This collie relaxes as a young child reads to him.  dr.  seuss  poem

The more that you read,
the more things
you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you'll go.
Dr. Seuss




A DOG in the Library?

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.

Ahhh...this young reader chose
the perfect book for Gunnar to relax with.

To watch a short ABC News video video about Gunnar when he was honored at the 2016 Freedom Festival, click here: Therapy dog team has spent about 2,000 hours helping

To find out more about Gunnar and how he volunteers in Iowa, click here: Iowa~Gunnar

The benefits children reading to dogs was also the topic of a Today Show presentation in February 2007 and again in March 2009.

Questions, suggestions, or comments? Send an email to me, Gloria Laube.


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Member, American Working Collie Association
Member, Collie Club of America

Member, San Diego Collie Club

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There are many ways a reading program can work with therapy dogs. They are patient and adaptable.

One reader ...
This girl is reading a book to a golden doodle.

Several readers ...
This group of children is reading to a large Shiloh Shepherd.

Small dog ...
This girl is lying on the floor reading to a Bichon Frise.

Big dog ...
This girl is sitting with a huge Newfoundland she just read a story to.

Encourage reading by suggesting books to borrow from the library and offering reminders that books are wonderful gifts.

Ideas for this time of year can also be found at our Wagging Tails Bookstore. Logo - 120x60



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