CONFESSION: In the world of cat people and dog people, I am a dog person. My doggie companion, Scarlet,has been my friend for over eleven years, and she is just as much a member of my family as I am. Scarlet is getting older, and a few months ago, she was diagnosed with a heart problem that isn't curable. I took it really hard at first, and while I am still sad about it, I feel like having to take extra care of her reminds me that our time with our furry friends is precious. Luckily, the vet found a combination of medicines that seem to be helping her feel better.
Studying the pages of today's book, Beloved Dog by Maila Kalman, warms my doggie-loving heart. This isn't specifically a children's book, but I think kids and the adults that read with them will enjoy this.
I fell in love with Maila Kalman's quirky art work when I read Lemony Snicket's picture book featuring her work, "13 Words". Her paintings are bright, heart-warming, often funny, and unorthodox. I love the way she captures the expressions on the faces of dogs and people alike. This collection features page after page of her best dog and owner paintings along with little vignette-like stories about dogs she has met.
Here are some of our favorite dog book classics.
Go, Dog, Go is one of those books that my kids asked for again and again when they were toddlers. It teaches the concept of opposites with two funny dog friends.
Clifford is such a classic that every bookshelf needs!
This one is so funny! Harry keeps getting dirty and needs yet another bath.
This book series is great because Biscuit and his owners go through a lot of everday situations that our kids go through too like going to school, bedtime, going camping.
Do you have a dog picture book that you love? Let me know!