So, it’s National Dog Week, and while we love Banned Books Week, we absolutely don’t want to forget our furry friends, either. To celebrate, we thought we’d share all of our children’s dog books. All of them. Plus one dog-themed NYRB Classic. Ready, set…
By Rhoda Levine | Illustrated by Edward Gorey
A family moves into a new house and finds a sheepdog waiting—but waiting for what? Does the dog want dinner? a lollipop? a stray cat? conversation? No, what the dog wants is—a name! But you can’t just choose any name for a grown-up dog. No, it has to be the right name.
By Betty Jean Lifton | Photographs by Eikoh Hosoe
The adorable Runcible, a Weimeraner, digs a hole from Cape Cod to Japan, where he discovers Taka-chan, a little girl imprisoned by a sea dragon. Runcible will do anything to free his new friend. The two head to Toyko, and there answer the dragon’s challenge to find the most loyal creature in all the land.
Foxie: The Singing Dog
Written and Illustrated by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
The d’Aulaires bring Chekhov’s story of a lost little dog to life with their beautiful illustrations as the sassy and talented Foxie—”with her head like a fox and her tail like a cinnamon roll”—finds adventure wherever she goes.
By William McCleery | Illustrated by Warren Chappell
Okay, so maybe a wolf isn’t exactly a dog, but this book is just too cute: a father regales his five-year old son with tales of a fierce wolf and the son keeps interrupting and changing the story, totally usurping the bedtime storytelling.
By Sheila Burnford
The story of a small dog caught up in WWII who transforms the lives of people escaping occupied France. Can someone say heartwarming?
By J.R. Ackerley
Until he found himself in possession of a German shepherd named Tulip, J. R. Ackerley never considered himself much of a dog lover. That all changed, though, and this touching book tells of the 16 years Ackerley spent with the animal he came to adore. This book inspired a beautiful animated feature of the same name, voiced by Christopher Plummer and Isabella Rossellini. Watch the trailer here.