East Forest Park Branch – Children’s Room
Wednesdays | 4:00 – 5:00 pm | Grades K-5
September 8, October 6, November 10, December 8
Children are invited to read to Reimi, a hypoallergenic Goldendoodle who loves everyone!
According to experts, reading to dogs has many benefits:
1. Improves Reading Abilities
Reading to a dog may improve reading abilities, specifically reading fluency (the ability to read accurately and smoothly and quickly comprehend the content).
2. Helps Make Kids Comfortable
For students who currently experience reading as an activity that makes them feel “self-conscious, clumsy and uncomfortable,” adding a dog can create an environment of “happiness and safety.”
This is likely because dogs offer a comforting, non-judgmental presence. Students reported feeling more “relaxed and confident” about reading after experiencing reading to a dog.
3. Improves Sentiments Towards Reading
Children in reading-to-dog programs show an increase in their enjoyment of reading and motivation to read overall, even when a dog isn’t present.
As a result, in one study, 18 percent of children reported spending more time reading for pleasure because of their participation.
4. Helps Build Self-Confidence
Reading to a dog has been demonstrated to improve the child’s confidence in areas outside of reading.
For example, increased involvement in school activities and decreased absenteeism in students was seen in one study after they had participated in a reading-to-dogs program.