Books About Dogs for Kids

Dogs and kids make a magical pair! Whether or not your child has a dog of their own, they are bound to love this collection of books about dogs for kids.

Dogs and kids make a magical pair! Whether or not your child has a dog of their own, they are bound to love this collection of books about dogs for kids. #kidlit #picturebooks

Picture Books about Dogs for Kids

If you own a dog, you will LOVE Ragweed’s Farm Dog Handbook. This little dog reminds me so much of our puppy, Cali. Ragweed makes our entire family laugh.

Explore the streets of Paris with Mancuso’s charming Hudson. Hudson and the Puppy is the third book in this series. It came out recently, and my kids love our review copy. My children also enjoyed reading Paris-Chien (chien is French for dog) and Hudson in Provence

Can I Be Your Dog? is an adorable new picture book featuring a dog who writes out looking for an owner. Don’t worry, it has a happy ending!

Children will look forward to bedtime if Mom or Dad reads
Sky’s Amazing Dream. This is the first children’s book by bestselling author Mark Stevens about his Golden Retriever named Sky. 365 days a year, Mark and Sky, whom he lovingly calls the “Boy,” take their morning walk through rain, sleet or snow. Thank you, Carol S., for recommending this book!

Good Dog, Carl is a lovable imaginative classic. It’s a great example of a realistic fantasy fiction picture book.

Greyfriars Bobby is such a famous loyal little dog that you will find a Greyfriars Bobby statue, monument, and museum exhibit in Edinburgh – Scotland’s capital city.

Dog Themed Chapter Books Kids Love

For whatever reason, chapter books about dogs tend to be tear-jerkers. Maxi’s Secrets is no exception. This is my personal favorite dog themed chapter book. It touches on a lot of issues that middle grade through high school children (and adults) will identify with, including:

  • Moving to a new place and being the new kid.
  • Not fitting in.
  • Working through snap judgments (your own as well as those of others).
  • Doing and saying the wrong thing – and then having to figure out how to make things right again.

This beautifully written book features a fascinating and diverse range of characters. Read this book!

Beverly Cleary’s Ribsy captures the relationship between a dog and a child beautifully.

While not exactly high quality literature, the Magic Puppy series are great at engaging early readers who are just moving into chapter books.

No dog list is complete without the heartbreaking story of Where the Red Fern Grows. Old Yeller falls into this same category for me.

books about dogs for kids

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