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Children's books about dogs

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy

They're "man's best friend", so we had to dedicate a booklist to them.

This list includes some classic reads, as well as newer books, all about different doggies. Although there may be a couple of cats thrown into the mix, too...    

Perfect for children aged three and older.

  • Dogger

    Author: Shirley Hughes
    Publisher: Random House
    Interest age: 2-5

    Dogger is Dave's special toy. So when Dogger gets lost at the funfair, Dave is desolate. Will they find each other again? Exploring concepts of love, loss and kindness, this classic tale will be cherished by the entire family and will particularly appeal to any child who has a favourite toy.

  • Kipper's Birthday

    Author: Mick Inkpen
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 6+

    Kipper is working hard preparing for his birthday. He bakes a very interesting cake to share with his friends and makes beautiful invitations but is too tired to deliver them.

  • Fleabag

    Author: Helen Stephens
    Publisher: Alison Green Books
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    A small, scruffy dog visits the park every day and looks longingly at the other dogs who all have people to take for walks.

  • Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy

    Author: Lynley Dodd
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 6+

    This hilarious rhyming story follows Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy, as he sets off for a walk in town

  • Claude in the City

    Author: Alex T Smith
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
    Interest age: 7+
    Reading age: 7+

    Claude is no ordinary dog - he leads an extraordinary life! When Mr and Mrs Shinyshoes set off for work, Claude heads for the city, where pigeons, beret shops and robberies await.

  • Oh No, George!

    Author: Chris Haughton
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 2-4

    George is a dog with a big personality and he LOVES cake, rubbish bins and chasing Cat.

  • The Adventures of Tintin

    Author: Hergé Translator: Michael Turner and Leslie Lonsdale-Cooper
    Publisher: Egmont
    Interest age: 7+
    Reading age: 9+

    Resourceful junior reporter Tintin embarks on a series of exciting international adventures, accompanied by his faithful dog Snowy, in this favourite series.

  • A Walk in the Park

    Author: Anthony Browne
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 3-6
    Reading age: 5+

    A welcome republication for an Anthony Browne classic from 1977. Two children from very different backgrounds (and their dogs) make friends where their parents cannot.

  • A Dog Called Flow

    Author: Pippa Goodhart Illustrator: Anthony Lewis
    Publisher: Troika Books
    Interest age: 8-11
    Reading age: 8+

    This is a powerful story that clearly leads its reader through the struggles of dyslexia. But it is also an adventurous tale of a boy and his dog and the powerful friendship between them.

  • Space Dog

    Author: Mini Grey
    Publisher: Jonathan Cape
    Interest age: 5+
    Reading age: 7

    Visually and graphically inventive, packed with tongue-in-cheek humour and witty details, this comic-style picture book delights in subverting the conventions of epic space adventure!

  • Philomena - The Cat Who Thinks She’s a Dog

    Author: Jessie Wall
    Publisher: Wacky Bee Books
    Interest age: 4-8
    Reading age: 6+

    Philomena is a cat with an identity crisis. Having been brought up with a puppy, she is now convinced she is actually a dog herself. The plot is simple but fun, and carries a gentle message about being yourself.

  • Barking for Bagels

    Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 6+
    Reading age: 7+

    A quirky canine adventure from master storyteller Michael Rosen, complemented by Tony Ross's trademark comical illustrations, this is a lovely early chapter book for 6-8 year olds, sure to amuse adults and children alike.