Downloadable Literature Guides

Great Dog Books
with Units to Guide Literature Circles 

Most of these dog books are in your library! (If can't find them, you can order them by clicking the title below.) They represent every genre! Check out two or three copies of each for your class. Let students choose their favorites and form literature groups. Give them copies of the unit to guide them to find the special treasure inside each book, to develop valuable skills, to problem solve, and to help them work together as a group! Dogs are strong in character and can reach many "unreachable" children!


Akiak, A Tale of the Iditarod -- by Robert Blake--Beautiful picture book about a dog's courage and perseverance in the Iditarod --fiction-- Unit in Tales for Two Centuries-- Website

A Dog on His Own -- by Mary Jane Auch--If a dog could talk, how would he describe his life on the run? Fantasy. Unit in Tempests and Teamwork.

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo --fiction--and How to Talk to Your Dog by Jean Craighead George--nonfiction--"The best book we ever read" --Website--Unit in Roots and Wings --

Bigger by Patricia Calvert --historical fiction--download now Awesome Post-Civil War Saga, Novel for grades 3-7

Brave Dogs, Gentle Dogs by Cat Urbigkit-- How are sheepdogs raised and trained to guard sheep? Beautiful, nonfiction with photographs of the dogs--Classroom unit in Reading Seeds

Down Girl and Sit, On the Road by Lucy Nolan-- Hysterical easy chapter book told from the point of view of a dog, winner of the Texas Bluebonnet Award, 2006--Unit in The Ripple Effect

Good Dog by Maya Gottfried--poetry picture book--Unit in Forever Friendships

How to Talk to Your Dog by Jean Craighead George--nonfiction-- PLUS Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo -- fiction. Cute picture book on training your dog and beloved story--  Website--Unit in Roots and Wings

I Was a Third Grade Science Project by M. J. Auch-- For their science fair project, Josh Buckner and Brian Lewis decide to hypnotize Brian’s shaggy dog, Arful, into thinking he is a cat. The results are hysterical! One of the funniest books we have ever read. Unit in Tales for Two Centuries

Lewis and Clark and Me -- by Laurie Myers--Meriwether Lewis's dog, Seaman, tells the story of his adventures on the famous expedition to find a waterway across North America. Historical Fiction. Unit in Mountains and Valleys.

Love That Dog by Sharon Creech--A story in blank verse poetry about a boy who loved a dog and learned to write about it----Website--Unit in Defeating Giants

The Mightiest Heart by Lynn Cullen--Medieval folktale The character of a dog teaches a valuable lesson in this picture book set in medieval times--Website--Unit in Defeating Giants

Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle--SEARCH and RESCUE takes on a dual meaning in this touching story of a forest ranger, a search-and-rescue dog, and a lost boy who is determined to go from "the lost" to "the finder."

My Life in Dog Years, Autobiography by Gary Paulsen--A terrific autobiography in which the author remembers the different periods in his life by the beloved dogs that walked with him--Website--Unit in Tales for Two Centuries

Shelter Dogs by Peg Kehret, Website--A wonderful collection of true stories about shelter dogs that became famous--Unit in Tales for Two Centuries

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor--fiction--Award winning Newbery Medalist, awesome!

The Sweetest Fig Click Here to purchase and download --it's a sophisticated, surprising picture book!

Tornado by Betsy Byars  --fiction--In Download Collection --Powerful, exciting, touching, and funny! An easy-reading chapter book about a tornado and the love between a boy and a dog--Unit in Character Connections 

Faith and the Electric Dogs by Patrick Jennings --Fantasy set in Mexico--Unit in Heart of the Hero

Togo by Robert Blake--Dog Sled Story set in Alaska--Unit in Mountains and Valleys

Thunder from the Sea by Joan Hiatt Harlow--Exciting historical fiction set in Newfoundland. Unit in Light in the Darkness

Waiting for the Magic by Patricia MacLachlan--a precious story about a father who abandons his family and is replaced by four shelter dogs and a cat. It punctuates the importance of fathers ... and DOGS! Unit in Growing Young Americans

Easy Picture Books About Dogs

The Hound from the Pound by Jessica Swaim -- a funny, rollicking narrative poem

Wiener Wolf by Jeff Crosby

Rrralph by Lois Ehlert -- Rrralph really is a talking dog!

I Didn't Do It by Patricia MacLachlan and Emily Machachlan -- Precious poems written in a puppy voice

Dog in Boots -- Inspired by the folktale, Cat in Boots, Dog tries to find the perfect footware for himself. Kids Wings guide includes a readers theater script for the traditional, Cat in Boots to provide background.

Good Dog by Maya Gotfried--Poetry in a Dog's Voice--with Unit in Forever Friendships

Buster by Denise Fleming--comical picture book about a tense relationship between a dog and a new cat--with unit in Book Buddies

Widget by Lynn Rossiter--picture book about a little lost dog who tries to find a home with a houseful of cats--with a unit in Tickles, Tricks, and Treasure

The Stray Dog by Marc Simont--picture book about a dog that literally chews up everything in his path. Download in our Homeless Dogs Collection now.

Mutt Dog by Stephen Michael King--picture book about a homeless stray in the city and the compassionate lady who takes him home from the homeless shelter--with a unit in Reading Seeds.
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Not Afraid of Dogs by Suzanne Pitzer--Daniel is almost the bravest boy in the world. He can face snakes, spiders, and thunderstorms, but he is afraid of dogs. What will he do when his aunt leaves her dog, Bandit, with his family? What will he do when he finds himself alone in the same room with Bandit who has a fear of his own? A Kids' Wings Unit is in Reading Seeds.

Move Over, Rover by Karen Beaumont--Rover is snuggled down into his doghouse when a sudden thunderstorm brings a line of unexpected visitors who need to find a place to stay dry. How many can fit in? How will the last visitor change the group? Move Over, Rover is a delightful cumulative story that will encourage children to read ... and laugh ... along with you. A Kids' Wings Unit is in Reading Seeds.

Farley Found It by Bruce Van Patter--What's a sheepdog to do when a sheep moves into her doghouse? A funny picture book about a problem-solving dog and a determined sheep-- Classroom unit in Reading Seeds



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