Books We Love: Hello Goodbye Dog (+ Giveaway!)

#DiverseKidLit, Books We Love

This week marked a book birthday for Hello Goodbye Dog, an amazing new picture book from Maria Gianferrari and Patrice Barton! I fell in love with this book, and I can’t wait to read it aloud to my class this fall. In a time where we are hoping to add diverse books to our bookshelves to more accurately reflect the experiences of our students, Hello Goodbye Dog is a perfect fit for elementary classrooms.

Zara and her adorable dog Moose are almost inseparable. Moose loves saying hello in the joyful way that only dogs can. When Zara heads off to school, however, Moose has trouble saying goodbye. He repeatedly finds ways to show up at Zara’s school to say hello. Since it’s clear that Moose is most content when comforting others, his owners take him to school to become a therapy dog. At the end of the book, the children in Zara’s class are happily reading to Moose, who has now become the class reading dog.

Besides the fact that the story itself is incredibly precious, Gianferrari’s words add so much meaning to the rich text. Metaphors for loneliness will help readers understand Moose’s feelings. Vivid details in the text add action to the story. In addition to being a great read aloud, this book would make a strong mentor text for showing feelings in writing.

Gianferrari’s words and Barton’s illustrations create a story that is so needed in our classrooms today. Hello Goodbye Dog serves as a valuable mirror for students in our classrooms who are supported by therapy dogs, and provides a window for students who may not have the same experience. This is a must-add for your classroom bookshelves!


Since I am so in love with this book and believe it should be on classroom bookshelves everywhere, I’m giving away a finished copy! You can enter by tweeting, leaving a comment, or signing up for my email list through the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!

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Note: This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with the publisher, author, or illustrator of “Hello Goodbye Dog.”

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15 Comments

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    Lisa Maucione
    July 27, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    I haven’t read this one yet. It sounds fantastic!

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      missmagee
      July 27, 2017 at 9:55 pm

      It is! I was lucky enough to read an ARC at #ILA17. Hoping to add it to my own collection soon!

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    Rikki
    July 27, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    This is such a sweet giveaway! I am always on the hunt to improve my children’s book collection, and with another on the way, I’m feeling the importance more than ever. Even more important, is having truly good books that will enrich their minds and stick with them.

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      missmagee
      July 27, 2017 at 9:55 pm

      Thanks so much for your comment, Rikki! Yes, the books we put into children’s hands today determine how they live their lives tomorrow. It’s so important to keep building our collections!

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    Laura F
    July 28, 2017 at 1:00 am

    You’re right! This should be on every book shelf.

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      missmagee
      July 28, 2017 at 7:19 pm

      I hope lots of teachers make it a part of their back to school purchase list!

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    Madelyn
    July 28, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    I can’t wait to share the author Oliver Jeffers with my students. I plan on doing an entire author study with my 1st and 2nd graders. Debating on doing it with my 3rd graders.

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      missmagee
      July 28, 2017 at 7:19 pm

      My third graders love Oliver Jeffers!

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    Kimberly Bower
    July 29, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    I haven’t read this yet.

    I love reading THE INVISIBLE BOY.

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      missmagee
      July 29, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      I hadn’t heard of that one! Thank you for the recommendation – just added to my TBR list!

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    Madeleine
    August 1, 2017 at 12:26 am

    I am so glad I can look to you for help diversifying my classroom library! One book I’m hoping to share with my new students this year is Rosie Revere (an old favorite by now)!

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      missmagee
      August 1, 2017 at 12:42 am

      So happy we get to share so many titles with each other! You know how much I love Rosie Revere!

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    Maria Gianferrari
    August 2, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Thank you so much for this lovely review, Lorraine :)! I just stumbled upon it & it made my day! I’d love to do a short (20-30) Skype visit with your class & read the book this fall. You can contact me through my website: mariagianferrari.com.

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      missmagee
      August 3, 2017 at 7:54 pm

      Maria, thank you so much for taking the time to respond to this review! I so appreciate your offer to Skype with my class – we would LOVE that! I will be in touch soon!

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    M. Gianferrari
    August 3, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Looking forward to hearing from you, Lorraine 🙂

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