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Recommended Readings & Resources Grades 1-3

Achieving Awareness

Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy by Jane O’Connor

Mutt Named as Dog of the Millennium: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/woof/stories/story_49.html

Jules The Lighthouse Dog by P.T. Custard

Finding Susie by Sandra Day O’Connor

Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary

Absolutely Lucy (Road to Reading Series: Mile 5) by Ilene Cooper

Otto Has a Birthday Party by Todd Parr

McDuff Saves the Day by Rosemary Wells

The Adventures of Taxi Dog by Debra Barracca and Sal Barracca

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

Henry the Dog with No Tail (Paula Wiseman Books) by Kate Feiffer

My Dog Is Lost by Ezra Jack Keats

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

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

Before You Were Mine by Maribeth Boelts and David Walker

Shaggy Dogs, Waggy Dogs by Patricia Hubbell/illus. Donald Wu

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

Absolutely Lucy Series by Ilene Cooper

National Geographic Kids Everything Dogs: All the Canine Facts, Photos, and Fun You Can Get Your Paws On! by Becky Baines

Dog Breath by Dav Pilkey

Dog Diaries series by Kate Klimo

Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm by Jon Katz

The Adventures of Taxi Dog by Debra Barracca and Sal Barracca

The Puppy Place series by Ellen Miles

How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills

Rocket Writes a Story by Tad Hills

Arlo Needs Glasses by Barney Saltzberg

Ball by Mary Sullivan

Drop It, Rocket! by Tad Hills

Stick Dog by Tom Watson

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

Dogs 101 by Rebecca Paley

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

Finding Feelings

Martha Walks the Dog by Susan Meddaugh

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

Sled Dogs Run by Jonathan London

The Digging-Est Dog by Al Perkins

No Rest for Sparky by Rick Arruzza

Bark, George by Jules Feiffer

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

Wag! by Patrick McDonnell

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

Dogs Have the Strangest Friends: & Other True Stories of Animal Feelings by Shirley Felts and Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

Black Dog by Levi Pinfold

Otis and the Puppy by Loren Long

The Next-Door Dogs by Colby Rodowsky/illus. Amy June Bates

Clifford’s First School Day by Norman Bridwell

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

Doga: Yoga for Dogs by Jennifer Brilliant and William Berloni

Cat Yoga: Fitness and Flexibility for the Modern Feline by Rick Tillotson

Yoga Dogs by Dan Borris

Yoga Cats by Dan Borris

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

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

Encouraging Empathy

Carl’s Masquerade, Carl’s Afternoon in the Park or Carl Goes to Daycare by Alexandra Day

McDuff and the Baby by Rosemary Wells

Carl’s Masquerade, Carl’s Afternoon in the Park or Carl Goes to Daycare by Alexandra Day

McDuff and the Baby by Rosemary Wells

Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School by Mark Teague

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

Posturing/emotions in dogs: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1079521-2,00.html

Research study findings: Babies understand dog-speak http://news.byu.edu/archive09-Jul-babybarking.aspx

Big Dog and Little Dog Making a Mistake by Dav Pilkey

Best Mistake Ever! by Richard Scarry

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

Absolutely Lucy (Road to Reading Series: Mile 5) by Ilene Cooper

Olivia and the Missing Toy by Ian Falconer

Surprise Party by William Wegman

Mr. Putter and Tabby Walk the Dog by Cynthia Rylant

Reading Education Assistance Dogs http://www.therapyanimals.org/R.E.A.D.html

Therapy Dogs Seem to Boost Health of Sick and Lonely Lara Suziedelis Bogle for National Geographic News http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2002/08/0808_020808_therapydogs.html

Sometimes Friendly Ears are Furry Ones Trained Dogs Bolster Confidence by Serving as Uncritical Reading Buddies Nelson Hernandez, Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/11/AR2007021101367.html

Howler by Michael Rosen / illustrated by Neal Layton

Rover by Michael Rosen / illus. by Neal Layton

A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka

How to Speak Dog: A Guide to Decoding Dog Language by Aline Alexander Newman and Gary Weitzman

White Fur Flying by Patricia MacLachlan

Mister Bud Wears the Cone by Carter Goodrich

Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School by Mark Teague

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

Sorry I Pooped in Your Shoe: (and Other Heartwarming Letters from Doggie) by Jeremy Greenberg

Wet Dog! by Elise Broach and David Catrow

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

Walter the Farting Dog: Banned from the Beach by William Kotzwinkle, Elizabeth Gundy, Glenn Murray

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

Tornado by Betsy Byars

McDuff and the Baby by Rosemary Wells

My Senator and Me: A Dog’s-Eye View of Washington, D. C. by Edward M. Kennedy

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

Jamaica’s Find by Juanita Havill

Poppy and Max and the Snow Dog by Sally Grindley

Heave Ho! by Heinz Janisch

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

Walter the Farting Dog: Banned from the Beach by William Kotzwinkle, Elizabeth Gundy, Glenn Murray

Mr. Putter and Tabby Walk the Dog by Cynthia Rylant

Heave Ho! by Heinz Janisch

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

Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond between a Soldier and His Service Dog by Luis Carlos Montalvan

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

Jack and Jill and Big Dog Bill by Martha Weston

Hot Dog by Molly Coxe

Clifford Cares by Norman Bridwell

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

Marley: Strike Three, Marley! by John Grogan/illus. Richard Cowdrey

Bob: No Ordinary Cat by James Bowen

Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence by Lisa Cohn and Michael Cohn

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

Clifford And The Big Parade by Norman Bridwell

Cool Dog, School Dog by Deborah Heiligman and Tim Bowers

Frank and Beans series by Kathy-jo Wargin / illus. Anthony Lewis

Max Spaniel series by David Catrow

Our New Puppy by Isabelle Harper and Barry Moser

Pet Heroes by Nicole Corse

Say Hello to Zorro! by Carter Goodrich

Some Dog! by Mary Casanova / illus. Ard Hoyt

Dealing with Decisions

Biscuit’s New Trick (My First I Can Read Book Series) by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Go Away, Dog (My First I Can Read Book Series) by Joan L. Nodset

Madeline’s Rescue by Ludwig Bemelmans

Henry and Mudge and the Tall Tree House (Henry and Mudge Series #21) by Cynthia Rylant

Lucy on the Loose by Ilene Cooper

Are You Ready for Me? by Claire Buchwald

Sparky’s Big Race by Rick Arruzza

If I Had a Dog by Carolyn Jackson

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

Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion

No Roses for Harry! by Gene Zion

Love Your Heart by Tim McGraw and Tom Douglas

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

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

My Dog: A Kids’ Guide to Keeping a Happy & Healthy Pet by Michael J. Rosen

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

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

Humphrey’s Playful Puppy Problem by Betty G. Birney/illus. Priscilla Burris

The Puppy Problem by Carolyn Keene/illus. Anthony Accardo

Are You Ready for Me? by Claire Buchwald

Big Dog Decisions by Michele Jakubowski / illus. Luisa Montalto

Mallory vs. Max by Laurie B. Friedman and Tamara Schmitz

The Reader by Amy Hest/ilus. Lauren Castillo

Hachiko Waits by Lesléa Newman and Machiyo Kodaira

Marley and the Kittens by John Grogan and Richard Cowdrey

Please, Puppy, Please by Spike Lee