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Madeline Finn Shelter Dog
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Madeline Finn and the Shelter Dog

by Lisa Papp

A Parents’ Choice Recommended Book!

 In this heartwarming companion to the award-winning favorite Madeline Finn and the Library Dog, Madeline Finn finds a new way to help more dogs and read more stories. A perfect story for dog lovers, pet adoption and rescue advocates, and young readers learning how to make a difference through community service.

“Cheerful… Charming.” —Kirkus Reviews

Ever since Madeline Finn met Mrs. Dimple’s Bonnie, the library dog, she has asked her mother for a puppy of her own every single day. Finally, Mom says yes, and Madeline Finn chooses Star, one of the puppies born to Bonnie.

Then Mrs. Dimple tells Madeline Finn about animal shelters―a place many other pets come from. After a visit to their local shelter, Madeline Finn has some questions. Does anyone play with the shelter dogs, or snuggle with them, or read to them? Questions lead to answers, and ideas, and soon Madeline Finn and her human and animal community discover there are lots of ways for small people to make a big difference.

Award-winning author-illustrator Lisa Papp offers a kind, empathetic exploration of life in an animal shelter in this inspiring and endearing book.

Also available:

Madeline Finn and the Library Dog
Madeline Finn and the Therapy Dog

Format: Hardcover
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-68263-075-4
Publication Date: 3/1/2019
Page Count: 32
Size: 9-1/2″ x 11″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-68263-265-9
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English

Purchase this eBook through the following vendors:

Barnes & Noble

AR Level: 2.5
F&P: GRL L, Gr 2, Genre RF
Lexile: 530L
Themes: Dogs, Volunteering, Animal Shelters, Reading, Community
BISAC 1: JUV002070 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dogs
BISAC 2: JUV039140 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
BISAC 3: JUV039220 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Values & Virtues


“Cheerful… Charming…the story provides a positive look at two ways of acquiring a new pet.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A gentle first-person text accompanies the watercolor-and-pencil illustrations on soothing beige pages, which perfectly befit the reassuring, happy ending.” —Booklist


Parents’ Choice Recommended Award —Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2019

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Primary) —Kansas National Education Association, 2020

Show Me Readers Award (Nominee) —Missouri Association of School Librarians, 2021-2022

South Carolina Picture Book Award (Nominee) —South Carolina Association of School Librarians, 2021-2022

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Meet the Author/Illustrator

Lisa Papp

Lisa Papp grew up telling stories. With a notebook full of sketches, her early tales featured her cat, stuffed animals, and other nature-y things. Today, Lisa is still making up stories and painting pictures, only now, they fill the pages of children’s books. She has received awards for both her writing and illustration, including a 2011 NAPPA Honor Award, 2012 Storytelling Award, and the 2013 PA Keystone to Reading Award. Lisa lives in Pennsylvania, with her husband, Robert, also an artist, and three wildly creative cats— to whom she does read. You can visit her website here.