Dog Loves Books

6 area locations
November 13—20
Various times

Imagine stepping into a bookstore to see a dog behind the counter?! This far-fetched scenario is a playful reality in the world of Dog Loves Books—the latest production presented by the 47th annual Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series.

And this pooch doesn’t just like books, he loves books—and everything about them—books about dinosaurs, books about aliens, you name it. In fact, he loves books so much that he decides to open his own bookshop.

Children will discover what happens next when our lovable protagonist named Dog—a very expressive little white canine—decides that the best way to sell books and attract more customers is by acting out all kinds of fun stories right inside his shop. From dancing dinosaurs to hilarious fairytales, families will follow Dog and his friends as they sing, dance and perform—even staging a modern version of Little Red Riding Hood—all to convince people to buy books.

Adapted from The New York Times bestselling children’s book by London-based author and artist Louise Yates, the delightful new musical celebrates the power of the imagination and the lifelong joy that books, stories and reading can bring to children and families. Yates’ award-winning book received the 2010 Roald Dahl Funny Prize.

Performances take place November 13 through 20 at The Byham Theater, Penn Hills High School, Marshall Middle School, Cornell High School, Mt. Lebanon High School, and Seneca Valley Intermediate High School.

The youngest dog lovers should not miss a special performance on November 13 at the Byham which includes pre-show activities with Animal Friends. Children can meet therapy dogs and their handlers in the lobby before the 2 p.m. performance. Attendees will also learn about Animal Friends’ Pet Assisted Literacy Services program, which promotes a love of reading through animal-human bonds, and provides children with a non-judgmental and supportive environment making reading fun and positive.

Dog Loves Books is recommended for ages 3 to 10. All ages are permitted. Children under two are free but require a lap pass ticket for entry.

Looking for cutting-edge theater the teens in your family? Be sure to check out the 2016 EQT Bridge Theater Series, which presents A Simple Space on November 12 at the August Wilson Center. Audiences will be immersed in a raw, stripped-down theatrical event featuring dazzling physical feats performed by seven acrobats. Recommended for ages 7 and up.

View a complete Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series schedule and purchase tickets. View a complete EQT Bridge Theater Series schedule and purchase tickets.

Looking for more events? Check out our 10 Pittsburgh events not to miss in November and 10 great family adventures in Pittsburgh this November feature stories.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...