Canine Inspired Book Recs for the Dog Days of Summer


With the rise of the constellation Sirius, we are officially in the dog days of summer. It’s time to put the swimmies on Fido and jump in the pool. Or maybe you’d like to just curl up on the couch with the AC blasting while you and your dog both read a good book. Which ever it is, make sure it’s interesting for your fur-legged friend too. Here are five books about dogs to read with your pooch!

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

357664Moving can be hard, and making friends can be even harder. Unless you have a dog! Winn-Dixie helps Opal make all sorts of friends including a librarian, a nearly blind woman, and an ex-con. Just like your dog, Winn-Dixie helps Opal grow and learn that friendship often pops up when you least expect it.

Strays by Jennifer Colayeras

2545284716-years old and justifiable anger management issues? Sounds like Iris Moody could use a dog.

When a note in her journal is mistaken as a threat against her teacher, Iris finds herself in a lot of trouble with the school and the law. She is sentenced to an entire summer of community service rehabilitating troubled dogs. Iris is paired with Roman, a three-legged pit bull with his own dark past, but she doesn’t see any similarities between them and barely connects. But when Roman’s life is on the line, Iris learns to connect in order to save him.

The Vanishing by Christopher Holt

13528386Make sure to remind your pooch that you aren’t going anywhere while you read Max’s tail together.

Max, a yellow Lab, is searching for his family after all of the humans on earth disappear. If he can just find Madame Curie, an old black Lab, he knows he’ll be able to find them. Along the way, Max, Gizmo, and Rocky, face a pack of angry wolves, forage for food, befriend a house full of cats, and outsmart a gang of subway rats, all while they avoid the Corporation, a “perfect” society for dogs by dogs, where nothing is quite as it seems.

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

7723542Dogs have many purposes, the highest of which is to be our friends and companions.

Bailey finds himself reborn as a golden haired puppy after a short life as a stray mutt. His new life leads him into the loving arms of 8-yr-old Ethan, who teaches Bailey the joys of being a good dog. But his life as a family pet is not the end of his journey and Bailey is reborn as a puppy yet again. He wonders if he will ever find his purpose.

The Case of Jack the Nipper by H.L. Stephens

18070589Alright, this one is technically about a cat. A Victorian Gentlecat, but a cat. But Mister Marmee works with a dog!

It all began on a Wednesday, and everyone knows life changing experiences hardly ever happen on a Wednesday. Mister Marmee, a Victorian gentlecat who was not a detective, and Sir Happy Heart, a dachshund detective with a nose for following clues, are on their very first case together. Mister Marmee has found himself whisker-deep in the most perplexing and brutal crime sprees in London! Mister Marmee and Sir Happy must track down a killer canine before it strikes again. It’s a race against the clock… and the clock is running out.

Originally posted on on Aug 11, 2016

Published by J. M. Tuckerman

J M Tuckerman is a New Jersey-based writer, blogger, and podcast talent. Tuckerman holds a BA in Writing Arts, an MA in Writing, and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She is a proud dog mom, cat mom, archer, wife, and passionate book wyrm.

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