SCBWI's Blueboard - A Message & Chat Board

Registered Members => Book Talk => Topic started by: sarahtregay on December 17, 2019, 11:42 AM

Title: MG Books About Kindness with a Dog?
Post by: sarahtregay on December 17, 2019, 11:42 AM
Hello,
I had someone request a book today. She is looking for an all-school read for an elementary school. The theme she would like to highlight is kindness. The school mascot is a dog, so a story with a dog in it would be a great fit. Have any of the Blueboarders written such a title? Or perhaps read one?
Thanks in advance,
Sarah
Title: Re: MG Books About Kindness with a Dog?
Post by: jancoates on December 17, 2019, 12:09 PM
I just read a MG by a Canadian publisher I've worked with, Pajama Press: HARVEY COMES HOME (Colleen Nelson), and it would work well as a read-aloud, I think.  https://pajamapress.ca/book/harvey_comes_home/
Title: Re: MG Books About Kindness with a Dog?
Post by: JodyJS on December 17, 2019, 01:16 PM
BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE! by Kate DiCamillo
Title: Re: MG Books About Kindness with a Dog?
Post by: sarahtregay on December 17, 2019, 03:23 PM
Thank you for sharing Harvey Comes Home. I hadn’t heard of it before... it sounds wonderful. Yes, Because of Winn-Dixie came to mind! Great suggestion.
Title: Re: MG Books About Kindness with a Dog?
Post by: Pons on December 17, 2019, 06:20 PM
This might not be what you're looking for but No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman is about a boy who is sick and tired of dogs dying at the end of too many novels and movies. He writes an unfavorable book report about a book where the dog dies and won't back down when his teacher wants him to change it. This makes it sound pretty heavy, but it really isn't.
Title: Re: MG Books About Kindness with a Dog?
Post by: Vijaya on December 18, 2019, 08:11 AM
Pons, your comment about "no more dead dog books" reminded me of Cynthia's book Dog Gone. I won this book in a contest and I had to make sure the dog doesn't die because After The Red Fern Grows, the kids were so upset (my husband stopped reading before the dogs die, but Max could see there was more left so read it by himself and then told Dagny the rest of it--tears, tears, tears).
Cynthia used to be here, but died after battling cancer: http://cynthiawillis.blogspot.com/ 

Sarah, other dog books we've loved:
A Dog's Life by Ann Martin; Love that Dog by Sharon Creech; Fire, Bed and Bone by Henrietta Branford.
Title: Re: MG Books About Kindness with a Dog?
Post by: Pons on December 18, 2019, 10:51 AM
V, the end of Where the Red Fern Grows just about did me in, too, and I read it as an adult.

Off Topic: That was a lovely tribute to Cynthia Willis. Thanks for the link.
Title: Re: MG Books About Kindness with a Dog?
Post by: sarahtregay on December 18, 2019, 01:55 PM
Thank you for the ideas! Love That Dog gets me every time.