Dog Loves Books
written and illustrated by Louise Yates
(Knopf Books for Young Readers) 2010
Source: Orange County Public Library
Dog loves everything about books. He loves the smell and feel of them. His love is so great, he decides to open a bookstore. On the day of the grand opening, Dog finds that he is quite lonely. No one is coming in to buy books. Feeling sad, Dog picks up a book and realizes that he is not alone. He is surrounded by book characters. When a customer arrives, Dog is ready to recommend just the right books, and he realizes that what he loves best about books is sharing them.
If you are looking for a book that, in a nutshell, expresses why we read books, Dog Loves Books is that book. Dog shows how books can take us to another world and how we connect with other people through our love of books. This is a great book to share with beginning readers so we can explicitly share why reading is so important.