Dog Days of Summer

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Well, it’s August 1 already – can you believe it? School (at least, SD74) starts up in 23 days, and our glorious, beautiful Lincolnwood summer is starting to come to an end. We’re a little bummed – but excited, too. Summer is such a different time in the library than the rest of the year – not only because it’s quieter with kids away at camp, or families on vacation – but because everything and everyone feels so relaxed.

Keep that relaxing feeling going with some books to keep that summer chill strong!

The Best Days are Dog Days by Aaron Meshon follows a dog and his girl through a day exploring the neighborhood. You won’t want to miss out sharing this one with your four-legged pals – and then take them on a long, long walk.

Molly’s Story by W. Bruce Cameron is an irresistable audiobook (you can listen on hoopla) that will make your heart overflow with happiness. Molly’s a puppy who bonds with a little girl named C.J. and nothing will keep these two apart – not even pesky grown-ups.  It’s in the same family as A Dog’s Purpose by the same author – but this sweet little story’s adapted for young listeners (and there are two more).

Whippoorwill by Joseph Monninger (for middle school and up) is one of those dog stories that will rip your heart out and shred it to pieces like an evil squeaky toy (but in a good way). In it, you’ll meet Wally, a lovable, huge, mistreated pup who doesn’t know what it feels like to be loved until his neighbor, Clair, and his owner’s son, Danny, start to try to show him what love is really like.

The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst is an adult fiction read-alike to contemporary doggy classics like The Art of Racing in the Rain and A Dog’s Purpose. Paul comes home to find his wife dead and the only witness, their dog Lorelei. Consumed with grief, Paul decides to attempt to teach Lorelai to speak – remembering his relationship with his wife as he learns about actual scientific experiments. Make sure you have the largest, fullest box of tissues available for this one.

War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love by Rebecca Frankel shares several stories of our best friends and their glorious military history.

And for our feline friends…

Mr. Putter and Tabby Clear the Decks by Cynthia Rylant, chosen to celebrate two of our new fish in the library tank (named Mr. Putter and Tabby), has our two intrepid heroes on a boat cruise to try and relieve some of the dog cat days of summer… but if you know Mr. Putter and Tabby… you know it might not be that easy.