Kids Books About Dogs

Dog bowls at Brilliant Books

It's no secret that the Brilliant Books team is fond of dogs.  We absolutely love to meet our customers' canine companions — and we're known for our Brilliant dog bowls out in front of the store (currently in safe-keeping during our storefront's construction).

Recently, when our bookseller Sam was sorting through new kids' books, she realized that an incredible number of recent releases feature dogs.  Funny dogs, smart dogs, big dogs, and small dogs; all kinds of loveable canine characters are appearing in great new releases!

These are just some of the dog-themed books that Sam discovered.  If you know a young reader who loves dogs half as much as we do, then these are the books for you!


The Night Wild

by Zoë Tilley Poster


A picture book debut following a dog's fantastical moonlit adventure and a wild new friendship.  Sam particularly likes the book's art: "Gorgeous illustrations that are hand-done, with pencil and graphite powder, creating the perfect dreamy moonlight setting."  Ages 3-5.



Everywhere With You

by Carlie Sorosiak & Devon Holzwarth


A story of friendship—and the power of stories.  Two next-door neighbors, a girl and a dog, build a heartwarming relationship rooted in make-believe.  Both beautiful and touching, with stunning mixed-media illustrations from Holzwarth.  Ages 4-8.


Is This Your Class Pet?

by Troy Cummings


An adorable letter writing dog helps a class pet on the loose get back to its classroom in this companion to the New York Times bestseller Can I Be Your Dog?, and I Found a Kitty!  Sam says "Can I Be Your Dog? is one of my favorites, this new companion is just as charming and funny."  Ages 4-8.



Every Dog in the Neighborhood

by Philip C. Stead & Matthew Cordell


"Two of my favorite authors team up again for a quirky and comical story full of so many layers, you'll want to read it over and over." — Sam.  In this fun new picture book, dog enthusiast Louis and his eccentric Grandma set out to count every dog in the neighborhood when they find out about city hall’s woefully inadequate record keeping.  Ages 4-8.


Wednesday & Woof: Catastrophe

by Sherri Winston & Gladys Jose 


Can Wednesday and her service dog, Woof, sniff out Mrs. Winter’s missing cat before her big trip?  This is the beginning of a fun new chapter book series with full-color illustrations.  Each chapter ends with a visual record of how many chapters, pages and words the reader has completed, making this a great choice for recluctant readers!  Ages 6-9.


Bound for Home

by Meika Hashimoto


From the author of The Trail, this heartwarming tale of survival and adventure follows three unlikely friends and their quest to make it home together.  Perfect for fans of animal adventure and survival stories.  Ages 10-12.



More great dog books:


Don't Worry, Murray By David Ezra Stein, David Ezra Stein (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062845245
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - June 7th, 2022

Two Dogs By Ian Falconer, Ian Falconer (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ian Falconer, Ian Falconer (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062954473
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Michael di Capua Books - June 28th, 2022

Air Miles By John Burningham, Bill Salaman, Helen Oxenbury (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781536223347
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - June 7th, 2022

Hot Dog: (Winner of the 2023 Caldecott Medal) By Doug Salati Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593308431
Availability: Backordered
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - May 24th, 2022

Puppy Luck (Good Dog #8) By Cam Higgins, Ariel Landy (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Cam Higgins, Ariel Landy (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781665905916
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little Simon - May 31st, 2022

Ada Twist and the Disappearing Dogs: (The Questioneers Book #5) By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419743528
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Amulet Books - May 17th, 2022

Rez Dogs By Joseph Bruchac Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593326220
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dial Books - June 7th, 2022

Dog Squad By Chris Grabenstein Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593301760
Availability: Ships Today - Not Currently In-Store
Published: Yearling - May 3rd, 2022