If you haven't read this version (children's) of Marley, you MUST! It's the autobiographical story of the Grogan family and their dog Marley. Marley is full of mischievous adventures. He even gets kicked out of obedience school! I've read this book every year for the past 4-5 years. And every year the students can't wait until it's read aloud time each day. I don't have a class to read it to this year :(
Where the Red Fern Grows, is an absolute must-read classic! This is the story of a boy and his two hunting dogs. This story teaches so many lessons -- setting goals, perseverance, working hard, and most of all friendship and love.
SPOILER ALERT: You will need the hanky for both of these great books.