Dog Themed Novel Studies Great for Upper Elementary Students

John Reynolds Gardiner Stone Fox

Stone Fox

Grandfather will not get out of bed although Doc Smith says nothing is wrong with him. Little Willy takes over Grandfather’s duties and harvests the potato crop. He thinks everything will be fine, until Clifford Snyder comes to collect $500 in back taxes. In his desperation little Willy decides to enter the adult dog sled race. Will he be able to win the prize money he needs to save the farm? Read Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner to learn of little Willy’s fate.

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Kate DiCamillo Because of Winn-Dixie

Because of Winn-Dixie

Because of Winn Dixie tells the story of ten-year old Opal. She has just moved to Naomi, Florida with her preacher father. On an errand to the grocery store, Opal finds a large, ugly, homeless dog. Opal is immediately attached to the dog whom she names Winn Dixie after the grocery store where she finds him. Together they make friends with Otis, an ex-convict who runs the local pet store; Miss Fanny, the librarian who has a desk full of “Litmus Lozenges” a type of candy which her great grandfather invented; and Gloria Dump, the lady the local children think of as a witch because of her jungle-like yard. This book will make you laugh as Opal and Winn Dixie make friends with these very likable characters in this small southern town.

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Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Shiloh


As Marty walks the hills of Friendly, West Virginia, he runs across a shy beagle pup. The pup follows him home. The two form an immediate friendship. Marty names the pup Shiloh after the place he finds him. He soon learns he must return the dog to its rightful owner, Judd Travers, who is unkind to his dogs. After doing so, Shiloh turns up at Marty’s home for a second time. Marty decides to hide him on the hill behind his house. This leads to all kinds of trouble for Marty. Read Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor to see how Marty deals with each obstacle.

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Wilson Rawls Where the Red Fern Grows

Where the Red Fern Grows

Where the Red Fern Grows tells the story of Billy who saved his money for two years to buy a coon dog. He ends up buying two, Old Dan and Little Ann. The story tells of Billy's, Dan's, and Ann's adventures as they race through the Ozark Mountain chasing coons. Mountain lions, treacherous ice storms, and bullies are just a few of the obstacles Billy must face.

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Barbara O’Connor Wish


These are just a few of the unusual things Charlie uses to make her daily wish; the same wish she has made every day since fourth grade.

When Charlie’s family ‘becomes broken,’ Charlie moves to the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina to live with her aunt and uncle. She becomes friends with Howard who lives next door. The two are complete opposites — Howard’s calm easygoing personality compared to Charlie’s fiery temper. Throw in a stray dog who Charlie names Wishbone, and you have a heartwarming story that will make you tear up as you watch Charlie struggle with where she belongs.

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