*Updated 2024*

August 26th is International Dog Day. This inspired me to grab a large pile of dog books from the library. I picked 10 GREAT Dog Picture Books to share, but FIRST…

I want to introduce you to my dog, Pattie Cake!

She is a two-year-old Shih-poo. Pattie Cake loves string cheese, cookies, cuddling, playing fetch, and going for walks. AND Pattie Cake can play Patty Cake!

Pattie Cake playing Pattie Cake

Okay, let’s get to those 10 Great Dog Picture Books:

EVERY DOG IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD by Philip C. Stead & Matthew Cordell is a multigenerational story oozing with charm. In this story, a young boy wants a dog and takes action to try to try to plead his case as he meets every dog in the neighborhood. Darling ending.

Officer Buckle and Gloria picture book with a dog leaping in the air.

Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann is a classic. Officer Buckle delivers very thorough safety presentations. The audience is fully engaged. One day Officer Buckle realizes Gloria is the reason the audience is interested in the show. Will this new realization put an end to their show and friendship?

MADELINE FINN AND THE LIBRARY DOG by Lisa Papp is a heartwarming story about a little girl who doesn’t like to read until she meets Bonnie, the library dog. So lovable.

In WOLF CAMP by Andrea Zuill, Homer gets a chance to go to Wolf Camp and get in touch with his wolf heritage, but as he is there, he realizes he is a little farther away from being a wolf than he thought. Will he be able to earn his honorary wolf certificate? (Hahaha- this book is hilarious. Love it!)

Sheep Dog and Sheep sitting in an old farm truck

Sheep Dog and Sheep Sheep by Eric Barclay. Sheep Dog is in charge of protecting sheep. She decides to help him do his job. She is sure she can do his job better. Sheep decides to become a sheep sheep. The only problem is, there are not any other sheep.

Little white dog on a colorful chair

GASTON “A bulldog and a poodle learn that family is about love, not appearances in this adorable doggy tale from New York Times bestselling author Kelly DiPucchio and illustrator Christian Robinson.” – This is an adorable book.

Dog holding a letter in his mouth. Can I be your Dog picture book.

Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings. Dog is looking for a new owner. He sends a letter to a local family, the butcher, the fire department, and more but nobody seems to want him. Will Dog find a home?

IT’S ONLY STANLEY by Jon Agee is a rhyming book about a dog who is keeping his family up all night as finishes increasingly unbelievable feats. Hahaha. Super creative.

Pug on a red cover of the picture book. Pig the pug.

Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey. Pig is a selfish pug. He does not like to share. One day his selfishness reaches a climax and Pig falls out the window. Will Pug change? Fun rhyming book. Great to open a discussion on sharing.

Bad Dog cover has a picture of a cat on the cover.

Bad Dog by Mike Boldt. I went back in forth on posting this book because technically it is about a cat. Oh well. It is a great book, so I will let you decide. This book is about a child who is very disappointed because her new “dog” will not do any of the things a dog is supposed to do. The reader will realize “dog” is actually a “cat” right from the start.

Board book, Snuggle Puppy. Parent and baby dog on the cover.

The last two books are small board books. They are FABULOUS! I love, love, love Sandra Boynton, especially if I am reading to a toddler. Perfect length. Snuggle Puppy is a cute little love song with a Dad and his pup. Doggies is a fun counting book with different varieties of dogs that have different barks. It is way fun to make all the individual barking noises.

THE STRAY DOG by Marc Simont is based on a true story. It is a story about a stray dog who works his way into the heart of a family. With Caldecott Award-winning artwork and a sweet simplicity, this book will work its way into your heart.

Doggies book by Sandra Boynton. Large white dog and small black dog on cover.

Go grab yourself some great dog books and enjoy!

Jamie Bills

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