Children across the country are being encouraged to read to dogs this week, as part of a nation-wide celebration of storytelling.

Children across the country are being encouraged to read to dogs this week, as part of a nation-wide celebration of story telling.

National Storytelling Week (January 26 – February 2, 2013) aims to promote storytelling in schools, libraries, museums and art galleries across the UK.

Pupil Keegan Hill reads to Muffin the dog at Lutley Primary SchoolAs part of the awareness drive, children on The Kennel Club’s Bark and Read scheme are being asked to read their favourite books to canine companions.

The Bark and Read scheme is run by The Kennel Club Charitable Trust and helps fund charities that take dogs into schools and libraries to help teach children to read.

According to The Kennel Club’s librarian Ciara Farrell, the scheme has seen fantastic results in slightly more than 12 months, with children on the scheme becoming more confident and interested in reading, as well as seeing reading levels shoot up.

She said: “National Storytelling Week is a great opportunity to highlight the value of the art of storytelling. Bark and Read has had some fantastic results from children reading to dogs – one school has seen a pupil’s reading age increase by two years in just six months.

“I hope all the children involved have a great time reading their favourite stories to their four-legged friends in celebration of National Storytelling Week.”

For more information about Bark and Read and the charities it supports, visit the scheme’s website.   

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