National Dog Week

My dog Daise is my most needy fur-child. My other fur-children are cats (Sadie and Sophie), and they are much more independent than their Labrador sister. I enjoy taking Daise to doggy day-care and the dog-park, and as most of my co-workers know.. I spoil her all the time. In honor of Daise and dogs everywhere, I thought it would be appropriate to highlight National Dog Week, which actually happens the last week in September. I hope you enjoy these books focusing on a man’s (or woman’s) best friend!

A Dog’s Way Home by Bobbie Pyron. 2011.

Dog and animal lovers alike will enjoy A Dog’s Way Home for its heartwarming tale about Tam, a champion sheltie. On his way home from a competition, Tam is separated from “his girl” by a horrible accident. In order to locate Abby, Tam must learn new survival skills in order to endure his 400 mile journey. Kids will enjoy reading Abby and Tam’s perspectives in order to become more involved in this suspenseful story.

A Dazzling Display of Dogs by Betsy Franco. 2011.

Thirty-four dazzling poems chronicling the true nature of dogs will delight kids, adults and possibly even their canine companions! Laugh-out-loud poems intertwine with dynamic illustrations in order to capture the joyful spirit of dogs. One of my favorites involves one of the difficulties of car rides with furry companions:“The very worst part / without a doubt / is when Cassandra / makes a fart.” A wonderful read-aloud that is perfect for family sharing!

Charlie the Ranch Dog by Ree Drummond. 2011.

Have you ever wondered what life is like for a ranch dog? In this charming story, Charlie describes an average day at the ranch, accompanied by his furry friend Suzie. Children will enjoy the clever text with illustrations that depict Charlie gardening and helping his family out on the range. As an added bonus, make sure to find the chipmunk that is hidden on each page!

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