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Recommended Readings & Resources Grades 4-5

Achieving Awareness

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

Animal Planet’s Dogs 101:

North Shore Animal League America:

Dogs by Steven Otfinoski

My Life In Dog Years by Gary Paulsen

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

Nothing Wrong with a Three Legged Dog by Graham McNamee

Champ by Marcia Thornton Jones

Hotel for Dogs by Lois Duncan

Dog Whisperer: The Rescue by Nicholas Edwards

Useful Websites:
Mutts Comics:

Sheep by Valerie Hobbs

The Original Adventures #1 (Hank the Cowdog series) by John R. Erickson / illus. by Gerald L. Holmes

The Dog That Called the Signals by Matt Christopher

Not My Dog by Colby F. Rodowsky/illus. by Thomas F. Yezerski

Finding Feelings

Useful Websites: Cesar Millan: “Nice to Meet You” video:

Dog Gone by Cynthia Chapman Willis

A Dog’s Life by Araldo De Luca

Buddy by M.H. Herlong

Almost Home by Joan Bauer

Because of Shoe & Other Dog Stories edited by Ann M. Martin

Saving Zasha by Randi Barrow

Wild Life by Cynthia DeFelice

Dog Artlist Collection: Silly Songs [Audio CD] 2005

Dog Songs: Celebrating 101 Dalmatians [Audio CD] 1996

See also:

Useful Websites:
Cesar’s Way: Cesar Against Abuse

Animal League: Against Animal Cruelty

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: “Famous Pit Bulls”

Dog Dialog lesson: All About Instincts

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

Encouraging Empathy

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Spunky Tells All by Ann Cameron / Illustrated by Lauren Castillo

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

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

Useful Websites:
Cesar’s Way: Dealing with Grief in a Pack

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

Smells Like Dog by Suzanne Selfors

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

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

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

The Dogs are Alright: The Vick Dogs Make a Comeback [video] the-dogs-are-alright-the-vick-dogs-make-a-comeback/6676/

25 Stupid Mistakes Dog Owners Make by Janine Adams

If Only You Knew How Much I Smell You: True Portraits of Dogs by Valerie Shaff and Roy Blount

Cultivating Cooperation

Ribsy by Beverly Cleary

One Dog and His Boy by Eva Ibbotson

Useful websites:
See Dog Dialog: What is the Dog Trying to Tell Us?

Dog Talk

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

Canine Body Language: A Photographic Guide Interpreting the Native Language of the Domestic Dog by Brenda Aloff

Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner

Top Dogs and Their Pets by David Woo

Flawed Dogs: The Shocking Raid on Westminster by Berkeley Breathed

White Fang by Jack London

Waggit’s Tale by Peter Howe

The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford

See Dog Dialog lessons: Part of the Pack

For Teacher:
Be the Pack Leader: Use Cesar’s Way to Transform Your Dog . . . and Your Life by Cesar Millan and Melissa Jo Peltier

Dealing with Decisions

Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes

A Hare-Raising Tail by Elizabeth Levy

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith

Dogwalker by Karen Spafford-Fitz

How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O’Connor

The Invisible Dog by Dick King-Smith

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

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

Love that Dog by Sharon Creech

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

Calvin Coconut: Dog Heaven by Graham Salisbury / illus. by Jacqueline Rogers