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Looking for books to share with your students related to humane education? This list of books featured from our curriculum covers every topic from adoption to conservation to respect for others.

Mutt-i-grees Author Read Aloud Series

Gray Whiskers by Lisa Wienebrink
Love Me Gently by Lisa Wienebrink
Hugo and the Impossible Thing by Renee Felice Smith and Chris Gabriel
Hank, The Ballpark Pup by Karen B. Winnick
Sammie’s Tail – My Story of Rescue by Stasie Fishman
Bettinna’s Tail – My Story of Rescue by Stasie Fishman
Before You Get Your Dog by Margrit Lichter
Pup Culture by Victoria Lilly Shaffer
Baby Cakes, A Very Tiny Heroine by Heidi Wise
Mr. Pants by Scott McCormick
Rusty The Rescue by Christina Capatides

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Recommended Readings PreK-Kindergarten

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

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
Martha Walks the Dog by Susan Meddaugh
Double-Dip Feelings: Stories to Help Children Understand Emotions by Barbara S. Cain

Carl’s MasqueradeCarl’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
Research study findings: Babies understand dog-speak 
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
Therapy Dogs Seem to Boost Health of Sick and Lonely by Lara Suziedelis Bogle for National Geographic News
Sometimes Friendly Ears are Furry Ones Trained Dogs Bolster Confidence by Serving as Uncritical Reading Buddies by Nelson Hernandez, Washington Post
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

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

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

Recommended Readings & Resources Grades 1-3

Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy by Jane O’Connor
Mutt Named as Dog of the Millennium
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

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
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

Carl’s MasqueradeCarl’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
Research study findings: Babies understand dog-speak
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 
Therapy Dogs Seem to Boost Health of Sick and Lonely by Lara Suziedelis Bogle for National Geographic News
Sometimes Friendly Ears are Furry Ones Trained Dogs Bolster Confidence by Serving as Uncritical Reading Buddies by Nelson Hernandez, Washington Post
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

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
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
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
Clifford Barks! By Norman Bridwell
Listen up, Pup! By Steve Smallman
Henry and Mudge (series) by Cynthia Rylant
Tarra & Bella: The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends by Carol Buckley

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

Recommended Readings & Resources Grades 4-5

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
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
Dogs with Baggage: Getting to Know Your Rescue Dog by Freddie Fenn, Rupert Waddington

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
The Way I Feel by Janan Cain
Understanding Myself: A Kid’s Guide to Intense Emotions and Strong Feelings by Mary C., Ph.D. Lamia
The Care and Keeping of Your Emotions by Dr. Linda Madison
Just A Dog: Understanding Animal Cruelty and Ourselves by Arnold Arluke
Cool Cats, Calm Kids by Mary Williams M.A. M.N. (Illus. by Dianne O’Quinn Burke)
Yoga for Children: 200+ Yoga Poses, Breathing Exercises, and Meditations for Healthier, Happier, More Resilient Children by Lisa Flynn
Click to Calm: Healing the Aggressive Dog by Emma Parsons
I’m A Good Dog: Pit Bulls, America’s Most Beautiful (and Misunderstood) Pet by Ken Foster
Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out: Training the Crazy Dog from Over the Top to Under Control by Laura VanArendonk Baugh
Dog Artlist Collection: Silly Songs [Audio CD] 2005
Dog Songs: Celebrating 101 Dalmatians [Audio CD] 1996

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

Ribsy by Beverly Cleary
One Dog and His Boy by Eva Ibbotson

Books 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
How to Speak Dog: A Guide to Decoding Dog Language by Aline Alexander Newman
Be the Pack Leader: Use Cesar’s Way to Transform Your Dog . . . and Your Life by Cesar Millan and Melissa Jo Peltier
RESPECT ROCKS: A Behavior Program for Teaching Your Children Respect & Responsibility by Wendy N Davis

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
Dogs and Their People: Photos and Stories of Life with a Four-Legged Love by Barkpost

Recommended Readings & Resources Grade 6

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
Sheep by Valerie Hobbs
Star in the Forest by Laura Resau
DogTown: Tales of Rescue Rehabilitation and Redemption by Stefan Bechtel
Best Friends: The True Story of the World’s Most Beloved Animal Sanctuary by Samantha Glen

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
Ironman by Chris Crutcher
Who the Man by Chris Lynch
Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen
Hot Stuff to Help Kids Chill Out: The Anger Management Book by Jerry Wilde, Ph. D.
The Anger Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Deal with Anger and Frustration by Rachel Cassada Lohmann MS LPC (Author), Jlia V. Taylor PhD (Foreword)
Yoga for Beginners: Simple Yoga Poses to Calm Your Mind and Strngthen Your Body by Cory Martin
Cracker!: The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata
Hachiko: The True Story of The Royal Dogs of Japan and One Faithful Akita by Julie Chrystyn

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

Ribsy by Beverly Cleary
Flawed Dogs: The Shocking Raid on Westminster by Berkeley Breathed
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
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: Understanding Our Dogs by Understanding How They See the World by Jennifer Arnold
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

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
First Dogs: American Presidents and Their Best Friends by Roy Rowan and Brooke Janis
Really Important Stuff My Dog Has Taught Me by Cynthia L. Copeland
A Dog’s Guide to Humans by Karen Davison
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

Recommended Readings & Resources Grades 7-8

The Mutt Book: Decoding Your Dog’s Heritage by David Alderton
Bulu: African Wonder Dog by Dick Houston
Julia Gillian And The Dream Of The Dog by Alison McGhee
Dog Dialog lesson: Staying Calm-Assertive: Energy as Communication
Dog Dialog lesson: Part of the Pack
USA Today: “Mill Dogs’ Forgiveness is a Real Head-scratcher” by Sharon Peters
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
Dog Dialog lesson: Are You Ready for a Dog?
See Snapshots section of this binder for more information on puppy mills and dogfighting
Through a Dog’s Ear: Music to Calm Your Canine Companion, Volume 1 [Audio CD, by Joshua Leeds] Cesar’s Way Magazine: “Music for Life: Benefit Concert for Dogs
Moving with Mutt-i-grees®: http://education.muttigrees.org/dance
Frankie the Walk ‘N Roll Dog by Barbara Techel
Living With the Rescues: Life Lessons and Inspirations by Sharon Langford
Mutts by Sharon Montrose
The Intelligence of Dogs: A Guide to the Thoughts, Emotions, and Inner Lives of Our Canine Companions by Stanley Coren
What Do Dogs Know? by Stanley Coren and Janet Walker
Angel Dogs with a Mission: Divine Messengers by Allen Anderson and Linda Anderson
Second Chances by Elise Lufkin / photographs by Diana Walker
Mutts: Shelter Stories: Love. Guarenteed. By Patrick McDonnell, Neil S Plakcy and Sharon Sakson
The Underdog: A Celebration of Mutts by Julia Szabo
Be Positive!: A Book about Optimism by Cheri J. Meiners
The Mindful Child: How to Help Your Kid Manage Stress and Become Happier, Kinder, and More Compassionate by Susan Kaiser Greenland

Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know by Alexandra Horowitz
Ahound the World: My Travels with Oscar by Joanne Lefson
Three Dog Bakery Cookbook: Over 50 Recipes for All-Natural Treats for Your Dog by Mark Beckloff and Dan Dye
Racing in the Rain: My Life as a Dog by Garth Stein
100 Simple Secrets Why Dogs Make Us Happy by David Niven
Cesar’s Way magazine: “Energy is a Constant Communicator
Cesar’s Way magazine: “Understanding Dog Aggression
Dog Dialog lesson: Learning from Dogs: Living in the Moment
Doga: Yoga for Dogs by Jennifer Brilliant and William Berloni
Marley: A Dog Like No Other by John Grogan
Dogtionary: Meaningful Portraits of Dogs by Sharon Montrose
What the Dog Said  by Randi Reisfeld with H.B. Gilmour
How Dogs Think: Inside the Canine Mind by Stanley Coren
What To Do When Your Temper Flares: A Kid’sGuide to Overcoming Problems with Anger by Dawn Huebner
Marley: A Dog Like No Other by John Grogan

Listen! by Stephanie S. Tolan
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
Star in the Forest by Laura Resau
The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford
Found Dogs: Tales of Strays Who Landed on Their Feet by Elise Lufkin and Diana Walker
Dog Whisperer: The Rescue by Nicholas Edwards
Everything for a Dog by Ann M. Martin
Dogtown: Tales of Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Redemption by Stefan Bechte
The Well-Mannered Dog: From Dealing with Cats to Staying in Hotels, a Total Guide to Good Manners by Matthew Hoffman
Old Dogs are the Best Dogs by Gene Weingarten and Michael S. Williamson
Old Dog’s Guide for Pups: Advice and Rules for Human Training by Allen Appel and Mike Rothmiller
Communication Skills for Teens: How to Liste, Express, and Connect for Success by Michelle Skeen et al.

Saved: Rescued Animals and the Lives They Transform by Karin Winegar and Judy Olausen
A Smart Girl’s Guide: Middle School (Revised): Everything You Need to Know About Juggling More Homework, More Teachers, and More Friends! By Julie Williams Montalbono
Be Confident in Who You Are (Middle School Confidential Series) (Bk. 1) by Annie Fox
Middle School: Dog’s Best Friend by James Patterson
30 Days of No Gossip by Staphanie Faris
The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: Spirit Week Showdown by Crystal Allen
To the Rescue: Found Dogs with a Mission by Elise Lufkin and Diana Walker
Paws and Effect: The Healing Power of Dogs by Sharon Sakson
My Dog: A Kids’ Guide to Keeping a Happy & Healthy Pet by Michael J. Rosen
Flawed Dogs: The Shocking Raid on Westminster by Berkeley Breathed
Rescue Tails: Portraits of Dogs and Their Celebrities by Brian Nice and Beth O. Stern

Too Cool for Drugs by Sharon Scott, Wayne Hinmarsh, and Nicholas, the Cocker Spaniel
Sounder by William H. Armstrong
25 Stupid Mistakes Dog Owners Make by Janine Adams
Be the Pack Leader: Use Cesar’s Way to Transform Your Dog . . . and Your Life by Cesar Millan and Melissa Jo Peltier
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Head of the Class: A Teen Dog Expert Teaches You to Raise and Train the Perfect Pal by Kate Eldredge and Debra M. Eldredge
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Dogs and Devotion: A Celebration of the Bond Between Dogs and People by the Monks of New Skete
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
Paws and Reflect: A Special Bond Between Man and Dog by Neil S. Plakcy and Sharon Sakson
Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home: And Other Unexplained Powers of Animals by Rupert Sheldrake
Cracker!: The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata
Mutts Shelter Stories: Love. Guaranteed. by Patrick McDonnell
How to Raise the Perfect Dog: Through Puppyhood and Beyond by Cesar Millan and Melissa Jo Peltier
White Fang by Jack London
The Underdog: A Celebration of Mutts by Julia Szabo
The World According to Dog: Poems and Teen Voices by Joyce Sidman / illustrated by Doug Mindell
Dogku by Andrew Clements / illustrated by Tim Bowers

Recommended Readings & Resources Grades 9-12

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
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
Ahound the World: My Travels with Oscar by Joanne Lefson
Beasts of Burden by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson
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
It’s a Dog’s Life, Snoopy by Charles M. Schulz
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
Guardians of Being: Spiritual Teachings from Our Dogs and Cats by Eckhart Tolle / illus. by Patrick McDonnell
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
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
The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel by Garth Stein
Aggression in Dogs by Brenda Aloff
The Dogs of War by Lisa Rogak
Forgive Me? by Judy Link Cuddehe
Sorry I Pooped in Your Shoe: (and Other Heartwarming Letters from Doggie) by Jeremy Greenberg
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
The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick’s Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption by Jim Gorant
The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think by Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods

Trust the Dog: Rebuilding Lives Through Teamwork with Man’s Best Friend by Gerri Hershey
Soldier Dogs by Maria Goodavage
Where the Trail Grows Faint: A Year in the Life of a Therapy Dog Team by Lynne Hugo
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
Notes from the Dog by Gary Paulsen
How to Be Your Dog’s Best Friend: The Classic Training Manual for Dog Owners by Monks of New Skete
My Dog Skip by Willie Morris
Sergeant Rex: The Unbreakable Bond Between a Marine and His Military Working Dog by Mike Dowling and Damien Lewis
Be the Pack Leader: Use Cesar’s Way to Transform Your Dog . . . and Your Life by Cesar Millan and Melissa Jo Peltier
How to be the Leader of the Pack…And have Your Dog Love You For It by Patricia B. McConnell
Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him by Luis Carlos Montalván and Bret Witter
A Dog Named Boo: How One Dog and One Woman Rescued Each Other – and the Lives They Transformed Along the Way by Lisa J. Edwards
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
Help Me Mr Mutt: Expert Advice for Dogs with People Problems by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens
If Dogs Could Talk: Exploring the Canine Mind by Vilmos Csányi and Richard E. Quandt
Bully: The Pits by Paul 107
I’m a Good Dog: Pit Bulls, America’s Most Beautiful (and Misunderstood) Pet by Ken Foster
Careers with Dogs: The Comprehensive Guide to Finding Your Dream Job by Kim Campbell Thornton
Maddie on Things: A Super Serious Project About Dogs and Physics by Theron Humphrey
Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck
Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean

Trust the Dog: Rebuilding Lives Through Teamwork with Man’s Best Friend by Gerri Hershey
Soldier Dogs by Maria Goodavage
Where the Trail Grows Faint: A Year in the Life of a Therapy Dog Team by Lynne Hugo
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
Notes from the Dog by Gary Paulsen
How to Be Your Dog’s Best Friend: The Classic Training Manual for Dog Owners by Monks of New Skete
My Dog Skip by Willie Morris
Sergeant Rex: The Unbreakable Bond Between a Marine and His Military Working Dog by Mike Dowling and Damien Lewis
Be the Pack Leader: Use Cesar’s Way to Transform Your Dog . . . and Your Life by Cesar Millan and Melissa Jo Peltier
How to be the Leader of the Pack…And have Your Dog Love You For It by Patricia B. McConnell
Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him by Luis Carlos Montalván and Bret Witter
A Dog Named Boo: How One Dog and One Woman Rescued Each Other – and the Lives They Transformed Along the Way by Lisa J. Edwards
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
Help Me Mr Mutt: Expert Advice for Dogs with People Problems by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens
If Dogs Could Talk: Exploring the Canine Mind by Vilmos Csányi and Richard E. Quandt
Bully: The Pits by Paul 107
I’m a Good Dog: Pit Bulls, America’s Most Beautiful (and Misunderstood) Pet by Ken Foster
Careers with Dogs: The Comprehensive Guide to Finding Your Dream Job by Kim Campbell Thornton
Maddie on Things: A Super Serious Project About Dogs and Physics by Theron Humphrey
Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck
Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean

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