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5 Beloved Dogs in Children’s Books

By Laurie Darroch

There are many children’s books that include or feature dogs as key elements of the stories. These five endearing books are successful stories for children that also appeal to adults.

The Poky Little Puppy

A Little Golden Book classic, The Poky Little Puppy  written by Janette Sebring Lowrey and illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren, was originally published in 1942. The endearing story is about five puppies who sneak under the garden fence and go exploring. One curious little pup has a mind of his own. He pokes along exploring at his own pace discovering all kinds of interesting things out in the world beyond the fence.

Written for young children, the simple classic tale has sold almost 15 million copies, which makes it one of the most popular children’s stories ever published.

Golden books began their series of stories back in the 1940s with 12 books, one of which was The Poky Little Puppy.

Where’s Spot

Written by Eric Hill, Where’s Spot  is another dog book written for very young children.  The text is good for beginning readers and easy for little ones to respond to when someone is reading to them. The interactive pictures with opening doors and entrances to hiding places encourage children to get involved in the fun story about searching for little Spot who is hiding. It is a book young children enjoy looking at by themselves as well.

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Great Pet-Related Books for Kids

By Tamara L. Waters

It’s a known fact: kids and animals go hand-in-paw, and fiction books that feature pets are great fun. Children’s books that include animal characters are always a hit with kids. Here are a few favorites that my own kids love and enjoy.

The Bunnicula books, written by James Howe in collaboration with other authors features a pet vampire rabbit named Bunnicula, a mystery-solving cat named Chester and a lovable sheepdog named Harold, along with various other animal characters. The adventures of these precocious pets are played out in several short chapter books that are great read-alone books or read-together choices, starting with the first – Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery.

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