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  Harry the Dirty Dog (Paperback) 

Harry the Dirty Dog

Gene Zion, Margaret Bloy Graham (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Theme: Animals

With a charming tale and wonderful illustrations, Harry the Dirty Dog, written by Gene Zion and illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham, is one of the best classic picture books that have delighted children for decades. Harry is a white dog with black spots who doesn't like to take bath at all. One day, he runs away just before bath time and gets himself very dirty. When Harry returns home, his family doesn't recognize this black dog with white spots. Harry tries every trick he can do to show them he is Harry, to no avail. Finally, the dirty dog jumps into the bathtub and begs for a bath. Harry is recognized after he becomes a white dog with black spots again. Margaret Bloy Graham's expressive illustrations depict a lovable character that children can identify with. Harry the Dirty Dog is a great book for toddlers and preschoolers.


  Where's Spot? (Board Books) 

Where's Spot? (Spot Books Series)

Eric Hill (Board Books)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Theme: Animals

"Where's Spot?" is the first lift-the flap Spot book by Eric Hill. In this great picture book, Spot's mom goes looking for Spot. She finds many other animals before finding Spot. With simple, large text and colorful, uncluttered pictures, "Where's Spot?" is a good book for toddlers to learn basic concepts. Little kids will have fun lifting the flaps and tracking down the adorable puppy dog.


  Because of Winn-Dixie (Paperback) 

Because of Winn-Dixie

Kate DiCamillo (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Realistic Fiction; Book Themes: Animals, Friendship

"Because of Winn-Dixie" by Kate DiCamillo, a 2001 Newbery Honor book, tells a heartwarming story about love, friendship and tolerance. Main characters of the realistic fiction book are Opal Buloni, a 10-year-old girl, and Winn-Dixie, the dog she has found in the town grocery store. Opal has just moved to Naomi, Florida with her preacher father. Her mother left them seven years ago. Because of Winn-Dixie, Opal makes new friends. Among them are Gloria Dump, a kind old lady called a witch by children, Miss Franny Block, a librarian who loves to tell stories, and Otis, a pet shop worker who plays music to animals. These quirky characters are part of the charm of the chapter book. "Because of Winn-Dixie" appeals to children in 4th grade through 7th grade.


  Stone Fox (Paperback) 

Stone Fox

John Reynolds Gardiner, Greg Hargreaves (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Realistic Fiction; Book Theme: Animals

In the chapter book "Stone Fox", by John Reynolds Gardiner, main character little Willy enters a dogsled race in order to win prize money and save his grandfather's farm from tax collectors. One of the other racers is Stone Fox, a Native American who has never lost a dog sled race. Children in third grade through sixth grade will enjoy this inspiring story about little Willy and his loyal dog Searchlight. "Stone Fox" is a great book to read aloud.


  The Incredible Journey (Paperback) 

The Incredible Journey

Sheila Burnford (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Adventure Books; Book Theme: Animals

"The Incredible Journey" by Sheila Burnford is a classic animal adventure book. Three animals-- a Siamese cat, a bull terrier, and a Labrador retriever-- make an incredible journey through the Canadian wilderness in search of their family and their home. The pets face hardship, starvation and wild animals on their adventurous journey. The last chapter, in which they find their owners, is very moving. "The Incredible Journey" is a great chapter book for children in 4th grade through 9th grade. Cat and dog lovers will especially love this heartwarming animal story.


  City Dog (Paperback) 

City Dog

Karla Kuskin (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Theme: Animals

"City Dog" by noted poet Karla Kuskin, tells about a city dog's first trip to the countryside in verses. The city dog rejoices in the open spaces of the countryside and the freedom to romp. Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy the simple, rhyming text in this children's picture book.


  Spot's Baby Sister (Paperback) 

Spot's Baby Sister (Spot Books Series)

Eric Hill (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Animals, Family

In "Spot's Baby Sister" by Eric Hill, Spot, the puppy dog, welcomes a new baby sister into their family. Eric Hill's illustrations are simple and colorful. Texts are short and fonts are big. "Spot's Baby Sister" is a good lift-the-flap picture book to read with toddlers.


  Henry Huggins (Paperback) 

Henry Huggins (Henry Huggins Series)

Beverly Cleary, Louis Darling (Paperback)

Genres: Fiction - Humorous Stories, Realistic Fiction; Book Theme: Animals

"Henry Huggins" by Beverly Cleary is a humorous story about a boy and his dog, Ribsy. After third grader Henry Huggins finds a stray dog at a drugstore, hilarious adventures follow, such as winning top prize in a dog show when Henry has mistakenly put pink powder on Ribsy. Henry Huggins is a memorable character that many children can relate to. Kids in third grade through sixth grade will enjoy this funny chapter book in the genre of realistic fiction.