Children’s Book Recommendations for the Dog Days of Summer

It’s the Dog Days of Summer, and the weather’s too hot even for our pets to enjoy time outside! So, we’re staying indoors with our furry friends and their favorite books.

We asked the First Book community & staff to show us what their favorite furry companions are reading by posting a picture with their pet on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #FirstBookDogDays. Take a look at some of the titles our pets love to read!

Max is just as excited as his mom to receive their first shipment from First Book Marketplace! She chose some great titles for her classroom library! We think Max might especially enjoy the picture book Friends Stick Together by Hannah E. Harrison, because it’s HILARIOUS, it teaches readers about animal symbiotic relationships, and it has an important message about friendship and acceptance.






Nugget can relate to the protagonist in this tale of a dog and his pet cat who share good-night kisses and playful dreams until morning wakes them. Sleepy Dog by Harriet Ziefert is a wonderful bedtime story for the youngest beginning readers. He and his mama can’t wait to read it together.






Cosmo Catsby is obviously a well-read kitty, and according to his mom, a monster when it comes to food. So naturally Cosmo Catsby likes to curl up to a delicious classic, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff.





Hedgehogs can read too! Albus couldn’t choose which middle grade novel to bury his nose into, so he stacked his too-be-read pile with three books about unlikely heroes! It’s hard to pick a favorite between The Seventh Wish by Kate Messner and Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos. But Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo is at the top of his reading list because when he reads about a squirrel becoming a superhero, it’s easy to imagine himself as one, too.





It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No…it’s a Comet! Comet loves stories that are out of this world, so he’s reading the middle grade graphic novel CatStronauts by Drew Brockington. Will Major Meowser and his team of quirky space cadets succeed in installing a solar power plant on the moon? Comet can’t wait to find out!






Etta seems to be saying, “At last! My First Book order has come around!” in this photo. Her mom selected some great brand new titles for her school library. We think Etta and her mom’s students will love them all, especially titles that support a welcoming community, like All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold & Suzanne Kaufman and Someone New by Anne Sibley O’Brien.


We love seeing our furry friends advocate for literacy! Take a look at what other pets are reading and recommending on Twitter & Instagram. If your pet would like to share what they’re reading, post their picture with #FirstBookDogDays for the rest of summer!

If you are an educator serving children in low-income communities, find the titles featured here and more on the First Book Marketplace.