by Tina Cho
Most children naturally love dogs, and so reading books with dog characters is a great way to foster a love of reading. Children can also read to their dogs or other pets. If they don't have one, they could read to a stuffed animal. My students like doing that in our classroom.
Some kids read to dogs with a purpose. I came across this Instagram story about a boy who reads to shelter dogs who are waiting to be adopted. He doesn't like to see them lonely.
And just as kids and adults like to snack and read, dogs can too. Here's an easy homemade dog treat recipe that my sisters uses: Peanut Butter Dog Treats from The Cookie Rookie.
Why not share a snack and a story with a pet (real or stuffed) in your life? Here are some books about dogs to get you started:
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willems
Cool Dog, School Dog by Deborah Heiligman, illustrated by Tim Bowers
How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills
Charlie Goes to School by Ree Drumond, illustrated by Diane deGroat
If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion, illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham
Can I Be Your Dog by Troy Cummings
Rescue and Jessica by Jessica Kensky, illustrated by Patrick Downes
Gobi, a Little Dog with a Big Heart by Dion Leonard, illustrated by Lisa Manuzak
Hello Goodbye Dog by Maria Gianferrari, illustrated by Patrice Barton