For Parents

PAWS to Read with a Dog


Kids ages 6 - 11 are invited to sign up online to read aloud to a dog who loves to listen to stories! It's a great way to practice reading. Children can read from any book they choose.

This event is an online program. After registering, you will be emailed login instructions approximately 24 hours before the event. A Library representative will reach out to you via email with your specific 15-minute appointment time within the hour time frame of the program. This online program will require you to have access to Zoom with a microphone and video connection.

Click on a date to register:

Monday, October 5 from 6pm - 7pm
Saturday, October 10 from 10am - 11am
Wednesday, October 21 from 4pm - 5pm
Monday, November 2 from 6pm - 7pm
Saturday, November 14 from 10am - 11am
Wednesday, November 18 from 4pm - 5pm
Monday, December 7 from 6pm - 7pm
Saturday, December 12 from 10am - 11am
Wednesday, December 16 from 4pm - 5pm

If your child has never tried reading to a dog before and wants to learn a little about what that might be like, listen below as Lisa Papp reads her book, Madeline Finn and the Library Dog. Meet Madeline, who does not like to read. "Not books. Not magazines. Not even the menu on the ice cream truck." Mrs. Dimple, the librarian, suggests Madeline read to a dog, and so Madeline meets Bonnie, who is beautiful, like a big snowy polar bear, and a very good listener! When Madeline can't get the words right, Bonnie doesn't mind. Madeline realizes it's ok to go slow and keep trying.

In her read aloud video Lisa shares pictures of several different reading dogs before beginning her story. See if you can spot Bonnie, who is like a big snowy polar bear!

Here are some more dog stories you can listen to, just click on a book jacket to hear the story!

Harry the Dirty DogThe Poky Little PuppyA Greyhound a GroundhogR is for RocketCharlie the Ranch DogDogs at Work

More FREE Online Reading:

Websites, Printables & Activities:

D Is for Dog TracerDog Tag CraftPigeon Wants a Puppy Maze


Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books at any of our locations, or check out e-books and e-audiobooks from home right to your device.

Looking for even more books to read about dogs?

Need help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations or text a librarian at 317 333-6877.

IndyPL Librarian Picks: Picture Books for Kids in Puppy Love

Kids love dogs. Our librarians do too! When asked which book dogs are their favorite for story time, Harry the Dirty Dog and Bark, George won by a landslide! Here are some suggestions from them for little readers who can't get enough puppy love. E-books and downloadable audiobooks are available.

Bark, George

Kids will laugh out loud when little George opens his mouth and out comes, "meow' or "oink" or "moo." Kids can't correct George fast enough!


Rey, Margret

Pretzel is a lot like Clifford the Big Red Dog, except he's a little puppy that grows into a long, long dog! In fact, he is the longest dog in the world!


Capucilli, Alyssa Satin

Little Biscuit likes a lot of things small children like - snacks, hugs, blankies and hearing a bedtime story.