My kids and I all love to read. I can’t take any credit for the kids loving it, they just all seem to gravitate towards it as I always have. You can usually find someone on the couch or their bed cuddled up with the dog and a book on any given day in this house, especially when we have new W. Bruce Cameron books in the house. We’re a dog family for sure! So for us, books to read with your dog isn’t a weird idea, but a great one! Whether your dog is from a litter of chocolate lab puppies, or an old friend you’ve grown up with, it’s lovely to sit and read with them. It can help you both relax and form a bond while being incredibly entertaining for you too. You could even choose a book that has a canine theme to help match the situation.
Forge Books sent me the newest W. Bruce Cameron books: Lily’s Story: A Puppy Tale, and A Dog’s Promise, and is partnering with me for this post.
I’ve been a dog “owner” my whole life. As a kid, we had 2-3 dogs in the family at any time, and I remember a dog named Kemo who seemed to be the neighborhood dog, so for a long time, I suppose I felt like we had 4 dogs. Sometimes we had purebred dogs, but most of the time, we had rescue dogs, because that’s just how it worked out. I remember one day my mom had to pick us kids up from school early and my brother found yellow lab mix puppies in the paper for free, ready to go that day, and a few hours later, my mom greeted my dad when he got home from work with a scotch on the rocks in one hand, and a puppy named Kaiser in the other. I’m going to assume that my mom and dad had already discussed adding a puppy to the mix and she found one by happenstance and Kaiser was a beloved family member for almost 15 years.
We’re a one dog family, and right now our doggo is Brownie Buttons. You’ve probably seen her on our social channels and in posts on here, and she’s very much a beloved family member. She’s a rescue, and had a really crummy lot in life in her earliest weeks. She’s spoiled pretty rotten and I’m ok with that, because I know what she went through before she came to our home! She’s wiggled, wagged, snuggled, tooted, run, barked and jumped into our hearts and been by our family side through a whole lot of stuff, good and bad, and she’s always ready to give some love. That’s how dogs are, by nature, and Cameron has the ability to capture all of that and pen it into beautiful stories that enchant kids and adults alike.
Now, with cell phones and me not being my mom, I would not ever actually surprise my husband with a new pet. But books, photos, movies about pets? Oh yes. Of course, any time we discuss one of W. Bruce Cameron’s books, or movie inspired by his books, my husband starts thinking that we’re going to start asking for a second dog. We’re not, but sometimes its fun to mess with him a little bit before we reassure him we just really all like stories about doggos! I haven’t yet met a bad dog in my 45 years walking around this planet, and I have spent my whole life understanding all of the good that comes from having a canine companion by your side and in your home. So finding stories written that come from this same understanding is kind of awesome for me, and I’m always ready and willing to pick up one of Cameron’s books!
Books to Read with Your Dog
Published just a week apart, the whole family can enjoy these captivating novels by W. Bruce Cameron about what it really means to be a good dog, and the lengths people will go to help others. For kids or adults, we all enjoy them just the same. Cameron’s just got a way with words, and while I generally end up needing tissues to get through his books, I treasure reading them and know that my kids do, too. It’s easy to relate to dog stories. Cameron’s books never disappoint me (or the kids)- heartwarming, true, and emotionally satisfiying, even when the dog or the “owner’ ends up passing away. You’re left feeling sad but still happy that the time together happened when you finish that last line of every one of these books. These are GREAT gift ideas for the holidays coming up!
A Dog’s Promise
By W. Bruce Cameron
A Dog’s Purpose Vol. 3
Release October 15, 2019
A Dog’s Promise continues the story of Bailey, the good dog whose journey started in A Dog’s Purpose and continued in A Dog’s Journey. This time, Bailey is joined by Lacey, another very special dog, who helps Bailey fulfill his promise over the course of several lives.
Lily’s Story: A Puppy Tale
By W. Bruce Cameron
Book 7 in the bestselling A Dog’s Purpose Puppy Tales series (each a standalone story)
Release October 8, 2019
Recommended ages 8-12
An exciting and heartfelt middle-grade novel about a pitbull named Lily, the smallest in her litter, who embarks on a unique journey towards confidence, adventure, and discovering life’s purpose.
- Since the publication of W. Bruce Cameron’s A Dog’s Purpose almost a decade ago, Bailey’s inspirational adventures have earned praise from the likes of Alice Walker (“amazing…wise”) and Temple Grandin (“I could not put it down”).
- A Dog’s Purpose has inspired two hit movies, the spinoff “Puppy Tales” children’s series, and a New York Times bestselling sequel.
- W. Bruce Cameron is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of A Dog’s Purpose, A Dog’s Way Home, and A Dog’s Journey (all now major motion pictures), The Dog Master, the A Dog’s Purpose Puppy Tales for young readers (starting with Ellie’s Story and Bailey’s Story), The Dogs of Christmas, The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man, and others. He lives in California.
Heather C. says
I haven’t read any so far, but that is going to change!
Keri Justice says
I haven’t read any of his books, but I would love to.
I loved reading Toby’s Story and am looking forward to reading these books. I am a huge dog lover!
shelly peterson says
I like the book A Dog’s Purpose best so far.
Amy H says
When my pup was younger he would have happily curled up with me while I was reading a book. Now he’s just getting older and prefers to hid and be left alone. 🙁
Nikka Shae says
This is such a cute idea! My doggies love when I talk to them so reading to them would be great!
I think this is such a wonderful idea. I don’t have any dogs, just cats. My kids still love reading to the cats though. There is actually a therapy dog in our town, so my kids have gotten to read to him before too.
Paula Schuck says
What a great giveaways. I read a Dog’s Purpose but have yet to read Lily’s Story. Looks so cute. <My kids would love that too. They are teens, so this kind of book is super appealing for them.
I sure have never thought of reading books with our dogs back in my hometown. But I think it’s not only sweet, it’s relaxing too.
Nancy L says
Yup, I’m a dog person, too, and I can definitely think of a few family members who would love these books. They will make a perfect gift! Coming back for the giveaway!
Karen Morse says
I love books like this. I don’t have a dog at the moment but I grew up in a household that’s in love with fur babies. Reading books about dogs or pets makes you appreciate them more.
Ruth I says
I never tried doing this with my dog. That would seem to be relaxing I suppose. Definitely a great book try.
I’m totally obsessed with dogs. I need to read all of these books!
I have a dog and I love him so very much, I totally need to read these books they sounds great!
We’re a dog family too. I cannot imagine life without a dog. I am also an avid reader, so I being a dog lover, I am definitely going to have to read both of these titles!
Though I don’t have a fur baby. This is a really great idea, and I have to make sure to share it with my friends who do.
My dad’s wife likes reading, and I bet she would like these books. I’ll have to check them out as a Christmas gift for her.
These would make great Christmas gifts for all of the dog lovers in my life.
Melissa Chapman says
I love my two rescues and would love to curl up with them and read these great stories. I love a book about animals and it is the next best thing to caring for a dog or another pet.
Amber Myers says
These sound like great books! I love to read. I’d read them to myself. Or my cats, since we don’t have dogs 😉
Kelly Moran says
We do not have a dog but my inlaws do! I may need to grab a few of these books for the kids and I to read to Max when we visit!
oh my goodness this is such a great concept- we dnt have any dogs but if we did I would for sure utilize this 🙂