Good Dog!
by Maya Gottfried

Do you speak dog language? Their languages are as different as their canine families. From a small, obedient Westie to a snobbish King Charles Spaniel, each is good in his own way. The collie promises to calm your fears and to always be there beside you. The playful, faithful Corgi lives for the sound of your key in the door. The puffy Pomeranian and the tiny Chihuahua control and direct traffic in their worlds.

Now their unique voices become threads woven into a book of poems with paintings about Good Dogs.

Research Links for Good Dog by Maya Gottfried

Toy American Eskimos
The missing link in Good Dogs!

Dog Writers Association of America
If you love to write and you love dogs, this is the place for you!

Teach Yourself Visually, Dog Training

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!

Book: 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.

Book: 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

Book: Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo--fiction--"The best book we ever read" --Website--Unit in Roots and Wings

Book: Bigger by Patricia Calvert --historical fiction--Awesome Post-Civil War Saga--Unit in Bluebonnet Celebrations

Book: How to Talk to Your Dog by Jean Craighead George--nonfiction--Cute picture book on training your dog--  Website--Unit in Roots and Wings

Book: 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

Book: 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

Book: 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

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

Book: Shiloh Season by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor--fiction--Award winning sequel to Newbery Medalist Shiloh, awesome! Unit in Character Connections

Book: Tornado by Betsy Byars  --fiction-- Powerful, easy-reading chapter book about the love between a boy and a dog!--Unit in Character Connections 

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

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

Another FANTASTIC dog story: Star in the Storm by Joan Hiatt Harlow


Kids Wings 5-Star Rating:

(Symbolizing high moral character in literature)

Thanks to Jack's Midi Music for the background "How Much is that Doggie in the Window? by Bob Merrill"


More Award-Winning Books for 2006-2007
will be available in May, 2006

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Other Interdisciplinary Learning Units for Grades 3-7 are now available in the new publication: 
Light in the Darkness,



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