Reading Buddies are calm, patient, attentive dogs that provide focused time
Reading to their buddy makes kids feel special and helps them build
Repeat visits build trust so that children can "try out" new words
Non-English speaking or bi-lingual children have a Reading Buddy
How do you become a Reading Team?
The literacy program provides support materials, such as flyers, staff orientation and organizational tools, as well as incentives and bonus programs for the children. Each Reading Buddy has its own personalized bookmarks to give children in all settings.
Why the Program Works
"The success I've witnessed has been incredible. Throughout the week children constantly ask which canines will be visiting us Thursday. The children look forward to the time they spend with their furry friend. I've seen children develop a sense of confidence in their reading ability because they know that their canine friend won't judge or correct their reading. I've also seen children excited to tell their parent, who's serving overseas, how they were able to read to a dog who "really" listened." Delilah Wilson, Senior Technician, Mitchell Library, Travis Air Base, Fairfield
PAWS is a very successful program here at the Vacaville Library – Cultural Center. We currently have five dogs that love to listen to children read. The dogs are here Monday through Thursday afternoons, one dog per day, and they stay for an hour.
We have been providing this program at our library for almost four years. It started out slowly, but has become popular over time. We are grateful to the Paws for Healing organization, its volunteer dog owners, and, of course, the dogs for this service to the children of Vacaville and to our library. Thank you, Dan Rhoads, Library Associate, Children’s Department ,Vacaville Library – Cultural Center
“My two daughters have been reading to a dog almost weekly at the Napa Library for two years now and their confidence in reading and the improvement in their ability to read is amazing. Their classroom teachers agree! “ C. Jamieson, parent, Napa
Paws for Reading Buddies are listening to children read weekly in elementary schools, and libraries, in Sonoma, Napa, and Solano counties. Please refer to your library's website for dates and times. You can also write to the email address below to find the nearest Reading Buddy to you.
Paws for Healing, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation