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Use the list below as a library guide or to buy a book for your own.
To buy, just click on the book cover. Most books listed are written for kids.

Index of books and stories:

Care and Training
Dog Stories
Tricks
Choosing a Dog
Dog Breeds
Pet Loss
Activities
Careers
General
Information
Dogs at Work
For Fun

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Care and Training


Puppy Training for Kids, by Sarah Whitehead, Barrons Juveniles 2001
This book has easy-to-understand instructions for children on puppy training and care. With an emphasis on fun. Learn what to feed puppies and how much to give them, and how to play games that are safe and enjoyable. They also learn basics of puppy handling, grooming, giving commands, teaching obedience, tricks, and much more. There are great full-color photos throughout the book. For ages 9-12, or 4-8 with parents' guidance. Excellent Book!


Your Puppy, Your Dog, by Pat Storer, Storey Publishing; 1997
From the Back Cover
What a dog needs most is love -- and loving a dog means providing everything it needs to be happy and healthy. With easy-to-follow instructions and plenty of illustrations, this book tells you just how to care for and understand your dog. Ages 9-12
* How to select the puppy or dog that is best for you
* What and how to feed your dog
* How to train and exercise your dog
* How to play with your dog or puppy
* How to keep your dog in the best of health
* Where and how to show your dog
* How to make items...


Kids Training Puppies in Five Minutes, by JoAnn Dahan, Cork Hill Press; (February 5, 2004)
From an Amazon.com reader: My name is Christi, I am 7 years old. I just got a new lab puppy from my Mom and Dad her name is Ginny. Before I could have Ginny I had to promised I would care for her and train her. This book is so great, it is very easy to read and the pictures of the lab puppies and kids are so cute. I taught Ginny to sit and lie down really fast. I think every kid with a puppy should have this book. Ages 5-8


Dog Training For Kids, by Carol Lea Benjamin, Howell Book House Inc. 1988
This is a great book for kids written by one of the best. It explains all of the basic training that a child will need to get a good start with a dog. Also covers common behavior problems. Ages 9-12

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Dog Training Projects For Young People,
McMains, 1995
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This book is appropriate for kids grade 5-8. The author covers obedience training from beginning through competition and has practical advice for all. There are lots of photos of kids working with their dogs. Gr. 5-8

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ASPCA Pet Care Guides for Kids: Puppy, by Mark Evans, Dorling Kindersley 1992
Puppy is one of an exciting series of pet care books designed to help young animal owners learn about and care for their pets. Illustrated on every page with full-color photography, Puppy is packed with practical information on every aspect of canine care. Published in association with the ASPCA, this series will engage and inform readers ages seven and up.

 

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Tricks

Little Book of Dog Tricks

Andrea Arden's Little Book of Dog Tricks, by Andrea Arden
Trick training is one of the best ways for you and your dog to have fun together. Learn how to play the training game the Andrea Arden way and let the good times roll (over)! With clearly written text and entertaining illustrations, Andrea Arden’s Little Book of Dog Tricks provides hours of fun for you and your dog. Andrea Arden’s Little Book of Dog Tricks is a must-have for every fun-loving dog owner!

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The Trick is in the Training: 25 Fun Tricks to Teach Your Dog, by Stephanie J Taunton, Cheryl S. Smith
From an Amazon.com reader: This is a terrific book, escpecially for beginners. The book is very well illustrated with bright, clear, color photographs. The instruction is easy to follow and fun to read. There is a good variety of tricks in which to teach your dog. It is a very FUN book that makes you want to start training your dog right away! Note: This book is very simply done and should be readable by 4-6 graders.

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Dog Tricks for Dummies, by Sarah Hodgson
Written for adults, the all-in-one source for play training made easy! This friendly guide shows you how to teach your dog tricks, from the simple (wagging his tail) to the extraordinary (fetching a soda from the refrigerator). Dogs of all ages can learn new tricks, and this book's step-by-step instructions show you how to train your special friend to perform. Includes special sections on camping, winter fun -- even getting dogs into show business!
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Dog Tricks Step by Step, by Zeigenfuse & Walker, Howell 1997
Written for adults, owners will find fun things to do with the family pet in this book. There are practical tricks -- to make the dog useful at home, simple tricks -- to build rapport between dog and owner, and cute tricks great just for showing off. This book has easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions.

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Dog Breeds

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The Complete Dog Book For Kids, AKC 1996

Here is the ultimate show-and-tell for children who love dogs! With its lush, four-color portraits of all of the AKC-recognized breeds, information on the history and character of the breeds, graphics showing where each breed originated and how big it is, and boxes containing a 'fun fact'. The Complete Dog Book for Kids is the ideal way to teach kids about the rich history of the sport of dogs and how their pets contribute to it. Excellent book! Ages 9-12


Dogs, by David Taylor, Dorling Kindersley, Ltd June 2003

An invaluable introduction to the dogs of the world, this compact and comprehensive guide reveals key characteristics of each breed, highlights the their history, and provides tips on how to choose and care for a pet. Ages 9-12

Kids' Best Dog Book -

Kids' Best Dog Book/Kids' Best Field Guide to Neighborhood Dogs 2 Books by Michael J. Rosen
Contains essential advice on grooming, raising, and teaching games to a dog and features an small encyclopedia of more than seventy canine breeds. Appropriate for grades 3 and up. This book is out of print but you can usually buy it used on Amazon.com.

Mixed Breeds
Beagles
Cocker Spaniels
Collies
German Shepherds
Golden Retrievers
Jack Russell Terriers
Labrador Retrievers
Rottweilers

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Choosing a Dog

Choosing a Dog

Choosing a Dog for Dummies, by Chris Walkowicz, July 15, 2001
From an Amazon.com reader: Chris Walkowicz's Choosing A Dog For Dummies is a simple, straightforward, easy-to-read, and dependable introduction on how to decide which pet qualities you value most and are compatible with your own particular life style; all of the practical steps to take in choosing a great dog for you; as well as all aspects of properly caring for your canine pet. Additionally, readers can find out about breed rescue, and there's an invaluable advice about selecting a "kid-friendly" dog. If you are considering the acquisition of a canine companion for you or your family, read Chris Walkowicz's Choosing A Dog For Dummies! Written for adults.

Paws to Consider

Paws to Consider, by Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson, September 1, 1999
As compassionate as they are knowledgeable, Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson tell you how to avoid the pitfalls before you lose your patience or money. Their combined expertise and honesty will help you choose wisely, with your eyes wide open as well as your heart. The result will be a dog you can happily live with...and who will reward you with unconditional love. Written for adults.

Idiot's Guide

The Idiot's Guide to Getting and Owning a Dog, by Sheila Webster Boneham, August 26, 2002
From an Amazon.com reader: This book is must for every potential or real dog owner's bookshelf! Ms. Boneham does an excellent job of helping you through the steps of choosing and living with your dog. The book is an excellent source of of information itself and includes many references, both on the Web and otherwise. In the future, this book will be part of all my puppy's going-to-their-new-home bag. Written for adults.

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General Dog Information

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Dog, Eyewitness Books,by Juliet Clutton-Brock, Dorling Kindersley, Ltd 1991

Discover the world of dogs, wolves, jackals and foxes -- their natural history, behavior and domestication. Here is a spectacular and informative guide to the fascinating world of the entire dog family. Superb real-life photographs of dogs, wolves, jackals and foxes offer a unique "eyewitness" view of the natural history and evolution of the dog family, highlighting the many ways in which they have helped people throughout history.

Finally! Names for Dogs: Find a Name that Matches Your Dog's Personality, by Mimi Fontaine
A delightful book of creative, spicey and fun names for dog lovers containing over 600 names to select from.
This book containes many definitions that might describe your favorite canine friend and includes many whimsical illustrations that are organized by personality types.
"Names for Dogs" is a wonderful reference tool and a perfect gift to delight all dog lovers.

The Best Pet Name Book Ever!, by Wayne Bryant Eldridge, Tom Kerr
From an Amazon.com reader: I'm a "dog" person & I put a lot of time & energy into naming my dogs! This book was extremely diverse & comprehensive in their name sources..to the common everyone-knows-a-Max-or-Sheba names to the really unique ones! Anyone looking at getting a dog should read this..it truly has a name for every dog personality one could possibly think of! A terrific read & one I'd recommend to anyone!!!

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Pet Loss

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The Tenth Good Thing About Barney, by Judith Viorst, Aladdin Books 1999
Ages 9-12. For kids and adults who have ever lost a pet. This book, although the main character is a cat, stands as the all time favorite for elementary-aged kids. Add this book to your library!

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Dog Heaven, by Rylant, 1995
For ages 3-6. In Dog Heaven, dogs play with angels, run, and sleep on clouds. This is a sweet story for children or adults dealing with the loss of a pet.


Seeing Zach by Bebe Kemper
It can be hard to lose a family pet. When Timmy's Golden Retriever, Zach, dies, his grandmother helps him to understand the continunity of love and godness -- and finding healing by putting this knowledge into practice. What he learns may help readers of any age address the challenge of losing a loved one.


I'll Always Love You, by Frans Wilhellm, Dragonfly Books; (December 12, 1988)
From an Amazon.com reader: As a little girl I read this book when my dog was dying. It truly helped me deal with his death and realize that is okay to be sad. It is a wonderful tool to help children understand death a bit better. Few books since my childhood have made such an impression on me as this one, and it is the only book from my childhood I still keep on my shelf as a college student. In fact, my cat grew very sick of cancer and I read this book again to make myself feel better about the situation. And I have never forgotten to utter Hans Wilhelm's words into my pets' ears. And right before my cat died, I whispered "I will always love you" just as the little boy in the story did.


When A Pet Dies, by Fred Rogers, A Mister Roger's Neighborhood picture book 1988
In this useful book from the First Experience series, the affable star of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood helps children share feelings of the loss of a pet while offering reassurance that grieving is a natural, healing thing to do. A sensitive and sensible first book about death.

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Pet Loss, A Thoughtful Guide For Adults and Children, by Nieburg & Fisher 1982

 

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Great Dog Stories!
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A Dog Called Kitty, by Bill Wallace, New York: Holiday House 1992 reprint of 1980 book.
Ricky wants to help a starving stray dog that has been wandering around his yard, but after having been bitten by a dog when he was younger, he is frightened to befriend the lonely puppy.This great story is good for ages 9-12. Kids love this book!

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A Puppy of My Own, by Wendy Loggia
Emily wants and finally gets her dream puppy, but not without a lot of help from family and friends. Having convinced herself that she'll receive a puppy on her eighth birthday, her disappointment is especially keen when none of her birthday packages contain a yellow Labrador. First in a series. Ages 7-11, easy reading

Call of the Wild

Call of the Wild, by Jack London
I really loved the book 'Call of the Wild'. It depicted the strong bond between a man and his animal and how unconditional their love for one another can end up. It was sad to see all of the pain that Buck was put through, but when in the end he got his 'just reward', it seemed like his efforts were not in vain. I give the book 2 thumbs up! (from a 12 year-old reader)

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Dogsong, by Gary Paulsen
A 14-year-old Eskimo boy who feels assailed by the modernity of his life takes a 1,400-mile journey by dog sled across ice, tundra, and mountains, seeking his own "song" of himself. A Newbery Honor Book. Young adults

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Floss, by Lewis 1996 (ages 4 and up, picture book)
When Floss, a Border collie, is sent to a sheep farm for training as a sheep dog, he dreams of the days he played with children in the park. One day as he guards the sheep, the farmer's children come nearby with their kickball, and he is pulled away from his duty. The farmer realizes that Floss also needs the companionship of children.

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Henry Huggins, by Beverly Cleary
Nothing ever happens to Henry Huggins. Nothing, that is, until a stray dog named Ribsy comes into his life. Pretty soon, Henry and Ribsy are wreaking havoc on the city bus, getting a ride in a police car with sirens wailing, and winning a prize at the dog show. Life is no longer dull. (Ages 9-12)

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Lad, A Dog, by Albert Payson Terhune
Classic true story following the adventures of a beautiful Collie. (ages 9-12)

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Lassie Come Home, by Eric Knight
A wonderful rewrite of the children's classic dog story. Absolutely gorgeous drawings fill this book.

my life in dog years

My Life in Dog Years, by Gary Paulsen
Gary Paulsen has owned dozens of unforgettable and amazing dogs. In each chapter he tells the story of one special dog, among them Snowball, the puppy he owned as a boy in the Philippines; Ike, his mysterious hunting companion; Dirk, the grim protector;

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Old Yeller, by Fred Gipson
The great old classic story about a stray yellow labrador who becomes a member of the family. (Ages 9-12)
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Ribsy, by Beverly Cleary
The adventures of one family's lost dog are timeless and provide a source of laughter, tears, and universal dog memories. When one family's mutt, Ribsy, so named because his ribs were sticking out when chosen, mistakes the look and smell of the brand-new family station wagon in the shopping center parking lot, his escapades and wanderings begin. (Ages 9-12)

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Shiloh, by Reynolds Naylor
When 11-year-old Marty Preston chances upon a mistreated beagle pup in his hometown of Friendly, West Virginia, he is not prepared for the ethical questions he has to face. Should he return the dog to its owner, only to have the animal abused again? Should he tell his parents? Should he steal food to help the poor creature? Marty's efforts to cope with these questions provides the moral backbone for this story, which is presented in a language and manner that will be understood by third- and fourth-grade readers. The heart and beauty of this 1992 Newbery Medal winner lies in lessons children will take away with them. (Ages 9-12 or read aloud for younger)

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About Beagles

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Shiloh Season, by Reynolds Naylor 1996
In a follow-up to her Newbery Medal-winning story Shiloh, Phyllis Naylor brings Marty Preston and his beagle back in another tale sure to push the emotional buttons of her young audience. Marty doesn't want to lose the dog he struggled so hard to gain, but when he sees Shiloh's old owner, drunk and out hunting on Marty's property, he is afraid of losing Shiloh for good. Along with the moving story of boy loves dog, Naylor offers a sympathetic portrayal of life in West Virginia. (Ages 9-12 or read aloud for younger)

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Shiloh Trilogy: Shiloh, Shiloh Season, Saving Shiloh, by Reynolds Naylor 1996
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor won the 1992 Newbery Medal and more than 20 children's choice awards for Shiloh, a moving story of an 11-year-old West Virginia boy named Marty Preston and a beagle puppy he finds near the old Shiloh schoolhouse. The trouble begins when Marty risks everything to rescue the dog from its abusive owner. Along the way, he discovers it's not always so easy to separate right from wrong. This lovely boxed trilogy comprises hardcover editions of Shiloh, its suspenseful sequel, Shiloh Season, and the gripping conclusion, Saving Shiloh. (Ages 9-12 or read aloud for younger)

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Sounder by William H. Armstrong
When the African American sharecropper who has raised Sounder from a pup is hauled off to jail for stealing a hog, his family must suffer their humiliation and crushing loss with no recourse. To make matters worse, in the fracas, Sounder is shot and disappears. The eventual return of a tattered and emaciated Sounder doesn't change the fact that the sharecropper's oldest son is forced to take on man's work to help support the family. His transition to adulthood is paved by the rocks and taunts hurled at him by convicts and guards as he searches for his father. But along this rough road he ultimately finds salvation as well. (Ages 9-12)

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Stone Fox, by John Reynolds Gardiner, Published1988
Little Willy has a big job to do. When his grandfather becomes ill, it is up to Willy to save their farm from the tax collector. But where can a ten-year-old get five hundred dollars in a hurry? Then Wily sees the poster for the National Dogsled Race.

The race pits Willy against the best dog teams in the country, including the Indian Stone Fox who has never lost a race. Stone Fox wants the prize money as badly as Willy does. Can one boy and one dog be a match for the unbeatable Stone Fox? (Ages 9-12)

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Strider, by Beverly Cleary
Leigh Botts, of Newbery Dear Mr. Henshaw, is still learning to cope with his parents' divorce--a task to which he brings his earlier sensitivity and a new self-confidence. Now 14 and entering high school, Leigh and best-friend Barry find an appealing abandoned dog on the beach and name him Strider. Both boys would like to keep him. (Ages 9-12)

the christmas collie
The Christmas Collie, by Ted Paul, Mary Kummer
The Christmas Collie is a beautiful story, using Suess-like poetry, of a child and his dog as they grow together. It is a story of friendship, love, and sharing through all stages of life. Beautiful, professional art work and hardcover. From and Amazon.com reader: This nostalgic story of the bond between a boy and his dog is a sensitive look at those things that make beautiful memories and strong family traditions. THE CHRISTMAS COLLIE will bring tears of joy to all readers, young and old. THE CHRISTMAS COLLIE should be read over and over again to savor the deep feelings that it brings to the heart and soul. SHARE IT WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS! Ages 8 to adult A real treasure and my personal favorite.
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The Incredible Journey, by Sheila Burnford
Instinct told them that the way home lay to the west. And so the doughty young Labrador retriever, the roguish bull terrier and the indomitable Siamese set out through the Canadian wilderness. Separately, they would soon have died. But, together, the three house pets faced starvation, exposure, and wild forest animals to make their way home to the family they love. The Incredible Journey is one of the great children's stories of all time--and has been popular ever since its debut in 1961. (Ages 9-12)

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The Trouble with Tuck, Theodore Taylor, Camelot 1992
This is the poignant, triumphant story of a thirteen-year-old girl who trains her blind dog to trust and follow a seeing-eye companion dog. (Ages 9-12)

 
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Tuck Triumphant, by Theodore Taylor
In this sequel to The TROUBLE WITH TUCK, Helen's blind Labrador faces his greatest challenge ever when his own Seeing Eye dog is brutally killed and Tuck uses all of his senses to help a frightened Korean orphan who can't hear. (Ages 9-12)

Where the Red Fern Grows
 

Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls
A wonderful, poignant story, kids will love the adventure, sensitivity, and competitive story. Billy and his 2 coonhound pups romp relentlessly through the Ozarks, trying to "tree" the elusive raccoon. This unforgettable classic belongs on every child's bookshelf. (Ages 9 and up). A good idea to have parent input for younger kids.

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Woodsong, by Gary Paulsen, Ingram
The three-time Newbery Honor-winning author of Hatchet, Dog Song and The Winter Room tells--in a memoir as compelling as his novels--the story of his intimate relationship with Minnesota's north woods and the dog team he trained for the Iditarod sled race. ALA Notable Book; ALA Best Book for Young Adults. (Ages 9-12)

 

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Dogs at Work

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A Dog's Gotta Do What a Dog's Gotta Do: Dogs at Work, by Marilyn Singer, October 2000
A fascinating look at the work that dogs do, from herding sheep to rescuing lost and injured people. Every dog is born with the ability to do a particular job. Centuries ago, people recognized these natural talents and began using dogs to help them with a variety of chores. Whether hunting and pulling sleds or performing before royalty, these beloved animals have been important workers as well as faithful friends. Best-selling author Marilyn Singer gives young readers an exciting introduction to the many kinds of work that dogs do. This is the ultimate dog book -- a thrilling combination of natural history and the true tales of canine heroes who were just doing their jobs. Ages 9-12

Guide Dogs

Guide Dogs (Dogs at Work), by Charles George, Linda George, June 1, 1998
From an Amazon.com Reader: This book includes stuff on how guide dogs are trained as well as background on puppy raising of future Guide Dogs. Also covers how the dogs do their job of being "eyes" for the blind. Geared towards younger readers, this book will provide plenty of fascinating information for people of all ages. Ages 9-12

Search and Rescue

Search and Rescue Dogs, by Charles George, Linda George, June 1, 1998
Describes the history, selection, training, and accomplishments of different dogs used in search and rescue operations. Ages 9-12

Dogs on the Job

Dogs on the Job, by Christopher Farran, December 1, 2002
Amazing true stories of incredible working dogs!
"Airport Dog" Saves the Day! Wednesday, Dec. 4 -- Naples, FL
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's ... Jet the airport dog! Southwest Florida International Airport has this energetic Border collie to thank for clearing its runways. Before Jet, there was danger in every takeoff. Large birds roamed the area-midair collisions with planes were inevitable and hazardous. But now those birds know to clear out when they hear Jet coming! This ball of energy help keep everybody safe...
Read more about Jet's amazing exploits and other dogs hard at work in this collection of dramatic true stories by ace reporter Christopher Farran.

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Rosie, A Visiting Dog's Story, by Stephanie Calmenson , American Library Assn. 1994
Rosie, a beguiling Tibetan terrier, charms readers in this appealing photo-documentary. She also clearly charms the many sad and lonely people she visits in hospitals and nursing homes. Calmenson, who is both author and owner, describes the characteristics of a good visiting dog, the stages of training, and the preparations for visiting. Color photographs accompany the enthusiastic account. (Ages 4-8)

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Say Goodbye (Wild at Heart 5), by Laurie Halse Anderson, Pleasant Company Publications; (March 2001)
Seeing Jane's dog, Yum-Yum, help cheer up children in a cancer ward makes Zoe think about having her puppy, Sneakers, trained to do therapy, too, especially when Yum-Yum becomes very ill. Grades 4-6

 

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Activities

Totally Fun Things to Do With Your Dog

Totally Fun Things to Do With Your Dog (Play With Your Pet) by Maxine A. Rock, 1998
Here's a book that gives ideas and step-by-step instructions for dozens of fun and safe games and activities to do with your dog: from playing basketball, Frisbee, and hide and seek, to jumping through hoops, taking photographs, creating unusual dog houses, and throwing dog theme parties. Written for kids ages 9-12

Fun Stuff to Do

Fun Stuff to Do with Your Best Friend: The Interactive Dog Book, by Nancy Furstinger, August 1, 2000
From an Amazon.com reader: My family and I thoroughly enjoyed Fun Stuff by Nancy Furstinger. It's easy and fun to read and has a lot of great activities for kids and their dogs (or is it "dogs and their kids"?). We haven't tried all of the activities, of course, and we only tried one of the recipes so far, but it's a book we continue to use and refer back to. We're still working our way through the web sites, which gave us even more information! The "K-911" first-aid kit was a great idea and we now have one safely under our sink. A great book! Highly recommended! Ages 4-8

A Dog's Best Friend

A Dog's Best Friend An Activity Book for Kids and Their Dogs, by Lisa Rosenthal, Chicago Review Press 1999
This book is for kids ages 9-12 who want to learn how to have fun with their dog and do it with gentleness and respect. It's clear, well-written, and well-organized.

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Show Me! A Dog Showing Primer, by D. Caroline Coile, Barrons Educational Series; (January 1997)
From an Amazon.com customer: This is an excellent primer for the novice dog exhibitor. It is written so both the younger handler and adult will find it useful. The basics are well covered, and there is additional information on how to solve some of the problems that may occur in the show ring. Overall, it is an excellent resource and I highly recommend it.

Best Junior Handler

Best Junior Handler, by Olejiczak 1997
A book written for Junior Handlers by a junior handler. Anne has been a highly successful Junior Handler competitor for eight years and has qualified six times to compete at Westminster. She and her mother wrote this book together. The lessons are so self-explanatory that even a junior located far away from help and with no access to handling classes could pick up the book and learn to show at a fairly competitive level.

Kids + Dogs = Fun

Kids + Dogs = Fun (Great Activities Your Kids and Dogs Can Do Together), by Jacqueline O'Neil, Howell Book House 1996
This is a good book for kids interested in dog-related activities. There are two questionnaires that help evaluate children's interests. Discussed are 13 activities, including 4-H, the AKC Canine Good Citizen program, raising puppies to be service dogs, hunting tests, and more. Lots of photos.

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Careers for Kids

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Careers with Animals: The Humane Society of the United States and Willow Ann Sirch, Fulcrum Pub; (April 2000)
Educators and parents won't want to miss this opportunity to turn a young person's passion about animals into a lifelong calling. This outstanding book features an overview of the animal care profession, including education requirements, in- depth interviews with members of specific professions, Day in the life narratives, self- examination questions, resources to research the profession, and tips on activities to do now, even in elementary school. (Ages 9-12)

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Cool Careers for Girls, by Ceel Pasternak and Linda Thornburg, Impact Publications; Illustrated edition (April 1999)
Profiles ten women who work with animals, in such jobs as small animal veterinarian, pet sitter and exerciser, Assistance Dog trainer, horse farm owner, and exotic animal trainer, and explains their duties and how they prepared for and got their positions. (Grades 5-8)

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I Want To Be...A Veterinarian, by Stephanie Maze, Harcourt; (March 1999)
This book has full-color photographs and fascinating information about veterinary medicine. It covers the history of veterinary science, educational requirements, vocabulary, unusual facts, and other facts about being a veterinarian. Also profiles different kinds of veterinarians. (Ages 9-12)

I'm Going to Be a Vet

I'm Going to Be a Vet, by Edith Kunhardt, 1996
Teaches early readers about what veterinarians do each day. There are real life pictures and easy to understand text. (Ages 4-8)

 

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For Fun

Give a Dog a Bone

Give a Dog a Bone: Stories, Poems, Jokes, and Riddles about Dogs, By Joanna Cole, Stephanie Calmenson, Scholastic; Reprint edition (August 1, 1999)
Popular children's book authors Joanna Cole and Stephanie Calmenson bring together dog poems by Rudyard Kipling, Myra Cohn Livingston and others; a rebus story; canine facts and photos; jokes, riddles and stories.
Ages 7-10

More Riddle and Joke Books

Dogs Rule
Charlie Brown
Dogs Rule, by Daniel Kirk, Book and CD included. From an Amazon.com reader: My daughter, a true dog lover at age 6, has read and listened to this book over and over and over and... My husband and I now also know all the words. The book and music are original, funny and entertaining. Highly recommended.
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Dog Crafts (Kids Can Do It), by Linda Hendry and Frank Baldassarra, Kids Can Press; (April 2002)
Want your friends to howl with delight? Then surprise a pooch-loving pal or a canine companion with one of these creative crafts! All seventeen fun ideas, including a fuzzy puppy pillow and a doggie desktop organizer, use easy-to-find materials. With full-color photos, patterns and simple-to-follow directions, these unique projects will have your friends "hounding" you for more! Illustrated step-by-step instructions make it easy!

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The Cat and Dog-Lover's Idea Book, by Gail Green, Krause Publications; (August 2001)
With Gail Green’s newest book, cat and dog lovers will learn to create toys, collars, treats and wearables for their pets and unique items such as hats and jewelry for themselves! Easy to follow instructions cover a multitude of crafting techniques such as rubber stamping, counted cross-stitch, knitting, crochet, fabric appliqué, decorative painting, decoupage and basic sewing. The many patterns, templates and drawings included help crafters create dozens of lovely projects with ease. Most projects can be customized to fit a specific pet.

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Pet Crafts: 28 Great Toys, Gifts, and Accessories for Your Favorite Dog or Cat, by Heidi Boyd, North Light Books; (January 2004)
This book offers fun projects for the whole family to celebrate and pamper their beloved family pets. Sure to delight both discerning canines and finicky felines, Pet Crafts features over 25 fun projects including toys, beds, costumes, picture frames and more!
All projects use simple items easily found in crafts stores and are fun to make.

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Dog-Lover's Crafts Book of Crafts, by Jennifer Quasha, Griffin Trade Paperback; (December 7, 2001) From the back cover
Step-by-step directions take dog lovers and crafters through 50 easy-to-do projects starring your dog. No leashes or dog beds, this book shows you how to make high-end decorations for your dog-loving home. Using commonly found supplies that won't cost you a lot of money, Jennifer Quasha makes this book accessible to everyone. * Putting on the Pooch: dog tag earrings, dog-chase garden hat. Filled with "breedoids"--fun facts about your favorite breeds--and a three-bone difficulty rating system, this is the perfect gift for dog-loving crafters and craft-loving dog people.

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Everything Dog, by Marty Crisp, 2003
From Publishers Weekly:
Organized by questions phrased the way a child might pose them, Everything Dog: What Kids Really Want to Know About Dogs by Marty Crisp answers a plethora of queries, from "Do dogs come from dinosaurs?" to "Do dogs cry?" (No, the author says, "They use body language [tail between legs, head down] or sounds [howls and whimpers]" to express grief). Great photographs of adorable pups and adult dogs emphasize the author's answers. Ages 8-11.

How Smart is Your Dog

How Smart is Your Dog?: 30 Fun Science Activities with Your Pet, by D. Caroline Coile; Sterling; (May 28, 2003)
Your dog will act "smarter" if you know more about how he "thinks." Enter the world of canine senses--how your dog sees, hears, smells, tastes, and touches differently from you, and how a dog's life and aging process differ from yours. You even learn to read your dog's mind-brain function, intelligence, memory, and learning abilities--based on its biological origins. The most fun part is the experiments to test your dog's health, reflexes, vision, and scent; or even trace its behavior back to the wolves that are its ancestors. Grades K-5

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How to Talk to Your Dog, by Jean Craighead George and Sue Truesdell, 2000
Dog talk is not merely whimpers, growls, sniffs, barks, and howls. According to award-winning author Jean Craighead George, it's in the tail ("the flag of feelings") and ear twists, too. In this irresistible picture book, you'll learn how to speak to your dog in his or her own language.

Sue Truesdell's splendidly doggish illustrations interact with photos of Jean Craighead George herself--a woman who has been around dogs her whole life. Dog lovers of all ages will run in circles for this loving, funny celebration of the human-canine relationship. (Ages 7 to 107)


  Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters From Obedience School, by Mark Teague, Scholastic; 1st ed edition (September 1, 2002)
From an Amazon.com customer: This is a really fun book. Children will delight in the contrasting artwork. Adults will appreciate the little details of each illustration. The sarcastic comments of the dog will be humorous to all who read this story. I bought the book for my 5 year-old nephew. While awaiting his birthday, I read it three times. For kids, age 4-8
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  Clifford's Peek-and-Seek Animal Riddles (Clifford the Big Red Dog (Board)), by Norman Bridwell
Young Clifford fans are invited to solve animal riddles by peeking through die-cut holes that are placed in scenes depicting Clifford, the small red puppy, playing in the park with his animal friends. Ages Baby-Preschool

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