It’s National Dog Day! At Douglas County Libraries, we think dogs are great reading companions. In fact, several studies have shown that reading to dogs build confidence and self-esteem in early readers. Volunteers and their trained therapy dogs visit branches each month to give struggling and beginning readers a chance to read aloud without feeling judged. For a full list of program times, visit our website.
If you are already an accomplished reader who just loves dogs, here is a great list of books that you may want to check out today:
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Enzo is a wise old dog filled with observations about his racecar driving owner, Denny and the life they share together. Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn’t simply about going fast. It is a great look at life….as only a dog can tell it.
Good Dog. Stay by Anna Quindlen
Brilliant novelist, Quindlen shares the lessons she learned from her black Labrador retriever in this heartening and bittersweet nonfiction book.
A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog’s search for his purpose over the course of several lives. Bailey’s first life is spent as a puppy at a home of a lovely but slightly absent-minded woman who owns more than the legal limits of dogs. Bailey is removed by animal control, and his next life brings him to young Ethan, the human Bailey will love and search for through all his subsequent lives. Through all these lives, Bailey maintains curiosity and humor.
Marley and Me by John Grogan
This heartwarming story is about a family and neurotic dog who taught them what really matters in life.
My Dog: The Paradox by Matthew Inman
Inman, of The Oatmeal comic fame, creates an ode to man’s best friend. Hilarious and heartfelt, the comic illustrates the complicated relationship between man and dog.
The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford
This beloved children’s book inspired the movie, Homeward Bound. It is the story of the young Labrador retriever, the rougish bull terrier and the indomitable Siamese cat who set out through the Canadian wilderness to make their way home.
I Thought You Were Dead by Peter Nelson
“I thought you were dead” is the refrain Stella, Paul Gustavson’s elderly dog tells him when he comes home. Paul is a sad, divorced writer who is listless.
Dog on It by Spencer Quinn
The first in the Chet and Bernie mysteries. Chet is the wise and lovable canine narrator of the series who works alongside Bernie, a private investigator. They get into mischief as they bring the bad guys to justice.
Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz
Temple Grandin meets Stephen Pinker in this engaging and informative look at what goes on inside the minds of dogs-from a cognitive scientist with a background at The New Yorker.
The Genius of Dogs by Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods
Evolutionary new insights into dog intelligence and the interior lives of our smartest pets. Brian Hare’s stunning discovery is that when dogs domesticated themselves as early as 40,000 years ago they became far more like human infants than their wolf ancestors. Domestication gave dogs a whole new kind of social intelligence. This finding will change the way we think about dogs and dog training