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BUILD YOUR COLLECTION - BOOKS FOR CHILDREN

BUILD YOUR COLLECTION – BOOKS FOR TEENS AND ADULTS

BUILD YOUR COLLECTION - BOOKS FOR CHILDREN

Additional books may be found here: http://education.muttigrees.org/mutt-i-grees-library

Shelter Pets & Rescues
Before You Were Mine by Maribeth Boelts and David Walker
A Dog’s Life: Autobiography of a Stray by Ann M. Martin
Martha Speaks: Shelter Dog Blues by Susan Meddaugh
Buddy Unchained by Daisy Bix / illus. by Joe Hyatt
"Let's Get a Pup!" Said Kate by Bob Graham
Mutts: Shelter Stories: Love. Guaranteed. by Patrick McDonnell, Neil S. Plakcy and Sharon Sakson
The Underdog: A Celebration of Mutts by Julia Szabo
The Mutt Book: Decoding Your Dog’s Heritage by David Alderton
Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival by Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery / illus. by Jean Cassels
The Shelter Dog by Christine Davis
Rescuing Rover: Saving America's Dogs by Raymond Bial
The Story of Lilly and Lou by Doriane Lucia
Moo Kitty Finds a Home by Valerie Lee Veltre
Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku by Lee Wardlaw / illus. by Eugene Yelchin

General Reference
The Encyclopedia of the Dog by Bruce Fogle
Planet Dog: A Doglopedia by Sandra Choron and Harry Choron

Canine Health & Well-Being
Three Dog Bakery Cookbook: Over 50 Recipes for All-Natural Treats for Your Dog by Mark Beckloff and Dan Dye
Cool Pet Treats: Easy Recipes for Kids to Bake by Pamela S. Price
Good Dog, Paw! by Chinlun Lee
Sally Goes to the Vet by Stephen Huneck
Hairy Maclary's Rumpus at the Vet by Lynley Dodd
Flabby Cat and Slobby Dog by Jeanne Willis / illus. by Tony Ross
Stretch by Doreen Cronin / illus. by Scott Menchin
Wiggle by Doreen Cronin / illus. by Scott Menchin
Bounce by Doreen Cronin / illus. by Scott Menchin

Dogs with Unique Characteristics
Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell
Little Pink Pup by Johanna Kerby
Nothing Wrong with a Three-Legged Dog by Graham McNamee
Frankie, the Walk-n-Roll Dog by Barbara Gail Techel and Victoria Kay Lieffring
Poppie the One-Eyed Pug by Sharron Hopcus
Some Dogs Do by Jez Alborough
Unlovable by Dan Yaccarino

‘Bully’ Breeds
Saving Audie: A Pit Bull Puppy Gets a Second Chance by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent / photos by William Muñoz
Dog Lost by Ingrid Lee

Soldier Dogs
Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle by Brian Dennis, Mary Nethery and Kirby Larson
Navy SEAL Dogs: My Tale of Training Canines for Combat by Michael Ritland, Gary Brozek & Thea Feldman

Therapy Dogs & Service Dogs
Morris and Buddy: The Story of the First Seeing Eye Dog by Becky Hall and Doris Ettlinger
Right Dog for the Job: Ira's Path from Service Dog to Guide Dog by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Ben: The Very Best Furry Friend by Holly Raus / illus. Preston George Pysh
Waiting for Wings: Angel's Journey from Shelter Dog to Therapy Dog by Stacy Musick / illus. Sue Lynn Cotton

Pet Ownership & Responsibility
Are You Ready for Me? by Claire Buchwald
Buddy Unchained by Daisy Bix
May I Pet Your Dog?: The How-to Guide for Kids Meeting Dogs (and Dogs Meeting Kids) by Stephanie Calmenson / illus. by Jan Ormerod
Tails Are Not for Pulling by Elizabeth Verdick / illus. Marieka Heinlen
Don’t Lick the Dog: Making Friends with Dogs by Wendy Wahman

Inside the Canine Mind
BOOM!: Big, Big Thunder & One Small Dog by Mary Lyn Ray / illus. Steven Salerno
It's a Dog's Life: How Man's Best Friend Sees, Hears, and Smells the World by Susan E. Goodman / illus. David Slonim

Loss of a Pet
I'll Always Love You by Hans Wilhelm
The Forever Dog by Bill Cochran and Dan Andreasen
Sammy in the Sky by Barbara Walsh and Jamie Wyeth
Cat Heaven by Cynthia Rylant
Dog Heaven by Cynthia Rylant
A Mango Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
The Tenth Good Thing About Barney by Judith Viorst and Erik Blegvad
Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
Goodbye to Lulu by Corinne Demas

Body Language & Communication
Wag! by Patrick McDonnell
Max Talks to Me by Claire Buchwald / illlus. by Karen Ritz

Dog Training & Activities
101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog by Kyra Sundance and Chalcy
Totally Fun Things to Do With Your Dog by Maxine Rock
A Dog’s Best Friend: An Activity Book for Kids and Their Dogs by Lisa Rosenthal
Dog Loves Drawing by Louise Yates
Draw 50 Dogs: The Step-by-Step Way to Draw Beagles, German Shepherds, Collies, Golden Retrievers, Yorkies, Pugs, Malamutes, and Many More... by Lee J. Ames
Kids and Animals: Drawings from the Hands & Hearts of Children & Youth by Marc Bekoff, ed.

Dogs in World History
First Dog by J. Patrick Lewis and Tim Bowers
HACHIKO: The True Story of the Royal Dogs of Japan and One Faithful Akita by Julie Chrysty
Little Lions, Bull Baiters & Hunting Hounds: A History of Dog Breeds by Jeff Crosby and Shelley Ann Jackson

Puppy Mills
Rescuing Rover: Saving America's Dogs by Raymond Bial
S.J. Goes Home by J.C. Carr
A Home for Dakota by Jan Grover and Nancy Lane

Lessons Learned From Dogs
Dogs and Devotion: A Celebration of the Bond Between Dogs and People by the Monks of New Skete
The Gift of Nothing by Patrick McDonnell

Photography
Mutts by Sharon Montrose
If Only You Knew How Much I Smell You: True Portraits of Dogs by Valerie Shaff and Roy Blount
Dogtionary: Meaningful Portraits of Dogs by Sharon Montrose
Dog by Matthew Van Fleet and Brian Stanton
Dogs by Lewis Blackwell and Tim Flach
Shelter Dogs by Traer Scott
Animal Shelter Portraits by Mark Ross

Poetry
Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech
Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku by Lee Wardlaw / illus. Eugene Yelchin
Dogku by Andrew Clements and Tim Bowers

Friendship & Kindness
Forgive Me? by Judy Link Cuddehe
Random Acts of Kindness by Animals by Stephanie Laland
My Dog, My Hero by Betsy Byars, Laurie Myers, and Betsy Duffey / illus. by Loren Long
Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom by Jennifer Holland
Tarra & Bella: The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends by Carol Buckley
Kate & Pippin: An Unlikely Love Story by Martin Springett and Isobel Springett
Suryia and Roscoe: The True Story of an Unlikely Friendship by Bhagavan "Doc" Antle, Barry Bland and Thea Feldman
Unlikely Friendships for Kids: The Dog & The Piglet: And Four Other Stories of Animal Friendships by Jennifer S. Holland
A Friend for Einstein, the Smallest Stallion by Charlie Cantrell and Dr. Rachel Wagner
Nico and Lola: Kindness Shared Between and Dog and a Boy by Meggan Hill
Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence by Lisa Cohn and Michael Cohn
Bob: No Ordinary Cat by James Bowen

Travel
Riding In My Car by Woody Guthrie and Scott Menchin
Tripper's Travels: An International Scrapbook by Nancy Kapp Chapman illus. by Lee Chapman
Road Trip by Gary Paulsen and Jim Paulsen

DVDs & Audio
Dogs Decoded, PBS
National Geographic: Science of Dogs
Extraordinary Dogs
Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)
My Dog Skip (2000)
White Fang (1991)
Shiloh (1996)
Where the Red Fern Grows (2003)
Marley & Me (2008)
Because of Winn-Dixie (2005)
Darling Companion (2012)
Shelter Me (2012)
Dogs Decoded (2010)
Through a Dog's Ear: Music to Calm Your Canine Companion, Volume 1 by Joshua Leeds
Through a Cat’s Ear, Vol. 1: Music for Calming by Joshua Leeds and Lisa Spector

Fiction
A Dog’s Life: Autobiography of a Stray by Ann M. Martin
Dog Whisperer: The Rescue by Nicholas Edwards
Everything for a Dog by Ann M. Martin
My Dog Skip by Willie Morris
Because of Shoe and Other Dog Stories by Ann M. Martin, Aleksey & Olga Ivanov, Margarita Engle and Valerie Hobbs
Buddy by M.H. Herlong
Dog Lost by Ingrid Lee
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Marley & Me by John Grogan
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
Sounder by William H. Armstrong
Claude and Medea: The Hellburn Dogs by Zoe Weil
The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean

Picture Books for Storytimes
Walter the Farting Dog by William Kotzwinkle and Glenn Murray / illus. Audrey Colman
Help Me Mr Mutt: Expert Advice for Dogs with People Problems by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens
Howler by Michael Rosen / illustrated by Neal Layton
Rover by Michael Rosen / illus. by Neal Layton
Rocket Writes a Story by Tad Hills
How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills
Katie Loves the Kittens by John Himmelman
Move Over, Rover! by Karen Beaumont
A Small Brown Dog with a Wet Pink Nose by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
I Got Two Dogs (book and CD) by John Lithgow / illus. by Robert Neubecker
Cool Dog, School Dog by Deborah Heiligman and Tim Bowers
Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Going To School? by Bill Martin and Michael Sampson / illus. by Laura J. Bryant
Dog Loves Counting by Louise Yates

Series
Biscuit by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Clifford by Norman Bridwell
Blue’s Clues
McDuff by Rosemary Wells
Spot by Eric Hill
Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant
Harry by Gene Zion
Carl by Alexandra Day
Otto by Todd Parr
Dog and Bear by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh
Sally by Stephen Huneck
Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner
Larry Gets Lost by John Skewes
Gaspard and Lisa by Anne Gutman / illus. Georg Hallensleben
Noodles by Hans Wilhelm
The Puppy Place by Ellen Miles
Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin
The Buddy Files by Dori Hillestad Butler / illus. Jeremy Tugeau
Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton
Rocket by Tad Hills
Mr. Pusskins by Sam Lloyd
Pinkerton by Steven Kellogg

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BUILD YOUR COLLECTION – BOOKS FOR TEENS AND ADULTS

Shelter Pets & Rescues
To the Rescue: Found Dogs with a Mission by Elise Lufkin and Diana Walker
Saved: Rescued Animals and the Lives They Transform by Karin Winegar and Judy Olausen
Mutts: Shelter Stories: Love. Guaranteed. by Patrick McDonnell, Neil S. Plakcy and Sharon Sakson
Dogtown: Tales of Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Redemption by Stefan Bechtel
The Underdog: A Celebration of Mutts by Julia Szabo
The Mutt Book: Decoding Your Dog’s Heritage by David Alderton
Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter

General Reference
Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds by D. Caroline Coile Ph.D.

Canine Well-Being
Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy Healthy Longer Life by Nancy Kay
Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound: How You and Your Dog Can Lose Weight, Stay Fit, and Have Fun Together by Phil Zeltzman and Rebecca A. Johnson
Three Dog Bakery Cookbook: Over 50 Recipes for All-Natural Treats for Your Dog by Mark Beckloff and Dan Dye
Doga: Yoga for Dogs by Jennifer Brilliant and William Berloni
Barking Buddha: Simple Soul Stretches for Yogi and Dogi by Brenda Bryan and Bev Sparks

Canine Careers
Careers with Dogs: The Comprehensive Guide to Finding Your Dream Job by Kim Campbell Thornton

Puppy Mills
A Rare Breed of Love by Jana Kohl
Puppy Mill Dogs SPEAK!: Happy Stories and Helpful Advice by Christine Palm Shaughness and Chris M. Slawecki
Saving Gracie: How One Dog Escaped the Shadowy World of American Puppy Mills by Carol Bradley

‘Bully’ Breeds
Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love by Larry Levin
The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick’s Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption by Jim Gorant
Bully: The Pits by Paul 107
I'm a Good Dog: Pit Bulls, America's Most Beautiful (and Misunderstood) Pet by Ken Foster

Soldier Dogs
Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him by Luis Carlos Montalván and Bret Witter
From Baghdad with Love: A Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava by Jay Kopelman and Melinda Roth
The Dogs of War by Lisa Rogak
Soldier Dogs by Maria Goodavage
Sergeant Rex: The Unbreakable Bond Between a Marine and His Military Working Dog by Mike Dowling and Damien Lewis
Buddies: Men, Dogs and World War II by Douglas Keeney
Navy SEAL Dogs: My Tale of Training Canines for Combat by Michael Ritland, Gary Brozek & Thea Feldman

Therapy Dogs & Service Dogs
The Canine Good Citizen: Every Dog Can Be One by Jack Volhard and Wendy Volhard
Paws & Effect: The Healing Power of Dogs by Sharon Sakson
A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher by Sue Halpern
Animals in Our Lives: Animal-Animal Interaction in Family, Community and Therapeutic Settings edited by Peggy McCardle and others
Where the Trail Grows Faint: A Year in the Life of a Therapy Dog Team by Lynne Hugo
The Canine Good Citizen: Every Dog Can Be One by Jack Volhard and Wendy Volhard

Human-Animal Interaction
Canines in the Classroom: Raising Humane Children through Interactions with Animals by Michelle A. Rivera
Pack of Two by Caroline Knapp
How to Speak Dog: Mastering the Art of Dog-Human Communication by Stanley Coren
On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals by Turid Rugaas
Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know by Alexandra Horowitz
The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs by Patricia B. McConnell
Canine Body Language: A Photographic Guide Interpreting the Native Language of the Domestic Dog by Brenda Aloff
Dog Body Language Phrasebook: 100 Ways to Read Their Signals by Trevor Warner

Inside the Canine Mind
Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know by Alexandra Horowitz
For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend by Patricia B. McConnell
The Intelligence of Dogs: A Guide to the Thoughts, Emotions, and Inner Lives of Our Canine Companions by Stanley Coren
Your Dog Is Your Mirror: The Emotional Capacity of Our Dogs and Ourselves by Kevin Behan
Dogs Never Lie About Love: Reflections on the Emotional World of Dogs by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
The Emotional Lives of Animals: A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow, and Empathy - and Why They Matter by Marc Bekoff
The Hidden Life of Dogs by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
If Dogs Could Talk: Exploring the Canine Mind by Vilmos Csányi and Richard E. Quandt
Through a Dog's Ear: Music to Calm Your Canine Companion, Volume 1 by Joshua Leeds and Lisa Spector
For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend by Patricia B. McConnell
How Dogs Think: What the World Looks Like to Them and Why They Act the Way They Do by Stanley Coren

Senior Pets
Old Dogs: Are the Best Dogs by Gene Weingarten and Michael S. Williamson
Old Friends: Great Dogs on the Good Life by Mark J. Asher

Loss of a Pet
Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die by Jon Katz
Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog by John Grogan
How Animals Grieve by Barbara J. King
A Mango Shaped Space by Wendy Mass

Dog Training
How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend: The Classic Training Manual for Dog Owners by Monks of New Skete
Cesar's Rules: Your Way to Train a Well-Behaved Dog by Cesar Millan and Melissa Jo Peltier
The Power of Positive Dog Training by Pat Miller
Ten Natural Steps to Training the Family Dog: Building a Positive Relationship by Matthew Duffy
The Positive Dog: A Story about the Power of Positivity by Jon Gordon
Follow My Lead: What Training My Dogs Taught Me about Life, Love and Happiness by Carol Quinn
How to be the Leader of the Pack...And have Your Dog Love You for It by Patricia B. McConnell
Be the Pack Leader: Use Cesar's Way to Transform Your Dog . . . and Your Life by Cesar Millan and Melissa Jo Peltier

Activities
Totally Fun Things to Do With Your Dog by Maxine Rock
Knit Your Own Dog: Easy-to-Follow Patterns for 25 Pedigree Pooches by Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne
Knit Your Own Dog: The Second Litter: 25 More Pedigree Pooches by Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne
Brain Games for Dogs by Claire Arrowsmith
101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog by Kyra Sundance and Chalcy
Draw 50 Dogs: The Step-by-Step Way to Draw Beagles, German Shepherds, Collies, Golden Retrievers, Yorkies, Pugs, Malamutes, and Many More... by Lee J. Ames

Dogs in World History
First Dogs: American Presidents and Their Best Friends by Roy Rowan and Brooke Janis
Dog: 5000 Years of the Dog in Art by Tamsin Pickeral
The Artful Dog: Canines from The Metropolitan Museum of Art by The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Dog Painting: A History of the Dog in Art by William Secord
Dogs in the Louvre by Francois Nourissier and Elisbeth Foucart-Walter
The Spirit of the Dog: An Illustrated History by Tamsin Pickeral and Astrid Harrisson
A Dog's History of America: How Our Best Friend Explored, Conquered, and Settled a Continent by Mark Derr

Lessons Learned From Dogs
Dogs Don’t Bite When a Growl Will Do: What Your Dog Can Teach You About Living a Happy Life by Matt Weinstein and Luke Barber
What Dogs Teach Us: Life's Lessons Learned from Our Best Friends by Glenn Dromgoole
What a Difference a Dog Makes: Big Lessons on Life, Love and Healing From a Small Pooch by Dana Jennings
Guardians of Being: Spiritual Teachings from Our Dogs and Cats by Eckhart Tolle / illus. by Patrick McDonnell
The Radical Practice of Loving Everyone: A Four-Legged Approach to Enlightenment by Michael J. Chase

Funny Books
Sorry I Pooped in Your Shoe: (and Other Heartwarming Letters from Doggie) by Jeremy Greenberg
I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats by Francesco Marciuliano

Photography
Mutts by Sharon Montrose
If Only You Knew How Much I Smell You: True Portraits of Dogs by Valerie Shaff and Roy Blount
Dogtionary: Meaningful Portraits of Dogs by Sharon Montrose
Dog by Matthew Van Fleet and Brian Stanton
Dogs by Lewis Blackwell and Tim Flach
Shelter Dogs by Traer Scott
Animal Shelter Portraits by Mark Ross
Maddie on Things: A Super Serious Project About Dogs and Physics by Theron Humphrey
Underwater Dogs by Seth Casteel

Friendship
Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom by Jennifer Holland
A Letter to My Dog: Notes to Our Best Friends by Robin Layton, Lisa Erspamer and Kimi Culp
Random Acts of Kindness by Animals by Stephanie LaLand
Animal Angels: Amazing Acts of Love and Compassion by Stephanie Laland
Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology by Caroline Paul / illus. Wendy MacNaughton

Travel
Ahound the World: My Travels with Oscar by Joanne Lefson

Fiction
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel by Garth Stein
A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
Notes from the Dog by Gary Paulsen

DVDs & Audio
Dogs Decoded, PBS
National Geographic: Science of Dogs
Extraordinary Dogs
Through a Dog's Ear: Music to Calm Your Canine Companion, Volume 1 by Joshua Leeds
Through a Cat’s Ear, Vol. 1: Music for Calming by Joshua Leeds and Lisa Spector
Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)
My Dog Skip (2000)
White Fang (1991)
Shiloh (1996)
Where the Red Fern Grows (2003)
Marley & Me (2008)
Because of Winn-Dixie (2005)
Darling Companion (2012)
helter Me (2012)
Dogs Decoded (2010)

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