Four-Legged Stories
Author Title
Adams, Richard Watership Down
Aesop Aesop’s Fables
Applegate, K. A. Animorphs (series)
Atwater, Richard Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Avi Poppy (series)
Burnford, Sheila The Incredible Journey
Carman, Patrick The Dark Hills Divide
Cleary, Beverly The Mouse and the Motorcycle
Collins, Suzanne Gregor the Overlander
Farley, Walter The Black Stallion
George, Jean Craighead Julie of the Wolves
Howe, James Bunnicula (series)
Hunter, Erin Warriors (series)
Jacques, Brian Redwall (series)
Kipling, Rudyard The Jungle Book
Laskey, Katherine Guardians of Ga’Hoole (series)
Lewis, C. S. Chronicles of Narnia (series)
Lofting, Hugh Doctor D0little (series)
London, Jack The Call of the Wild
Mcallister, M. I. The Mistmantle Chronicles (series)
O’Brien, Robert Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
Orwell, George Animal Farm
Said, S. F. Varjak Paw and The Outlaw Varjak Paw
Salten, Felix Bambi
Sciezka, Jon Squids Will Be Squids
Selden, George The Cricket in TimesSquare
Sewell, Anna Black Beauty
White, E. B. Charoltte’s Web

Updated from YALSABK 09/16/08
The Captain's Dog, based on the Lewis and Clark Expedition--and the real life story of the dog that went on that journey
The Good Dog by Avi
Strays by Ron Koertge ...
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, Whinny of the Wild Horses, The Underneath (all middle grade, though), The Ghost of Opalina: or the Cat's Nine Lives
Raptor Red by Robert Bakker
Pride of Baghdad
The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle
Tailchaser's Song by Tad Williams
Firebringer Trilogy by Meredith Ann Pierce: Birth of the Firebringer, Dark Moon, Son of Summer Stars
Robin Jarvis has written some rather dark fantasies, the Deptford Histories, The Hagwood Trilogy
Watership Down, Plague Dogs, Shardik - all by Richard Adams
We 3 is a graphic novel by Grant Morrison
War Dog by Martin Booth
Straydog by Kathe Koja
Silverwing series by Kenneth Oppel
The Sight (and others) by David Clement-Davies
The Named series by Clare Bell:

  • Ratha's Creature Clan Ground
  • Ratha and Thistle Chaser
  • Ratha's Challenge
  • Ratha's Courage
Cold Moons - Aeron Clements
Diana Wynne Jones, Dogsbody
I Am the Great Horse by Katherine Roberts
Paver’s The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness
Seekers by Erin Hunter
A Dog’s Life by Ann Martin
Sheep by Valerie Hobbs


Cracker: the Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata is about a dog who served in combat during Vietnam and the close relationship which developed with his trainer. Although it’s fiction, it does include a lot of information in the story. Boys would enjoy this too.
A Dog’s Life: Autobiography of a Stray by Ann Martin is “written” by a dog. The story details the trials and tribulations faced by strays. It’s a page turner with an uplifting ending. The author has had experience working with animal rescue groups, and the story is very believable!
There are a few nonfiction books that read like fiction. Our library catalogs them as adult, but they would also be appropriate for older teens.
From Baghdad With Love by Lt. Jay Kopelman is the story of Kopelman’s successful attempt to bring home a stray dog that he “adopted” while serving in Iraq.
In The Dog Who Rescues Cats by Philip Gonzalez, Mr. Gonzalez writes movingly about his dog, Ginny, who had the uncanny ability to seek out and rescue homeless, and sometimes injured, cats.
My Life In Dog Years by Gary Paulsen


Adams
Richard
Watership Down
Alexander
Jill
Sweetheart of Prosper County
Alonzo
Sandra
Riding Invisible
Appelt

Underneath
Applegate
K.A.
Animorphs (series)
Avi

Poppy (series)
Bell
Clare
Ratha's Creature (Series)
Burnford
Shelia
Incredible Journey
Cassidy
Anika
Unsaid
Choldenko
Gennifer
Notes From a Liar and Her Dog
Clement-Davies
David
The Sight (and others)
Cooney
Dough
Beloved Dearly
Crane
E.M.
Skin Deep
Creech

Love that Dog
DiCamillo
Kate
Because of Winn-Dixie
Farish
Terry
Talking in Animal
Farley
Walter
Black Stallion
Findlay
Jamieson
Blue Roan Child
Frost
Helen
Diamond Willow
Gonzalez
Philip
The Dog Who Rescues Cats
Grant
K.M.
Blood Red Horse
Greenburg
Dan
Claws
Harrison
Mette Ivie
Princess and the Hound
Hartnett
Sonya
Surrender
Henkes
Kevin
Protecting Marie
Hiaasen
Carl
Hoot
Hiaasen
Carl
Scat
Juby
Susan
Another Kind of Cowboy
Kadohata
Cynthia
Cracker: the Best Dog in Vietnam
Kehert
Peg
Cages
Koertge
Ron
Strays
Kopelman
(Lt.) Jay
From Baghdad With Love
London
Jack
White Fang
London
Jack
Call of the Wild
Luper
Eric
Bug Boy
Marsden
John
Checkers
Martin
Ann
A Dog's Life: Autobiography of a Stray
Mikaelsen
Ben
Stranded
Monninger
Joseph
Baby
Monninger
Joseph
Hippie Chick
O'Hara
Mary
My Friend Flika
Paulsen
Gary
My Life in Dog Years
Paulsen
Gary
Brian's Hunt
Pevsner
Stella
Me, My Goat, and My Sister's Wedding
Rawls
Wilson
Summer of Monkeys
Rorby
Ginny
Hurt Go Happy
Rorby
Ginny
The Outside of a Horse
Ruby
Laura
The Wall and the Wing
Ryan
Pam Munoz
Paint the Wind
Salter
Felix
Bambi
Taylor
Theodore
Lord of the Kill
Taylor
Theodore
Weirdo
Welch
Shelia Kelly
Shadowed Unicorn

posted to YALSABK 08/26/2010