Reading Tips For Parents & Educators

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Try Reading Aloud – To Your Pets!

Parents, caretakers, and educators all know the importance of reading together early and consistently. But sometimes even the most eager young reader can get stuck or feel self-conscious about their ability. What’s an adult to do? Suggest reading to your pets!

While many people are aware of pet therapy and how they can help with recovery, pets can also be a resource for children who are learning to read. Children can practice reading aloud to a pet, like the family dog, who can provide a loyal, patient, and judgement-free audience. Plus, children can incorporate soft past or scratches behind the ear for their pets, making it a fun experience for both child and animal!

Pets can also provide a calming presence in what may be a stressful situation for kids. Is your child stuck on the same word repeatedly? Are they moving a little slower than their peers? Don’t worry – the pet doesn’t mind hearing them work through it.

If you’re interested in trying this, pick up Biscuit Loves the Library by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and Pat Schories. In this I Can Read! story, it’s Read to a Pet Day at the library. There are so many fun things to see and do! Biscuit plays with storytime puppets, visits with friends, and listens to recorded books.

This joyful story can help cultivate a love of books and libraries in children who are learning to read – and remind them that pets can make model listeners!

For more Biscuit, find a full list of titles on his character page.