15 Wonderful Children’s Books About Dogs You Probably Forgot Existed

Written by: Dr. Katy Nelson

March 27, 2014

It’s pretty much common knowledge that children and dogs are an unbeatable combination. It’s a double-whammy of cuteness and unconditional love.

We’ve rounded up 15 of our favorite children’s books about dogs. Some of them have characters you remember, others are ones you may have forgotten and will be thrilled to meet all over again. Either way, these tales tails are ones you’ll want to read again and again.

1. “Where’s Spot?” by Eric Hill

Although he was later developed into a television show, Spot got his start on the pages of his very own book series.

spot the dog

2. “Clifford the Big Red Dog” by Norman Birdwell

Although Clifford was the runt of the litter, the love of his littlest owner, helps him grow and grow and grow.


3. “Biscuit” by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

This pint-sized book tells the story puppy parents know all too well – bedtime equals snack time, play time, basically anything but go to sleep time.

biscuit dog

4. “Henry and Mudge” by Cynthia Rylant

On a street without other kids to play with, Henry finds companionship with the lovable (and slobbery) 180-pound Mudge.

Henry and Midge

5. “The Poky Little Puppy” by Janette Sebring Lowrey

A true classic from the 1940’s, this curious, adventurous little puppy has been loved for generations.


6. “Big Dog…Little Dog” by P.D. Eastman

You really can never go wrong with a mismatched friendship duo. Ted and Fred are no exception.


7. “Just Me and My Puppy” by Mercer Mayer

No one ever forgets their first puppy…or the amount of trouble and work the little fur ball can be. But you also never forget how looking into their adorable little face made it all worth it.

8. “My Dog Skip” by Willie Morris

This memoir encapsulates the love of a boy and his dog and their never-ending adventures in small-town America.

9. “The Incredible Journey” by Sheila Burnford

This is the O.G. Homeward Bound ya’ll. The most inspiring story of the unbreakable bond between animals and their family that no distance can destroy.


10. “Shiloh” by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Not only will you love the beagle puppy, Shiloh, but his kind-hearted rescuer will win your heart. He may be young, but he still shows readers the very best of human nature.

11. “Where the Red Fern Grows” by Wilson Rawls

The dynamic trio of Billy and his two coon hound companions provides a tale full of teamwork and mutual devotion. Make sure you have tissues handy for this one.

12. “The Call of the Wild” by Jack London

This book follow the harrowing story of Buck who is transported from his life as a pet and sent to Alaska to become a sled dog where he must adapt quickly in order to survive.

13. “Old Yeller” by Fred Gipson

Travis soon learns that appearances can be deceiving and that the stray dog he takes for a rascal has a fierce sense of loyalty and is committed to protecting his new family.

14. “Because of Winn-Dixie” by Kate DiCamillo

The endearing story of a rescued pup who journeys with her young owner as she discovers the beauty of friendship, the strength of a community, and the importance of healing.


15. “The Phantom Tollbooth”

The enchanting story of the adventures of a bored and imaginative 10-year-old and his watchdog, Tock.

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Written by: Dr. Katy Nelson

March 27, 2014

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