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10 Delightful Dog Books Perfect for Young Children

Posted about 26 days ago by Patti L

Posted in 101 Picture Book Challenge, Children and Parenting, eBooks and Audiobooks, Fiction, Graphic Novels and Poetry and Movies and Music | Tagged with Children's Stories, dogs - fiction, early literacy, humorous books for kids, pets and picture books

Harry the dog likes everything, except baths, so he runs away from home. But does he really want to give up a warm home and loving family?

Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion

Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion

Harry has many fun adventures in town, and manages to become so dirty, he no longer looks like a white dog with black spots. He becomes hungry and tired, and heads for home, hoping his family does not think he really ran away. But once home, his family does not recognize this black dog with white spots! How will Harry prove he’s their dog? Published originally in 1956 in black and white, this delightful book was re-released in 2002 with color added by the original illustrator, Margaret Bloy Graham.

Three more “Harry” books are listed below, along with other fun dog books.

This book and many more are part of the 101 Picture Book Challenge.

Audience:

Ages 4-8 | Grades Preschool - 3

Check it out from the Library:

Picture book | Playaway Bookpack | Braille

DVD | eAudio (English) | eAudio (Spanish)

More Great Dog Books to Read With Your Kids

The books below are perfect for ages 4-8 or preschool through grade 2.

No Roses for Harry by Gene Zion

No Roses for Harry by Gene Zion

Harry the dog finds a graceful way to dispose of his new sweater with roses on it.

Harry and the Lady Next Door by Gene Zion

Harry and the Lady Next Door by Gene Zion

Harry the dog goes to fantastic lengths to make his neighbor stop singing.

Harry by the Sea by Gene Zion

Harry by the Sea by Gene Zion

When a wave washes over a dog and covers him with seaweed, he is mistaken for a sea monster.

It’s Only Stanley by Jon Agee

It’s Only Stanley by Jon Agee

Very strange noises that keep awakening the Wimbledon family one night have an even stranger source.

Also available in Read-along eVideo and eAudiobook via hoopla.

Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell

Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell

Emily Elizabeth describes the activities she enjoys with her very big red dog and how they take care of each other.

Good Dog Carl and the Baby Elephant by Alexandra Day

Good Dog Carl and the Baby Elephant by Alexandra Day

Beloved children's icon Good Dog, Carl has his paws full with a mischievous baby elephant who likes backyard wading pools, playgrounds and fruit stands!

Bark, George by Jules Feiffer

Bark, George by Jules Feiffer

George cannot bark but his mother is determined to teach him how to sound like the dog he is.

Also available in eVideo from hoopla.

Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann

Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann

The children at Napville Elementary School always ignore Officer Buckle’s safety tips, until a police dog named Gloria accompanies him when he gives his safety speeches.

Chewey Louie by Howie Schneider

Chewy Louie by Howie Schneider

A family may have to get rid of their new pet, a cute puppy that eats everything in sight, including toys, bowls, and porches.

Dog Books for Kids (Ages 4-8) - Printable List


What is the 101 Picture Book Challenge?

101 Picture Book Challenge - Toledo Lucas County Public Library

The 101 Picture Book Challenge is for anyone at any age. Librarians hand picked the titles on the list which includes classics, new titles and everything in between.

To get started, register online. You can track your progress online or if you prefer a paper log booklet, pick one up at your neighborhood Library. The books are organized into categories, but you can read the books in any order and at your own pace. When you read all 101 titles, you earn a free picture book (while supplies last).

This is the latest in a series of blog posts exploring some of the things we love about these books.

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