want to find a dog to hug!

These are just a few of the great dog books we have found recently. Do your kids have a dog book they love?

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Terri is a writer and mom of two elementary-aged girls. She has a passion for learning and is always looking for ways to make learning fun. You can find her at Better Than Homework where she shares fun learning activities or Creative Family Fun where she shares art, craft, and family fun ideas.

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