This week’s theme centered around dogs. There are so many perfect books about pooches out there that I created two booklists: one geared to the school-age crowd and one for preschoolers. The following books are great for a slightly older elementary crowd!
I Am the Dog by Daniel Pinkwater & illustrated by Jack E. Davis
Jacob is the boy. Max is the dog. Until they decide to change places. Now Jacob gets to eat kibble, chase squirrels, and snooze, just like a real dog. Max brushes his teeth, goes to school, and plays video games, just like a real boy. The question is: Who has the better deal?
Scritch-Scratch: A Perfect Match by Kimberly Marcus & illustrated by Mike Lester
FLIT-FLIT flapped the flea in the scruffy dog’s hair. “AAROOF!” howled the stray as he jumped in the air. AWOOMPH was the sound as he dropped like a sack, landing THUD! “OH CRUD!” on an old man’s back. How can something so tiny cause so much havoc? When a flea jumps onto a stray dog, causing the dog to jump on a lonely man, the race is on to find flea powder fast! A little itch on a big dog makes for HUGE chaos, but their adventure also leads to a lasting friendship. And when the flea finally jumps from the dog to a stray cat, who jumps onto a lonely lady, the cycle begins anew.
What Is Your Dog Doing? by Marilyn Singer & illustrated by Kathleen Habbley
This colorful, young read-aloud about all things canine is doggone fun. Woof! Sit. Stay. Roll Over. Sure, those are the classics–but dogs can do so much more! Sledding. Shedding. Inspecting. Protecting. Paddling laps. Dancing? Perhaps! Be it a working dog or a playing dog, man’s best friend can be pretty darn busy. This energetic, rhyming text paired with vibrant, playful illustrations is sure to get dog lovers everywhere eager to teach their old dogs some new tricks.
How Rocket Learned To Read by Tad Hills
Learn to read with this New York Times-bestselling picture book, starring an irresistible dog named Rocket and his teacher, a little yellow bird. Follow along as Rocket masters the alphabet, sounds out words, and finally . . . learns to read all on his own!
Chick ‘n’ Pug by Jennifer Sattler
Chick lives for adventures. Pug lives for, well, sleep. In Chick’s eyes, however, Pug can do no wrong. In fact, he is WONDERPUG! But with danger around every corner and a hero who’s a little low on energy, it may be up to Chick to save the day and earn the prized role of sidechick (er, sidekick . . .)