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Recommended Readings & Resources Grade 6

Achieving Awareness

Useful websites:
American Mutt-i-grees® Club:

Adopt A Pet:

North Shore Animal League America:

Animal Planet’s Dogs 101:

A Member of the Family by Cesar Millan and Melissa Jo Peltier

The Underdog: A Celebration of Mutts by Julia Szabo

Shelter Dogs: Amazing Stories of Adopted Strays by Peg Kehret/photos by Greg Farrar

A Dog’s Life: The Autobiography of a Stray by Ann M. Martin

Nothing Wrong with a Three Legged Dog by Graham McNamee

Mutts Shelter Stories: Love Guaranteed by Patrick McDonnell

Hotel for Dogs by Lois Duncan

News for Dogs by Lois Duncan

Useful Websites:
Cesar’s Way: “Turning a Negative into a Positive:”

Mutts Comics:

Sheep by Valerie Hobbs

Star in the Forest by Laura Resau

DogTown: Tales of Rescue Rehabilitation and Redemption by Stefan Bechtel

Finding Feelings

Dog Gone by Cynthia Chapman Willis

How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O’Connor

Buddy by M.H. Herlong

Almost Home by Joan Bauer

Saving Zasha by Randi Barrow

It Only Looks Easy by Pamela Swallow

Dogs & Devotion: A Celebration of the Bond Between Dogs and People by the Monks of New Skete

Dog Artlist Collection: Silly Songs [Audio CD] 2005

Dog Songs: Celebrating 101 Dalmatians [Audio CD] 1996

Useful Websites:
Cesar’s Way: “Famous Pit Bulls”

Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan episode: “Most Aggressive Breeds”

Useful Websites:
Moving with Mutt-i-grees® Dog yoga poses and positions:


Books for Teacher:
Barking Buddha: Simple Soul Stretches for Yogi and Dogi by Brenda Bryan/ photos by Bev Sparks

Bow Wow Yoga by Gerry Greengrass

Useful Websites:
Cesar’s Way: The Science of Canine Emotions:

Hachiko: The True Story of The Royal Dogs of Japan and One Faithful Akita by Julie Chrystyn

Encouraging Empathy

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Through a Dog’s Ear: Music to Calm Your Canine Companion Volume 1 [Audio CD by Joshua Leeds]

Notso Hotso by Anne Fine/illus. Tony Ross

Building Character With Sam Izzy & Many Other Dogs: 15 Tips That Help Children Build Character by Danny W. Pettry II [For Teacher]

Useful Websites:
Cesar’s Way: “Energy as Communication”

Dog Dialog: Staying Calm-Assertive and Dog Talk

LA Times: “Can a Dog Catch a Yawn?”

Cracker!: The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata

Useful Websites:
Cesar’s Way: “Bucking the Stereotype”

Broadway Tails: Heartfelt Stories of Rescued Dogs Who Became Showbiz Superstars by Bill Berloni [For Teacher]

Annabel the Actress: Hound of the Barkervilles by Ellen Conford

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

Dog Heroes of September 11th: A Tribute to America’s Search and Rescue Dogs by Nona Kilgore Bauer and The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation

Cultivating Cooperation

Useful Websites:
Fact or Fiction: Dogs Can Talk

Dog Dialog: What is the Dog Trying to Tell Us?

Ribsy by Beverly Cleary

Useful Websites:
Dog Dialog: Part of the Pack

Flawed Dogs: The Shocking Raid on Westminster by Berkeley Breathed

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner

Useful Websites:
Quotes About Dogs and Friendship

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Old Yeller by Fred Gipson

Useful Websites:
Reading Education Assistance Dogs:

Canine Companions:

Military Working Dog Foundation:

Prison Pet Partnership Program:

To the Rescue: Found Dogs with a Mission by Elise Lufkin and Diana Walker

Dog Tales: True Stories About Amazing Dogs: Helping Dogs by Marie-Therese Miller

Through a Dog’s Eyes [DVD] PBS 2010

Nature: Dogs That Changed the World [DVD] PBS 2007

White Fang by Jack London

Waggit’s Tale by Peter Howe

The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford

One Dog and His Boy by Eva Ibbotson

Dealing with Decisions

Useful Websites:
Cesar’s Way: “To Hell and Back: Michael Vick’s Pit Bulls”

The Dogs are Alright: The Vick Dogs Make a Comeback
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The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick’s Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption by Jim Gorant

25 Stupid Mistakes Dog Owners Make by Janine Adams

101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith

Dogwalker by Karen Spafford-Fitz

White House Pets [DVD 2005]

First Dogs: American Presidents and Their Best Friends by Roy Rowan and Brooke Janis

Extraordinary Dogs PBS (2011)

Dogs Decoded PBS (2011)

A Pack of Dogs: An Anthology compiled by Lucy Smith

The Secret Lives Of Dogs: The Real Reasons Behind 52 Mysteries Of Canine Behaviors by Jana Murphy