National Dog Day is August 26th. In honor of this special day, I am sharing some of my favorite new dog picture books.
Barkus by Patricia Maclachlan; illustrated by Marc Boutavant. 2017. Published by Chronicle Books.
Brief summary: Uncle Everton comes to visit Nicky before traveling around the world. He leaves Barkus, a large brown dog, to Nicky and her family. Barkus follows Nikky to school becoming her class’s dog. Barkus is loved by everyone and has several little adventures including finding a kitten.
Comments: This is a beginner reader with short chapters to help prepare young readers for chapter book reading. Each chapter is a story within itself. The energy and excitement of having a new pet is shared with the reader. It looks like this may be the first of a series. The title page and spine did say Book 1. The online description says 56 pages.
The Best Days are Dog Days by Aaron Meshon; illustrated by Aaron Meshon. 2016. Pen & ink, scanner, colored and layered into the final art digitally.
Brief summary: A French bulldog and his sis(human girl) have a fun day together with the help of Mom and Dad. Sis’s life is on the left side of the book with the dog’s on the right. The story parallels one another in a humorous way.
Comments: A cute story of a dog and his family in which children can see and read the two viewpoints of a canine and human going on an outdoor adventure together.
Douglas, You Need Glasses! by Jed Adamson; illustrated by Jed Adamson. 2016. Pencil and watercolor.
Brief Summary: Douglas(a dog) does not realize he is near-sighted and keeps mistaking objects. His owner takes him to get classes and his world becomes clearer.
Comments: Students will chuckle at Douglas and his visual mistakes. There is a two page spread of photos in the back of children who actually wear glasses. I will read this book to my younger students around the time vision is tested.
Hello Goodbye Dog by Maria Gianferrari; illustrated by Patrice Barton. 2017. Published by Roaring Brook Press.
Brief summary: Zara loves her dog, Moose. Moose misses Zara when she goes to school. The dog wants to be with her owner and escapes from the house to be with Zara in her classroom. The dog loves the hellos of seeing Zara, but not the goodbyes when she must leave her human. It takes Mom, Dad, Zara and Mrs. Perkins to get Moose to leave the classroom. Moose soon returns for a big hello as everyone is reading in the library. The entire day is full of hellos and goodbyes for Moose. Zara comes up with a solution, and she and Moose go to therapy dog school where Moose passes all the tests to becomes Zara’s therapy dog. Now, Moose can attend school with Zara all day.
Comments: This is set up as a cumulative story with more and more people taking Moose out of the school. There is an author’s note in the back about library dogs and therapy dogs. It was refreshing to read a story about a little girl who went to school and who happened to be in a wheelchair. The story was not focused on her disability.
Treat by Mary Sullivan; illustrated by Mary Sullivan. 2016. Pencil on Strathmore drawing paper, scanned, and digitally colored.
Brief Summary: Dog wants a treat and looks everywhere for one with great enthusiasm using that one word over and over. Treat? Treat. Treat!
Comment: I plan to use this with my primary to practice reading with question marks, periods, and exclamation marks. I want them to see how our voices change saying the same word but with different meanings.
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