Studies: Kids who read to animals show drastic improvement in skills

WAUSAU, Wis. (WIVB) — Summer has barely begun, and parents are already looking for ways to keep their children’s brains active.

The Marathon County Library in Wisconsin has launched a “Paws to Read” program.

It is an opportunity for students to improve their reading skills while sharing a book or two with a therapy dog.

Organizers say the calm-natured animals make perfect reading companions.

Recent studies by teams at UC Davis and Tufts University reveal children who read aloud to therapy dogs or shelter cats on a regular basis show drastic improvements in their reading skills.

The Town of Tonawanda Public Library is hosting a similar program for kids ages 5-12 on July 8.

Books & Barks will take place from 10:30 a.m. to Noon at the Kenmore branch at 160 Delaware Rd. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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