For the Love of Dogs: 5 Good Dog Books for Kids
I love being a parent and one of my greatest joys when my girls were young was snuggling up in bed with them with a few good books. And like all families we had a number of favourites that we went back to time and time again. Not surprisingly, being the dog lovers that we are, they all have a common theme. So without further ado, here is our unofficial top 5 of great kids books about dogs.
Walter the Farting Dog
This is, without question, my girls all time favourite storybook. They never fail to drag it out to be read to them when their grandparents come over, just to see their reaction. I love it because it’s a sweet tale about a rather gassy dog rescued from the pound who puts his tuneful behind to good use. Let’s face it kids love the word “fart.” This book is a comedy slam dunk in their eyes. And best of all, there are several other titles in the Walter the Farting Dog series and a stuffed dog doll that actually farts when you squeeze him. Seriously, I'm not kidding.
Due to current circumstances in our life, our beloved dog Sam is not well, this and a few other books like it have been trotted out a lot lately to prepare our family for the loss. Who wouldn’t love the idea of their dog having endless fields to run in, dog beds made out of clouds and unlimited doggie treats? Although it brings a tear to my eye every single time I read it, we love this book for its comforting message and lovely pictures. The author has written a follow-up called “Cat Heaven,” for those worried about the afterlife of their cat.
I Got Two Dogs (Book and CD)
Did you know the actor John Lithgow, best known for playing alien Dick Solomon on Third Rock from the Sun, wrote children’s books? I didn’t either. Did you know he sings too? This guy is full of surprises. Okay so confession time, I bought this book as a gift for someone else’s child and it didn’t leave the house. The idea of hearing John Lithgow sing a song about dogs was too tempting, and I’m glad I gave in. The story is based on his two loveable, mischievous dogs and the pictures and music will have you laughing out loud. It’s definitely for a younger crowd, pre-K to grade one or two, but adorable! He’s also written children’s books about marsupials and manatees. All hail Dick Solomon!
Hound from the Pound
This was a bedtime favourite with my girls in their younger days. The artwork is just lovely and the rhyming text make it a fun and easy read. It’s the heartwarming tale of a lonely woman who adopts a basset hound named Blue and the chaos that ensues. There really is just something about basset hounds that make them so appealing, between their howl, long ears and drooping jowls I’m a goner. And you can so tell that this book was written by a dog lover.
Before You Were Mine
Why do so many of these darned books make me cry? All three of our girls are adopted, so our library is liberally peppered with adoption themed stories. I picked this one on a whim while looking for some not in your face adoption storybooks and was pleasantly surprised. It’s a simple story about a young boy wondering about the life his dog had before his family adopted him from a dog shelter. Was he a bad puppy? Did he get treated badly? Did no one love him? Oh no, I’m crying again. Don’t worry it ends on a lovely note. This book is so good on so many levels and will have you hugging your children and running to the closest animal shelter to adopt as many dogs as is humanly possible.
So there you have it, our family’s unofficial top five great dog books for kids. If you love dogs and love reading with your children I guarantee that you won’t be disappointed with any of these picks. Happy reading!