Dog Books for All Ages
Librarian Sara loves dogs! (Well, all animals, actually, but dogs have a special place in her heart!)
Here are some of her book picks for dog lovers of all ages:
Mister Bud Wears the Cone by Carter Goodrich
Canine siblings Mister Bud and Zorro have learned how to get along. They made it through Zorro's outfit. But now Mister Bud has to wear ... the cone...
Mutt Dog! by Stephen Michael King.
A lonely dog finally finds a home after he makes friends with a woman who works at a homeless shelter.
Good Boy, Fergus! by David Shannon
Except for his bath, Fergus experiences the perfect doggy day, from chasing cats and motorcycles to being scratched on his favorite tickle spot.
May I Pet Your Dog? : the how-to guide for kids meeting dogs (and dogs meeting kids) by Stephanie Calmenson
Harry the dog explains how to safely meet him and his friends.
Fred Stays With Me by Nancy Coffelt
A child describes how she lives sometimes with his mother and sometimes with his father, but his dog is his constant companion.
Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
10-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.
A Dog for Life by L.S. Matthews
When John, who has a special ability to communicate with animals, finds that his dog, Mouse is scheduled to go to the pound, he and Mouse decide to run away and find his uncle who may be able to help them.
I, Jack by Patricia Finney
Jack, a Labrador Retriever, tells about his daily life of food, walks, and the "apedogs" and "funny-looking dogs" (cats) in his pack, as well as how everything changes when a pretty girl dog moves into the neighborhood. Includes explanatory footnotes written by the cats.
Bowser and Birdie series by Spencer Quinn
Puppy Place series by Ellen Miles
Survivors series by Erin Hunter
How to Bake a Perfect Life by Barbara O'Neal
(author Barbara O’Neal has written several great strong woman/dog novels! My other favorite by her is The All You Can Dream Buffet)
This novel of food, friendship, and the freedom to grow your dreams brings together four very different women longing to savor the true taste of happiness. Popular blogger and foodie queen Lavender Wills reigns over Lavender Honey Farms, a serene slice of organic heaven nestled in Oregon wine country. Lavender is determined to keep her legacy from falling into the profit-driven hands of uncaring relatives, and she wants an heir to sustain her life's work after she's gone. So she invites her three closest online friends -- fellow food bloggers, women of varied ages and backgrounds -- out to her farm.
Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley
Teddy is unhappily single in L.A. In between sessions with his therapist and dates with men he meets online, Teddy has debates with his dachsund, Lily, who occupies his heart. Unfortunately, he is also able to communicate with the "octupus" attached to Lily's head, which is soon revealed to be a metaphor for Lily's lethal cranial tumor. As Lily's condition worsens, Teddy faces off with the "octopus", engaging it in a battle of wills that takes on epic proportions. An exceedingly authentic, keenly insightful, funny and ardent tribute to the purity of love between a pet and its human.
The Lucky Dog Matchmaking Service by Beth Kendrick
Lara Madigan has a gift: She can help you find your canine soul mate. As a dog trainer with a soft spot for strays, she's found the perfect home for sulky Shih Tzus, broken-down Border collies, and diabolical Dalmatians. But while she'll always make room for one more rescue mutt, she's not sure she's ready to commit to another human being--especially after her long-term boyfriend drops the bomb: He's not a dog person. Horrified and temporarily homeless, Lara and her furry pack move in with her mother, a wealthy fashionista who forbids even a single drop of drool.
The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs by Nick Trout
(author Nick Trout is a veterinarian who has also written a few non-fiction books about dogs)
Cyrus Mills isn't a warm, fuzzy kind of person, and choosing a career as a veterinary pathologist seems a logical choice: He's following in his late mother's footsteps, and he gets to work in solitude, which he prefers. When Robert Cobb, Cyrus' father, dies and bequeaths Bedside Manor for Sick Animals to him, he returns to his former home in a small town in Vermont. With a light touch and conversational tone, Trout delivers a doggone charming tale.
Recipe for Disaster by Stacey Ballis
A novel about a woman whose perfect life falls apart in spectacular fashion leaving her with a house to restore, an antique cookbook (but no cooking talent), and one very unhappy schnauzer.
The Right Side by Spencer Quinn
(Quinn also writes the Chet and Bernie mysteries, a fun series about a detective and his dog)
In this riveting new novel, a deeply damaged female soldier home from the war in Afghanistan becomes obsessed with finding a missing girl, gains an unlikely ally in a stray dog, and encounters new perils beyond the combat zone.
Travels with Casey by Benoit Denizet-Lewis (non-fiction)
Over four months, thirty-two states, and 13,000 miles in a rented motor home, Denizet-Lewis and his lovable, moody canine companion try—with humorous and touching results—to pay tribute to the most powerful interspecies bond there is, in the country with the highest rate of dog ownership in the world. With an irresistible cast of dogs and their dog-obsessed humans.
Tomorrow by Damian Dibben
His is a story of loyalty and determination, as Tomorrow befriends both animals and humans, falls in love (only once), marvels at the human ability to make music, despairs at their capacity for war and gains insight into both the strength and frailties of the human spirit. But Tomorrow's journey is also a race against time. Danger stalks his path, and in the shadows lurks an old enemy. Tomorrow must find his master before their pursuer can reach him and his master disappears forever. A spellbinding story of hope in the face of despair, Tomorrow draws us into a century-spanning tale of humanity and the unbreakable bond between two souls.