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It’s been a little over a year since we got our dog, Nugget. (Yes, we got his name from The Wingfeather Saga). So, I thought it only fitting to give you a list of some of our favorite picture books about dogs. (Not to mention that it’s the Year of the Dog!)

Even if you don’t have a dog of your own, I think you and your kids will enjoy these. If you do have a dog, then you’ll love them. (I may have gotten a little carried away with this list!)

Picture Books for Dog Lovers

Dogs by Emily Gravett is a sweet rhyming book with a fun twist at the end.

Out! by Arree Chung is a delightful, nearly-wordless, book about the relationship of a toddler and his dog.

Rosco vs. the Baby by Lindsay Ward, on the other hand, is about a dog and a baby who gradually become best friends, despite an unlikely beginning.

Our Very Own Dog by Amanda McCardie illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino is the ideal book for a family considering or planning to get a new dog. The story is sweet and simple and depicts a girl and her family learning to care for a dog. In smaller text, the author includes more detailed pointers on dog care.

Patch by David Slonim is an adorable book about a trouble-prone dog and the bond between him and his boy. Any child who truly loves their dog will identify.

Hello Goodbye Dog by Maria Gianferrari illustrated by Patrice Barton is a new take on Mary Had a Little Lamb. Zara’s dog, Moose, follows her to school again and again, but dogs just aren’t allowed. Eventually, they find a clever way for Moose to be included in the classroom as a service dog.

Gaston and Antoinette by Kelly DiPucchio illustrated by Christian Robinson are a pair of books about two dogs switched at birth and placed in very different families. Each book, in a way, is a search for how they belong.


Found Dogs by Erica Sirotich is an adorable counting book of dogs in a shelter. At the end, each dog winds up with a home.

I Don’t Want a Posh Dog by Emma Dodd is perfect for the toddler to preschooler crowd who either love dogs or are getting their first. It’s a simple, rhyming book about what kind of dog this child doesn’t (and does) want.


I’m My Own Dog by David Ezra Stein is simply hilarious. A dog tells us how he’s his own dog: he fetches his own shoes, he lays down at his own feet, and he even tells himself to roll over. That is, until a “little guy” follows him home. This turns the pet/owner relationship on its head in the most delightful way.

Of course, I hope you already know about classics like Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion and Doggies by Sandra Boynton.

What are your favorite picture books about dogs?

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