Dogs are often regarded as man’s best friend, and their companionship knows no bounds. For kids, developing a love for dogs can be an enchanting journey filled with joy and learning. Whether it’s a heartwarming tale of friendship or an educational book on dog breeds, there are plenty of dog books out there to captivate young readers. Here, we present a curated list of 12 of the best dog books for kids:
- “Go, Dog. Go!” by P.D. Eastman
This classic book takes readers on an exciting adventure with various dogs engaging in all sorts of activities. With simple yet engaging illustrations and repetitive phrases, this book is perfect for beginner readers.
- “Clifford the Big Red Dog” by Norman Bridwell
This lovable series follows the adventures of Clifford, a larger-than-life red dog. Kids will be drawn to Clifford’s kindness and the valuable lessons he teaches through his misadventures.
- “Harry the Dirty Dog” by Gene Zion
Harry is a white dog with black spots who hates taking baths. This heartwarming story follows his adventures as he tries to avoid his dreaded baths. Kids will love Harry’s mischievous behavior and will learn about the importance of cleanliness.
- “Biscuit” by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Biscuit, a small, curious puppy, embarks on various playful adventures in this delightful series. Filled with simple text and charming illustrations, Biscuit’s escapades will keep young readers engaged.
- “The Poky Little Puppy” by Janette Sebring Lowrey
This beloved Golden Book tells the tale of a mischievous little puppy who likes to explore. Children will learn about the consequences of disobedience as they follow the Poky Little Puppy’s adventures.
- “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon
Geared towards older children, this novel tells the story of Christopher, a 15-year-old boy with Asperger’s syndrome, who sets out to unravel the mystery of a neighbor’s murdered dog. It’s an engaging and thought-provoking read that explores empathy and understanding.
- “Because of Winn-Dixie” by Kate DiCamillo
This heartwarming novel revolves around Opal, a young girl who finds solace in a stray dog she names Winn-Dixie. Together, they form unlikely friendships while dealing with loss and finding the beauty in everyday life.
- “Dog Man” by Dav Pilkey
This comic book series follows the escapades of Dog Man, a canine crime-fighting superhero. With humorous illustrations and engaging characters, this series is sure to entertain young readers.
- “Where the Red Fern Grows” by Wilson Rawls
A beloved classic, this book tells the story of Billy and his two hounds as they embark on hunting adventures. It’s a timeless tale that showcases the bond between humans and dogs.
- “A Dog’s Purpose” by W. Bruce Cameron
This heartwarming novel follows the life of a dog named Bailey as he reincarnates into different dogs’ bodies. With themes of love, loyalty, and the meaning of life, this book is an emotional rollercoaster.
- “Shiloh” by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
In this Newbery Medal-winning novel, a young boy named Marty befriends a mistreated dog named Shiloh. Together, they face challenges and learn important lessons about responsibility and compassion.
- “Wishbone Classics: Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens and Joanne Mattern
This retelling of Charles Dickens’s classic novel features Wishbone, a Jack Russell Terrier, as the narrator. Kids will enjoy this unique perspective as they delve into the gripping tale of Oliver Twist.
These 12 dog books for kids offer a wide range of engaging stories, teaching valuable lessons about friendship, responsibility, and empathy. Whether your child is a dog enthusiast or just beginning to explore the fascinating world of canines, these books are sure to capture their hearts and imaginations. So, go ahead and embark on an inspiring journey with these fabulous dog books – a treat for both young readers and dog lovers alike!