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Recommended dog-themed books for kids

Did you know that 26th August is International Dog Day? To celebrate the occasion, we've compiled our favourite doggie-themed books for kids!

Dogs - Emily Gravett

Gorgeous canines of every shape, size and colour are bounding through the irresistible 'Dogs' by Emily Gravett. Can you choose one dog to love best of all? With playful pencil and watercolour illustrations to delight children and adults alike, everyone will long to bark along with the chihuahua and tickle the dalmatian's tummy.

100 dogs – Michael Thwaite

Small dog, tall dog, playing with a ball dog, big dog, dig dog burying a bone. Can there really be 100 dogs doing 100 doggy things packed into the pages of this picture book? Follow the bouncy rhyme as it weaves its way through an array of hilarious hounds (from petted pugs to silly sausage dogs) and find out.

Oi Dog – Kes Gray and Jim Field

Frog is changing the rules - dogs no longer sit on frogs. Phew! Dogs now sit on logs - and everyone else is going to have to sit somewhere different too. Will cats want to sit on gnats? Will spiders like sitting on gliders? Will whales be happy to sit on nails? And, most importantly, where is FROG going to sit? The hilarious sequel to 'Oi, Frog!' will have children rolling around with laughter.

Odd dog out – Rob Biddulph

It's a dog's life in the big city. Come join one busy dog on her journey to find her place in the world, in this third sublimely illustrated book from the bestselling, award-winning Rob Biddulph.

Mr Scruff – Simon James

Polly belongs with Molly, Eric belongs with Derek, Perry belongs with Terry - everyone knows that owners and their dogs belong together in their own unique way. But for Poor Mr Scruff, alone in the dogs' home, there's no one - that is until a very special little boy arrives looking for a friend. This is a wonderful, witty, and warm story about the true nature of friendship from award-winning author/illustrator Simon James.

Perdu – Richard Jones

Poor Perdu is all alone as he journeys from the countryside to the city in search of a home. The city is a big place when you are very small, but is it possible that someone is looking out for Perdu?

The great dog bottom swap - Peter Bently and Mei Matsuoka

The day has arrived for the Dogs' Summer Ball. It's so high class in fact, that each dog must remove their bottom before they are allowed inside the hall. But in the middle of all the frivolity something unexpected happens and the dogs have to make a hasty exit - with or without the correct bottom!

The bear, the piano, the dog and the fiddle - David Litchfield

Hector and his dog Hugo have made music together through good times, bad times and even some crazy times. But when Hugo learns to play the fiddle, and gets the chance to play with Bear's Big Band, Hector's jealousy gets the better of him. Can Hector swallow his pride and learn to be for happy for his friend?

Dog Man - Dav Pilkey and Jose Garibaldi.

George and Harold (the co-stars of the popular 'Captain Underpants' series) are in big trouble again! Their mean principal, Mr Krupp, has had it with their comic books. But the boys aren't giving up, and they decide to create an all-new epic novel about a subject they've never tackled before!

The Hundred-Mile-an-Hour-Dog - Jeremy Strong

Streaker is no ordinary dog. She's a rocket on four legs with a woof attached, and Trevor has got until the end of the holidays to train her. If he fails, he'll lose his bet with horrible Charlie Smugg, and something very nasty will happen.

Woof – Allan Ahlberg

Eric is a perfectly ordinary boy. Perfectly ordinary that is, until the night when, in fifteen seconds flat, he turns into a dog! Eric and his best friend are determined to sniff out the truth - what makes an ordinary boy go 'woof'?