After the introductory discussion about dogs and National Dog Week, the teacher can read one or more of the following dog books with the second grade class:
Dogs and Cats by Steve Jenkins is a double-sided nonfiction book that is recommended for readers in kindergarten through fifth grade depending on the reading level of the individual student. This cleverly illustrated text teaches children about canines through visual and written information including the origin and history of the pet dog. One side of the book is entirely about dogs while the opposite side contains information about cats.
Puppies! Puppies! Puppies! by Susan Meyers is a book written in rhyme that follows the journey of puppies from birth when puppies are born with their eyes closed to adulthood when puppies move in with human families and learn to behave like grown-up dogs. This illustrated book, which teaches young readers about the growth and development of dogs, is recommended for readers in kindergarten through second grade.
Letters from a Desperate Dog by Eileen Christelow is a comical book for students in kindergarten through third grade that chronicles the misadventures of a dog named Emma who feels misunderstood by her owner because of her tendencies to sleep on the couch, dig through the garbage, and bark at the door next door. Second grade teachers can use this book to teach children about common, albeit seemingly naughty, dog behavior as well as the special relationships between humans and pet animals.
How to Talk to Your Dog by Jean Craighead George is a humorous but informative book recommended for second through fifth graders about learning to understand the communication system of dogs. This illustrated text explains in a conversational style how dogs use sounds, facial expressions, and body language to communicate with humans as well as other dogs.
Dogs by Teri Crawford Jones is a title in the Children's Nature Library series that includes chapters on dog history, dog care, dog jobs, and dog breeds. Teachers can read this photo-illustrated book aloud to the class cover to cover or select individual chapters on specific topics.