Celebrate National Dog Day with a Book (and a Snack)!

Greetings and Woof.

My name is Jackson, and I’m the Front Porch Librarian’s 8-year-old, 85-pound sort-of golden doodle.

dogs porch

I say sort-of because my dog-mom is half golden retriever and half standard poodle. My dog-dad is also half and half. So, I’m whatever you’d call the offspring of two true golden doodles. I look like a golden retriever, but I’m much, much taller and leaner and my ear hair is frizzy. A neighbor once asked if my people crimped my ear hair. I don’t know what crimping is, but my people howled with laughter. My people-mom often shares this story and will say, “how crazy and what kind of free time to these people think I have?”

Anyway, I’m here on the front porch to wish each and every one of you a:


I usually follow my people-mom onto the porch because she snacks a lot. I like snacking. She also reads a lot out here. I don’t mind that so much (but snacking is better). dogs j

She says that people like to read books about animals, especially if they are pet owners. I guess this must be true, though I would recommend dog books to anyone, even if they don’t own one because . . . duh . . . we’re awesome (and so is snacking while you’re reading).

I’ve had tons of dog books read to me through the years, but I have some particular favorites. It’s okay if my favorite dog books aren’t your favorite dog books — there are plenty to please us all!

I’ll share my favorite dog books with you, if you share your favorites with me!

Jackson’s 10 Favorite (Children’s) Dog Books

dog wolfIs My Dog a Wolf? by Jenni Bidner.

This is some seriously readable (preferably with a snack) non-fiction about how fine dogs like me are your pet but some of my relatives remained wolves. Really great photos in this book.

dog jack I, Jack by Patricia Finney

I might like this one because Jack wrote it. I mean, how many dogs do you know who write chapter books? I love this book Big Amounts!

dog poem Little Dog and Duncan by Kristine O’Connell George

My people-mom LOVES poetry, and I’ve decided that I do, too, because it is short and sweet and really fits my attention span. Ms. George must have a dog because she Gets It.dogs mutts The Mutts Diaries by Patrick McDonnell

I like Earl because he is a lot like me. We both like cats, and we can be both silly and serious – but always cheerful. Patrick McDonnell writes a bunch of other books with Earl and Mooch, too!

dog road  On the Road by Lucy Nolan

Another chapter book narrated by one of my friends, Down Girl. She loves everything I do: driving in the car, the beach, and snacks. This book makes my people laugh a lot. After you read this one, there are even more books in the Down Girl and Sit series.

dog bella Tarra & Bella by Carol Buckley

I’m about as cheerful as it gets, so I dig heartwarming friendship stories, anyway, but especially if it involves a dog. And I’ve always wanted to befriend an elephant.

dogs henry Henry and Ribsy by Beverly Cleary

A boy and his dog. Need I say more? I shouldn’t have to — there is nothing better. Of course, I’m biased, I have a boy and he has me, and even though this is an older book, the love is just the same.

dog love  Love that Dog by Sharon Creech

When my people-mom reads this book, it makes her sad. When she is sad, I lick her face, and hope she might find a happier book to read. We don’t like sad dog books much, but we do have a special place in our hearts for this one. I think it is because we are such poetry nuts (Mmmmm, nuts…).

dogs peg Shelter Dogs by Peg Kehret

Each chapter in this book is a different story about a dog being adopted, which I think is the best thing ever, ever, ever (next to snacks and tummy rubs).

dog years  My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen

Dogs are really great and Gary Paulsen knows it. I’m so glad he wrote this book because it makes me feel so special to be a dog. It reminds me that we’ll always be part of a family, always remembered. Every dog lover should read this. With a snack. And maybe also a tissue.

There ya have it. Now, go forth and read all about me and my kin. And maybe snack a little, too.

Keep Reading,dog jj




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