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The first one is called The Buddy Files, by Dori Hillestad Butler.
This is a series of books with the first one being titled The Case of the Lost Boy. In this story, a dog is looking for his owner. The book is written from the dog's perspective, which proves to be kind of funny and also a lesson on teaching kids about the main character's perspective. This mystery takes the students through the neighborhood looking for clues about the missing owner. I loved this book and I'm sure the rest of the series would also follow along as good reads or read alouds for your students.
The second book is called Lulu Walks the Dogs by Judith Viorst.
In this book, Lulu wants to make some money and walking dogs seems to be a good way to do it. Lulu is a strong willed character who many of your students can connect to. She is loud, rude, and very obstinate! It is written by Judith Viorst. . . and who doesn't love this author!
This school was supposed to be 30 classrooms on one floor. But the builder got mixed up and it's 30 stories with one floor on each story. There are 30 short chapters in this book, each one telling about a particular student in the class that meets on the 30th floor. I loved this book for the humor and because I can read it when you have just a few minutes in between activities. I. LOVE. THAT!
If you'd like to find out more any of those books, just click on the book picture. I know you and your students will love them!