Dog Books for Children: How to Get Your Young Dog Lover Reading
Shhh….come close because I’m going to tell you a secret. Don’t tell anyone. I like children’s books. I especially like children’s books about dogs. I am the obnoxious person in a bookstore who is always making recommendations to the people browsing.
If you have children in you life, or if you just want to sneak some juvenile reads for yourself, I have some recommendations for you.
Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant
There is a series of Henry and Mudge books, designed for beginning readers. They also make excellent read-alouds for younger children. With simplicity of language, Rylant still manages to convey excellent stories about a little boy and his big dog, Mudge.
Hank the Cowdog by John R. Erickson
The Hank the Cowdog series is probably my favorite dog series evah! Hank is the head of ranch security on a Texas ranch. I find Hank and his cowardly sidekick, Drover, to be bust-a-gut funny. These mystery books are particularly enjoyable for 8-11 year-olds and are a great way to get young boys reading.
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
This book was good enough to be turned into a lovely motion picture starring Jeff Daniels. I liked the book. I liked the movie. The book even won a Newbery Honor, Josette Frank Award and Mark Twain Award. It made the list of “Top 100 Chapter Books” in a poll conducted by the School Library Journal.
Because of Winn-Dixie is the tale of a lonely girl and the dog that helps change her life for the better. It’s a sweet, small town story that will have the reader laughing and crying.
Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary
You’ve got to love Beverly Cleary. She writes about childhood from a childlike perspective and makes me long for simpler times.
I also include Henry and Ribsy and Ribsy in my recommendation. The relationship between Henry and Ribsy, the stray dog he rescued, is charming. While some of the references are rather dated, these books hold up well.
Bunnicula by James Howe (the original books was co-authored by Howe’s late wife, Deborah Howe)
The Bunnicula series is written from the perspective of the Monroe family’s dog, Harold. When the family brings home a bunny, they name Bunnicula, Harold and Chester the cat, are convinced Bunnicula is vampire bunny. These mystery chapter books are sure to enchant any young animal lover.