Most Monday evenings between 6:30 and 7:30, the Orion Township Public Library hosts some exceptional listeners to whom kids can read aloud: Maggie and Cali. Maggie is a certified Reading Education Assistance Dog and Cali is a certified Therapy Dog. Both dogs love to listen to kids read, and neither of them will tell your kids to read faster, slower, or try that sentence again one more time!
Your child can choose to read anything they wish during their Read to a Dog time, but we have a brand-new picture book written and illustrated by a Michigan author that would make Maggie and Cali howl with pleasure (quietly, in the library, of course!)
In Doggone Feet, Dog follows a pair of feet home from the park one day and finds her perfect place under the table. Life is good until two more feet come on the scene:
“They’re twirling leg twisters, toe-tapping kiss-kissers,
rule-listing insisters of doggy shampoos.”
So now the space under the table includes the dog and two sets of two feet, until another pair come along – tiny baby feet. As the family grows the dog must accommodate more pairs of feet in her shrinking space, and she’s not sure she likes the new additions. In the end, though the space under the table is crowded and cramped, the message is clear: families always make room for more.
So if you have a child that would benefit from practicing reading out loud, or if your child loves big, friendly dogs, sign up online at www.orionlibrary.org for our Read to a Dog program. Reading times are 15 minutes each. Call the Orion Library for more information at (248) 693-3002.
For more about Doggone Feet, please visit Leslie Helakoski's website at: helakoskibooks.com.
For more great books and activities, please visit kristenremenar.com.