Read with a Dog

Read with a Dog

Reading aloud is a foundation of literacy development. It helps children develop their vocabulary, become more familiar with the sound of words, and gain confidence in their reading skills. Sometimes reading aloud can be a little scary, but a furry friend that loves to listen to stories can be the best thing for a nervous reader! Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D) are therapy dogs that help relieve the stress of reading from new readers and encourage them to continue developing their reading skills. 

Children can practice reading aloud to a therapy dog at one of our library branches. The Read with a Dog program can be found at Alachua Branch, Millhopper Branch, and Tower Road Branch. Stories with Slick can be found at Library Partnership Branch.

Check our events calendar to see when the therapy dogs are visiting the library branches. 


Madeline Finn and the Library Dog

Lisa Papp

Madeline Finn does NOT like to read. But she DOES want a gold star from her teacher. But, stars are for good readers. Stars are for understanding words, and for saying them out loud.

Fortunately, Madeline Finn meets Bonnie, a library dog. Reading out loud to Bonnie isn’t so bad; when Madeline Finn gets stuck, Bonnie doesn’t mind. As it turns out, it’s fun to read when you’re not afraid of making mistakes. Bonnie teaches Madeline Finn that it’s okay to go slow. And to keep trying.
With endearing illustrations, Lisa Papp brings an inspiring and comforting book to all new readers who just need a little confidence to overcome their fears.

Dog Loves Books

Louise Yates

Dog loves books SO much he opens his very own bookstore. At first he’s short of customers. But that’s all right, because when Dog is surrounded by books, he is never short of friends—or fun. And when customers begin arriving, he knows just which books to recommend.

R.E.A.D. Dogs

Meish Goldish

Provides information about dogs in the R.E.A.D. program, who are trained to allow children with difficulty reading to read aloud to them, and explains how they are selected and prepared for their duties.

How Rocket Learned to Read

Tad Hills

When a dedicated yellow bird sets up a classroom in Rocket the puppy's favorite napping spot and begins to read aloud, the young canine is drawn in by the story and eventually learns to spell and read.

Descriptions provided by the publisher.
By AshleyW on December 7, 2023