‘Dog Man’ Little Free Libraries Coming to All 50 States through Scholastic Partnership

By Sarah Nelson

Dog Man fans, rejoice! Along with Scholastic, we are excited to announce our “Power Up with Reading” initiative to grant Dog Man–themed Little Free Library book-sharing boxes to sites catering to children and families across all 50 United States. Dog Man author and illustrator Dav Pilkey will donate 50,000 books to support these libraries and help ignite a passion for reading. 

The first Dog Man Little Free Library will be unveiled at a school in Cleveland, Ohio, Pilkey’s birthplace, on March 19—which is also the global publication date of Dog Man: The Scarlet Shedder, the newest book in the wildly popular series. Additional Dog Man Little Free Library installations are planned for Washington, DC, New York City, Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, Houston, New Orleans, Phoenix, Portland, Madison, and San Francisco, with more cities to be announced.

Each Dog Man Little Free Library box will include free copies of Dog Man: The Scarlet Shedder, as well as a wide assortment of children’s titles from Scholastic’s “The Power of Story” collection which aims to highlight books featuring diverse characters and stories. The book giveaway, provided by and courtesy of Dav Pilkey, will reach communities that are part of Little Free Library’s Impact Library Program, which focuses on granting book-exchanges in under-resourced communities.

In a statement, Dav Pilkey said, “When I was a kid, I have fond memories of going to the library where my mom would let me pick out whatever books I wanted to read. This is how I came to associate reading with love. I’m grateful to the many librarians, teachers, and the teams at Little Free Library and Scholastic. Their commitment and dedication to getting books into the hands of kids, especially those in underserved communities, is life-changing. They are real-life superheroes.”

Dav Pilkey’s artwork on the Little Free Library boxes includes the “Power Up with Reading” message and features Dog Man, along with other well-loved characters in his bestselling Captain Underpants and Cat Kid Comic Club series. 

Child-Focused Organizations: Get a Dog Man Little Free Library!

You can bring a Dog Man Little Free Library to your community, too! Child-focused organizations in the U.S. are encouraged to apply to receive a library and nearly 1,000 Scholastic books. Fill out the application form to be considered.

Dog Man Fans: Win Dav Pilkey’s New Book Dog Man: The Scarlet Shedder!

In tandem with the Little Free Library installations and to celebrate the release of the 12th book in the Dog Man series, LFL is hosting a book giveaway, in collaboration with Scholastic, for Dog Man: The Scarlet Shedder. All Dog Man fans in the U.S. and Canada can enter to win one of 1,200 copies of The Scarlet Shedder.

“It is an honor to be working with such global children’s literature brands as Scholastic and Dav Pilkey’s Dog Man, said LFL Executive Director Greig Metzger. “At Little Free Library, we strive to be the connective fiber between book resources, community partners and book access points. Our collaboration with Scholastic, Dav Pilkey and over 50 local partners across the country is a wonderful example of how our mission is realized and delivered. We hope that through this project, more children will be inspired to grab a book and read.”

Learn more about our Impact Library Program, which provides no-cost Little Free Library book exchanges to communities where books are scarce. And see a full list of current book giveaways on our Book Opportunities page.

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