Bark and Read - Why

Bark and Read © Heidi Hudson

Research shows that children can be nervous and stressed when reading to others in a group. Overcoming this fear and fostering a love of reading is the first step on the way to improving literacy.

Dogs are a perfect way to do this. When dogs are in a room of children trying to read they become less stressed, less self conscious and more confident because dogs are non-judgemental. If children are partnered with a dog to read to, the dog provides comfort, encourages positive social behaviour, enhances self esteem, motivates speech and inspires children to have fun and enjoy the experience of reading.

Jon Aisbitt, chairman of the Man Group which sponsors the Booker Prize, recently attacked literacy levels in the UK, claiming that one in six children struggle to read and write and 12million adults have literacy levels expected of an 11-year-old. The Bark & Read Foundation is a project aimed at tackling these numbers head on.

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