Dog Loves Books

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Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Simple story, sweet characters offer love letter to reading.

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Educational Value

Kids learn about the pleasures of reading, how to pass the time, and how to maintain a positive attitude.

Positive Messages

Stay upbeat when faced with disappointment. Reading is fun, useful, and pleasurable. Books can help you pass the time, not feel alone, experience other worlds, and make friends. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Dog is charming and resourceful and always has a positive attitude. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dog Loves Books is a sweet, simple picture book about the pleasures of reading as told through a book-loving canine. It can get even the youngest kids excited about what books have in store for them.

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What's the story?

Dog loves books so much that he decides to open up his very own bookstore. But when business is slow, he discovers that the pleasure he gets from books is more than just fun: it's helpful to pass the time, go on adventures, and even make new friends.

Is it any good?

DOG LOVES BOOKS is a book about reading that's not only fun to read but that also promotes the idea of reading as fun. It also manages to work in what books are good for beyond a good adventure: They can help you pass the time, not feel alone, experience other worlds, and make friends. It also promotes the notions of waiting patiently, finding ways to occupy yourself during periods of downtime, and staying upbeat in the face of disappointment.

Kids who like dogs and fun stories will love dog's determination to keep his business afloat, and parents can appreciate a book that's fun to read and doubles as a PSA for several good life lessons that can never be instilled too soon.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their personal reading adventures. What are your favorite books, and why? 

  • Dog doesn't even realize that time's passing when he's inside a good book. What have you ever done that was so fun you didn't realize how much time passed? 

  • Dog keeps a very positive attitude in the face of disappointment. Have you ever been disappointed when something didn't work out? How did you handle it?

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