The Bark & Read Foundation has been set up to support and
promote the amazing work of charities that take dogs into schools
as reading volunteers to help tackle the UK's literacy
Funded by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, the Bark & Read
Foundation is working with Pets As Therapy, through their Read 2
Dogs project, and also with Reading Education Assistance Dogs
(R.E.A.D); Dogs Helping Kids (DHK); Caring Canines; the
Google Literacy Project, and Building Understanding of Dogs
(BUD). These charities are operating in schools around the
country, helping children to read with their specially trained
Reading to dogs has been proved to help children develop
literacy skills and build confidence, through both the calming
effect the dogs' presence has on children and the fact that the dog
will listen to the children read without being judgemental or
critical. This comforting environment helps to nurture children's
enthusiasm for reading and provides them with the confidence needed
to read aloud.
Bark & Read is supported by actress, Zoe Wanamaker CBE, who
said: "Reading is such an important skill that is used in every
part of our lives, but it can be a scary and intimidating
experience when you are young.
"As with anything in life you have to practice, practice and
practice to get better. That is why the Kennel Club's Bark &
Read project is such an inspiring idea, as we all know that dogs
are great listeners and won't judge if we stumble over a word. The
concept makes reading time fun and helps to develop children's self
esteem and passion for reading while they're still finding their
voice. If children aren't inspired to read then they will just turn
to their play-stations and Xboxes instead."
Bark & Read - Why
Find out why the Bark & Read
Foundation was launched and what makes dogs the perfect
classroom companion for children learning to read.
Bark & Read - Who
The Kennel Club Charitable Trust is a dedicated dog charity
which looks after the health and welfare of all dogs by funding a
wide variety of work. Click here to
find out what other organistions are involved with the Bark &
How to get involved
Want one of the Bark & Read sponsored dogs to visit your
school, community group or other organisation? Then read how to get involved.
Donate to the Bark and Read Foundation
The Kennel Club Charitable Trust's Bark & Read foundation
provides money to charities that take dogs into schools as reading
volunteers and supports other projects where dogs are helping
children to read.
Please the Kennel Club improve child literacy with the help of
Read all about dogs that have helped children to read in these
Case study: Abbie and Spike
Read about Abbie, who has benefited from the help of Pets As Therapy dog, Spike.