Recommended Reading: Picture Books

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Buddy Unchained

Category: Picture Books

By Bob Graham, 2001

Buddy Unchained is a deeply moving look at a dog abandoned and adopted. The story is simple yet of vast importance, and at the end we want nothing more than to make sure that all the Buddys of the world are loved and cared for like this patient, easy-to-please pup.

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C’mere Boy

Category: Picture Books

By Sharon Jennings, 2010

Dog wants his very own boy. Even though Mama warns him that a boy takes a lot of work, Dog is determined to find the perfect boy for him – and wonders if boy will be hard to train? This humorous story discusses responsible pet ownership - with a twist of perspective.

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Call the Horse Lucky

Category: Picture Books

By Juanita Havill, 2010

When visiting her grandmother, Mel discovers a neglected horse. Moved by the sight of his sad, glazed eyes and protruding ribs, Mel initiates a rescue; the horse is transported to a rescue ranch, where Mel learns about horse care. When Lucky recovers and moves to a horse therapy ranch, Mel is thrilled that she can volunteer there and continue to bond with the horse she helped save.

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Chewy Louie

Category: Picture Books

By Howie Schneider, 2000

Puppies will be puppies and patience will be a necessity now that Chewy Louie has joined the household. He eats everything in sight: his bowl, toy trains, the dining-room table, the fence, and the back porch. Using exaggerated humour, this fun read is a goofy tale with lots of kid appeal.

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Children of the Earth… Remember

Category: Picture Books

By Shim Schimmel, 1997

Accompanied by dramatic artwork, the letter from Mother Earth continues to lovingly tell the story of the one big family sharing our home planet. It’s a tender lesson of sharing and protecting our environment.

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Clip-Clop

Category: Picture Books

By Eleanor Koldofsky, 2005

This nostalgic story offers a glimpse into urban life at the turn of the century, when horses were common sights on city streets, bringing ice and coal and pulling fire wagons. Young Consuela loves horses and shows the hard-working creatures as much kindness as she can. This story would accompany a history lesson, especially emphasizing the importance of animals in establishing our society.

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Cookie’s Fortune

Category: Books with Resources, Picture Books

By Lynda Graham-Barber, 2017

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Dogku

Category: Picture Books

By Andrew Clements, 2007

When a homeless dog shows up at the back door, a family takes him in, feeds and bathes him, and names him. Written entirely in haiku, the pet experience is a clever, fun introduction to the poetic form and an engaging lead-in to a class writing exercise.