Children reading storybooks to dogs—what could be cuter? But every day we’re learning there’s more than just cuteness when this happens. The smiles on a child’s face, the wagging tail of the dog, the excitement of doing something different (even forbidden in some public places) proves there’s anticipation when it comes to reading in this particular setting. And that’s what it’s all about. Youngsters of all ages are not only learning to read, they’re looking forward to it. They’re learning to love to read!
Computerizing everything seems to be the way of the future, and there have certainly been amazing advances in countless areas as a result of the computer age. But the books in libraries also hold an immeasurable array of places to explore, dreams to ponder, what-ifs to consider. Let's help children discover the joy of reading, the pleasure of holding a book and feeling the pages, the excitement of becoming immersed in what's happening as their minds wander through the story with the characters.
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Jasper R.E.A.D.s in Florida.
Jasper is young but he's learned to be calm and relax with the students, and he loves to listen to young readers at school. The pictures above are from his first days of the 2013-2014 school year.
Chloe has a few favorite books for fall.
She's always ready for a good story.
Click this link for more ideas on how R.E.A.D. teams celebrate the seasons throughout the year and especially the school holidays: Holiday Dogs
The benefits of children reading to dogs was also the topic of a Today Show presentation in February 2007 and again in March 2009. You can watch a video of the March segment by clicking on the link below (there will be about 10 seconds of commercials while the video loads):
Click here to watch "Kids reading to dogs."
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