20 of the Best Dog Books for Kids

Dogs have received more recognition in children’s literature than any other animal, from amusing to charming, rowdy to sorrowful. Our top 20 dog books for kids cover everything from straightforward concept books to timeless masterpieces.

  1. Dogs by Emily Gravett (PreK–1)

Dogs of all breeds—from Great Danes to Chihuahuas, boxers to Dalmatians—provide the ideal setting for a novel that takes the opposite approach, with a surprise narrator revealed at the conclusion.

  1. Old Dog Baby Baby by Julie Fogliano (PreK–2)

On the kitchen floor, an aging dog is soundly dozing until a baby crawls over to play. Students will enjoy picturing the couple’s drool-splattered antics.

  1. The Great Puppy Invasion by Alastair Heim (PreK–2)

Who is adorable, cuddly, and incredibly unruly? An animal that is! Puppies arrive in Strictville in droves, causing a stir among the rule-followers neighborhood.

  1. Floaty by John Himmelman (PreK–2)

Caring for a dog that flies through the air has some unique challenges. This fresh take on the tale of the missing dog will delight young listeners.

  1. Fred Stays With Me by Nancy Coffelt (PreK–2)

A young girl must travel between her parents’ homes, but Fred, her dog, stays with her.

  1. Hello Goodbye Dog by Maria Gianferrari (PreK–2)

This tale illustrates the enormous benefits of a pet’s loyalty to its owner who uses a wheelchair. This article provides an overview of the subject of service dogs.

  1. The Great Gracie Chase: Stop That Dog! by Cynthia Rylant (K–2)

It isn’t easy to pick a favorite Cynthia Rylant dog, but Gracie is just too adorable. She wants some peaceful time, but havoc ensues when she chooses to go for a walk to find it.

  1. Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp (K–2)

Dogs provide confidence and comfort—occasionally even better than people! This touching account of a reader who struggled with confidence is a testimonial to the popularity of library dogs.

  1. Henry and Mudge: The First Book by Cynthia Rylant (K–2)

Of course, we can’t discuss dog literature without bringing up this legendary pair. Henry and Mudge consistently demonstrate what love is like.

  1. Amazing Dogs by Laura Buller (K–2)

With information about real-life brave, clever, and lovable dogs, this nonfiction book has just as much allure for novice readers as a narrative one.

  1. Barkus by Patricia MacLachlan (K–3)

We’re always happy to discover a brand-new, entertaining chapter book series. Enjoy this first chapter of a young girl and her adorable dog’s travels before reading Barkus Dog Dreams, the sequel.

  1. Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship by Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes (K–3)

This heartwarming tale of friendship and resiliency is recounted alternately from the perspectives of a young girl who recently underwent an amputation and a service dog. The authors’ experiences following the Boston Marathon bombing served as inspiration.

  1. The Other Dog by Madeleine L’Engle (K–3)

This narrative of Madeleine L’Engle’s daughter’s arrival, as narrated by L’Engle’s devoted poodle, will make readers grin.

  1. Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings (K–3)

Arfy wants to be loved by an owner. He starts a letter-writing campaign on Butternut Street since he is a resourceful pooch. The heart-warming conclusion emphasizes the magic of finding the ideal dog-owner match; also, this is a fantastic book to teach polite letter writing.

  1. “Let’s Get a Pup!” Said Kate by Bob Graham (K–3)

This inspirational book makes an excellent writing mentor text and is ideal for teaching comprehension techniques. Kate persuades her family to visit the animal shelter in hopes of rescuing a dog, but it turns out that they fall in love with two puppies instead.

  1. Good Rosie by Kate DiCamillo (K–3)

It might be challenging to make friends, whether a person or a dog. Young readers will enjoy this comic book-style book from one of our favorite authors.

  1. My Dog Mouse by Eva Lindstrom (K–4)

If you’re looking for a mentor text for personal narrative writing with a pet subject, look at this one. It portrays the straightforward incident of a young girl walking her neighbor’s dog in great detail.

  1. A Stone for Sascha by Aaron Becker (K–4)

Losing a cherished dog is often a child’s introduction to sadness. This heart-breaking wordless story beautifully conveys the pain of losing a pet and presents a positive view of moving on without forgetting.

  1. The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan (2–5)

This heart-warming story is told by Teddy, a dog who recently lost his elderly owner. Now living alone in his owner’s cottage, he saves two kids who are trapped in a winter storm and discovers the therapeutic value of friendship.

  1. Hero Dogs by Mary Quattlebaum (2–5)

Kids who love animals will be captivated by these three real tales of brave puppies, which come with fantastic images and information.

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