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Paws to Read with a Dog

08/27/2021 | Programs & Events, Kids Programs

PAWS to Read Program

Beginning or reluctant readers ages 6 - 11 are often invited to read aloud to a registered therapy dog in our libraries - a dog who loves to listen to stories! Children register to read for a 15 minute session. Reading to a dog is a great way to improve a child's reading skills and self-confidence. Children may read from any book they choose.

We are currently not able to offer Paws to read sessions, but hope they return to our libraries very soon!

Madeline Finn and the Library Dog

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 to the story, 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.

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? Ask a Library staff member at any of our locations or call, text or email Ask-a-Librarian.

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!

Dog Man

Pilkey, Dav

George and Harold create a new comic book hero in Dog Man, a crimefighter with the head of a police dog and the body of a policeman, who faces off against his archnemesis Petey the cat.