October is National Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month. Now, that doesn’t mean we think you should drop the newspaper and run up to your parents and announce: “KidsPost says we should adopt a dog this month.” But it does mean that it’s at the very least a really good time to read a great dog book. So, here are some of our recent favorites.
“Lulu Walks the Dogs” by Judith Viorst. Ages 6-10.
Lulu doesn’t particularly love dogs, but she does love money. So one day she comes up with the idea of starting a dog-walking business as a way to earn money to buy a SUPERSPECIAL thing that she must have. After all, how hard can dog-walking be? Well, her first customers, canines named Brutus, Pookie and Cordelia, haven’t heard that Lulu’s job is supposed to be easy. What does Lulu want to buy? We’ll never tell.
Ishan Mehra is a typical third-grader. He likes creepy-crawling critters and annoying his older brother. But what he really would love more than anything is to have a dog. The problem is that his mom has a rule against dogs. This fun, easy-to-read book follows Ishan on some very funny adventures as he tries to persuade his mom to change her mind. Does he get his dog? We’ll never tell.
“Buddy” by M.H. Herlong.
Age 10 and up.
Tyrone Elijah Roberts is just your typical boy who wants a dog more than anything else. (Seems like books about boys who want dogs are pretty popular.) When he gets one under pretty unusual circumstances, he’s happy beyond words. But when he needs to leave his home with his grandfather because a big storm is coming, his dog Buddy gets left behind. Will they ever be reunited? We’ll never tell.
“Black Dog” by Levi Pinfold.
Age 5 and up.
This is a picture book, but one of those amazing picture books that kids as young as kindergarten and as old as college (or beyond) will love. When an enormous black dog as big as a T. rex comes to the Hope family’s house, all of the Hopes find places to hide from the beast. Everyone except Small Hope, who goes outside to confront the beast. Does Small survive her meeting with Black Dog? We’ll never tell.
“Everything Dogs” by National Geographic. Age 7 and up.
Do you know what it means if your dog perks his ears up? What do you call a dog who is a mix of a Chihuahua and dachshund? This nonfiction book is so full of answers to these and other amazing dog questions that it should be in every dog lover’s collection. We know we’ve said we’ll never tell, but just this once: Perked up ears means your dog wants to play and that particular mixed breed is a Chiweenie.
— Tracy Grant