20 Children's Books About Dogs For Kids Who Love Puppies

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About three months ago, after more than a year of begging from my kids, our family welcomed a puppy into our home. We love him to pieces, but teaching a 5-year-old and almost 7-year-old how to care for a young pup takes more patience than I realized, so I'm glad we waited as long as we did to get a dog. We read plenty of these 20 children's books about dogs during the time we were waiting for my boys to be old enough and responsible enough to shoulder some of the responsibility of taking care of a puppy, and honestly, I think it helped.

I was ridiculously attached to the yellow Labrador my family got when I was 8 years old, and my own kids have developed a fierce bond with their new puppy as well. The joy and love that having a pet brings into a home is nearly unmatched, especially with a pet as loyal as a dog, and these books capture that happiness.

A child growing up with a dog by their side is such a beautiful thing, but for some families it may not be in the cards, so reading these children's books about dogs is one way for kids to get their puppy fix without actually owning one.