Yesterday KING 5 highlighted an excellent children’s literacy program called Bow Wows and Books.
Held every Sunday during the school year at the Green Lake and Northgate branches of the Seattle Library, Bow Wows and Books is a children’s literacy support program based on Intermountain Therapy Animals’ R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) curriculum.
The program is supported by Project Canine, which trains and certifies all the dog reading teams though its Connecting Canines Animal Assisted Therapy program. Teams receive an additional three hours of training in therapy-dog-based literacy support and safe handling around children.
The program is based on research that shows “children in reading support programs feel less stress and higher self-esteem when reading aloud to a dog than when reading aloud to a friend.”
“Dogs are so nurturing and they’re so forgiving and they don’t care if you say a word wrong,” program founder Judith Anderson-Wright told KNG 5. “They don’t care if you have a hard time figuring out the storyline, they just care.”
To get more information about this fantastic program, contact Project Canine.