Many of our dogs are bibliophiles, loving those long car trips listening to books on tape, cuddling up in our laps as we read out loud to them. But in order to combat canine illiteracy, it is important that our dogs learn to read for themselves and engage themselves with the literature that they love, rather than passively absorbing it. According to Kaye Nhine, Senior Canine Literacy Resident Expert, “only one in a thousand dogs experience the confidence and joy literacy provides.” But there is hope on the horizon. Whether your dog is a beginning reader, an intermediate bibliophile, or an advanced literary scholar…
We have compiled the ultimate book list for dogs across all reading levels!
Clifford’s Peekaboo by Norman Bridwell
- The best book in the Clifford The Big Red Dog series, Bridwell combines fun and learning in this classic book for dogs.
Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman
- This 1961 classic has been captivating beginning dog readers for decades. And the pictures are full of canine fun that will have your dog entertained for hours!
If You Give A Dog A Donut by Laura Numeroff
- This popular version of If You Give A Mouse A Cookie teaches dogs about the relationship between cause and effect, making this book not only oodles of fun, but also a great learning experience too!
Good Boy, Fergus! by David Shannon
- David Shannon established himself with his No, David! series of books, but his biggest triumph in the realm of books for dogs is Good Boy, Fergus! based on his own dog. How cute!
The One Hundred And One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith
- This beloved Disney tale started out as an exciting novel for intermediate dog readers. You’re pooch will be turning pages faster than you can keep up with. And afterwards they can read the beloved sequel, The Starlight Barking, also by Smith!
The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford
- This book full of harrowing adventure has been a favorite of dogs’ everywhere. Inspiring courage and loyalty in canines, this book also promotes interspecies kinship between cats and dogs!
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
- The second novel in the popular Twilight series, Meyer brings forward the character Jacob Black, a shapeshifter who takes the form of a wolf. Jacob and his intense dog-human-hybrid pack are guaranteed to keep dogs on the edges of their seats and turning pages!
The Art of Racing In The Rain by Garth Stein
- This novel is told from the perspective of a dog made it on the New York Times bestsellers list. Your dog will love this tale of race car driving and reincarnation!
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- The third in the Sherlock Holmes series of novels, this thrilling dog-themed mystery will chill and captivate your own hound from start to finish.
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
- Dire wolves! They’re so cool! And they begin here in A Game of Thrones as pups. Your dog will love this awesome fantasy where wolves live as giants and men live in fear!
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
- This complicated story of domestication and life in the wilderness is highly intellectual and in the canon of dog literature as one of the great political novels. This is a must-read for dogs everywhere.
With illiteracy being the number-one cause for doggie depression, beating out closed dog parks and treat shortages, it is important that we listen to the voices of the dogs affected as well as do our part as humans to combat this problem. The team at the Center for Canine Literacy Center is doing wonderful things to help combat canine illiteracy and is providing vital resources to dogs in need. You can make a difference!
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