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Recommended Readings PreK-Kindergarten

Achieving Awareness

Meet Biscuit by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Doggies by Sandra Boynton

Dog by Matthew Van Fleet

Curious George The Dog Show by Monica Perez

Lady and the Tramp by Golden Press

Kitten for a Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Snuggle Puppy: A Little Love Song by Sandra Boynton

First Dog by J. Patrick Lewis

McDuff and the Baby by Rosemary Wells

Puddle Trouble, the second book in the Henry and Mudge series, by Cynthia Rylant

The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle

The Mixed Up Chameleon by Eric Carle

Riding In My Car by Woody Guthrie / illus. Scott Menchin

Art Dog by Thacher Hurd

Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner

Saving Audie: A Pit Bull Puppy Gets a Second Chance by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent / photos by William Muñoz

May I Pet Your Dog? The How-to Guide for Kids Meeting Dogs (and Dogs Meeting Kids) by Stephanie Calmenson / illus. by Jan Ormerod

Before You Were Mine by Maribeth Boelts and David Walker

Martha Speaks: Shelter Dog Blues by Susan Meddaugh

“Let’s Get a Pup!” Said Kate by Bob Graham

It’s Raining Pups and Dogs! by Jeanne Prevost/illus. Amelia Hansen

Big Dog . . . Little Dog by P.D. Eastman

Hot Dog, Cold Dog by Frann Preston Gannon

Walk the Dog: A Parade of Pooches from A to Z by Bob Barner

Dogs by Emily Gravett

A Dog’s Life by Caroline Sherman

Dogku by Andrew Clements and Tim Bowers

A Small Brown Dog with a Wet Pink Nose by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen / illus. Linzie Hunter

There Are No Cats in This Book by Viviane Schwarz

There Are Cats in This Book by Viviane Schwarz

A Home for Dakota by Jan Zita Grover / illus. Nancy Lane

My Pup by Margaret O'Hair / illus. Tammie Lyon

A Home for Dixie: The True Story of a Rescued Puppy by Emma Jackson and Bob Carey

Doggone Dogs by Karen Beaumont and David Catrow

First Dog by Beth Zappitello, Patrick Lewis and Tim Bowers

InDognito: A Book of Canines in Costume by Karen Ngo

Neville: A Dog With A Secret by Stephanie Ferguson

Discover More: Puppies & Kittens by Penelope Arlon

Ten Little Puppies by Jim Harris and Marian Harris

Finding Feelings

Spot Loves His Mommy by Eric Hill

Spot Loves His Daddy by Eric Hill

I, Trixie, Who Is Dog by Dean Koontz

Taking a Bath with the Dog and Other Things That Make Me Happy by Scott Menchin

Harry and the Lady Next Door by Gene Zion

Clifford and the Grouchy Neighbors by Norman Bridwell

Unlovable by Dan Yaccarino

Henry and Mudge: The First Book of Their Adventures by Cynthia Rylant

Bobo and the New Neighbor by Gail Page

Smartypants (Pete in School) by Maira Kalman

Sled Dogs Run by Jonathan London

The Digging-Est Dog by Al Perkins

No Rest for Sparky by Rick Arruzza

The Stray Dog by Marc Simont

I Got Two Dogs (book and CD) by John Lithgow / illus. by Robert Neubecker

A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka

Dogku by Andrew Clements / illus. by Tim Bowers

Buster: The Very Shy Dog by Lisze Bechtold

BOOM!: Big, Big Thunder & One Small Dog by Mary Lyn Ray and Steven Salerno

Happy Dog by Lisa Grubb

The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness by Colin Thompson

I Feel Happy & Sad & Angry & Glad by Mary Elizabeth Murphy

Fun Dog, Sun Dog by Deborah Heiligman / illus. Tim Bowers

Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates

Dog Loves Drawing by Louise Yates

Dog Loves Counting by Louise Yates

Jack & Jill: The Miracle Dog with a Happy Tail to Tell by Jill Rappaport and Linda Solomon

Poor Puppy by Nick Bruel

Encouraging Empathy

Doggies by Sandra Boynton

Good Dog Carl by Alexandra Day

Carl’s Afternoon in the Park by Alexandra Day

Carl’s Masquerade by Alexandra Day

Carl’s Afternoon in the Park by Alexandra Day

Carl Goes to Daycare by Alexandra Day

McDuff and the Baby by Rosemary Wells

Blue’s Checkup (Blue’s Clues #13) by Sarah Albee

Carl’s Sleepy Afternoon (or any of the Carl series) by Alexandra Day

Otto Goes to Camp (or any of the Otto series) by Todd Parr

Carl’s Snowy Afternoon (or any of the Carl series) by Alexandra Day

Clifford (or any of the Clifford series) by Norman Bridwell

I’m Sorry! (Blue’s Clues) by Justin Chanda

The Digging-Est Dog by Al Perkins

Surprise Party by William Wegman

Mr. Putter and Tabby Walk the Dog by Cynthia Rylant

Carl’s Masquerade by Alexandra Day

Carl’s Afternoon in the Park by Alexandra Day

McDuff and the Baby by Rosemary Wells

Carl Goes to Daycare by Alexandra Day

Howler by Michael Rosen / illustrated by Neal Layton

Rover by Michael Rosen / illus. by Neal Layton

A Home for Dakota by Jan Zita Grover/illus. Nancy Lane

How to Talk to Your Dog by Jean Craighead George/illus. Sue Truesdell

Buddy Unchained by Daisy Bix/illus. by Joe Hyatt

Max Talks to Me by Claire Buchwald/illus. Karen Ritz

Oops, Clifford! by Norman Bridwell

Big Dog and Little Dog Making a Mistake by Dav Pilkey

Here's What I Know So Far: Doc's Story by Diane Till and Tom Schwartz

I Didn't Do It by Patricia MacLachlan, Emily MacLachlan Charest and Katy Schneider

Cultivating Cooperation

Mr. Putter and Tabby Walk the Dog by Cynthia Rylant

Heave Ho! by Heinz Janisch

Song: “Helping” by Tom Smothers from the album Free To Be You and Me

One Dog Canoe by Mary Casanova

Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann

Biscuit Visits the Big City by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Finding Susie by Sandra Day O’Connor

Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

A Boy, a Dog, a Frog and a Friend by Mercer and Marianna Mayer

Tarra and Bella: The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends by Carol Buckley

Always in Trouble by Corinne Demas

The Poky Little Puppy’s First Christmas (Little Golden Book) by Justine Korman

Morgan the Dog: The Day the Magic Began by Heather Irbinskas

Buddy, the First Seeing Eye Dog (Hello Reader! Series) by Eva Moore

Good Dog, Paw! by Chinlun Lee

Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival by Kirby Larson & Mary Nethery / illus. by Jean Cassels

Jojofu Michael Waite / illus. by Yoriko Ito

How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills

Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle by Major Brian Dennis, Kirby Larson & Mary Nethery

Help Me, Mr. Mutt!: Expert Answers for Dogs with People Problems by Susan Stevens Crummel and Janet Stevens

Clifford Barks! by Norman Bridwell

Listen up, Pup! by Steve Smallman

Hip Hop Dog by Chris Raschka / illus. Vladimir Radunsky

Wag! by Patrick McDonnell

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

Clifford’s Good Deeds by Norman Bridwell

Henry Helps with the Dog by Beth Bracken/illus. Ailie Busby

A Perfect Day for Digging by Cari Best /illus. Christine Davenier

A Friend Like You by Tanja Askani

City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems and Jon J. Muth

Clifford And The Big Parade by Norman Bridwell

Cool Dog, School Dog by Deborah Heiligman and Tim Bowers

Fluffy and Baron by Laura Rankin

Our New Puppy by Isabelle Harper and Barry Moser

Say Hello to Zorro! by Carter Goodrich

Some Dog! by Mary Casanova / illus. Ard Hoyt

Dealing with Decisions

Healthy Snacks with Blue! by J-P Chanda

McDuff Comes Home by Rosemary Wells

Martha Walks the Dog by Susan Meddaugh

Henry And Mudge And The Big Sleepover by Cynthia Rylant

McDuff’s New Friend by Rosemary Wells

I’m No Turkey! (Noodles series) by Hans Wilhelm

No Roses for Harry! by Gene Zion

Biscuit Finds a Friend (My First I Can Read Book Series) by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Miles of Smiles: The Story of Roxey, the Long Island Rail Road Dog by Heather Hill Worthington / Illustrated by Bill Farnsworth

Are You Ready for Me? by Claire Buchwald

May I Pet Your Dog?: The How-to Guide for Kids Meeting Dogs (and Dogs Meeting Kids) by Stephanie Calmenson/illus. by Jan Ormerod

Help Me, Mr. Mutt!: Expert Answers for Dogs with People Problems by Susan Stevens Crummel and Janet Stevens

Detective LaRue: Letters from the Investigation by Mark Teague

Tails Are Not for Pulling by Elizabeth Verdick/illus. Marieka Heinlen

Don’t Lick the Dog: Making Friends with Dogs by Wendy Wahman

Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog by Pamela S. Turner and Yan Nascimbene

Naughty Naughty Pets: Dig, Ivan Dig! by Wendy Ann Gardner

Marley and the Kittens by John Grogan and Richard Cowdrey

Please, Puppy, Please by Spike Lee