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Top Dogs - True Stories of Canines that Made History

Top Dogs

True Stories of Canines that Made History

Categories: Children's Nonfiction
Themes: dogs
Interest Age: 9–12
Grade: 4–7
Reading Level:
Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature:

Reading Level: Lexile 1010L
Hardcover : 9781554519071, 96 pages, March 2017 , 9.25" x 7.5"
Paperback : 9781554519064, 96 pages, March 2017 , 9.25" x 7.5"

Table of contents

ContentsPaw Prints Through HistorySeaman the Newfoundland:Lewis and Clark’s expedition across the United States, 1804–1806Lion Dogs:China’s Boxer Rebellion, 1899–1901Combat Canine:World War I’s brave dog soldier, 1914–1918Togo and Balto:Lifesaving sled-dog run in Alaska, 1925A Real Buddy:America’s first guide dog, 1928Military Guard Dogs:World War II’s Dogs for Defense, 1939–1945Sniffer Dog Saves the Day:Airplane explosion prevented, 1972Search and Rescue Dogs:Terrorist attacks, September 11, 2001Time LinePlaces to VisitMain SourcesFurther ReadingPhoto CreditsAcknowledgmentsIndex


Calling all dog lovers! History has never been so fascinating as seen from the viewpoint of how dogs helped make it. For the millions of kids who love dogs, this book tells the stories of 8 amazing canines through the ages whose actions influenced the course of history. Author Liz MacLeod’s kid-friendly, narrative style captures the time and place when the events took place as well as the sense of adventure that colors every story. Among the dogs featured are Stubby, a mutt who rescued American soldiers in the trenches of WWI, Buddy, the first seeing-eye-dog in North America, Brandy, a German Shepherd who discovered a bomb aboard a plane, and Seaman, the Newfoundland, who accompanied Lewis and Clark, helping them complete their expedition by protecting them from wild animals and providing them with food. Scattered throughout the book are side bars filled with information about the exploits of many other dogs as well as the history, habits, and characteristics of various breeds.


  • Nominated, Red Cedar Book Award nomination 2018
  • Joint winner, Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Assocation 2018
  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2017


“A plethora of excellent photographs accompanies the engaging text. ”

- Kirkus Reviews, 02/01/17

“Text is accessible and bursting with energy . . . Sure to be a hit. ”

- School Library Journal, 02/01/17

“Easy-to-follow narrative style. ” 

- Canadian Children’s Book News, Summer/17

“This rollicking resource is practically paw-fect. ” 

- Booklist, 04/01/17