Kids, Dogs & Books!

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I have wanted to write this post for awhile and here it finally is! There is a wonderful series of programs throughout Hampton Roads that allow kids to practice their reading skills while reading to a very accepting audience.....dogs!

While these programs vary slightly per city in Hampton Roads the goal is the same, to help children build reading skills and confidence in their reading abilities. Specially trained therapy dogs are available to sit and listen to children ages 5-10 practice reading aloud. No judgement, corrections or questions, just calm reassurance.

Hampton Roads is fortunate to have many locations that offer this type of program. Please check with individual sites for age, permission and registration requirements.

Chesapeake Public Library: Paws to Read Program

Hampton Public Library: Paws to Read Program

Newport News Library: Paws to Read Program

Norfolk Botanical Garden: Paws to Read Program

Norfolk Public Library: Tales to Tails Program

Peninsula Humane Society: Dog Tales Reading Program

Suffolk Humane Society: BARKS Program (Books and Reading for Kids in Suffolk)
Virginia Beach Public Library: Pawsitive Reading Program

York County Library: Paws to Read Program

Do you know of another local program that offers this great resource to kids? Please leave information in comments and I will add it to our list!

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