A Roundup of Books for Thinking About Dogs
By Erik Ryken
Ever look at around your house feeling like something is missing? You love dogs. Maybe you own one, maybe not, but where is a book about dogs? All of these great texts about people are everywhere. You may have a favorite wide format book of travel photography, memoirs from famous minds, a collection of fashion inspiration, or a little library for a young reader, but do you have some literature for the contemplation of how great dogs are? Here are some items to help solve this problem.
Credit: Andrew Knapp
Let’s Find Momo! by Andrew Knapp
Literacy begins with fun, and fun begins with dogs, like Momo! This 24-page board book will entertain readers of all ages, especially those just starting out. Andrew Knapp and his adorable border collie are Insta-famous for their adventures. The duo has two books to date, reminiscent of the Where’s Waldo task, but this one’s focused on children, and features a variety of words to practice by finding objects throughout the photos. Maybe kids who read it will develop a keen eye for photography as well as an appreciation for dogs!
Credit: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening by Stephen Kuusisto
This book is unlike the others on this list. A second memoir by poet and critical essayist Stephen Kuusisto, Eavesdropping is a sensory opening into life with disability, travelling, navigating the world through ear, and methodically listening. He is currently working on a book tentatively titled What a Dog Can Do that takes account of the close bond he has developed with dogs. A beautiful excerpt can be read here.