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SUMMER READING LIST: Homeless dog writes letters to all his neighbors hoping to find a forever family

Remember summer reading programs when you were a kid? There was one at my local library that motivated me to read ALL the Lassie books they had and even Old Yeller!! I’m so happy to still have those great memories of sitting in the sun, reading books in the middle of the day — because it was summer!

Over the next few months, I hope you’ll stop by here for my reviews of a few kids books centered around dogs. I was fortunate enough to get advance copies from the publishers, and I bet one of these books will make a great present. Since today is the first day of summer, here is the first book!!


Do you have a little dog lover at home? Have a kindergartener at home, or know a first grade teacher interested in showing their students the art of written letters while introducing them to the topic of dog adoption? I have just the big colorful picture book to read aloud at story time! 

Can I Be Your Dog? is a wonderful heartfelt story about Arfy, a homeless dog searching for his forever home. His story is hopeful and bittersweet at the same time. Arfy genuinely personifies what real dogs could go through, teaching a compassionate lesson to little ones.

I immediately fell in love with his big sweet and goofy face, and the tender hearted series of letters he sends to all the people who live along his street.

Letter writing may not be as common as it once was in the era of email and texting but the powerful meaning behind his words and search for a forever family resonates on every big colorful page.


Author and illustrator Troy Cummings has created a sweet big picture book for children wanting a dog and for any teacher or parent who wants to raise awareness of dog adoption. This book is written for ages 3 to 7.


Volunteering at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue every week, I am next door to the San Francisco SPCA (celebrating their 150 year anniversary!) and this week began their summer animal camp for kids. I definitely saw a few little ones who would love this book.


If you have a child or grandchild who is interested in getting a dog, wants to learn more about dog adoption or what it means to help homeless dogs of any age, you will love this book!

Thank you Random House Kids for offering me this free copy to review! In August I will be raffling off all of the books from this summer book review series so stay tuned if you’re interested.


CAN I BE YOUR DOG? By Troy Cummings

Random House Books for Young Readers | Ages 3-7

Hardcover: 978-0-399-55452-0 $16.99 | 40 pages

Ebook: 978-0-399-55454-4 $10.99

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