Year End Dog Books - Books for Dogs, about Dogs, and with Dogs
Another year has come and gone and, listening to NPR reminds us here at DogEvals that we need to talk about “The Year in Dog Books.” In 2016, DogEvals posted 48 book/DVD reviews, 44 of them about dogs, and 4 of the non-dog type that we just couldn’t resist reading – and when we read, we review! (We also posted about and compared new and wonderful leashes and events and other ‘things’ of the ‘K9 Kind!’)
It’s hard to read only books published in the current year (many are published late in the year), and we never manage to do just that for several reasons. Added to that dilemma are the reviews written in the past and then misplaced - only to be found in 2016! (Canine Behavior, for one. Our apologies.)
But enough excuses. Here is our list of books in approximate order of merit and by category. Enjoy!
Today’s category: Children’s Dog Books
Next: Non-Dog Books
Children’s Dog Books
Saving Audie: A Pit Bull Puppy Gets a Second Chance, by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent (author of The Right Dog For The Job), Bloomsbury, 2011, $16.99, 48 pages, ages 4-8)
A beautiful book about saving dogs who turn out to be so worth it!
Go To Sleep, Monty, by Kim Geyer (Andersen Press, 2015, 32 pp, $17.99, ages Pre-school to Kindergarten)
Delightful story to show children how to parent a dog.
The Tale of Rescue, by Michael Rosen with illustrations by Stan Fellows (Candlewick Press, 2015, 103 pages, $14.99, ages 10 and up, grades 5 and up)
How a dog saves a family and what happens years later.
Bailey at the Museum, by Harry Bliss (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012, 32 pages, ages 3-5, $16.99)
DogEvals loves all the Bailey books and so will you.
Tuesday Takes Me There:The Healing Journey of a Veteran and His Service Dog, by Luis Montalvan (Macmillan, 40 pages, 2016, $15.29, grades K – Grade 4)
Luis and his service dog, Tuesday, travel by bus, ferry, plane, etc.
Trouble withTrolls, written and illustrated by Jan Brett (Putnam Penguin, 2003, 32 pages, $16.99, Preschool to Grade 3)
Fun story about a Scandinavian girl and her dog – and the terrible trolls – with exciting illustrations.
The Digging-est Dog, by Al Perkins (Random House, 1967 [hardback] and 2006 [paperback revival], 72 pages, $8.99, Preschool to Grade 2)
Nice story for little kids with a twisty end.
A Perfect Day for Digging, by Cari Best with illustrations by Christine Davenier (Two Lions, 2014, 39 pages, $17.99, ages Preschool – Grade 1)
A girl likes to dig but a boy doesn’t. How can a dog help?
The First Dog, written and illustrated by Jan Brett (Putnam Penguin, 1988, 32 pages, $17.99, ages 4-7)
Fantastic illustrations and a story of how a wolf befriends a boy, thus setting the stage for the dog.
Lady Louise: TheAdventure Begins, by Karen Petit (Karen Petit Books, 68 pages, 2015, $19.95, ages 3-8 – just right for an older child to read to a younger sibling)
Lady Louise is a poodle for little girls.
Because of Bentley, by Loren Spiotta-DiMare with Diane Zdrodowski (J. PacePublications, 2015, 28 pages, $18, ages 7-9)
A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel becomes a therapy dog.
You Wouldn’t Want To Live Without Poop, by Alex Woolf (Salariya Book Company, $8.42 paperback, 32 pages, 2016, 8-17 years!)
Fun series of books with information for school reports.