On the hunt for some good dog books for kids? They’re perfect if you’re planning to get a pet dog home, or are just looking for some good bedtime stories. Most of these pack in some beautiful illustrations and have a heartwarming storyline too.
We’ve handpicked 20 of the best ones for you to choose from.
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Picking the best dog books for kids
Just Me and My Puppy by Mercer Mayer
This funny and heartwarming book is a classic you can never go wrong with. Get your hands on it if you’re planning to adopt a dog anytime soon and want to teach your toddler the importance and responsibility of caring for a pet.
Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill
Also available in the format of a board book, Where’s Spot is a favourite among most parents. Packed with vibrant pictures, you should definitely grab this classic.
Puppies Pop-Up Peekaboo by DK
Raising an animal lover? This pop up book has a nice surprise for him under every flap, and will help your kid discover more about different animals.
Go, Dog, Go! by P.D. Eastman
This book has been a classic among young readers for years, now and is packed with beautiful pictures and loads of humour.
Biscuit’s Pet and Play Bedtime by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Perfect if you’re teaching your kid about sensory play, this touch and feel book features the famous yellow puppy Biscuit!
Poky Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey
This one’s another classic you absolutely need to have. This bestselling picture book is the story of a curious puppy and his journey through his fun filled life.
Where is Baby’s Puppy? by Karen Katz
Interactive and so much fun, this book needs your kiddo to lift the little flaps in there to hunt for the baby’s puppy!
Maggi and Milo by Juli Brenning
Maggi and Milo is an unforgettable and heartwarming story of a girl and her pet dog, and is another children’s favourite.
Bad Dog Flash by Ruth Paul
Bad Dog Flash is a fun and interesting story that revolves around a mischievous little dog and his antics- another must read among toddlers!
Excellent Ed by Stacy McAnulty
Excellent Ed is a great book choice for all dog lovers out there, and also packs in some valuable lessons about sibling rivalry, self esteem and more!
The Perfect Dog by Devin O’Malley
This one’s a vibrant picture book- great for toddlers, and is about a little girl’s hunt to find the perfect dog for her family.
Smelly Bill by Daniel Postgate
Packed with funny pictures and an interesting storyline, Smelly Bill is another great choice if you’re on the hunt for some good dog themed books for your kiddo!
Wolf Camp by Andrea Zuill
Looking for a funny book for your kiddo? This one might be a good choice. Wolf Camp is the story of a dog who fancies himself as a wolf!
A Dog Wearing Shoes by Sangmi Ko
If you’ve got dog adoption on your mind, or are just looking to pick up a good dog themed book for your little one, this one could be a great pick.
Hog Dog, Cold Dog by Preston Gannon
Packed with pictures from an award winning illustrator, Hot Dog Cold Dog is a funny dog themed book that takes your kiddo on a journey to discovering the interesting and funny proportions of dachshunds.
Bobo and the New Baby by Rebecca Minhsuan Huang
Things are about to change for Bobo- the little dog who has been the centre of attention for his parents. A new baby is about to arrive. What happens next? Pick up this delightful book to find out!
10 Little Hot Dogs by John Himmelman
With cute and bright artwork accompanying a funny storyline, this book is another great pick for some dog themed humour and light reading.
The Best Days are Dog Days by Aaron Meshon
This book takes your kiddo on the journey through a girl and her pet dog’s fun filled and adventurous day outdoors.
My Old Pal, Oscar by Amy Hest
This one’s a heart touching story about a boy whose pet passes away, and he finds comfort and love in another stray dog on the beach.
Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell
And of course, you can never go wrong with Clifford when you’re on the hunt for dog books for kids. This one’s a classic every mom must have.
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Angela Milnes is a Qualified Early Years Teacher who has specialised in Preschool and Kindergarten teaching. She has a wealth of experience teaching young children and is passionate about kids crafts and having fun as a family. Angela has also taught cooking skills and loves to share both family recipes and easy instant pot recipes here on The Inspiration Edit. Follow her on Pinterest!