It’s election day! As part of our special coverage, we present 20 picture books filled with perky, precious puppies, linked to their excerpted Booklist reviews. If you want to spend the rest of the day crouched in the children’s section, rocking back and forth and looking at them until our next president is announced, you’ve got our vote. (Prefer kitties? Click here.)
10 Little Hot Dogs, by John Himmelman
With each turn of the page this simple counting book adds another doggy friend until there are 10 hot dogs chewing bones, wagging tails, tugging on socks, tumbling with a shoe, and so on.
Big Dog and Little Dog Go Sailing, by Selina Young
Big Dog and Little Dog each display a distinct mix of character traits in several trying situations, notably an encounter with a whale.
Hello, Puppy! by Jane Cowen-Fletcher
What does a young child and a new puppy equal? A winning combination.
The Helpful Puppy, by Kim Zarins
A farm puppy, who will be a sheepdog someday, wants to be useful now.
“Let’s Get a Pup!” said Kate, by Bob Graham
“Let’s get a pup,” are words that strike fear in the hearts of some parents, but not the happy-go-lucky young parents in this book.
Little Dog, by Lisa Jahn-Clough
Scruffy, scrappy Little Dog has a rough life on the street until he is befriended by Rosa the artist.
Little Dog and Duncan, by Kristine O’Connell George
The two dogs fuss and tumble and rest and eat one another’s food—and they both try to fit on the little girl’s lap.
Little Puppy, by Kim Lewis
The puppy squirms and wriggles and licks Katie’s nose.
Little Puppy Lost, by Linda Jennings
A golden pup named Ollie ventures out into his first snow.
Little Scraggly Hair, by Lynn Cullen
In this version of the story of the ark and the legend of how dogs got wet noses (and became household companions), Noah and Little Scraggly Hair are misunderstood creatures.
Mr. and Mrs. Portly and Their Little Dog, Snack, by Sandra Jordan
Mrs. Amanda Portly sees an adorable white puppy in the grocery store in need of “a good home.” Happily, she has a very good home indeed, complete with the artwork her husband collects.
Otis and the Puppy, by Loren Long
After a hard day at work, a “friendly little tractor named Otis” likes to wind down with a game of hide-and-seek with his barnyard friends. That group gets one member bigger the night a puppy comes to live at the farm.
The Perfect Puppy for Me, by Jane O’Connor and Jessie Hartland
The boy narrator loves dogs. He has dog posters and books, a dog-eared hat, and a barking clock, but he doesn’t have a real dog—yet.
Please, Puppy, Please, by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee
The puppy leaps into the air, rolls in mud, bounds out of his bath, and shakes water all over himself, the children, and the cat.
Poor Puppy, by Nick Bruel
Puppy longs to play, but Kitty’s acting like, well, a cat.
A Puppy for Annie, by Kim Lewis
Whether she is creating tiny lambs, plush toy elephants, or wobbly calves, Lewis always manages to makes them seem soft enough to touch.
Puppy Love: The Story of Esme and Sam, by Gillian Shields
Pampered pooch Esme Lamour gets lost one day while at Central Park and meets a downtown dog named Samuel Bloom. Esme and Sam have a wonderful adventure in the city and fall in love.
Puppy Pool Party! by Seth Casteel
Casteel once again showcases his formidable talents as a specialist in ultracute photos of dogs underwater.
Saving Audie, by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Once landing with a family in San Francisco, the black puppy known as Number 86 was renamed after WWII war hero Audie Murphy and then underwent knee surgery, allowing it to begin agility training.
Two Girls Want a Puppy, by Evie and Ryan Cordell
In this cheerful picture book, two girls introduce themselves and their eagerness to have a puppy.