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The best childern's books about dogs (Review) in 2021

1: Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

From the man who brought captain underpants to our shelves comes a new hero. Dog man is hero to sniff out crime and bring crminals like his archemensis, petey the cat to justice. But the series is not just about the crime and doing good for the sake of it. The message beyond the surface of book is that its ok to be yourself.From the man who brought captain underpants to our shelves comes a new hero. Dog man is hero to sniff out crime and bring crminals like his archemensis, petey the cat to justice. But the series is not just about the crime and doing good for the sake of it. The message beyond the surface of book is that its ok to be yourself.From the man who brought captain underpants to our shelves comes a new hero. Dog man is hero to sniff out crime and bring crminals like his archemensis, petey the cat to justice. But the series is not just about the crime and doing good for the sake of it. The message beyond the surface of book is that its ok to be yourself.

2: Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Because of Winn Dixie may not have the look of your typical modern book. But its a classic tale that slightly older kids will enjoy reading again and again. The story follows 10 years old opal, who ventures out to a grocery store for food, but comes back home, with a dog at her heels, little does she know, this dog isn’t like other dogs.Because of Winn Dixie may not have the look of your typical modern book. But its a classic tale that slightly older kids will enjoy reading again and again. The story follows 10 years old opal, who ventures out to a grocery store for food, but comes back home, with a dog at her heels, little does she know, this dog isn’t like other dogs.

3: The pokky little puppy by Jannette Sebring Lowrey

One of the twelwe golden books originally published in 1942, the pokky little puppy is story of one of five little puppies who decided to dig little holes under a fence and go on an adventure. This is a simple story great for reading to babies and toddlers who can handle just a pinch of excitement before they go to sleep.

This tale is considered one of time less classics, its detailed in that you can see the care and time that went into every page, even the story is not long or complicated.

4: Where is the spot? By Eric Hill

Now, this is the story that today’s younger parents may remember reading when they were chideren themeselves. This is the edition Where is the spot? is perfect for the kids that like playing peek-a-boo and hide and seek. because there are flaps in the book that they can lift and see if spot the dog is lurking around that page.

Its a great interactive book that toddlers find delightful. Spot is a childhood delight he’ll be many years to come.

5: Go , dog go by P.D Eastman

Covering a broader age range for children that are out of their toddling stage and want to start being more independent, Go, Dog. Go! uses just 75 words throughout its pages to lead it’s reader through a tale of dogs riding different vehicles. The great thing about this book is that it can help teach your children more vehicle vocabulary, while still retaining some silly phrases and good rhymes that make it easy for kids to read this alone.

Recommended ages: 3 to 7 years

6: Doggies by Sandra Boyton

Make no mistake, this is not the kind of book that you should buy for your 7-year old. Though it’s advertised for all ages, this is a book about counting and learning what different sounds a dog makes. The best audience for Doggies is certainly a baby or toddler that you can read to or teach them how to join in, respectively.

Doggies is a simple, quick book to entertain a young mind.Great for getting a start on your child’s education.

Recommended ages: 0 to 3 years

7: Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion

Recognized as one of the top 100 children’s books by the national education association, Harry is a white dog with black spots that becomes so dirty that he turns into a black dog with a handful of white patches – all because he didn’t want to take a bath and decided to go out and plan, instead! When he returns home after his day of adventure, his human family doesn’t recognize him at first!

It’s a comedic story about a dog that hates baths so much that he runs away. This could very well be something that one of your little ones related to, and they’ll see that having a bath isn’t so bad.

Illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham, who has also illustrated the other Harry dog book by Gene Zion.

Recommended ages: 4 to 8 years

8: Diary of a Pug by Kyla May

When Bub’s human Bella enters the Inventor Challenge, he help her create the best project possible. But when Nutz the squirrel comes around and gets Bub all frustrated, he accidentally ruins Bella’s project and challenges himself to face the things he doesn’t like to make sure Bella is smiling at the end of the day.

Recommended ages: 5 to 7 years

9: Clifford goes to Kindergarten by Norman Bridwell

A board book with thicker pages, perfect as a first book gift to give to your child. Big Dog….. Little Dog was first published in 1973, so it may very well be something that the parents of today’s young ones remember reading once upon a time. The book is a great lesson on comparing one thing to another, with plenty of contrasts between big and small, color, and more.

Recommended ages: 0 to 5 years

10: Big Dog Little Dog by P.D Eastman

Now, this is the story that today’s younger parents may remember reading when they were chideren themeselves. This is the edition Where is the spot? is perfect for the kids that like playing peek-a-boo and hide and seek. because there are flaps in the book that they can lift and see if spot the dog is lurking around that page.

Its a great interactive book that toddlers find delightful. Spot is a childhood delight he’ll be many years to come.

11: Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings

This is the kind of narrative that tugs on the heartstrings and helps kids understand that there are lots of dogs out there looking for their forever homes. It’s a great segway into adopting a dog , and the plot is told in a beautifully unique way . The dog in this tale is Arfy, a stray dog who lives on the streets while he waits for someone to take him home . This is the perfect opportunity to teach your kids about pet adoption, animal shelter facilities, and empathy.

Recommended ages: 3 to 7 years

12: How to Steal a Dog? by Barbara O'Connor

The title of this book about dog is one that might put parents off from buying it, but you should never judge a book by it’s cover and that saying is so true here. How to steal a dog is a book about a girl whose family is homeless and she is desperate to find a way to earn money so that they can have a real home again and her mom can work less. She spots a reward poster for a neighbor’s dog and plans to do something untoward, but her own morals quickly come into play.

A great piece for teaching kids about what’s right and wrong as they grow towards their teenage years.

Recommended ages: 8 to 12 years

13: 101 Dalmitations hardcover by Justin Korman

A piece of children’s literature that is almost as popular as it’s Disney film counterpart, 101 Dalmations is another Little Golden Book full of charming illustrations. Like many of the other published Little Golden Book available, 101 Dalmatians would be a great start to any child’s book collection and could be passed down the line as more kids join your extended family.

Age ages: 2 to 5 years

14: The Incredible Journey By Sheila Burnford

Follow a Labrador Retriever, Bull Terrier, and a Siamese cat through the Canadian wilderness in this tale of trust, instinct and family. Burnford’s book shows slightly older readers what being a best friend is all about while this unlikely trio takes a long walk home to their owner. There’s danger, drama, and something for everyone – even the adult reading it!

This is novel inspired Homeward Bound, so if your children enjoyed that, they’ll love the original book.

Recommended ages: 8 to 12 years

15: Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathman

A dramatic novel with a touch of coming book flare, this mystical tale is one of Peggy Rathman’s many stories. She’s know as a writer who has a knack for creating compelling storyline and real characters; which is certainly something she’s managed again in officer Buckle and Gloria. A great piece of children’s literature for teaching the “always take a buddy” lesson.

Recommended ages: 4 to 8 years

16: How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills

A New York Tim bestseller, this picture book Stars Rocket the dog and his teacher, who is a small yellow bird. The recommended Reading age range for this literary piece is perfect for the time that children start learning the alphabet and figuring out simple words. Read along with your little ones to make learning more fun for them.

Recommended ages: 3 to 7 years

17: Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio

A Bulldog learns that he’s not as different as he thinks he is. After spending time with other Bulldogs, he realizes that their home doesn’t feel like his home, and return to his sister – who are all poodles. This sweet story is great for families who have adopted or fostered and want to try to bring a message of love and belonging to their children.

Recommended ages: 4 to 8 years

18: Ribsy by Beverly Cleary

A book about a boy and his dog, there’s nothing more perfect in the genre of dog books! Risby is a curious dog who finds himself in the wrong place with the wrong kids but still manages to have his own adventures as he finds his way back to his boy. Henry. Along the way, he’ll get into plenty of mischief and even score a touchdown for one of the local high school teams!

Recommended ages: 8 to 12 years

19: City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems

A tale that represents two different people from two different places coming together to play games. City Dog meets Country Frog in the spring, and despite their differences, they play together again in summer. Even though one is a frog and the other is a dog, their friendship continues to evolve because they like playing together.

Recommended ages: 3 to 5 years

20: Dex. The Heart of a Hero by Caralyn Buehner

A narrative about a small dog with big dreams trying to find his own way in the world. Dex does his best to grow into the hero he’s always wanted to be, but the first cat he rescue makes fun of his size. It takes some time, but Dex eventually learns that being a hero isn’t about how big or strong he is; he’s already a hero, and he always was.

A good book to teach your kids that kindness is the most powerful thing a person can have.

Recommended ages: 4 to 8 years

21: Where the Red Furn Grows by Wilson Rawls

A tale about man and man’s best friend. Where the Red Fern Grows is another novel for older kids who are moving on to books that explore the world outside of their home and their school. Fans of Old Yeller will enjoy this narrative, which follows Billy and his team of hunting dogs as they make a name for themselves in their region. No one expects tragedy to strike in this incredibly emotional piece.

Where the Red Fern Grows understand where the perfect point is that a pre-teen book like this needs to hit. The themes are adult enough that the reader feels like they’re learning about the world, without touching on anything that would better fit a teen or YA novel. There are also several animal, which will typically keep a kid’s attention better than just reading about people.

Recommended ages: 8 to 12 years

22: Lassie-Come Home by Eric Knight

This is one of those stories that is suitable for all ages. A younger child may find it difficult to read without the assistance of any adults, but pre-teens and up shouldn’t find the text much of a hardship. Lassie Come-Home is an old and time-honored tale that highlights the love shared between a boy and his dog.

The novel is around 260 pages, so it could be a challenge for your child, but it’s a beautiful bedtime story that parents can easily read aloud and also enjoy while doing so .

Recommended ages: All

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