14 Children’s Books for Dog Lovers

It is true that a dog is a man or woman’s best friend, but it’s especially true for children too, and so for all the dog lovers out there, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite children’s books starring our furry friends. From gorgeous picture books, photographic books with the ‘aww factor’ and real life, heroic pooch stories – we’ve got them all. Chances are very high you’ll receive a request to adopt a puppy should any of the below books be opened. WARNING: Cuteness levels are through the roof.

Good Dog Hank by Jackie French and Nina Rycroft | 9780732293659

This is the story of a dog called Hank, who obeys all the rules … by interpreting them in his own way. A very funny picture book about a dog who is convinced he is doing the right thing – and a family who love him, no matter what. Ages 3+


The Ugliest Dog in the World by Bruce Whatley | 9780207174278

Everyone thinks the Ugliest Dog in the World is ‘ugly’, but in different ways. But I think she’s beautiful, in a sloppy kind of way! Ages 3+



Odd Dog Out by Rod Biddulph | 9780007594153

It’s a dog’s life in the big city… Come join one busy dog on her journey to find her place in the world! Ages 3+




NoMax! by Shannon Horsfall | 9781460753927

Max is a dog who lives life to the full, which is why his master is so often calling out to him – ‘No Max!’ A very funny book about life – as Max the dog sees it Ages 3+




Grandad’s Teeth by Rod Clement | 9780207196133

Everybody’s looking for Grandad’s lost teeth, and they’re in a most unlikely place! Someone has crossed the line of the law and now everyone is a suspect. Ages 4+



Fearless by Colin Thompson and Sarah Davis | 9780733330827

When the Claybourne-Willments, got Fearless as a little puppy, it seemed a good name for him. Except Fearless wasn’t. How does Fearless finally live up to his name? By accident, of course! Ages 4+


Top Dog by Rod Clement | 9780732298760

There’s no doubt it’s a dog-eat-dog environment in the corporate world, but Samson the poodle is up for the challenge. Ages 4+




Skoz the Dog by Andrew Daddo and Judith Rossell| 9780733327797

The problem with being a sleepwalking dog is you don’t have a clue where you are when you wake up! When Skoz finds himself in a small boat in the middle of the ocean, he’s got two big problems: How’s he going to get home? And what’s he going to do about THAT SHARK? Ages 7+



Finding Gobi by Dion Leonard | 9780008244521

In 2016, Dion Leonard, an ultramarathon runner, stumbled across a little stray dog while competing in a gruelling 155 mile race across the Gobi Desert. The pup earned the name ‘Gobi’, as she went step for step with Dion, keeping pace with him for nearly 80 miles. Ages 7+



Stick Dog by Tom Watson | 9780007494828

Meet Stick Dog – a new breed of hero! In his first adventure, Stick Dog and his friends embark on an epic quest to steal a hamburger. Ages 8+




Roxbury Park Dog Club by Daphne Maple | 9780062327673

What’s better than being best friends? Being best friends who volunteer together at the Roxbury Park Dog Shelter! Ages 8+




Stay by Jesse Blackadder | 9780733331770

Girl the Labrador’s dreams of adventure can never come true as she’s made of fibreglass. One night some rowdy Antarctic expeditioners walk past and before she knows it Girl has been dognapped, smuggled aboard the Aurora Australis, and is headed for Antarctica with her own Antarctic nickname – Stay. Ages 9+



The Dog Who Loved a Queen by Jackie French | 9780732285081

Based on the true story of the dog who was with Mary Queen of Scots when she died, the Dog Who Loved a Queen is a fascinating tale of religious bigotry, plots and passion – and the unquestioning loyalty of a small Scottish terrier. Ages 9+



Shake by Carli Davidson | 9780062242648

Original, amusing, and brilliantly documented, Shake is a heart-warming collection of sixty-one beguiling dogs caught in the most candid of moments: mid-shake.


What’s your favourite book starring a dog? We’d love to hear in the comments below.

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