Children’s Literacy Has Gone to the Dogs


By Neal Comment


Officially, we stopped running pictures of your cats and dogs on Christmas Eve, but Harley is actually… well, we wouldn’t go so far as to call him a publishing industry professional, but he is a literacy volunteer who’s registered with the Reading Education Assistance Dogs program, working with autistic children and other struggling young readers. According to Harley’s owner, consulting editor Karen Grove, reading aloud to dogs like Harley helps children concentrate on what they’re reading rather than worrying about being judged by human listeners, and it helps reduce their blood pressure, too.

This program sounds awesome; we immediately started looking for more details about how R.E.A.D. works, and if you’re equally captivated, you can find a program in your area or perhaps even start your own chapter.