Helper Hounds

Written By: 
M , N, P and S
590 - 650
to come

An early chapter book series about specially trained emotional support dogs who help the kids who need them most. Meet these uncommon heroes with wet noses and big hearts. These stories are told from the point-of-view of the helper hound so that young readers can easily relate to the story. Each book centers around a different emotional support dog, and how the dog helps kids process emotional experiences and overcome obstacles. The helper hounds are here to assist kids dealing with bullying, grief, making new friends, and facing their fears!

Ages 6 to 9   Grades 1 to 3   Reading Level 2   72 pages    5.5" x 7.5"  

Book Features: soft & simple original ilustrations, end-of-book tips for SEL social/emotional support needs, Fun Facts about the breeds, diversity throughout.

Read an interview with the Author Caryn Rivadeneira.

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Schools & Libraries

Multi-User Ebook editions: $16.99

Reinforced Hardcover editions: $9.74 (S&L)

8-book Complete Hardcover Set: 978-1-72844-372-0
$103.92 (List) / $77.94 (S&L)

Softcover editions: $6.99 each

Available directly from our distributor Lerner Publisher Services.

2020 Moonbeam Bronze Medal Winner:  Best Chapter Book Series

2020 Northern Lights Book Award: Early Reader/Chapter Books Series


From The Feathered Quill:

"Penny Helps Portia Face Her Fears is an excellent addition to the Helper Hounds series that helps children learn to deal with their fears. With Penny's help, readers will recognize that while dreams can sometimes be scary, understanding and facing your fears, particularly with the help of a fluffy dog friend, is possible and indeed, can be a fun and positive experience."

Penny Helps Portia Face Her Fears is my selection for Reviewer’s Choice this year. I absolutely loved this book and fell in love with Penny, a sweet pit bull, within the first few pages.  The book is a well-written and fun story that teaches children an important lesson."
--Holly Connors, reviewer


From Kirkus Reviews:

"A positive message of hope and love."  (Noodle)

"Should appeal to dog lovers and anyone who needs reassurances...Doggone encouraging." (the series)

From Mom's Choice Awards:

Noodle Helps Gabriel Say Goodbye, one of the 8 Helper Hounds titles, is a recipient of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for parents and educators and is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. Using a rigorous evaluation process, entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost.


Audiobok editions now available.




Large Print and Dyslexic Editions Now Available for all titles!

Price: $9.74
Dimensions: 7.5 in × 5.5 in × 0 in