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Do you know that dogs are one of the most popularly featured animals in children’s books?  It’s true!  Authors such as Norman Bridwell (“Clifford the Red Dog”), Eric Hill (“Where’s Spot”) and Cynthia Rylant (“Henry and Mudge”) have used their talents over the years to create cuddly, sweet tales focusing on pooches as the celebrated character.  What has kept these stories in constant circulation for multiple generations?  For starters, approximately 78 million people who are living in the United States own a dog, which is around 44% of our country’s total households.  That’s means about HALF of all families are doggie lovers, making these furry creatures America’s preferred pet!  Many of our most beloved illustrators and writers are keen on this fact and work to please readers by replicating images of dogs and puppies in their work.  By offering zany adventures mixed with “feel good” story lines, both kids and adults won’t be able to resist the tug on their heartstring as they follow page after page of adorable dogs.  Selecting picture books focusing on pups is also a wonderful way to prepare little ones for the adoption of a pet.  By sifting through stories, kids can gain a better sense of the animal’s behavior, playtime and nose for curiosity, which will aid in the planning for the newest family member’s arrival!  If you are about to adopt a dog or just looking for a bit of cuteness overload, try checking out these titles ranging from toddlers all the way up to upper elementary grades!


“Paw Friendly” books perfect for Babies to Pre-K:

“Doggies” by Sandra Boynton

“Where’s Spot” by Eric Hill

“The Pokey Little Puppy” by Janette Sebring Lowrey

“How Rocket Learned to Read” by Tad Hills

“Biscuit Goes to School” by Alyssa Capucilli



“Paw Friendly” books perfect for K- Grade 2:

“Mr. Putter and Tabby Walk the Dog” by Cynthia Rylant

“Good Dog Carl” by Alexandra Day

“Oh No, George!” by Chris Haughton

“Bark George” by Jules Feiffer

“Harry the Dirty Dog” by Gene Zion


“Paw Friendly” books perfect for Grades 3-4:

“Because of Wynn Dixie” by Kate Dicamillo

“Risby” by Beverly Cleary

“Dogman” by Dav Pilkey

“Fenway and Hattie” by Victoria Coe

“Shiloh” by Phyllis Naylor



“Paw Friendly” books perfect for Grades 4-5:

“Checked” by Cynthia Kadohata

“The Call of the Wild” by Jack London

“Where the Red Fern Grows” by Wilson Rawls

“Elvis and the Underdogs” by Jenny Lee

“Pax” by Sara Pennypacker