Dogs are more than just man's best friend — they are also our kids' best reading buddies. In 2010, the University of California found that reading to dogs can actually improve children's literacy skills. In fact, young children who read out loud to dogs in a partially supervised environment throughout the 10-week study showed a 12 percent increase in their reading skills. Kids feel more relaxed and confident when reading aloud to an attentive pup, and they also have a lot more fun!
These photos of children reading books to dogs are sure to make you smile!
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It's so cute to see children reading books to dogs, and knowing that it helps improve kids' literacy skills makes it that much better. As you can see in the pictures, the kids reading aloud to the pups are smiling, happy and confident. So the next time your child cracks open a book, encourage her to share the story with her favorite dog — and don't forget to snap a photo to capture the cuteness!
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