Paws 2 Read pairs dogs with kids to improve literacy

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Updated: 10/19/2013 11:32 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Grassroots Books is teaming up with a local non-profit to encourage kids to read in a unique way. 

It's part of Paws 2 Read. Kids are getting extra practice reading with the help of some four-legged friends. 

"She's been practicing reading at home and I thought it would be good for her to have a no-pressure audience," said Katherine, who brought her 2-year-old daughter Mildred to the event.

Brooke Williams from Grassroots Books says that's exactly why they wanted to hold this event.

"Kids may not feel confident reading aloud in class or to their peers because they mess up," Williams said. "They might be afraid somebody is going to laugh. A dog is never going to do that."

8-year-old Tyler said his dog was a great listener.

"He was happy to look at the pictures and I was reading really good to him," Tyler said.

Paws 2 Read library coordinator Sue Buckmaster said they do this every month at libraries across the Truckee Meadows.

"We reach out to the children in the community to encourage the love of reading," Buckmaster sais.

It seems to be working.

"It's pretty cool," Tyler said.

The dogs enjoy the attention too. They sit patiently as the kids read books out loud.

Organizers and parents got a kick out of it too.

"Just look at the kids' faces," Buckmaster said. "They are really having a good time and the dogs are having a good time."

"It is the cutest thing ever," Williams said.

If you think your child would like to practice reading with these furry friends, or if you and your dog want to volunteer, click here for more information. 
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