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Children's books about dogs

The Adventures of Tintin

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: 0+
    Reading age: 5+

    When Dave loses his favourite toy, Dogger, he is desolate.

  • 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+
    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+
    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.