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This boy is reading a book to a dog at school..

Jasper relaxes listening to
The Tighty Whitey Spider

Favorite series:
Absolutely Lucy
Amelia Bedelia...
Big Dog and Little Dog.Going for a Walk, Big Dog and Little Dog Going Sailing, The Complete Adventures of Big Dog and Little Dog ...
Biscuit, Biscuit Goes to School, Biscuit Finds a Friend, Biscuit’s Christmas ...
Boomer’s Big Day, Boomer’s Big Surprise, Boomer Goes to School...
Can You See What I See: Dinosaurs, Can You See What I See...
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? How Do Dinosaurs Play With Their Friends? How Do Dinosaurs...
Mr. Putter and Tabby...
If You Give a Mouse A Cookie, If You Give a Moose a Muffin, If You Give a Pig a Pancake...
Martha Speaks, Martha Blah Blah, Martha Walks the Dog ...
Magic Tree House...

Sally Goes to the Mountains, Sally Goes to the Beach, Sally Goes to the Vet...
The Buddy Files Series

The Rainbow Series: Dogs Who Help

This girl shows the collie therapy dog her book.

Introducing books in a series keeps youngsters interested in what will happen next.

Especially for your dog:
The Bedtime Book for Dogs
Three Stories You Can Read to Your Dog
Three More Stories You Can Read to Your Dog

What Dogs Want for Christmas

This Great Pyrenees therapy dog helps out at a book fair in Maine.

Cirra joins in at the Book Fair
for a wonderful afternoon.

Nonfiction books about friendship:
A Friend for Einstein, the Smallest Stallion, by Charlie Cantrell and Dr. Rachel Wagner
A Home For Dixie: The True Story of a Rescued Puppy, by Emma Jackson
Maggie's Second Chance, by Nancy Furstinger
Nubs: the True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle, by Major Brian Dennis, Kirby Larson, and Mary Nethery
Ordinary Dogs, ExtraordinaryFriendships: Stories of Loyaty, Courage, and Compassion, by Pam Flowers
Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship, by Isabella and Craig Hatkoff and Dr. Paula Kahumbu
Suryia and Roscoe: The True Story of an Unlikely Friendship, by Bhagavan
Tara & Bella: The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends, by Carol Buckley
Tommy the Throwaway Dog, by Laura Marlowe
Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival, by Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery

Explaining Earth Day and eco-friendliness:
Biscuit's Earth Day Celebration
Cifford's Spring Clean-up
I Can Save the Earth!
Michael Recycle
The EARTH Book
The Three R's: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle

Gentle books to help with grieving:
A Dog Like Jack, by Dianne Disalvo-Ryan
A Special Place for Charlee, by Debby Morehead
Badger’s Parting Gifts, by Susan Varley
Dog Heaven, by Cynthia Rylant
For Every Dog An Angel, by Christine Davis
If Nathan Were Here, by Mary Bahr
I'll Always Love You, by Hans Wilhelm
Jasper's Day, by Marjorie Blain Parker
Remember Rafferty, by Joy Johnson
Remember the Secret, by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and Heather Preston
Sammy in the Sky, by Barbara Walsh
Saying Goodbye to Lulu, by Corinne Demas
Tear Soup, by Pat Schweibert, Chuck Klyen, and Taylor Bills
The Fall of Freddie the Leaf, by Leo Buscaglia
The Forever Dog, by Bill Cochran
The Tenth Good Thing About Barney, by Judith Viorst
Toby, by Margaret Wild
What We Do When Someone Dies, by Caroline Arnold
When A Pet Dies, by Fred Rogers
When Your Pet Dies, by Diane Pomerance, Ph.D.
Why Did Grandpa Die? by Barbara Shook Hazen

Dogs you might remember:
A Famous Dog's Life: The Story of Gidget, America's Most Beloved Chihuahua
Dogs on the Job! True Stories of Phenomenal Dogs
I, Toto: The Autobiography of Terry, the Dog who was Toto
Rin-Tin-Tin: The Movie Star
Television and Movie Star Dogs
The Encyclopdia of TV Pets: A Complete History of Television's Greatest Animal Stars

Here's Carmen at the Tails for Tales event at the Richardson Public Library in Texas.

The books listed have been recommended by R.E.A.D. team members. Please feel free to send an e-mail to to let us know about other great books you love, and they'll be added to this list of favorites.

The following books have proven to be very popular with hundreds of youngsters who’ve read them time and time again. Some are appropriate for preschoolers, many for the elementary and middle school ages, and others have been enjoyed by students with special needs and challenges in learning. In most cases, the titles below link to a description of the story in the less expensive paperback version along with information on board book and hard cover editions.

This boy reads Star Wars to a collie in the library.

Good children’s literature appeals not only
to the child in the adult,
but to the adult in the child.

Click on any title to read a brief description and reviews of the book as well as convenient ordering information..

A few very special titles:
A Blue So Blue
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Art Dog
Bad Dog, Marley!
Bark, George
Because of Winn-Dixie
Before You Were Mine
Blue's Big Birthday
Bow-Wow Bugs a Bug (a wordless book for "reading" with imagination)
Brave Norman: A True Story
Buddy Unchained
Can Dogs Talk?
Charlie Goes to School (there are several in the Charlie series)
Chewy and Chica
Clarence Goes Out West and Meets a Purple Horse
Cloudy With a Chance Of Meatballs
Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa
Cruso the Canine Castaway
Danger: The Dog Yard Cat
Days With Frog and Toad
Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters From Obedience School
Dinorella: A Prehistoric Fairy Tale
Dog Breath!
Dog Loves Books
Dogs Don't Look Both Ways
Dragons Love Tacos
Duck for President
Fargo: Sled Dog of the Desert
Fast Dog-Cool Cat-Hot Dog and a Time For Action
Fast Dog-Cool Cat-Hot Dog and the Peanut Butter Trail
Francine Francine the Beach Party Queen
Free to Be Me: The Eskimo Way
Frog and Toad Together
Giant Book of Classic Dog Stories
Giant Book of Classic Dog Stories, Volume 2
Gina Bina Ballerina
Go, Dog. Go!
Good Night, Gorilla
Goodnight Moon
Green Eggs and Ham (board book version with lift-and-look flaps to peek under)
Hardworking Puppies
Harry the Dirty Dog
Henry and Ribsy
Homer (good book for baseball season)
How Rocket Learned to Read
I Didn't Do It
I Love Dogs
I’ll Teach My Dog 100 Words
Kat Kong
Library Lion
Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog
Marley: A Dog Like No Other
Mama Don't Allow
Marsupial Sue
Mommy and Me Doggie Wash
More Bears
Mutt Dog
My Dog Is Lost
My Dog Rosie
My Dog Truffle
My Little Sister Ate One Hare
New Digs for Beau
Nico and Lola: Kindness Shared Between a Boy and a Dog
Noodle and Lou
Nora, the Fifty-Cent Dog
Once I Ate a Pie
Owl Moon
Pippin Takes a Bath
PollyAnna’s Words of Wisdom
Pssst! Doggie

Ralph's First Day of School
Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp
Stanley's Party
Stealth Dog
Stranger in the Woods
Ten Little Dinosaurs
The Backward Bird Dog
The Best Pet of All
The Chihuahua Chase
The Corpse that Wasn't There
The Good Dog
The Turtle Saver
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Three Little Lambs...Somewhere
Too Many Frogs!
Walter, the Farting Dog
Wet Dog!


Danny is a R.E.A.D. member in Great Britain. Two books below are about some of his adventures.

Stories about R..E.A.D., therapy, and service/assistance dogs:
Ben: The Very Best Furry Friend
Danny goes to London
Danny Strikes Out In America
Frankie, the Walk 'n Roll Therapy Dog Visits Libby's House
Life With McDuff: Lessons Learned from a Therapy Dog
Lola Goes to Work
Madeline Finn and the Library Dog
My Buddy
Norbert: What Can Little Me Do?
One Incredible Dog! Boone

One Incredible Dog! Kizzy
One Incredible Dog! Lady

Rafter's Story

Right Dog for the Job: Ira's Path from Service Dog to Guide Dog
Rosie: A Visiting Dog's Story
Sit! Stay! Sign!
The Adventures of Kermit the Newf: Book One: Dog Tales
The Adventures of Sheila the Therapy Dog
Therapy Dogs (nonfiction; color photos; clear, simple text)
The Divinity of Dogs
More than 70 true stories about dogs, including Bella of PJ's Pals R.E.A.D. team in California.
The Dogs of Newtown, written by an 11-year-old student who wanted to share the story of the therapy dogs that visited his school after the events of December 2012.
Toby, the Pet Therapy Dog, and His Hospital Friends
When Life Gets Tough…the story of a boy and a therapy dog











It's fun to share reading time with a dog.

Picture books about school (whether public, private, or home-schooled, young children will relate to the topic):
Back to Dog-Gone School
Biscuit Goes to School
Boomer Goes to School
Charlie Goes to School
Cool Dog, School Dog
Dog Days of School
Dog-Gone School
I Love School!
Mr. Rover Takes Over
Otto Goes to School
Slippers at School
Take Me to School With You
Teachers Rock!
The Puppy Who Went to School

Tina seems to like the bright colors of Todd Parr's Reading Makes You Feel Good story.


English and Spanish:
Banjo Gets a B-A-T-H
Celebremos El dia de los niños/El dia de los libros (Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children's Day/Book Day)
Clifford y los sonidos de los animales (Clifford's Animal Sounds)
Clifford y la hora del bano (Clifford's Bathtime)
Clifford y la hora de dormir (Clifford's Bedtime)
Clifford y los opuestos (Clifford's Opposites)
Chula the Chihuahua
El gran lavaperros (The Great Dog Wash)
El Perro con Sombrerro
Opuestos: Mexican Folk Art Opposities in English and Spanish
Perro Grande...Perro Pequeño (Big Dog...Little Dog)
Perros! Perros! Dogs! Dogs!
Perros de terapia/Therapy Dogs (nonfiction; color photos; clear, simple text)
Todo el mundo (All the World)
Tommy el Perro de Usar y Tirar (Tommy the Throwaway Dog)

This Chihuahua is ready to dig up a good book for summer reading.

Carmen is ready to participate in a bilingual (Spanish/English)
family literacy program where parents and children
are encouraged to read aloud to one another.
She gives this colorful, well illustrated book a hearty
10 out of 10 Milk-Bones rating!

English with French words in the illustrations. A glossary and a petit dictionnaire serve as an introduction to French for young and old alike:
Paris-Chien: Adventures of an Ex-Pat Dog
Hudson in Provence

Please feel free to suggest other bilingual titles in more languages.

Safety is important:
Don't Lick the Dog: Making Friends with Dogs
Fire Fighters
May I Pet Your Dog?: (The How-to Guide For Kids Meeting Dogs (and Dogs Meeting Kids)
Not Without My Dog Resource and Record Book
Officer Buckle and Gloria

Learning can be fun:
The BOB series of books for pre- and beginning readers can help youngsters feel confident about reading all by themselves.
The Cheerios series of books -- easy-to-read board books with areas on each page for a child to place Cheerios. Upon command, the dog can eat the Cheerios -- fun for both dog and beginning reader.