The best books with the word “dog” in the title

Kate Feiffer Author Of Henry the Dog with No Tail
By Kate Feiffer

The Books I Picked & Why

Love That Dog

By Sharon Creech

Love That Dog

Why this book?

This clever, funny, moving book for children of all ages, as they say, is one of my all-time favorites. If poetry isn’t your thing, this book will make you think again. The story unfolds as a series of notes from a reluctant poet, Jack, to his teacher, Miss Stretchberry, who is teaching them about poets and poetry.  


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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

By Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Why this book?

Talk about voice! No need to dog-ear the pages of this clever, smart, engrossing, book about an autistic boy—he prefers dogs to people and he knows every prime number up to 7,057—and his investigation into the suspicious death of his neighbor’s dog, because it’s a serious page-turner. 


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Thurber's Dogs

By James Thurber

Thurber's Dogs

Why this book?

As a lifelong doodler and a dog lover, I am a fan of James Thurber’s simple lines that say a lot and his witty whimsical way with words. Thurber was a celebrated writer and cartoonist—he died in 1961—who had a wry take on human nature and our idiosyncrasies. While much of his work feels dated now, in my opinion, his dog doodles are evergreen.


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What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures

By Malcolm Gladwell

What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures

Why this book?

I downloaded What the Dog Saw as an audiobook because who better to keep you company on a long drive than Malcolm Gladwell. The book is a collection of his essays that were published in The New Yorker, including an essay about famed dog trainer Cesar Millan. As always, Gladwell’s perspective and research are illuminating.


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Stepdog

By Nicole Galland

Stepdog

Why this book?

Yes, it’s a thing, and my dear friend Nicole Galland makes the most out of it in her funny and moving “rom-com” of a book about a different kind of blended family—one that involves an Irish actor in need of a green card, his new love, and her beloved dog. This book is a romp and a road trip for dog lovers and the lovers of dog lovers.


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