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Friday, April 12, 2024

Celebrating Our Favorite Canines in Children's Literature

Calling all dog lovers! With National Hug Your Dog Day on April 10th, what better way to celebrate than by curling up with a good book and a furry friend (real or fictional!)? Children's literature is brimming with unforgettable canine companions who have captured our hearts. Today, we are honoring some of these iconic pups!

Toto (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz) - Age Range: 6-10 Years Old

Dorothy's loyal little terrier, Toto, embarks on a whirlwind adventure to the magical Land of Oz alongside his beloved owner. Toto's bravery and unwavering companionship make him a cherished character for young readers. Written in 1900

Buck (The Call of the Wild) - Age Range: 10-14 Years Old

Jack London's classic tale follows Buck, a stolen St. Bernard, as he is thrust into the harsh world of the Alaskan gold rush. Buck's transformation from pampered pet to powerful sled dog is a thrilling story of survival and loyalty.

Winn-Dixie (Because of Winn-Dixie) - Age Range: 8-12 Years Old

Ten-year-old Opal rescues a stray dog, Winn-Dixie, from the supermarket. Winn-Dixie, a silly and lovable mutt, brings joy and unexpected friendships into Opal's lonely life. This heartwarming story celebrates the power of connection and the unconditional love of dogs.

Old Yeller (Old Yeller) - Age Range: 10 and Up

Set in post-Civil War Texas, Old Yeller is a stray “dingy” yellow dog who befriends a young boy named Travis. Their bond deepens as they face wild animals, frontier dangers, and the difficult realities of life on the ranch. A 1957 Newbery Honor Book.

Clifford the Big Red Dog (Clifford the Big Red Dog series) - Age Range: 2-7 Years Old

Everyone's favorite giant red pup, Clifford, brings chaos and endless fun to the life of his little human Emily Elizabeth. This series of picture books is a delightful exploration of friendship, responsibility, and the joy of having a larger-than-life canine companion.  There are over 80 Clifford titles to read.

Ribsy (Ribsy series) - Age Range: 4-8 Years Old

Ribsy, a rambunctious and mischievous mutt, takes readers on a series of humorous adventures. From getting lost to making a game-winning tackle, Ribsy's antics are sure to bring giggles to young readers. The sixth book in the Henry Huggins series.

Gloria (Officer Buckle and Gloria) - Age Range: 4-8 Years Old

This picture book features the unlikely partnership between a nervous police officer and a confident police dog named Gloria. Gloria helps Officer Buckle teach valuable lessons about safety and the importance of following the rules... most of the time! Winner of the Caldecott Medal in 1996.

Nana (Peter Pan) - Age Range: 6-10 Years Old

This classic story begins with the three Darling children being taken care of be a nurse. Except this nurse is no ordinary nurse but a four-legged canine named Nana. She was originally written as a Newfoundland breed but in the Disney version Nana is a St. Bernard.