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Celebrating #PB10fo10: Paw-tastic Picture Books with a Paw-sitive Message

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Congratulations to Cathy Mere of Reflect and Refine Building a Learning Community and Mandy Robek of Enjoy and Embrace Learning on celebrating 10 years of #pb10for10, a fabulous event for sharing the power of picture books!  To view all #pb10for10 lists, please click here.

2019 marks my third year participating in #pb10for10.  In fact, this very event launched my blog, Beagles and Books. Here are my previous lists.  Can you notice a trend?

For the past two years, Beagles and Books features one dog book weekly with Etta’s and Bella’s Dog Pick.   Continuing the tradition of sharing paw-tastic picture books, each of the books chosen for this year #pb10for10 met the following criteria:

  • Features a canine main character
  • Published in 2019
  • Teaches a positive message to students

Presenting Paw-tastic Picture Books with a Paw-sitive Message


Duchess and Guy by Nancy Furstinger  Illustrated by Julia Bereciartu (January 2019)

Although I know Guy has a happy ending, my heart still hurt when I read Furstinger’s poignant first words and Julia Bereciartu’s gorgeous yet forlourn illustration of Guy in the shelter.  When I turned the page, my heart leaped for joy when Guy was adopted by Meghan and finally got his furever home. The story focus shifts to Meghan’s impending marriage to Prince Harry and how Guy wants to prove he is a regal beagle.  Being among royalty is a bit overwhelming for Guy and despite his best intentions, his transition isn’t as smooth as he envisioned.  Meghan reminds Guy to be the happy go lucky dog he is. Whether you are two legged or four legged, adjustment to a new situation or surrounding can be challenging; I love that Furstinger emphasizes the way to capture hearts (even the Queen of England’s) is to simply just be yourself.   At the end of the book, Furstinger includes a factual account of Guy’s rags to riches story.

Good Boy by Sergio Ruzzier (February 2019)

Written using only verbs, Good Boy tells the story of a boy and his dog.  At first, the boy gives his pup simple commands such as sit, stay, and roll over.  The boy’s commands become more unconventional asking his furry best friend to stand, juggle,  cook, pedal,  sail and build, which the dog has no difficulties fulfilling.  After collaborating to build a spaceship, the duo blast off to another planet to interact with aliens.  Once they get home and get ready for bed, the boy repeats his command of stay which ends with the best friends snuggling in bed for the night. I am a huge fan of Sergio Ruzzier, for his words and artwork exudes warmth and whimsy. What I love most about Good Boy is with its concise text and charming pen and watercolor illustrations, Ruzzier beautifully captures the genuine love between a boy and his dog.

Madeline Finn and the Shelter Dog by Lisa Papp (March 2019)

For fans of Madeline Finn and the Library Dog, Lisa Papp’s follow up will be a warm hug.  Madeline convinces her mom to allow her to adopt one of Bonnie’s puppies and names him Star.  Wondering how Mrs. Dimple chose Bonnie, Madeline discovers that Bonnie came from a shelter.  Mrs. Dimple invites Madeline to join her at the shelter when she donates supplies.  While Madeline can see the animals have their basic needs met, she is still worried.  “Does any tell the shelter dogs they love them?”  Taking action, Madeline collects towels for the shelter and organizes a read aloud for the dogs.   Lisa Papp’s text and warm illustrations beautifully convey Madeline’s genuine concern for the shelter dogs especially a black and white dog named Mr. Chips.  Madeline is a great role model for children demonstrating small gestures can make a big impact!

Let’s Have Dog Party by Mikela Prevost (March 2019)


Fred’s human Kate wants to celebrate his birthday in a big way! Fred is a low key pup and prefers to spend his special day napping in his favorite spot.  When Kate and her friends begin singing loudly, Frank is overwhelmed and hides in a closet.  One look at Frank and Kate realizes that her well intentioned party is not Frank’s cup of tea.   Kate makes it up to him by sending her friends home and celebrating with Frank on his terms, which makes my heart so happy.  Let’s Have a Dog Party is a touching story teaching us all how to be empathetic and consider other’s feelings.

Wake Up, Color Pup by Taia Morley (March 2019)


A small yellow bird brings color into Pup’s world as they take an adventure outside.  Concisely written with vivid verbs, the once white pup gradually becomes vibrant with all the colors of the rainbow.  The observant reader sees a storm brewing in the distance which washes away all of Pup’s beautiful colors.  Once the storm ends and the sun peeks out, Pup is determined to regain his colorful self.  What I love most about this gorgeously drawn book is with a hearty shake, Pup’s color spreads to his surroundings awaking the world around him. Wake Up Color Pup is a picture book with great depth, for while it can be read to very young children to introduce and reinforce colors, themes of overcoming fears and how a bright outlook can positively affect the world can be also discussed.

Olive and Pekoe in Four Short Walks by Jacky Davis and Giselle Potter (March 2019)

Written in walks rather than chapters, Olive and Pekoe tells the story of two canine friends.  Olive is small, old, and more reserved.  Pekoe is big, young, and full of energy.  As they take their walk, readers see the contrast between calm Olive and the lively Pekoe.  Pekoe is full paws on enthralled by sticks, chipmunks, and other dogs; Olive would rather watch than be a participant.  The last vignette is particularly touching, for at the dog park, Pekoe is scared by a bigger dog.  Olive though is quick to act and joins Pekoe for support.  Olive and Pekoe in Four Short Walks is a sweet story that reminds us friendship isn’t about being the same; it is about being there for each other.

I Am a Wolf by Kelly Leigh Miller (May 2019)

Written in first person, a small, round dog with fangs proudly states “I AM A WOLF.” Through the bold, expressive illustrations and concise text, readers discover that the dog is a stray and is taken to a local shelter. During an adoption event at the shelter, the dog declares “I’M FINE ON MY OWN.” displaying unappealing behavior to potential adopters. One little girl sees past the dog’s antics and gives the dog a big hug.  This small kind gesture completely changes the dog’s demeanor, for it is clear, all the dog wants is to be loved.  Now named Wolf,  this once homeless dog finally has found his pack.  With humor and heart, I Am a Wolf  teaches that we all have walls due to our past and how love and understanding can help us heal and trust.

The Peculiar Pig by Joy Steuerwald  (June 2019)


It is pretty clear that Penny, one of Mama Pig’s babies is not a piglet, but in fact, a dachshund puppy.  While Mama Pig loves all her babies equally and consistently reassures Penny her differences don’t matter, her siblings think Penny is peculiar.  She does not look like them, has a weird oink, and prefers using her paws to dig than her snout.  But when a snake threatens the litter, Penny’s peculiar growl scares the creature away.  The piglets realizes that being peculiar is pretty positive trait!  The Peculiar Pig is a charming story that celebrates differences.  Steuerwald’s illustrations are absolutely adorable and will captivate young readers.

Mighty Reader and the Big Freeze by Will Hillenbrand  (July 2019)


Hugo, a beagle, boards the bus on his first day of school.  He quickly makes friends with Barkley, a bull dog who is reading The Adventures of Mighty Reader. Once in school, the class is excited about their author visit later that day.  Their teacher, Ms. Wulff asks Barkley to read aloud a book written by the author, but Barkley freezes up forgetting all his reading strategies.  Luckily, Hugo knows how to solve this reading emergency.  Raiding the class’ dress up center, Hugo finds a superhero costume, grabs Barkley’s favorite book from his cubby reminding Barkley that he is a reader and how he can use his strategies to read new books.  With encouragement from Hugo, Barkley regains his confidence remembering familiar words and using the pictures to tell what is happening.  What I love about Mighty Reader and the Big Freeze is it teaches kids that they can help each other through prompting which is what Hugo did for Barkley.

And a New Picture Book Releasing September 2019!

Stormy by Guojing

Stormy is a gorgeously illustrated wordless picture book about a stray dog who seeks shelter under a park bench.  When a young woman sits on the bench, the dog runs away but stays nearby within the view of the woman.  Befriending the dog with a ball, the woman shows extreme patience waiting for the dog to make the first move. Gradually, the dog begins to show a little trust fetching and dropping the ball but is still too frightened to get close.  When the woman leaves, the dog follows her home with the ball in its mouth.  A fierce storm erupts and the dog finds shelter in a box while the woman returns to the park frantically searching for the pup.  While heartbreaking to see both apart, readers are rewarded with a heartwarming reunion that brought me to tears.  Guojing’s use of muted colors in each stunning panel deftly conveys the changing mood of the story.  A story about patience, trust, and love, Stormy is a book that proves pictures are indeed worth a thousand words.

Thank you for visiting Beagles and Books’ #pb10for10! Do you have a favorite dog picture book?  Please feel free to share in the comments below.

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Celebrating #PB10fo10: Positively Pawsome Picture Books

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AROO! Beagles and Books is celebrating its 1 year anniversary today!



Last year on August 10, 2017, Picture Book 10 for 10 was my first ever blog post. I took the leap in book blogging and while initially nervous,  I have been overwhelmed by the immense support from not only the incredible #kidlit blogger community but also the amazing authors who write fabulous books for kids (and teachers)! A heartfelt thanks to fellow #bookexcursion member Lisa Maucione of Literacy on the Mind for all her encouragement and support as I launched my blog.

I am grateful to Cathy Mere of Reflect and Refine Building a Learning Community and Mandy Robek of Enjoy and Embrace Learning for creating this fabulous event for sharing the power of picture books.  Please visit the Google Community to read additional #pb10for10 lists by clicking here.

My 2017 #pb10for10 featured my first #bookaday mascot, Etta and some of my favorite dog picture books.  Since Beagles and Books is a celebration of children’s literature and my love for my beagle girls, in January 2018, I decided to include a weekly feature, Etta’s and Bella’s Dog Pick of the Week, highlighting 1 book with a canine main character.  Throughout the year, I had the opportunity to read many fabulous dog picture books; therefore, my 2018 #pb10for10  list continues my tradition of sharing 10 positively pawsome picture books that I plan to read and share with teachers and students in the upcoming school year.


Sterling, Best Dog Ever by Aidan Cassie

Sterling is determined to find a home.  Sleeping outside the Butlery Cutlery Company, he sneaks into a box of forks that are delivered to the Gilbert family.  When the family opens the box and finds Sterling, the mom and dad are perplexed but the daughter‘s and her baby sister’s smiles say it all.  Sterling strives to be the best fork ever but soon discovers that perhaps, the family doesn’t need a fork.  Being adaptable, Sterling attempts to be a whisk, a rolling pin, and even a stick but none of these tools seems to make him or the daughter happy.  Will Sterling ever realizes his one and only job is to just be himself?  A very special thank you to Aidan Cassie and Macmillan for sending a copy of Sterling to my #bookexcursion group to read and review prior to its release. To read my full review, click here.


Great Dog by Davide Cali Illustrated by Miguel Tanco

A father dog and his son spend the day looking at family portraits in the long hallway of their house.  Stopping at each stately portrait, the father extols each relative’s accomplishment but appearances can be deceiving.  For example, Uncle Scooter was lauded as an amazing teacher of young sheep but when readers open the gatefold, the truth is revealed; Uncle Scooter’s classroom was a hot mess. After hearing all these stories which are actually contrary to the truth, the son asks his father “What about me?” The father responds “No matter what. You will be a GREAT dog!” exclaiming his faith that his son is destined for greatness.  The very last gatefold reveals a surprise to the reader leaving them with a tender and heartwarming message celebrating the unconditional love that parents have for their child.  The illustrations are simply exquisite using a limited palette of colors and deserve more time to enjoy on a second read.


Help Find Frank by Anne Bollman

Author illustrator Anne Bollman’s highly interactive picture book is quite original.  A french bulldog named Frank is lost! Can you help in the search to find him?  Labeled as exhibits, the narrator offers key information about Frank such as his love for playing fetch, his favorite animal is a squirrel, and beware of his stinky toots so under no circumstances, feed him cheese.  Pay close attention to these facts, for they will be crucial to locating Frank.  Interviews follow with notes that provides more clues and the reader is asked to make inferences based on some of the previously shared exhibits.  Embedded within the story are double page spreads of the park, the baseball field, and the pool where the reader is asked to find objects and of course, Frank!


Emma and Muse by Nancy Lemon

Emma is a young artist and her most favorite thing to draw, paint, sculpt is her dog named Muse until one day when Muse decides to join her in creating her next masterpiece. Emma shouts “BAD DOG MUSE!” and a heartbroken Muse leaves home.  Without Muse, Emma is no longer inspired and needs him to regain her creative juices. Will Emma come up with a plan to find Muse and get him back?  Will Muse forgive Emma? Emma and Muse is not only a story about friendship and forgiveness but also a wonderful picture book that exposes young readers to the world of art.


The Great Puppy Invasion by Alastair Heim Illustrated by Kim Smith

In Strictville, fun is forbidden, play is prohibited, and cuteness is downright criminal.   So when hundreds of puppies show up, the town is in turmoil.  How can they get rid of all these adorable animals?  When their solutions fail, all the townspeople run and lock themselves safely in the houses except for little Teddy.   Teddy wonders “How could these cute puppies be scary?”  With one simple gesture, Teddy teaches the townspeople that fun, play, and cuteness make Strictville a happier place to live.  I wholeheartedly agree!


Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings

Arfy is a dog in search of a forever home.  Living in a cardboard box in an alley, he decides to write letters to residents on Butternut Street asking “Can I be your dog?” In each letter, Arfy states why he would be a good fit for them.  Unfortunately, Arfy receives letters back turning him down. A sad Arfy returns to his “home” in the alley and wakes up to find a letter addressed to him asking “Can I be your person?”  The letter shares reasons why they would be a good match for each other. Read this tender story to discover who wants to give Arfy his furever home. What especially warms my heart is the author’s tips for how to help a homeless animal in the end papers.


A Dog Wearing Shoes by Sangmi Ko

On the way home, Mini and her mom find a lost dog in the road.  Mini wants to keep the dog for her own, but her mom reminds her, “He has shoes.  He belongs to someone.”  They go to the park where the dog with shoes garners a lot of attention performing tricks.  When Mimi takes him off leash to fetch a bone, the dog runs away leaving one shoe behind, and Mini heartbroken. The next day, Mini’s mom takes her to the dog shelter in hopes of finding the dog.  Miraculously, the dog wearing only three shoes is there!  Knowing how awful it felt to lose him, Mini puts up fliers realizing that there is probably someone out there missing him too.  After the dog is reunited with his owner, Mini and her mom know just where to go-the dog adoption center.  At the end of the book, the author includes information on how to adopt a dog with links to websites like Petfinder.com, which makes my heart happy.


Shark Dog! by Ged Adamson

A young girl joins her famous explorer dad on one of his trips.  Sailing home, she hears a noise and then something slobbery wakes her up from her sleep. It’s a shark.  No. It’s a dog. No. It’s Shark Dog! With her father’s permission, the girl takes Shark Dog home. He is quite an unusual pet stalking a cat like a shark and fetching slippers like a dog when underwater.  On a trip to Shark Dog’s favorite place, the beach, he spies what he thinks is another shark dog but it is just a beach toy.  This makes Shark Dog very sad. Thinking he is homesick, the girl and her dad decide to take Shark Dog back to his home where he is greeted enthusiastically by his fellow shark dogs.   Will this make Shark Dog happy?  Read Shark Dog to find out!

Tiny and the Big Dig by Sherri Duskey Rinker Illustrated by Matt Myers

Tiny smells a bone. A BIG bone. So he starts digging. When a larger dog, a cat, and a bird discount his ability,  Tiny maintains his confidence that he is strong enough to bring that bone home. Tiny isn’t the only one who is optimistic, for his young owner also believes in him.   Written in rhyme, Tiny and the Big Dig is a story that celebrates strength and determination.  Matt Myers’ bold illustrations capture Tiny’s sheer willpower in obtaining his goal-a BIG, BIG bone.

And a New Picture Book Releasing September 2018!


Operation Rescue Dog by Maria Gianferrari Illustrated by Luisa Uribe

Missing her mami who is stationed in Iraq, Alma and her abuela decide to welcome a rescue dog into the family.  The story goes back and forth sharing Alma and her abuela’s preparations and trip to the Operation Rescue Dog truck as well as rescue pup Lulu’s journey to meet her new family.  While Alma is eagerly anticipating meeting Lulu, Lulu is apprehensive with her tail tucked between her back legs.  Both Alma and Lulu experience some bumps along the road, but once they meet, they both know they are home.

This story holds a very special place in my heart because in 2010, Etta was on a similar transport as Lulu.  A very special thank you to Maria Gianferrari for sharing an ARC of Operation Rescue Dog with my #bookexcursion group. It releases on September 18, 2018. To read my full review, click here.

Thank you for visiting Beagles and Books’ #pb10for10! Do you have a favorite dog picture book?  Please feel free to share in the comments below.

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AROO for #pb10for10 Day!

pb 10 for 10 015I cannot think of a better first blog post!  I’m excited to be participating in Picture Book 10 for 10  for the first time.  Thank you Cathy Mere and Mandy Robek for creating this fabulous event for us to share our #booklove!  This summer, I have been reading lots of picture books joining many other educators in #bookaday.   Since the name of my blog is Beagles and Books,  it is only fitting that my chosen books feature dogs and well, 1 wolf. But it’s ok. Dogs and wolves are related right?


Come with Me by Holly M. McGhee  Illustrated by Pascal Lemaitre

Come with Me is an amazing story of hope.  When a young girl expresses concern about the world in which she lives, she is answered with a simple “Come with me.” from her parents. Throughout the book, she is shown how to spread kindness and does her part by merely taking her dog on a walk. This book will be released September 5, 2017 so pre-order it now for the start of the school year.



Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio  Illustrated by Christian Robinson

Mrs. Poodle and Mrs. Bulldog think there may be a mix up with their pups. But sometimes just because it LOOKS right doesn’t mean it FEELS right.  Gaston’s message is simple.  Just be yourself.



Stay by Kate Klise Illustrated by M. Sarah Klise

Stay is a heartwarming story of a girl, Astrid and her dog, Eli.  As Astrid notices Eli getting older, she creates a bucket list of things for them to do together.  The beauty of the book is that Eli only has 1 thing on his bucket list.  Can you guess what it is?



This Book Just Ate My Dog by Richard Byrne

Uh oh!  The girl’s dog disappears during a walk.  Children will love how the author engages them in helping the girl find her dog.  In addition, children are exposed to rich vocabulary to expand their oral language.



How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills

I love all the Rocket series books!  This book is great for encouraging reluctant readers. Rocket was not interested in learning to read until the yellow bird began reading aloud a story that caught his attention.  It’s true that readers grow through finding the right books!



It’s Okay to Make Mistakes by Todd Parr

Ok.  It’s not exactly a dog book, but love how the dog reacts in this wonderfully illustrated book about the upside to making mistakes.  Great book to read aloud to remind children that we all learn from those “uh-oh” moments.



Dog Breath by Dav Pilkey

A list of dog picture books would not be complete without this classic.  Children love the amusing plot and awesome illustrations.  This story also teaches children the lesson that sometimes a weakness can also be a strength!



Hello Goodbye Dog by Maria Gianferrari  Illustrated by Patrice Barton

A beautiful story about the relationship between Zara and her dog Moose who hates saying goodbye while she is at school.  This warmly illustrated book teaches students the “pawsitive” effect of therapy dogs.  In her author’s note, Maria includes information about therapy reading dog programs.



Found Dogs by Erica Sirotich

This book holds a special place in my heart because it highlights rescue dogs who all are in need of a home.  It is a read aloud for our youngest students learning how to count. The adorably illustrated dogs will also captivate students!


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Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman  Illustrated by Zachariah OHora

I am making an exception for Wolfie, since dogs are part of the wolf family, right?  Dot the Bunny is NOT happy when her parents adopt a baby wolf.  Why? Because wolves eat bunnies!  I simply love the message of this fabulously illustrated book-Don’t judge others too quickly!

Thanks for reading my #pb10for10!  If you have favorite dog books to add, please comment below!