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Dog Books

It's hard to imagine an American boyhood without a dog. The iconic image of a sandy-haired kid in overalls chasing a mutt or bird dog through fields and streams has taken its place beside apple pie and baseball as a symbol of our national heritage. A boy's love for his dog is wholesome, natural, fraught with adventure, and heartwarming all at once, which is pretty much the way we've come to think of our country.

For some reason, there aren't a lot of books about girls and their dogs. This is probably in part historical—boys were understood to be the future hunters and providers for their families, and while dogs were their friends they were also servants helping to track and retrieve game. The bond of man and animal united in hard work is stronger than the one between owner and mere pet.

A lot of the best dog stories are very sad. Old Yeller is the obvious candidate for best tear-jerker of the genre, but there are plenty of others. Dogs often throw themselves in harm's way to protect their masters, and when the faithful hound is killed we often feel more sad than if the human master had been sacrificed on behalf of the dog.

This isn't any crazy environmentalist sentiment, either. Dogs, perhaps more than any other animal, have personalities that humans can perceive, interact with, and love. Humans are pretty much all the same, but a good dog is different from all the rest. Even if you don't have dogs at home, we hope these books will help you love them as much as we do, and to experience one of the best parts of childhood and youth.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.

 

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101 Dalmatians
by Dodie Smith
Reissue from Puffin Books
for 3rd-6th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$5.94
Akiak: A Tale From the Iditarod
by Robert J. Blake
Reprint from Puffin Books
for 1st-3rd grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
All Creatures Great and Small
James Herriot Series Book 1
by James Herriot
from St. Martin's Press
Realistic Fiction for 8th-Adult
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$5.00
All Creatures Great and Small
James Herriot Series Book 1
by James Herriot
from St. Martin's Press
Realistic Fiction for 7th-Adult
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$13.59
All Things Bright and Beautiful
James Herriot Series Book 2
by James Herriot
from St. Martin's Press
Realistic Fiction for 7th-12th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$13.59
Along Came a Dog
by Meindert DeJong & Maurice Sendak
from HarperCollins
Realistic Animal Fiction for 4th-8th grade
1959 Newbery Honor Book
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$5.09
Angus Lost
by Marjorie Flack
from Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Animal Realistic for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$6.79
Balto and the Great Race
Totally True Adventures
by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
1st Printing from Random House Books for Young Readers
for 1st-3rd grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$4.24
Because of Winn-Dixie
by Kate DiCamillo
from Candlewick Press
Realistic Fiction for 3rd-6th grade
2001 Newbery Honor Book
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
$5.94 $3.20 (2 in stock)
Because of Winn-Dixie
by Kate DiCamillo
from Candlewick Press
Realistic Fiction for 3rd-6th grade
2001 Newbery Honor Book
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
$5.94
Because of Winn-Dixie
by Kate DiCamillo
from Candlewick Press
for 4th-6th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
$2.40 (1 in stock)
Because of Winn-Dixie
by Kate DiCamillo
Reprint from Candlewick Press
for 3rd-6th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
$2.80 (3 in stock)
Best Hikes with Dogs: Oregon
by Ellen Morris Bishop
1st edition from Mountaineers Books
for Adult
in Clearance: General Interest (Location: C08-04)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Big Red
by Jim Kjelgaard
from Holiday House
Realistic Animal Stories for 4th-8th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$7.61
Big-Enough Anna
by Pam Flowers
No Edition Stated from Alaska Northwest Books
for 1st-3rd grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
Black Star, Bright Dawn
by Scott O'Dell
from Sandpiper Books
for 7th-9th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: A04-01A)
$5.94
Bob, Son of Battle
by Alfred Ollivant
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 4th-8th grade
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Bob, Son of Battle
by Alfred Ollivant
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 5th-9th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$6.80 (1 in stock)
Bowser the Hound
Dover Thrift
by Thornton W. Burgess
from Dover Publications
for 1st-5th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
Bravest Dog Ever
Step Into Reading Level 3
by Natalie Standiford
from Random House
Animal Stories for 1st-3rd grade
in Step into Reading (Location: CPB-05D)
$3.39
Bulu: African Wonder Dog
by Dick Houston
from Yearling
for 5th-7th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
Call of the Wild
Puffin Classics
by Jack London
from Puffin Books
Action/Adventure for 7th-10th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$5.09
Call of the Wild
Dover Thrift Editions
by Jack London
from Dover Publications
Action/Adventure for 7th-10th grade
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: CLT-20C)
$2.55
Call of the Wild
Famous Dog Stories
by Jack London
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 6th-10th grade
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Call of the Wild & White Fang
Sterling Classics
by Jack London & Scott McKowen
Unabridged from Sterling Publishing Co.
Action/Adventure for 7th-10th grade
in Sterling Classics (Location: A04-04A)
$8.46
Call of the Wolves
by Jim Murphy
from Scholastic Inc.
for Preschool- 3rd Grade
in Clearance: Picture Books (Location: CLE)
$1.00 (1 in stock)
Captain's Dog
by Roland Smith
from Harcourt
for 4th-6th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: A05-01A)
$6.79 $3.60 (2 in stock)
Carl Goes Shopping
by Alexandra Day
from Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Picture-only Books for Nursery-Preschool
in Clearance: Picture Books (Location: CLE)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Cat & Dog Dress Up Sticker Paper Doll
Act Stk from Dover Publications
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Dover Little Activity Books (Location: A02-DLA)
$1.20
Chalou
by Natalie Savage Carlson
from Unknown Publisher
for 4th-6th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$1.60 (2 in stock)
Classroom Critters and the Scientific Method
by Sally Kneidel
from Fulcrum Resources
Science Curriculum for 3rd-8th grade
in Clearance: Science & Health (Location: ACL)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Complete Dog Care Manual
by Bruce Fogle
from DK Publishing
for 4th-Adult
in Clearance: Science & Health (Location: ACL)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Creative Haven Dogs - Draw and Color
by John Green
from Dover Publications
for 6th-Adult
in Adult Coloring Books (Location: ACB)
$9.99
Digging-est Dog
by Al Perkins
from Random House
for Kindergarten-3rd Grade
in Beginner Books (Location: CPB-05C)
$8.99
Dog of Flanders and Other Stories
by Ouida
from Manhattan Press
for 2nd-5th grade
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Dog with Golden Eyes
by Frances Wilbur
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$0.80 (1 in stock)
Dog's Life
by Ann M. Martin
from Scholastic Reference
for 4th-8th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$1.60 (1 in stock)
Dogs
Usborne Beginners
by Emma Helbrough
from Usborne
for 1st-2nd grade
in Usborne Beginners (Location: CPB-05B)
$3.99
Dogs - Coloring Book
Educational Read & Color Books
by Peter & Linda Spizzirri
from Spizzirri Press
for 2nd-5th grade
in Educational Read & Color Books (Location: A02-01)
$3.95
Dogs and Cats
by Steve Jenkins
None from Houghton Mifflin
for Nursery-2nd grade
in Clearance: Science & Health (Location: ACL)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Dogs of the Wild - Coloring Book
Educational Read & Color Books
by Peter & Linda Spizzirri
from Spizzirri Press
for 2nd-5th grade
in Educational Read & Color Books (Location: A02-01)
$3.95
Dogs to Paint or Color - Coloring Book
by John Green
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$5.99
Dogsong
by Gary Paulsen
from Puffin Books
for 4th-6th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: A04-01A)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Dogsong
by Gary Paulsen
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: A04-01A)
$1.00 (2 in stock)
Draw 50 Dogs
by Lee Ames
from Broadway Books
for 3rd-8th grade
in Draw 50 (Location: ART-01E)
$9.99
Favorite Dogs - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by John Green
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$4.99
Five True Dog Stories
by Margaret Davidson
from Scholastic Inc.
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$3.39 $2.00 (1 in stock)
Floss
by Kim Lewis
from Candlewick Press
Realistic Animal Stories for 1st-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$5.94 $3.20 (2 in stock)
Follow My Leader
by James B. Garfield
from Puffin Books
Animal Stories: Realistic for 3rd-6th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$5.09 $2.40 (5 in stock)
Ginger Pye
by Eleanor Estes
from Harcourt
Realistic Animal Fiction for 2nd-5th grade
1952 Newbery Medal winner
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
$5.94
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