Get your paws on your pen and write National Dog Day on August 26, 2011. This list has some great books for National Dog day or Dog or Pet theme lesson plans too.
Whether you are searching for children’s books for story time for your preschool or elementary school lessons plans, looking for some dog gone good books to celebrate National Dog Day or searching for a gift for a young dog lover, here’s a list of teacher-picked, kid-approved children’s books on dogs.
Following the furry footsteps of John Grogan’s best selling Memoir, Marley & Me and the Marley & me movie starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Anniston, there’s also a children’s book by John Grogan featuring the exasperating but lovable Marley the dog titled Bad Dog, Marley. As a bonus there is an I Can Read Book 1, Marley & Me: Meet Marley by Natalie Engel.
Circle Dogs, written by Kevin Henkes and illustrated by Dan Yaccarino offers fun text and pictures. It has lots of repeated words perfect for preschool audiences or beginning readers. Here’s a sample:
“Circle dogs like circle snacks- crunch, crunch, crunch-right from your hand.”
“And then they like to sleep and sleep and sleep and sleep.”
Find out what constitutes a Five Dog Night while reading about Ezra, his five dogs and his neighbor Betty. This was inspired by a true story of how a man from Vermont stayed warm in winter.
My Dog Lyle expresses the sentiment of what every child knows- that their dog is really extraordinary. This cute story by Jennifer P. Goldfinger is lots of fun to read with lots of kid-attractive words like “snuggle, smart, howling, burping, slurping, stinky-pink, bouncing and shaking.”
Bertie Was a Watchdog by Rick Walton, illustrated by Arthur Robins is the fun story of a watchdog that may not be exactly what you’d expect. Kids cheer for this story where the little guy wins.
Older kids will enjoy reading about Bonin, a dog so tiny he could sit in a teapot, and other dogs and pets in Wackiest White House Pets by Gibbs Davis and illustrated by David A. Johnson. The is 48 page book isn’t a good read aloud candidate but independent readers will find it full of facts and fun and as well as learning about dogs they may pick up a little American History too.
Let’s Get a Pup Said Kate is a fun family story about a little girl who desperately wants a puppy. When the family visits the pound there’s a sweet puppy and wonderful older dog too. Which one will they take home? This one has a surprising and very happy ending.
Don’t forget the series of some of young kid’s favorite dogs like Spot, written by Eric Hill and Clifford the Big Red Dog, written by Joe Faust.
Follow Carl by Alexandra Day is a beautifully illustrated children’s book. Now there’s a whole series of Carl books including Carl Goes to Daycare and Carl’s Summer Vacation.
So run on over the your local library, local bookstore or Amazon.com and get your paws on some great children’s books for National Dog Day.