This time on The Children’s Hour we explore how reading to dogs can help kids feeling confident and excited about reading. Read To The Dogs programs can be found in many libraries, and sometimes they come to schools.

We learn why reading to dogs can help kids become better readers, and what inspires the dogs to sit so patiently listening to kids. Friends from the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Library’s Read to the Dogs program brought us two dogs who participate in the program, Trace and Gimble. They are really cute!

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We also hear a story by John Keenan and Joanne Wilson-Keenan about a dog named Rover and how he transformed a classroom of reluctant readers into bookworms, just by hanging around and listening. 

This episode is mixed with great music celebrating reading, dogs, and books.

This episode was recorded by Chad Scheer at the Outpost Performance Space in Albuquerque, New Mexico and produced by Senior Producer, Christina Stella with help from Eli Henley. Katie Stone is our Executive Producer.

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Playlist: Reading To Dogs

Walkin' the DogCrosspulse Percussion EnsembleI Like Everything About You (Yes I Do!)2013 Crosspulse Media
When You Start To ReadRussSing And Play With Russ2005 Claytunes Music
Puppy and IWonder Why Stevie QPuppy and I - Single2022 Steve Quessenberry
Our Dog BernardThe Purple MumsWe're Not Kidding! a Tribute to Barry Louis Polisar2009 Snail Sounds/Rainbow Morning Music/ Barry Louis Polisar
High TimeKetsaSingle2021 Ketsa Reiki Music
Ain't No Dog Like MisterLucy Kalantari & the Jazz CatsAll the Sounds2018 Lucy Kalantari
My Dog Did My HomeworkKid Pan AlleyI Used to Know the Name of All the Stars2008 Kid Pan Alley
Cats & DogsRed YarnBackyard Bop2020 Red Yarn Productions
Readin' to RosieBay SongLibrary Adventure2018 John H. Keenan & Jo-Anne R. Wilson-Keenan
Strong TiesKetsaSingle2021
The Story of Rover the Reading DogBay SongLibrary Adventure2018 John H. Keenan & Jo-Anne R. Wilson-Keenan
Rover the Reading DogBay SongLibrary Adventure2018 John H. Keenan & Jo-Anne R. Wilson-Keenan
Read a Book (Converging Song) [feat. Billy Jonas]Two of a KindSing Me Your Story2012 Two of a Kind
I Like to ReadHans MayerSee You Later Alligator2010 Myther Music
R.E.A.D.Johnette DowningReading Rocks2012 Johnette Downing
Snuggle PuppyEric StoltzSandra Boynton's Philadelphia Chickens2002 Boynton Recordings

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