Little Bookshelf: Dog Days of October?!?!?!


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This month has gone to the dogs. Don’t let anyone tell you it’s about fall or Halloween. Nope. It’s about cute, silly, loveable, squishy puppy dogs! Allergic? No worries – reading about them in books requires no antihistamine.

Popular pups Spot and Clifford are childhood classics for many of us. But here are a few of my new favorites, which I hope will also hold a special place in your children’s memories – especially reading them with you.

Best Children’s Books About Dogs

A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka

No words can express how much Daisy loves her ball. So author Chris Raschka doesn’t use any! This wordless picture book is perfect for you and your child to TALK about what Daisy is doing as she goes to the park and plays with her friends. Ask your child questions about what they think and see what they come up with.

Hickory Dickory Dog by Alison Murray

A boy, his dog, and make-a-mess heaven! You don’t have to get your hands dirty to love this adorable new take on a classic rhyme. Bounce along or even trying SINGing it.

What Is Your Dog Doing? by Marilyn Singer and Kathleen Habbley

Dogs are a lot like children – they are always doing something! This book explores the many sides to their habits and activities. Great for kiddos just learning to READ.

Zorro Gets an Outfit by Carter Goodrich

Who doesn’t love some new duds? Zorro doesn’t, that’s who. But he soon changes his tune. Put on your favorite outfit and maybe make a new mask. Don’t forget to WRITE your name on it. For mask patterns, visit First Palette for fun kid’s crafts. Swing by our craft table here at the library for a new craft each week.

Puppies! Puppies! Puppies! by Susan Meyers, illustrated by David Walker

All puppies from beginning to end (as you may have guessed from the title, so no spoiler alert necessary)! Before you start, teach your little ones the refrain “Puppies! Puppies! Puppies!” and let the fun begin. As you read, make sure to queue them in so they know when to chant—definitely a PLAYful book.

Here at the Vernon Area Public Library, we use the five early literacy practices — TALK, SING, READ, WRITE, PLAY — as the foundation for all of our storytimes.  It’s never too early to start on these five activities to set the stage for reading readiness.

We offer storytimes beginning at birth, and all are welcome to stop by and visit — no library card required. But if you are a resident, you can sign up for one while you are here! Find our calendar of storytimes and other events at

You can get more Early Literacy picks from Heather’s Blog: Little Literacy Librarian.  Connect with the Vernon Area Public Library District:

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Little Bookshelf: Dog Days of October?!?!?!
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Melissa is mom to 4. She used to dream of traveling the world, now she dreams of a clean kitchen. She can be found on most social media sites as @PBinmyHair because with this much hair and four kids, you're bound to find something in it.

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