This is not new news but it's important and I feel that the more people who know about these programs, the better. In Granite Falls, there is a reading program called Reading with Rover . In this program, dog owners bring their dogs to elementary schools and libraries so the children can read to them.
This program is an initiative that is designed to encourage reluctant readers to polish their skills and build some self - confidence. "A child who may be hesitant to read aloud to his peers is typically less stressed when reading to a dog and the dog never judges the child's reading ability."
Check out the article on heraldnet.com about this program When dogs are the audience, youngsters improve reading skills
If you are interested in joining a program such as this look around in your local community or contact your local literacy council for more information.