The Center for Children's Books

Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Adopt-A-Dog - November 2006

Selected and annotated by Molly Sauder

Cullen, Lynn, ad. Little Scraggly Hair: A Dog on Noah’s Ark; illus. by Jacqueline Rogers. Holiday House, 2003. 4-7 yrs
A retelling of the story of Noah’s Ark from his dog’s point of view.

Finney, Patricia. I, Jack; illus. by Peter Bailey. HarperCollins, 2004. Gr 4-7
Told from Jack’s point of view, this story follows the yellow Labrador Retriever as he meets other neighborhood dogs and protects his human pack.

Florian, Douglas. Bow Wow Meow Meow: It’s Rhyming Cats and Dogs; written and illus. by Douglas Florian. Harcourt, 2003. Gr. 2-4
A series of poems and paintings about dogs and cats.

Graham, Bob. “Let’s Get a Pup!” Said Kate; written and illus. by Bob Graham. Candlewick, 2001. 5-8 yrs
A family goes to the shelter to adopt a dog, and have to choose between a cute puppy and a lonely old dog.

Harvey, Amanda. Dog Eared; written and illus. by Amanda Harvey. Doubleday, 2002. 5-7 yrs
Otis the dog becomes despondent about his appearance when another dog insults the size of his ears.

Joosse, Barbara M. Bad Dog School; illus. by Jennifer Plecas. Clarion, 2004. 6-9 yrs
An over excited dog named Zippy is sent to obedience school when his owners get fed up with his antics, but when a better behaved dog returns they begin to miss the old Zippy.

MacLachlan, Patricia. Once I Ate a Pie; by Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest; illus. by Katy Schneider. Cotler/HarperCollins, 2006. 5-8 yrs
This is a collection of poems for young readers, written from the voice of the dogs.

Nolan, Lucy. Down Girl and Sit: Smarter Than Squirrels; illus. by Mike Reed. Cavendish, 2004. Gr. 2-4
Follows the many adventures of two dogs who believe their names are Down Girl and Sit, as they meet their new next-door neighbor – a cat called Kitty Kitty.

Nolan, Lucy. Down Girl and Sit: On the Road; Illus. by Mike Reed. Cavendish, 2005. Gr. 2-4
Join Down Girl and Sit on more canine adventures, as they travel with their human family on vacations, trips, and even to the vet.

Rodowsky, Colby. The Next-Door Dogs; illus. by Amy June Bates. Farrar, 2005. Gr. 2-4
Sara Barker is forced to confront her fear of dogs when her new next-door neighbor moves in with two large and friendly canines.

Shyer, Marlene Fanta. Fleabiscuit Sings! Cavendish, 2005. Gr 4-6
Young Nicky meets Fleabiscuit in New York City, but the friendship that grows between the boy and his talented canine companion is threatened when Fleabiscuit’s owner becomes sick and sells the dog to someone else.

Sidman, Joyce. Meow Ruff: A Story in Concrete Poetry; illus. by Michelle Berg. Houghton, 2006. Gr. 2-4
A lone dog and abandoned cat become enemies when they meet in the park, but a thunder storm soon forces them to seek shelter together.

Sidman, Joyce.The World according to Dog: Poems and Teen Voices; illus. with photographs by Doug Mindell. Houghton, 2003 Gr. 6-12
With photographs, poems, and essays this book weaves together many different impressions of the ways in which ‘man’s best friend’ touches our lives.

Simont, Marc. The Stray Dog; written and illus. by Marc Simont. HarperCollins, 2001. 3-7 yrs
After befriending a stray dog at the local park, a family comes back to claim him a week later only to find that the dogcatcher is looking for him too.

Turner, Pamela S. Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog; illus. by Yan Nascimbene. Houghton, 2004 Gr. 2-4
Based off of the true story of a dog named Hachiko, who became famous for his loyalty because he continued to wait at the Tokyo train station for his master, even after the older man’s death.