With summer reading over, the first day of school, and the eclipse behind us, my coworker and I were puzzling over themes for our main displays. Since it’s still too early for Hispanic Heritage Month and the fall season, we eventually settled on books for Library Card Sign Up Month. However, we also have a smaller display near our desk, which we usually use to highlight readers, novels, and nonfiction for older readers. Luckily, I stumbled upon National Dog Day, and knew I had a winner! Dog books attract both reluctant readers and avid readers, so we definitely have something for everybody. If you want a fast-moving display, consider a National Dog Day (August 26) display:
Image: National Geographic
National Geographic Kids publishes a wide array of high-interest nonfiction for young readers; naturally, animals and nature are a big part of their catalog (they also have outstanding science and history titles). 125 Pet Rescues: From Pound to Palace: Homeless Pets Made Happy includes heart-tugging tales about cats, horses, and of course dogs receiving a second chance at a happy life.
I have to confess that I haven’t yet read A Dog Like Daisy; it’s been constantly checked out at all our branches since we received it in June. Several staff members have also raved about it, so I’m anxious to read it when it’s my turn! Narrated by Daisy, this incorporates a story line of a veteran with PTSD, so it’s quite timely and contemporary.
Image: Penguin Random House
Fenway & Hattie is also narrated by the dog character (Fenway), but this is pure laughs and silliness, as can be expected when a Jack Russell Terrier is the star of the story. Fenway has lots to deal with: a move from the city to the suburb, her beloved human Hattie’s developing interests in non-Fenway matters, and the know-it-all dog next door. It’s quite hysterical and frenetic (Fenway’s training sessions are highlights). Book 2 was recently published.
The standard Guinness World Records book is hugely popular, but can be daunting for young readers. Luckily, the Guinness people have published several easy readers perfect for all young readers, but especially reluctant readers who may feel embarrassed about carrying around readers designed for younger children. Guinness World Records: Daring Dogs introduces readers to a dog who won the world record for balancing the most biscuits on her nose and the dog who can pop balloons the fastest.
Image: Peachtree Publishers
King and Kayla are a most welcome addition to our easy readers collection, especially for those wanting some suspense in their stories! King and Kayla work together to solve important mysteries, such as the mystery of the missing dog treats, the fate of King’s favorite blue ball, and a letter written in code.
What are your favorite recently published dog stories? Let us know in the comments!