Episode 53: Books About Dogs

April 23, 2023

In episode 53 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

Books About Dogs

Who doesn’t love books featuring dogs? This week, Megan and Allison share their favourite books about dogs, from picture books to books for teens, plus a big list of recommendations from the YKNR community.

Plus, Allison has tips for writing animal characters and Megan has hints for staying the course with home readers.


Books we mention

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Bookmail and TBR pile

‘Grace Back on Court’ by Maddy Proud

‘Skandar and the Unicorn Thief’ by A. F. Steadman 

‘The School for Good and Evil: Rise of the School for Good and Evil’ by Soman Chainani

‘Family of Liars’ by Emily Lockhart

‘Old Fellow’ by Christopher Cheng. Illustrated by Liz Anelli

Books About Dogs  

Books about dogs for kids of all ages, from picture books to middle-grade novels.


Picture Books About Dogs

‘Hairy Maclary From Donaldson’s Dairy’ by Lynley Dodd

‘Harry The Dirty Dog’ by Gene Zion

‘The New Dog’ by Chris McKimmie

‘Three’ by Stephen Michael King

‘Let’s Get A Pup’ by Bob Graham

‘Fearless’ by Colin Thompson

‘Big Dog, Little Dog’ by Sally Rippin

‘My Dog Bigsy’ by Alison Lester

‘Blue, The Builder’s Dog’ by Jennifer Storer

‘The Ugliest Dog In The World’ by Bruce Whatley

‘Mutt Dog’ by Stephen Michael King

‘Barney’ by Catherine Jinks

‘Dog Loves Books’ by Louise Yates

‘Bob The Railway Dog’ by Corinne Fenton

‘Dogs’ by Emily Gravett

‘Sad the Dog’ by Sandy Fussell

‘Alfie The Brave’ by Richard Harris, illustrated by Simon Howe

‘Pig the Pug’ by Aaron Blabey

‘The Digging-est Dog’ by Al Perkins and Eric Gurney


Junior Fiction Books About Dogs 

‘Dog Man’ by Dav Pilkey

‘Fizz And The Police Dog Tryouts’ by Lesley Gibbes

‘The Underdogs’ series by Kate & Jol Temple and Shiloh Gordon

‘Hot Dog’ by Ahn Do


Middle Grade Books About Dogs 

‘Paws’ by Kate Foster 

‘The Dog Runner’ by Bren Macdibble

‘The Call Of The Wild’ by Jack London

‘Yinti, Desert Dog’ by Pat Lowe and Jimmy Pike

‘A Different Dog’ by Paul Jennings

‘Just a Dog’ by Michael Gerard Bauer

‘My Dog Doesn’t Like Me’ by Elizabeth Fensham

‘My Dog is a Winner’ by Elizabeth Fensham

‘The Way of Dog’ by Zana Fraillon

‘The Girl, The Dog and the Writer in Rome’ by Katrina Nannestad

‘Caesar The War Dog’ by Stephen Dando-Collins

‘Dingo’ by Jackie French

‘The Mapmaker Chronicles: Beyond The Edge of The Map’ by A. L. Tait

‘I, Cosmo’ by Carlie Sorosiak

‘Each Little Bird that Sings’ by Deborah Wiles

‘Talking to Alaska’ by Anna Woltz

‘Everything for a Dog’ by Ann M. Martin

‘How to Steal a Dog’ by Barbara O’Connor

‘Because of Winn-Dixie’ by Kate DiCamillo

‘One dog and his Boy’ by Eva Ibbotson, illustrated by Jamie Littler

‘Almost Home’ by Joan Bauer


Non Fiction Books About Dogs

‘The Dog Encyclopedia’ by DK Books 

‘The Complete Dog Breed Book’ by DK Books 

‘Inside Of A Dog’ by Alexandra Horowitz (young readers edition)


Dog Accessories 

Dog Walk (1000 piece puzzle)

Ruby Olive does THE BEST dog leads, collars and waste bags here.

The Small Bee with Tyson and his extremely smart Ruby Olive lead and collar!


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The YKNR community on Facebook here. 

Meet Allison Rushby, the third member of #teamyknr. Find out about Allison and her books here.

Books about dogs for kids