August 26th is National Dog Day!

DogAugust 26th is National Dog Day!  Read all about it at the National Dog Day site. 

Here’s a brief description: “National Dog Day celebrates all dogs, mixed breed and pure. Our mission is to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort.”

As dog lovers ourselves, we have dedicated posts to our furry friends in the past.  In case you missed them, you might check out:

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

Dog Days:  A Book Flight

For some more fun with the toddlers and early readers in your life, we also present two new terrific picture books with enchanting dog characters.  Enjoy!

HudsonHudson in Provence by Jackie Clark Mancuso

Paris in August is as hot as well, Portland or LA in August.  So our friend Hudson, that adorable pup, is able to escape to the south of France–Provence, to be exact.  As a city dog, he is eager to be helpful, but he doesn’t seem suited to country work:  he fails to sniff out truffles, and isn’t able to herd sheep.  He even has difficulty pedaling a bike when he gets into the Tour de France!  But he remains a lovable and engaging hero. A charming story about a sweet ex-Pat dog.

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MaxMax the Flying Sausage Dog: A Tail from London by Arthur Robins

A Magical, laugh-out loud book, fun for those being read to–and readers–alike. It’s a tough choice for Tom, when he can only choose one dog from the pound to bring home as a pet.  But he chooses well in Max, who turns out to have some let’s just say special talents that Tom must keep from his family.  Sweet illustrations that seem very British (think Quentin Blake).  In fact, a great book to invoke your British accent as you read.  Quirky and lovable characters, not to mention heart-warming moments. A wonderful celebration of dogs and their human families.

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